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September 14, 2011

Top Five Creative Spots in the Mother City

This is not a post office

“This is not a post office” Photo courtesy Madame Zingara PR

Cape Town is an inspiring city. Our suburbs and streets are teeming with creative minds that are just dying to show off their innovative creations.

With annual events like Creative Week Cape Town, Design Indaba and Infecting the City, the Mother City proves that her residents are Tretchikoffs and Leibovitzes in the making.

Be an inspired Capetonian with these Top Five Creative Spots:

For the “out there” party planner:

Madame Zingara’s “this is not a post office” party shop
Give your next party a magical Madame Zingara touch with enchanting decorations from her new party decor shop in trendy Kloof Street.

Housed in a renovated post office (hence the unusual name), this quirky store stocks the naughty, the fantastical and the most creative items to transform your dull soirée into a mind-blowing extravaganza!

Location: this is not a post office, 114 Kloof Street, Tamboerskloof
Contact: +27 (0)861 623 263
Website: www.madamezingara.com

For a creative cuppa:

Field Office café
In need of inspiration and a caffeine rush? Then head over to the Field Office café in the innovation district, The Fringe.

The captivating menu offers a selection of tasty sandwiches, cakes and coffee, while the café also stocks an impressive array of art, clothing and more. Its crown jewel? A Pedersen + Lennard showroom (furniture designing whiz kids), so come and be inspired!

Location: Field Office, 37 Barrack Street, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 461 4599
Website: www.fieldoffice.co.za

For the amateur art expert:

Montebello Design Centre
Still struggling to recognise a Picasso from a Van Gogh, but wanting to explore your love of art anyway?

Discard your artistic training wheels at the Montebello Design Centre in Newlands, home to a selection of studios, a greenhouse, a nursery and an organic farmstore, jewellery, paintings and more, which can be enjoyed at this historical site.

Location:  Montebello Design Centre, 31 Newlands Avenue, Newlands
Contact: +27 (0) 21 685 6445
Website: www.montebello.co.za

Rust-en-Vrede in Durbanville
This multi-dimensional creative spot in Durbanville ensures that you receive a comprehensive art education.

From thought-provoking exhibitions to live performances and tantalising treats at its on-site coffee shop, Rust-en-Vrede is the perfect place to be quietly enthused.

Location: Rust-en-Vrede, 10 Wellington Road, Durbanville
Contact: +27 (0)21 976 4691
Website: www.rust-en-vrede.com

For the imaginative shopper:

Bay Harbour, The Market
With over a hundred stalls at this weekend seaside market in Hout Bay, you can let your imagination run free and pick up a variety of great items for yourself and your home.
With excellent live entertainment, gourmet food and delicious drinks, you’ll be thoroughly inspired!

Location: Bay Harbour, The Market, 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay
Contact: +27 (0)82 570 5997
Website: www.bayharbour.co.za


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