January 17, 2013
What’s new in Cape Town
Hannah has one of the best jobs at Cape Town Tourism, because it involves hosting media around our amazing City, and uncovering the places and people we have to offer.
She likes to travel light, and spontaneous interactions with the locals are what make a trip interesting for her. She’s been known to rough it, but luxury travel is still Plan A, and with an ever growing bucket list, the wanderlust is abated with regular road trips through the Western Cape.
Having travelled the world far and wide, her top cities include Casablanca, Bangkok and NYC, but her city of choice to live in is Cape Town, with its beautiful people, surroundings and lifestyle. She is known for her love of the theatre, books, beach time, cats and wine.
The festive season in Cape Town saw quite a few newbies pop up in the city, much to our delight. Here is a list of the latest and greatest in food, fashion and frozen yoghurt:
Don’t expect to find pretty decor here. This is your typical guy hangout, or man cave, minimalist and functional, serving everything a man’s heart desires, from biltong to beer. The bar offers a wide array of craft beers, homemade biltong, cured meats and real Mexican tequila. The best part is the hidden courtyard inside, with a dartboard and video games to play. On the cocktail menu is a local favourite, the Maroela Mampoer, but coffee and milkshakes are also served for the more conservative drinker. In the evenings, live music gigs happen here too – proof that Lionshead is a bona fide drinking hole.
Opening times: Tuesday-Saturday, 15h00-02h00
103 Bree Street
Wakaberry Frozen Yoghurt Bars
In the nick of time for the summer season, Wakaberry descended on Cape Town in November 2012, opening two stores: one in the city centre and one in the Southern Suburbs. There’s a wide range of flavours here (including Red Velvet!), with the unique aspect of this yoghurt bar being that you serve yourself, and pay per weight. Customers can pick and choose their flavours on tap, and decorate with toppings accordingly. With so many options on offer, you might end up with more toppings than yoghurt (I speak for myself).
Opening times: Monday-Sunday, 09h00-21h00 (Rondebosch); Monday-Thursday, 10h00-23h00, Friday-Sunday, 10h00-midnight (city centre)
47 Dean Street, Rondebosch / Shop 2, 98 Kloof Street, City Centre
Adding even more fashion credibility to Cape Town’s Bree Street, Paul Smith, the iconic UK menswear retailer, has opened on the corner of Wale and Bree Streets. Their focus is less formal, and more on leisure wear for both men and women. The bright blue building is hard to miss, and is soon to become familiar sight in Cape Town.
Opening times: Monday-Friday, 09h00-18h00; Saturday, 09h00-14h00; public holidays, 09h00-14h00
137 Bree Street
Waterfront Market on the Wharf
This is a food bazaar on steroids. You can find anything and everything here, as long as it’s fresh from the farm, organic and edible. The market is situated at the V&A Waterfront’s old Power Station, with over 60 carefully selected traders to ensure the highest quality control. You can also sample a wide array of cooked foods from various parts of the world here, with pop-up kitchens creating delicacies to delight you.
Opening times: Wednesday-Sunday, 09h30-19h00
Dock Road, V&A Waterfront
This is an amazing double-volume design space, with a very relaxed and liveable feel. A combined restaurant, art gallery and clothing store, Latitude33 is another great addition to the “Bree Street Collective”. An added bonus: a local favourite, Truth coffee, is also served here. It’s inspired by the owners’ surf trips to Bali, who hoped to bring the laidback lifestyle to their Cape Town store, which I believe they have succeeded in doing. The eatery serves breakfast and lunch, and delicious baked goods. They also have a fireplace, beanbags, a library and free Wi-Fi. What more could you ask for?
Opening times: Monday-Friday, 07h00-16h00
165 Bree Street
Shimmy Beach Club
You will find that the V&A Waterfront does not lack for much, and that now includes its very own exclusive beach Club. Shimmy Beach opened there in December 2012, and is already a hot spot to visit for locals and visitors alike. It boasts a restaurant, bar and club right on the water’s edge, with an infinity pool and sun loungers to enjoy beach life in style. And the best part? The cocktails are just a waiter’s call away. It even has a whiskey room and champagne bar, and if you’re into house music, the dance floor opens after 10pm.
Opening times: Tuesday-Sunday, 12h30-late (lunch: 12h30-14h00; dinner: 19h00-21h30)
South Arm Road , V&A Waterfront
Food Lover’s Market in St George's Mall
There’s an exciting addition for those looking for healthy and fresh food in the CBD: the Food Lover’s Market has everything you need and it’s a stone’s throw from the Cape Town Tourism Visitor’s Centre in Burg Street (good news for tourists and for locals working in the CBD.) Situated in Newspaper House in St George’s Mall, the food emporium works on a pay-by-weight system, with ready-made salads, pastas, pizza and sandwiches on offer. There is also a sit-down sushi bar and coffee area to enjoy lunch.
Opening times: Monday-Friday, 07h00-18h30; Saturday, 07h00-17h00
Ground Floor, Newspaper House, 122 St George’s Mall
A bikini shop in the Bo-Kaap? Yes, it’s true! And it has some lovely things in it, all imported from Brazil and Colombia. You can expect to find the most exotic creations here, and in the most colourful setting of our historical Bo-Kaap district. Colombian swimwear brand Agua Bendita and the Brazilian brand Sobral are found exclusively in this store. Opening mid-January 2013, this is the newest and hottest addition to Cape Town’s boutique offerings.
Opening times: Monday-Friday, 10h00-17h00; Saturday, 10h00-14h00
142 Buitengracht Street, Bo-Kaap