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March 26, 2009

What’s new – Cape Town hotspots

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Table Mountain Café, photo courtesy malawimullac

Be the one who heard about it first – try these new bars, clubs, restaurants and other cultural attractions in Cape Town. 

Gorgeous and glamorous – new bars and clubs

Bambu is a hotspot for cool Capetonians out on the town. Join them for a sophisticated evening, sipping champagne and watching people. 21b Somerset Rd, Green Point

Daddy Cool at the new Grand Daddy Hotel (former Metropole Hotel) is the perfect bar for a stylish, inner-city cocktail during the week, or a little more extravaganza on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. 38 Long Street in the Grand Daddy Hotel

Kink Burlesque Bar gives champagne-swirling spectators a bit of a giggle. Located in Park Road, Gardens.

Neighbourhood is the hang-out of the city’s creative culture; comfy and casual for long chats. 163 Long Street

&Union is a beer-tasting room, its design reminiscent of the London Underground circa 1930s.

Secretly located down an alley off Long Street, Julep does it in the speakeasy style. Seek it out for exceptional cocktails and interesting conversation. End of Vredenburg Lane, off Long Street

Cheval in the city centre is luring the late-night owls into lingering longer.

Hot & happening – new restaurants

With the opening of the new restaurant Signal, Cape Grace welcomes new French import Christophe Chabanel, who joins the hotel’s culinary team as executive chef.

Silver Fish is a new seafood eatery recently opened just off Long Street, in Vredenburg Lane.

Anytime is an Italian restaurant which shows authentic Italian flair through traditional pizzas and pastas. 44 Long Street

Boo Radley’s is a New York-style bistro and bar in the city centre is a favourite with theatre-goers. Simple, satisfying food. Hout Street

Camps Bay’s playground boasts two newcomers. The Roundhouse is an upmarket dining experience in the beautiful Camps Bay Glen, while The Grand brings old-world glamour to the gorgeous Camps Bay strip.

At the newly spruced-up Table Mountain Café, the idea of a restaurant with to-die-for views is taken to a higher level – with sweeping vistas of the Twelve Apostles and the Atlantic Ocean. Take the cableway or earn your lunch by hiking up.

The House of JC le Roux, situated in Stellenbosch’s beautiful Devon Valley, has relaunched its restaurant, aptly named Seasons.

Internationally renowned chef Conrad Gallagher offers stylish Asian-influenced cuisine at Geisha. Cape Royal, 47 Main Road, Green Point

Bruce Robertson of The Showroom Restaurant fame has opened a new city restaurant at The Grand Daddy Hotel – The Showroom Café. Bruce has teamed up with Simone Rossouw to serve fresh favourites from sun-up to just before midnight. 38 Long Street

Historic Dorp Street is one of Stellenbosch’s most famous streets. Binelli’s Event Bar is a new addition to the Dorp Street crowd. This funky, upmarket bar and tapas restaurant, situated in a beautifully renovated Cape Dutch building, oozes character and charm. Cnr Dorp & Market streets, Stellenbosch

Many South African restaurants promise visitors an authentic South African experience but few deliver. Nyoni’s Kraal Restaurant aims to set the record straight and visitors can now get a taste of the real South Africa and savour the vast melting-pot of flavours and cultures that make up our colourful country. 98 Long Street

Cape Town is not Africa’s Mother City for nothing – feast on the tastes of Africa at The Africa Café, 108 Shortmarket Street, or Gold Restaurant at the Gold Museum in Strand Street, an eclectic pan-African experience in a mystical African setting of trees and tents.

Fascinating and creative – new cultural attractions

The historically and politically significant “protest theatre”, The Space, has been revived and relaunched into The New Space, where the billings are more entertainment than politics. 44 Long Street

Zoom in to Cape Town on one of our routes through the city – maybe the Coffeebeans Route; 10 journeys through the fabric of Cape Town, connecting visitors with the real Cape Town artists, musicians, storytellers and thinkers.

Other tours include the Cape Town Jazz Safari, an Art Route, Cape Malay Cooking Safari, a Soccer Route, a Private Garden, and a Storytelling Route. On each of these routes, our guests enjoy gracious Cape Town hospitality and food, dining in the homes of our hosts, and plugging into the depth and diversity of perspective that makes up Cape Town.

The Michael Stevenson Gallery has recently moved to Woodstock, following the trend of a number of other galleries including The Goodman Gallery and Whatiftheworld.

Michael Stevenson Gallery: 160 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock

The Goodman Gallery: Third Floor, Fairweather House, 176 Sir Lowry Road

Whatiftheworld: First Floor, 208 Albert Rd, Woodstock

The Neighbourgoods Market at The Old Biscuit Mill has expanded to include a Designergoods and Kindergoods section. Every Saturday morning between 9h00 and 14h00 at 375 Albert Road, Woodstock

For more insider information on Cape Town, please contact Cape Town Tourism on +27 21 487 6800 or visit www.capetown.travel.

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