Travel like a local: Your neighbourhood guide to Green Point
Green Point is known to be the Soho of Cape Town thanks to its bustling nightlife, great restaurants and amazing coffee shops. But there is more to this neighbourhood than…
Green Point is known to be the Soho of Cape Town thanks to its bustling nightlife, great restaurants and amazing coffee shops. But there is more to this neighbourhood than what meets the eye.
WHERE TO EAT AND MAKE MERRY: RESTAURANTS AND BARS
It’s impossible to list all the restaurants in this area – there are way too many! So, we’ve listed some of the local favourites.
For great sushi and an extensive wine list, head to Beluga in the Foundry. Try the sushi platters to share and one of the delicious cocktails. The setting is upmarket and classy so it’s perfect for a great night out.
If you’re more of a burger and chips type of person, then head to Hudsons. You can choose from 180g patty and the more intimidating 250g option. The menu has something for everyone from the Original Royale with a beef patty, bacon, cheddar, chilli and onion rings to the Badass with two beef patties stuffed with Habanero chilli, topped with Jalapeno jam, white onion and cheddar.
At Gold, you kick off the night with an interactive Djembe drumming session which will get you in tune with our African rhythms and songs for the rest of the evening. The African-inspired theme carries through to both the décor and the delicious food on offer. If you’re looking for some authentic local food, this is the place.
An upmarket jazz evening is what you get when you visit Pigalles. The live music acts will keep you entertained while you dine on something tasty and it will get your feet moving to the dance floor when the mood takes.
With great cocktail specials and beer on tap, Café Extrablatt is a good spot to unwind. They also do a fantastic Sunday brunch buffet where you can fill up your hungry tummy at a reasonable price.
NU HEALTH FOOD CAFÉ
The perfect spot if you’re in the mood for something healthy and refreshing. The menu is filled with local produce that is free of additives, GMOs and MSG. They serve up breakfasts, salads, wraps, 100% juice, green blends and so much more!
Known for amazing coffee and Italian flair, Giovanni’s is definitely a local favourite. The food is tasty and the ambience is vibrant and friendly.
Sitting on Cape Town’s ‘Pink Strip’, Beefcakes is the perfect place for a girls’ or guys’ night out. There are many reasons for this. One being the fact that the burgers are delicious. Two, and more importantly, the entertainment is always on the go. The friendly waiters entertain all night and there is always a drag queen show on the go.
Cubana Latino Café is essentially a restaurant-come-bar, but it turns into a pumping nightclub over weekends as the night goes on. The Greenpoint branch is a favourite with out-of-towners while the other branches around Cape Town are popular with the locals. They have a great cocktail menu with delicious food also available. DJs hit the decks later in the night to keep the crowd dancing.
El Burro is considered one of the best Mexican restaurants in Cape Town. The authentic Mexican menu, distinctly fresh ingredients, hip atmosphere and friendly staff keep patrons coming back for more.
THE BANTING KITCHEN
Situated in the Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Spa in Green Point, the Banting Kitchen strives to offer a delicious guilt-free dining out experience. The menu is extensive and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Expect meals such as braised pork belly with sweet potato mash, wilted baby spinach and onion relish or wild mushroom caulisotto with parmesan, crispy shitake and truffle oil and much more!
WHERE TO PLAY:
Green Point is the perfect area for a bicycle commute. It’s a stone’s throw from the V&A Waterfront and right next to the Sea Point Promenade. We’ve often made use of Up Cycles who have offices at both the V&A Waterfront and along the Promenade.
CAPE TOWN STADIUM TOUR
Built for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the Cape Town Stadium is a must-see for those interested in the world of football. You get to walk beside the world-class pitch, view the best suites in the house, see the stadium jail (there for the rare occasion that there’s an incident during an event) and do a tour of the top-class changing rooms. All-in-all, the stadium tour is very insightful. It feels like a behind-the-scenes look at a top-class event. It’s definitely a unique experience in the Green Point area and something worth the try. There are three sessions per day (10h00, 12h00 and 14h00) and you simply show up just before the start, pay and you’re on your way.
GREEN POINT URBAN PARK
A unique space in the middle of an urban environment, the Green Point Urban Park is a fantastic, family-friendly place for a picnic, walk, run or for simply lazing around. There is an outdoor gym, a play park, adventure park and outdoor labyrinth. There are different plant species within the area as well as information about them. Access to the park is via Bill Peters drive, Bay Road or Helen Suzman Boulevard. While on the stadium tour, you can add on a very insightful tour of the Urban Park learning about the various plants, eco systems and other parts of the park.
THEATRE AT THE ROCKWELL
Based at the Rockwell Hotel, the Theatre at the Rockwell is relatively new to the theatre scene in Cape Town, but already being causing a stir with its entertaining productions. It’s an interactive theatre and dining experience.
WHERE TO STAY:
The Rockwell All Suite Hotel & Apartments is ideally situated between the CBD and the V&A Waterfront. The accommodation is self-catering apartment with the option of having food made for you. It’s perfect for both business and leisure travellers. Inspired by Downtown Manhattan’s buildings of the early 1900s, the hotel’s raw-brick façade sets a fascinating contrast to its ultra-modern interiors.
With apartments in De Waterkant, Home-from-Home offers up apartment living in an ideal area. The apartments are within walking distance to the Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village and the sprawling Cape Town city.
For more accommodation options, click here: http://www.capetown.travel/accommodation
ASK A LOCAL:
Nobody knows Green Point better than a local. When you’re in town be sure to visit the closest VIC in Cape Town CBD where staff can help you really uncover the area and surrounds.
Details: Pinnacle Building, Cnr of Burg and Castle Street, Cape Town
t: +27 (0)21 487 6800 • f: +27 (0)21 487 6859
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