Design spots in Cape Town
Cape Town is a city of design. The World Design capital in 2014, the city is a frontrunner in the field and with that in mind we bring you the spaces, places and events that showcase great design and encourage creative thinking.
CREATIVE COFFEE SHOPS/RESTAURANTS:
TRUTH COFFEE COMPANY
A Cape Town favourite, Truth Coffee in Buitenkant Street not only makes one of the best cups of java in town, but the setting of it all is what makes this place a regular hangout for locals. Exposed piping, a heavy use of brass, typewriters dotted about and a steampunk theme throughout gives the place a retro, but also techy feel. You need to see it yourself to really get what we’re saying!
A place where you can enjoy your love of coffee and your love of designer chocolate, Rococoa works some magic with chocolate. You can enjoy a great cuppa while eating some of the delicious treats that this establishment offers. Not only can you sit down and enjoy it all, but you can also participate in chocolate-making workshops, chocolate pairing, exhibitions and events all centred around chocolate. Sounds delicious!
Not only a great place for creative thinkers to hang out, but also a place to display creative works, Haas captures your attention before you even step inside. It’s a coffee shop mixed with an art gallery and entices with eclectic furniture, unique ornaments and beautiful unusual paintings and artworks on the walls.
A great space with an always-changing interior, Hemelhuis serves up fresh food and a relaxed ambience. The décor is season and mood-dependant and there are always fresh flowers on display. Chef Jacques Erasmus gets to put his own touch not only on the food, but also on the overall look and feel of Helemhuis. It’s a must-visit for all who love changing designs and good-looking food.
CREATIVE CO-WORKING SPACES: INNER CITIES IDEAS CARTEL
With amazing views, impressive coffee bar and a stash of all the hardware that young entreprenuers need, the Inner Cities Ideas Cartel is a fantastic place to set up camp and do some creative thinking and design. It’s situated along the Fan Walk, and in walking distance of the Cape Town International Convention Centre and Long Street.
The homeland of hipsters and creativity in modern Cape Town, Woodstock is home to Daddy.O – a co-working space in the Old Biscuit Mill. The space offers shared office space for independent professions, start-ups and entrepreneurs. There is a boardroom for meetings you may need to have, lounges, café tables and a kitchen. There is also wifi. The colourful and funky décor is very conducive to imaginative thinking.
Based in Khayelitsha, Philippi and Woodstock, Hubspace strives to offer young entrepreneurs a creative space in which to work and network. Hubsapce also offers advisory services, help with access to capital and mentors. The idea is to provide business resources to areas that wouldn’t usually have access to it.
Based in Somerset West, Growth Space is suited to all small businesses and start-ups. They offer short-term leases and house everyone from writers, journalists, bloggers, graphic designers, marketing professionals and photographers to web designers and more!
This gem of a place is a three-bedroomed house in Woodstock that has been decorated to keep the creative juices flowing and to inspire good work. The Inspiration Playground boasts plenty of storage space, an informal meeting area, an outdoor space with a swing and plenty of areas to chill and relax in, a fully stocked kitchen and, of course, lots of desk space.
OLD BISCUIT MILL
A local favourite, the Old Biscuit Mill and its weekend Neighbourgoods market is a treasure trove for those who love to shop local and for unique items.
The Woodstock Exchange not only boasts great little shops with carefully designed items and clothing, but there are also plenty of fantastic little coffee shops and food places to choose from.
The new kid on the block, the Watershed at the V&A features local designers from all across the country and continent. Shop here for one-of-a-kind clothing, jewellery, accessories, home décor and more!
LONG STREET ANTIQUE ARCADE
Antique shopping at its best. The Long Street Antique Arcade has been around since the 1990s and features over 10 antique stores that stock clothes, furniture, jewellery, cameras and more. Whether you’re a collector or you simply just like to browse and own the odd piece, there’s something for everyone!
SALT CIRCLE ARCADE
Designer shops, coffee shops and a courtyard that gets used for events, markets and food trucks, the Salt Circle Arcade is a fun little place for those looking for something a bit smaller than the Woodstock Exchange. You can pick up second-hand books, décor and craft beer!
Also look at:
Montebello Craft and Design Centre
Kamers Vol Geskenke
Creators of contemporary furniture with beautiful design and an African twist, Ebony is a beautiful place to visit.
This ever-changing space is located in the Beautiful Life Building in Bree Street. YoungBlood hosts art by emerging artists and is a fantastic space for creative events.
ART AT CONSTANTIA
This permanent exhibition is curated by Lyn Atterbury and James Hodgson at Groot Constantia. The idea of Art at Constantia is to give local and emerging artists a space to display their work.
IRMA STERN MUSEUM
One of SA’s major artists, Irma Stern achieved international recognition. The museum is a collection of her work and highlights her development as an artist. It’s an amazing display of her talent and clearly showcases her creativity and how she was able to convey her subject matter in all forms – charcoal, oil painting, water colours and more.
THE GOODMAN GALLERY
Goodman Gallery showcases work by African artists with an emphasis on those who engage in dialogue with the African context.
Free to the public, Open Streets is aimed at transforming back public spaces into a playground for adults and children alike. You can only enter by bicycle, skateboard, rollerblades or on foot – no vehicles allowed. Open Streets featuresmusicians, dancers, artists and more, promising a party like none you have ever seen before.
On the first Thursday of every month, arts and culture in Cape Town has a late night, with dozens of art galleries and cultural events showcasing the wealth of talent that the Mother City has on offer. First Thursday is completely free, with no structured tour, and no schedule to follow, you are free to absorb it all at your own leisure. To ensure your First Thursday can be catered to your own specific preferences, organisers provide a map and highlights of what is on show. From there it is all up to you.
The Design Indaba, an annual event launched in 1995, celebrates South Africa’s vibrant and inspiring creative sector. The Indaba, held every February at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, explores all forms of creative design, from graphic, fashion and industrial design to architecture, fine art and craft.
CREATIVE WEEK CAPE TOWN
Creative Week Cape Town promotes the creative industry throughout the week and will include a host of activities, including a planned expo and many other fringe events.
CAPE TOWN CARNIVAL
The Cape Town Carnival is a glamorous celebration of African identity, diverse communities and cultures, and the transformative power of creativity. It takes place on the Fan Walk and is a spectacle to behold with amazing floats and colourful groups of performers.
NATURE AND OUTDOOR:
GREEN POINT URBAN PARK
Situated in Green Point next to the Cape Town Stadium, which was used for the FIFA 2010 World Cup™, the multipurpose 10.5 hectare Green Point Urban Park is open seven days a week from 07h00 to 19h00. It is intended as an inner city “people’s recreation park” and has a fitness park with cycling, outdoor training and gym facilities which are available to visitors.
COMPANY’S GARDEN VEGETABLE GARDEN
Developed by the City of Cape Town, this vegetable garden in the Company’s Garden aims to serve as a working garden to encourage entrepreneurship and become a sustainable educational resource for locals.