Bree Street might currently be the hippest street in Cape Town, but before Bree was even a twinkle in the eye of Cape Town’s artisan business movement Kloof Street was already full of trendy bars and eateries.
If Bree is the fresh new face on the block then Kloof is the OG—it’s been around, it’s seen things. Busy day and night, Kloof has an eclectic mix of businesses that feed, clothe, style, and sustain the residents of the City Bowl.
Here’s the ultimate cheat sheet to ensure you score top marks as a Kloof Street connoisseur:
Scar, with the tagline ‘Good hair for bad people’, is not your grandma’s hair salon. Pitched at those wanting to stay at the bleeding edge of fashion, Scar has a reputation for the new, the unconventional, and the unusual.
Ninja and Yolandi of Die Antwoord are long-time Scar customers. That fact alone should help you to decide whether Scar is the kind of hair salon you’re looking for.
The Kloof Lifestyle Centre
The Kloof Lifestyle Centre is the hub of Kloof Street’s daytime activities. It’s great for when you need to pick up groceries and wine, or stop off for a bite to eat.
It’s home to a Woolworths, a Knead, a Kauai, as well as a Wellness Warehouse that hosts a health café with a great lunch menu.
Yours Truly has four locations in the city. The Kloof Street venue transforms from a daytime coffee shop into a night time beer garden. Upstairs is the rooftop bar, Up Yours, that host DJs and live acoustic acts and is a good spot for weekend socialising.
Once In Cape Town
Looking for affordable accommodation that’s a little different from your average backpackers? Once in Cape Town is a boutique hostel that goes out of its way to offer the budget traveller everything that they need. Spend time here if you’re looking to meet up with fellow travellers to share adventures.
Hudsons – The Burger Joint
If you’re looking for Cape Town’s best burger then there are plenty of contenders. Every local has their favourite—but Hudsons is almost always included in the conversation.
The Kloof street location is this small burger chain’s flagship store—the one that started it all—and with its big selection of gourmet burgers and beer, it’s easy to see why.
The food at Van Hunks is simple, delicious gastro-pub fare and is perfect before a night out on the town. This trendy restaurant and bar really dazzles when it comes to its drinks menu, though. It’s packed with everything you could possibly want—several beers on tap, a hearty selection of whiskeys, and an impressive selection of cocktails.
Arnold’s on Kloof
Arnold’s on Kloof is an institution. There long before the other eateries on Kloof, this spot is probably most famous for being a great weekend breakfast spot after a long night out, with an early bird breakfast special if you order before 7 am.
Black Sheep Restaurant
If you’re looking for an impressive Capetonian dining experience then Black Sheep is a restaurant you have to try. It has three dining levels, with a mezzanine lounge area and a street-side bar.
Black Sheep is a ‘blackboard’ restaurant with a limited number of specials that are scratched off the board as they disappear onto the plates of hungry diners. Just make sure to phone well in advance to get a reservation.
Café Paradiso is all about the ambience. It’s an intimate, cosy place to catch up with friends while trying out the interesting menu.
It offers food that is both well-presented and delicious, an attentive staff that go out of their way to make you feel at home, and a unique and pleasant vibe. You can’t go wrong booking one night in Paradiso.
Bombay Bicycle Club
The Bombay Bicycle Club is the little dose of crazy near the top of Kloof. The Club is the local neighbourhood’s favourite hangout and is always a fun time.
The BBC is part of the Madame Zingara group of restaurants—the same group that has brought several Circus-style eating experiences to Cape Town, so you know that you’re in for an eclectic, interesting night when you head here.
Technically Kyoto Garden is not on Kloof Street, it’s on the adjacent Kloof Nek Road. But they’re so close in name and geographical location that we thought it would be OK to include Cape Town’s best Japanese restaurant in this list.
This restaurant offers outstanding sushi and a selection of Japanese food that includes an incredible miso soup. It’s worth going just for the drinks menu—there’s Japanese beer, Japanese single malt whiskey, and sake on offer.