Loop Street in Cape Town has serious middle child syndrome. Stuck right in between her bold and rebellious older brother, Long Street, and her hip and popular younger sister, Bree Street, Loop is developing a distinct personality of her own and is becoming a real rival for Cape Town’s affection.
Cape Town’s artisan food movement has grown in maturity to the point where it can sustain dozens of unique eateries, each offering a laser-focus on a particular kind of food. Marrow turns the focus on the humble broth, reinventing the traditional nourishing dish with a touch of folky sophistication. It offers a simple but interesting menu with a vegan option.
The friendly Yours Truly mafia continues to expand their turf, and the Loop Street location is the newest addition to their hip empire. This space is a cafe, deli and bar all rolled into one. It offers the same trendy ambience, great menu, and attention to detail you can expect from the other Yours Truly locations.
Skinny Legs Luxury Café
Named after the fantastic Tom Robbins novel, this coffee shop and eatery is situated in the former João Ferreira gallery. While a typical Robbins novel tends toward the bizarre, this cafe keeps things stylish and minimalist. The banana bread is a local breakfast favourite.
The Village Idiot
With a balcony overlooking the city streets and a menu packed with South African-inspired dishes, you’re bound to have a good time at The Village Idiot. Stay after dinner and the DJ will play an eclectic mix of music to entice you to the dance floor.
This boutique hostel is the perfect option for those looking to situated be right in the middle of the CBD without spending a fortune. Their unique ‘pod’ system means that you can have complete freedom of access to your dorm, without worrying about disturbing your roommates.
Tasty, healthy, and hearty food cooked over a fire is what you’ll find at the rustic Homage 1862 on Loop Street. The carefully curated decor will make you feel right at home and everything on the menu looks worth a try.
If you’re an appreciator of fine furniture then you have to make a trip to the Lutge Gallery. Allan Lutge creates unique statement pieces, often using reclaimed wood, and the space is dedicated to showcasing these masterful pieces of functional art.
Bikes and Wines
Fancy a cycling tour through the Cape Winelands? The Bikes and Wines home-base is located on Loop Street but they range far and wide with their unique bike tours of the Cape. You can also rent bikes for exploring the city, so visit and chat with them if you’re looking for two-wheeled transportation around the CBD.
House of H
A parking lot converted into an eclectic restaurant, House of H is a fun experience for those looking for something a little different. The parking lot aesthetic and self-service system makes it a total change from the slick, upmarket venues that Cape Town is full of. With hearty food and a cheerfully grungy atmosphere, it’s definitely worth a visit.
Indulge in all day breakfasts, juices, smoothies, and superfood shots at this wholesome hotspot on Loop Street. Their delightful green decor compliments their healthy foods and there are plenty of options for vegans and vegetarian. In short, the prayers of city slickers looking for a healthy meal and guilt-free treat have been answered.
The coolest burger joint in Newlands now has a new Loop Street branch where you can get your burger, milkshake and fries fix. The pink menu and decor are minimalistic, so you can focus on which burger you want and whether it should be a single, double, or triple serving. Their milkshakes will make you feel like a kid again… a really really cool kid.
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