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New Restaurants and Hot Spots in Cape Town
Our round-up of the latest eateries, bars, shops, pubs and clubs to launch in the Mother City
Our round-up of the latest eateries, bars, shops, pubs and clubs to launch in the Mother City
The Mother City is a fast developing, ever evolving metropolis with trendy, fresh places opening up on almost every corner every month. To keep you clued up, we’ve rounded up some of the hottest latest additions to Cape Town, from quirky new restaurants and shops to chic new clubs, pubs and bars.
Supper Club at The Larder Café in Claremont
Hidden away behind the busy Cavendish Square Shopping Mall in Claremont, the well-established and quirky Larder Café invites families, friends and loved-ones for dinner during their brand new Supper Club offered three nights a week. Offering three dinnertime meal options on three different nights; Monday Roast Chicken Dinner, Thursday Curry Night and Friday Burger and Pizza Evenings, The Larder Café aims to offer great-tasting and wholesome meals created with fresh and seasonal products at affordable prices. In addition to the fixed main meals on offer every evening, there will also be a selection of starters and desserts to choose from (at an extra cost) as well as an extensive wine and craft beer menu. With a key focus on ingredients, the quaint and cosy Southern Suburbs haunt uses no processed foods, organic wherever possible and only free-range, pastured-reared meats serving high-quality, homemade and honest food every time. Although walk-ins are welcome, it is advised to book your spots as seats are limited (and very popular) at The Larder Café’s Supper Club evenings.
Opening Hours: Supper Club: Monday, Thursday and Friday (only): 5:30pm for 6pm – 9:30pm | Café: Monday to Friday: 7am – 6pm | Saturday: 8:30am – 1:30pm
Mulberry & Prince Kitchen and Bar
Named after two streets in SoHo, New York, this brand new contemporary CBD eatery is the brainchild of foodie friends and co-owners cum chefs, Capetonian Cornel Mostert and New Yorker Cynthia Rivera who met whilst studying at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in New York. The perfect fusion of Cape Town meet New York, Mulberry & Prince is the ideal combination – from the décor and music right through to the ‘New American’-style cuisine, of Cornel and Cynthia’s personalities, travels and experiences. Offering small-to-midsize plates meant for sharing, the kitchen and bar encourages diners to order a few dishes off the menu to share and enjoy with one another. Delight in a wide selection of seasonal foodie options such as slow cooked tender pork shoulder (served in brodo with burnt cucumber and leeks) and ricotta dumplings (made with shimeji and grana padano). NOTE: Mulberry & Prince’s liquor license is still awaiting approval. Guests are welcome to bring their own alcoholic beverages until the bar is up-and-running. Corkage is R35 per a bottle.
The Tea Bar on Long Street
Tucked away neatly on Long Street, this delightful new store (launched in May 2016) is dedicated to one thing and to one thing only; the fragrant leafy elixir. Created by Jessica Bonin – founder of Lady Bonin’s Tea and Lady Bonin herself, The Tea Bar is the Mother City’s – not the mention South Africa’s – first-ever innovative tea bar. Doing away with the original tea-and-coffee concept, Jessica aims to create something completely new and exciting and ultimately, an alternative to the take-away coffee and coffee culture. Wishing to fashion a brand-new tea philosophy while at the same time transforming and modernising the tea drinking regime – a first for Cape Town and South Africa, The Tea Bar serves customers an array of warm beverages including the Hojicha Black Sesame Seed Chino tea (made with Hojicha roasted tea, black sesame seeds and foamed milk) and the Rooibos Choc Chilli Chai Latte (made with rooibos spiced chai, raw cocoa, chilli and foamed milk), to name but a few. They also have a small selection of seasonal, tea-inspired sweet and savoury treats on offer. The Tea Bar is also a retail store for their various tea products as well as tea accessories. Keep an eye out for their tea ceremony room opening up in the near future. The room will also house tea and food pairings, tea courses and high tea events for The Tea Bar.
Bowhaus Doggy Daycare in Woodstock
Located in one of the Mother City's oldest suburbs, Bowhaus – a new breed of doggy daycare – is the ideal playschool for dog-owners looking to drop their pups off at a fun and safe playground for the day. Hosting both indoor and outdoor facilities, each area has been specifically designed to accommodate for a wide range of canine sizes, ages and personalities and is well-equipped with a variety of interactive toys and play structures. There are two large indoor areas downstairs and two spaces upstairs (the Comfort Care zone and Post-Operative Care unit are located here too) as well as two outdoor sections fitted with splash pools, sand pits, sprinklers and more. All pooches looking to apply for Bowhaus must first undergo an assessment to ensure that they will fit within the Bowhaus-culture and to guarantee that all members are safe and happy. All staff members are trained in dog first-aid and are fully equipped to care for hounds with specials needs and medical conditions. In addition, Bowhaus has a wide variety of other doggie services on offer such as the WashHaus, dog walks, Good Paws training courses, Healthy Paws and the Emporium. Drop your fur-kids off for the day and let them interact, play and learn at this supervised, secure and spacious indoor-outdoor doggy daycare facility.
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 6pm | Public Holidays: Closed
Extended Hours (made by prior arrangement only): 6:30am – 8:30pm
21 Barron Street | Woodstock | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 447 4504
Table Mountain Cableway Wi-fi Lounge in Cape Town
Situated at the top of the Mother City’s most iconic landmark, the new Table Mountain Cableway Wi-fi Lounge offers all visitors FREE wireless internet connectivity (TABLE_MOUNTAIN), numerous plug and USB points, a wide range of comfy seating options as well as two view decks and an outside balcony area to enjoy. Launched in April 2016, the Lounge opens as the first cable car comes up – usually between 8am and 8:30am and closes with the last car’s departure – usually between 5:30pm and 9pm (depending on the time of year). The connective hub is the ideal hotspot for all – locals, tourists, cable car riders and hikers, to connect their devices to the FREE Wi-fi network and charge their cell phones, laptops and tablets allowing them to post and share their many spectacular Mother City snaps with their friends and family. Not to mention, the Lounge can even be used as a workplace for the day for those non-office bound freelancing folk! What’s more, the Lounge too boasts a small on-the-go-styled café complete with delicious breakfast and lunch treats as well as various hot and cold beverages. In essence, the Wi-fi Lounge is the perfect hangout for Table Mountain visitors in search of a delicious light meal or a warm or cold beverage while enjoying the comfy FREE hotspot and its majestic views. Read more here about the Table Mountain Cableway Wi-fi Lounge.
Opening Hours: The lounge opens as the first cable car comes up and closes with the last car’s departure. The Cableway operates weather permitting and exact times depend on the period of year. (It is best to check the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway website for more information.)
Table Mountain Aerial Cableway | Upper Cable Station | +27 (0) 21 424 0015 | www.tablemountain.net
Madison Avenue Nightclub and Bar in Cape Town
Situated in the city centre, Madison Avenue Cape Town – which officially opened its doors in April 2016 – occupies the same space that once hosted The Fez and The Side Show. Open three nights a week (Thursday to Saturday), the upmarket Madison Avenue club – you might recognise the name from their established branches in Johannesburg and Pretoria, aims to cater for a wide range of age-groups and individuals offering top-notch entertainment and modern beats. In addition to the clubs normal offerings – banging tunes and flowing drinks, there will always be an amazing act on display such as aerial dancers on silk ribbons, fire performers and podium girls ensuring that there is always something new and exciting to look forward to and keep jollers coming back for more. Here is all you need to know about Madison Avenue Cape Town.
Opening Hours: Thursday – Saturday: 8pm – 4am
11 Mechau Street | CBD | firstname.lastname@example.org | +27 (0) 78 905 7982
Crumbs & Cream in Sea Point
Sitting pretty on Sea Point’s Regent Road, this new little decedent dessert parlour is dedicated to one thing and one thing only: The Ice Cream Sandwich. The sweet and savoury delight sees a scoop of top-quality Italian Gelato squished between two freshly baked cookies (you can pick either one type of cookie or two different flavours) and is then finished off with various yummy spreads and toppings. In total there are 14 types of cookies, 16 different ice cream flavours as well as a wide range of spreads and toppings to choose from and complete your creation with – treats on display change daily – so there is definitely something for everyone’s sweet tooth. What’s more, Crumbs & Cream also offers a banting cookie – sugar and gluten-free made with coconut as well as a vegan-friendly – egg and butter-free cookie. They too offer a sugar-free ice cream – sweetened with xylitol as well as a dairy-free vegan sorbet option. In addition, Crumbs & Cream offers a small range of hot and cold drinks. If the decedent sarmie isn’t really your vibe, patrons have the option of tucking into an ice cream cone or cup as well as solo-bought cookies. If you love all things sweet and delicious, then you definitely need to check out this delectable Sea Point haunt!
NOTE: Crumbs & Cream also has a tuk-tuk situated at the V&A Waterfront serving their scrumptious ice cream sandwiches and more.
Opening Hours: Crumbs & Cream Store: Monday – Thursday and Sunday: 11am – 10pm | Friday and Saturday: 11am – 11pm
Crumbs & Cream Tuk-Tuk: Daily: 10am – 7pm
Crumbs & Cream Shop: 16 Regent Road | Sea Point | Cape Town
Crumbs & Cream Tuk-Tuk: V&A Waterfont | Between the Watershed Market and the Aquarium
Kuyasa Regional Library in Khayelitsha Cape Town
The new Kuyasa Regional Library in Khayelitsha has officially opened its door, providing the its members with top-notch facilities including banks of computers (with 45-minutes of free internet access), an extensive world-class book collection, audio-visual materials, e-resources and other state-of-the-art IT equipment. Focusing predominantly on students and adults, there are also various study spaces and meeting rooms available encouraging individuals to interact and share knowledge with one another. Forming part of the Kuyasa Station Precinct Development, the Kuyasa Library is not a stand-alone building, but instead forms part of a hub of social services including sub council offices and retail spaces. The complex is also situated next to the Solomon Mahlanga Community Hall and opposite the Kuyasa Train Station – this all contributes to the safety of the Khayelitsha compound and its facilities. Entrance and library cards are free for the Kuyasa Regional Library.
Opening Hours:Monday: 11am – 7pm | Tuesday: 10am – 6pm | Wednesday: 10am – 7pm | Thursday: 10am – 6pm | Friday: 10am – 5pm | Saturday: 9am – 2pm | Sunday: Closed
Walter Sisulu Road | Opposite the taxi rank | Khayelitsha | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 444 5064
Maggie’s Café Dog-Friendly Restaurant and Bar
Sitting pretty on Green Point’s Main Road, Maggie’s Café invites locals and their four-legged canine friends for an easy-going café-style meal suitable for all times of the day. Founded by Chef Riaan Burger – former executive chef of Mondiall Kitchen and Bar – and his partner Cailin Daniels in February 2016, the Sea Point eatery offers Capetonians and their pups great-tasting dishes at affordable prices. Patrons can expect to find a wide selection of delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner options on the restaurant and bars menu (more items will be added to the menu in the future.) Not to mention, the little Atlantic Seaboard haunt also boasts an extensive (and constantly developing) wine list – there are over 30 reds and whites on offer. Not only is the café dog-friendly but it too offers a few select menu items suitable for your four-legged furry friend such as dry sausage strips, doggy chips, beef biltong twists and peanut butter lollies. NOTE: Maggie’s Café also has an on and off consumption liquor license and is happy to offer any alcoholic beverage for take-away should you not be able to stick around! Here is all you need to know about the Green Point dog-friendly café.
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 7am – 10pm | Sunday: 8am – 2pm | Monday: Closed
49 Main Road | Green Point | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 433 1442 | email@example.com
Work & Co Shared Office Space
This Bree Street co-working space is dedicated to a community of entrepreneurs, small and medium sized enterprises and freelancers, striving to offer such individuals not only state-of-the-art facilities but the opportunity to connect with other like-minded individuals across all industries through their unique individual login portal accessed through custom designed digital tools. Members are instantly able to find, contact and meet other members within the Work & Co community. Located in Touchstone House, Work & Co – which officially opened its office doors in March 2016 – offers members a wide variety of office spaces in the form of Hot Desks, Shared Offices and Private Offices. What’s more, the premium co-working venue also boasts three meeting rooms available to all Work & Co members as well as outsiders who wish to use the space for a quick meeting or presentation. All members, no matter their work space or office-package, are able to use all the available facilities and services. From ultra-high-speed and reliable optic fibre internet and IT support to professional printers, scanners, copiers and full finger print readers and CCTV security (the list goes on and on), members have access to the highest standard of technology across all spheres. Not to mention, Work & Co has backed up their network with UPS – Uninterrupted Power Supply – so not even load shedding can derail a Work & Co member's productivity. Discover this CBD-based co-working space.
11th and 14th Floor Touchstone House | 7 Bree Street | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 202 6040
Amazi Nail and Beauty Bar
Launched in December 2015, this Wynberg-based beauty bar is all about offering folk affordable and accessible beauty care. Patrons can choose from a range of services including manicures, pedicures, gelish (a UV nail gel that is applied using multiple layers and steps), nail art, nail sets (natural or French tips), acrylic nails, massages, foot filing and more. Located in a central location ( train station, taxi rank and bus stops are all within walking distance), this brand aims to prove that it is possible for businesses to provide an affordable service without skimping on quality. Amazi also plans to expand to other areas including Mitchel’s Plain, the city centre, and even Johannesburg. Note: Amazi Nail and Beauty Bar also sells its own range of products. Booking is recommended at this unique salon.
Opening Times: Monday – Friday: 9am – 5:30pm; Saturday: 9am – 4pm ; Sunday: 9am – 1:30pmShop 16, Level One | Maynard Mall | Wynberg | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 761 0749
Raya Kitchen by Kitima
This exquisite Thai-Asian restaurant is award-winning restaurateur Kitima Sukonpongpao’s newest offering. The black, white, gold and grey coloured eatery offers delicious tapas-style eats (made to share) as well as some signature items from its sister restaurant Kitima in Hout Bay. That is, folk can indulge in noodles, soups, stir-fry’s, curries, vegetables, Asian specialties and more. In addition, the dishes have been made to pair excellently with the wine and bubbly on offer, giving a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Read more about this new Thai eatery in the heart of the CBD.
Opening Times: Monday – Saturday; 5pm – 10.30pm (kitchen only). Note that Raya Kitchen will soon open for lunch too. The reservation line is open from 11am daily.
Mandela Rhodes Place | 32 Wale Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0) 422 2266
Strolla Restaurant and Bar
This new seaside eatery is seasoned restaurateur Brendon Crews’ third establishment on Sea Point’s Platinum Mile. The 140-seater venue boasts a classic menu that features items like pizzas, burgers, steak, chicken, soups and more. One of the restaurant’s most impressive feats is its ability to cater for any kind of dining arrangements. There’s a sun deck for those wanting to sip on cocktails while soaking in views of the cool Atlantic, a kitted-out kids’ room to keep the little ones entertained while parents grab a bite to eat, and there’s even a section with plug points for patrons wanting to do a work lunch, or simply catch up on emails (there’s free Wi-Fi too). There’s also the outdoor Strolla Kiosk, which features specialty coffee from the folks at Bootleggers for a quick caffeine fix on the go. That, and the rest of the offering, makes it a one-stop shop for any kind of eating and drinking experience.
313 Beach Road | Sea Point | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 430 7778
Maze World at Imhoff Farm
This new addition to the historic and charming Imhoff Farm invites kids (and parents!) to break a sweat, have fun, and learn about the world of wildlife conservation at the same time. Built by former game ranger and conservation enthusiast Ian Pletzer, the double-storey installation features riddles that participants need to solve to complete the maze. Along the way mazers also get to learn about conservation efforts in Southern African countries like Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The maze is concluded with a fun and educational quiz. Since this unique feature sits at Imhoff Farm, which boasts an extensive list of exciting things to do, it makes it an ideal option for a lovely day out with the whole family.
Opening Times: Tuesday – Sunday: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Imhoff Farm | Kommetjie Road | Kommetjie | firstname.lastname@example.org
Yumcious by Jenny Morris
This delightful new restaurant and café is owned by celebrity chef and TV personality Jenny Morris. The eatery focuses on healthy, flavourful and wholesome eats, with a stand-out offering being the KiloTable. Changing on a daily basis, this table will be home to delicious and fresh eats that patrons can pick as little or as much of as they like as it is costed on weight. In addition, the restaurant boasts a diverse menu that includes burgers, sandwiches, salads and more. Visitors with a sweet tooth can enjoy a selection of fresh cakes and muffins. Overall, this beautifully decorated eatery is an apt choice if you’re looking for great quality and even better taste – be it for a quick breakfast or a decadent lunch.
Opening Times: Monday – Saturday; 7:30am – 4:30pm
Cape Quarter Square | 27 Main Road | Green Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 418 8000
This family-owned brewery and taproom, located in the charming town of Riebeek-Kasteel, offers patrons and craft beer lovers signature brews and a great location to simply relax and enjoy. The spot is the result of the Ingarfields family’s love for brewing delicious and experimental beverages that range from ales and IPAs to lagers and ice teas. Flagship Brew, in line with sharing the love for beer with visitors, is set up in such a way that folk can see the brew master in action. Beer tours are also available.
Opening Times: Tuesday – Saturday: 11am – 6pm; Sunday: 11am – 2pm
9 Church Street | Riebeek-Kasteel | Western Cape | 27 (0) 22 448 1122
Magents Clothing Concept Store
This long-standing brand (it was formed in 1992) has made a bold return after halting operations to re-focus its proudly South African brand identity. Now, the unique label has opened a brand new concept shop in Canal Walk. The store houses quality apparel and accessories like t-shirts, sweatpants, hoodies, hats, caps, shoes, sunglasses and more. In addition, the team at Magents emphasise that what they offer goes beyond clothing as their gear often sports conscious messages and artwork that contribute to an African aesthetic.
Opening Times: Monday – Sunday: 9am – 9pm
Shop No. 8 LL | Canal Walk | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 551 2533
O’Jangles Gastro Pub
Located in the city centre, this new spot fuses elements of fine dining, like good quality food and excellent service, with the unpretentious and laidback vibe of a pub. Accordingly, patrons can expect dishes like the slow-roasted mutton shank, 24-hour pulled pork baguette, a 35-day-matured beef rump dish, folded ravioli and more – all of which are prepped using head chef and owner Wesley Peters’ meticulous molecular gastronomy approach to food. The eatery also boasts an impressive wine list (Wesley is a sommelier), scrumptious desserts and an ultra-relaxed, yet chic ambience.
Opening Times: Tuesday – Saturday: 6pm till late
11 Orphan Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)81 880 0911
91 Loop Boutique Hostel
This hostel, located in the city centre, is Cape Town’s newest accommodation spot. Guests who stay here get to enjoy the aesthetics of a boutique hotel at a fee typically associated with a hostel or backpackers. In addition, 91 Loop is packed with an array of activities that include comedy nights, movie nights, pub crawls, beer olympics and daily tours organised by a top excursions company. There’s also the fact that the establishment is home to a restaurant, a deli and a courtyard where all kinds of fun happen. This spot is ideal for all urban dwellers, whether you are looking for accommodation or a great place to chill out.
Opening Times: Accommodation is open 24 hours a day. Walks-in are welcom. The Honey Badger restaurant: Monday – Sunday: 7am – 2am On Longmarket deli: Monday – Sunday: 7am – 4pm
91 Loop Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 286 1469
Outdoor Ice Rink at Blue Train Adventure Park
South Africa has just got its first-ever outdoor ice rink – all thanks to the folk at the Blue Train Adventure Park in Mouille Point. This installation makes it possible for participants to enjoy the pleasures of ice skating while soaking in the sun and feeling the breeze of the cool Atlantic Ocean. The synthetic rink is made from a high-quality material produced in Canada, and doesn’t require a power source, making it eco-friendly too! The Blue Train Park, which has been in existence for over 55 years, boasts many activities, including the popular mini Blue Train and interactive play structures. The spot is a place where parents can sit back and relax in a setting that offers charming views of the seaboard while their kids have fun.
Opening Times: Tuesday – Sunday: 10am – 6pm (Open on Mondays during school holidays. Also open on public holidays)
Beach Road (close to Green Point Lighthouse) | +27 (0) 84 314 9200
Dapper Coffee Co. and Club9
Situated in the heart of the CBD, on the corner of Bree and Strand Street, Dapper Coffee Co. and Club9 co-exist to form a trendy new hotspot inviting guests for a Dapper Special Blend cuppa joe and a light lunch, as well as to observe and admire the luxury sports cars on its large showroom floor. The brainchild and passion project of classic car collector and specialist Dirk Molsen, the space mostly features classic Porsches, as well as vintage Austin-Healeys, Ferraris, Alfa Romeos and Morris Minors. On the other side, Dapper Coffee Co. sits slightly elevated above the showroom floor and is run by Dirk’s wife and son, Lauren and Alex Molsen. The café offers an array of seasonal breakfast and lunch items, as well as coffees, juices and milkshakes. What’s more, located inside the shop is the Dutchman’s Car Care Clinic. The leading car detailer shop offers specialised car detailing services (cleaning, restoring and finishing) for all modern vehicles types.
Corner Bree and Strand Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 823 2444
Ceres Steam Train
The Ceres Rail Company officially started its engines in November 2015 with the ultimate aim of linking the Ceres Valley to Cape Town. Owned by Derick du Toit and his business partner Simon Beckett, this railway business gives locals and tourists the awesome opportunity to experience the scenic Cape Winelands from the vantage point of a historic refurbished and restored steam train. Currently the company offers passengers a two and a half hour return train ride departing from Demeter Station, located at Ceres Golf Estate, to Waverley Hills, an organic wine and olive estate situated just outside Wolseley. Later on, Ceres Rail Company plans to extend this return trip to run between Ceres Golf Estate, Wolseley and Prince Alfred Hamlet, as well as between Cape Town and the Witzenberg region. Watch this space!
Ceres Rail Company | Ceres Golf Estate | Ceres
Sundoo South Indian Tapas and Bar in Sea Point
Sundoo South Indian Tapas and Bar, owned by renowned restaurateur and chef Seelan Sundoo is a small and compact eatery that offers customers a casual yet “vibey” setting. Expect great tasting South Indain cuisine with a Durban-inspired twist. What’s more, the focus is on using only the freshest and healthiest ingredients possible. Sundoo’s menu includes many traditional South Indian dishes, all with a Seelan-twist, including home-baked breyanis, various clay oven meals and curries. Not to mention, everything at Sundoo is made in-house from grinding and mixing their spices to hand making their samoosas, pickles and chutneys. NOTE: Sundoo has a no-booking policy. Patrons are encouraged to come early (around 6:30pm) to secure their tables.
77 Regent Road | Sea Point | Cape Town | 021 433 0542
Outrage of Modesty
If you’re on the hunt for an unusual cocktail experience then Outrage of Modesty in Cape Town’s City Centre is just the place. Managed by skilled and quirky head bartender Luke Whearty, OoM boasts a unique menu. Patrons can indulge in cocktails featuring ingredients from nature like fennel pollen, buchu, wild berries and more. Whoever walks through the door has the chance to go on a flavour journey like no other. The décor has hints of a simplistic Japanese aesthetic mixed with a punk-like edge. Although the venue hosts an intimate 24 guests, OoM is set to make a big impression on the Cape Town cocktail scene. Note that light eats are also on offer.
Opening Times: Tuesday – Saturday: 6pm – late
88 Shortmarket Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 422 2902
Rands Lifestyle Space
Launched officially in August 2015, this lavish new spot in Khayelitsha is where folks can eat tasty traditional food, mingle with likeminded people in style, and dance until the sun comes up. The menu at Rands features eats like chicken, spinach, chakalaka, pap, lamb chops, sausage and lots more. Rands is open seven days a week and takes partygoers on a journey; from Monday through to Thursday the spot lends itself to cool, relaxing music, while from Thursday to Sunday the volume is cranked up and the definition of ‘good time’ is taken to a whole new level. The large venue (it can take in a maximum of 1500 people) has already played host to some big names in the South African music industry.
Shop 6 | Khaya Bazaar | Makabeni Road | +27 (0) 71 742 4322
AtFrits Five-Star Dog Hotel
Introducing Cape Town’s first ever five-star dog hotel! Officially unleashed in December 2015, the canine parlour boasts premium rooms, concierge services, a spa, daycare and much more. The three main room offerings are the Platinum Suite, which features premium bedding and linen, as well as a flat screen television that plays DogTV content; the Deluxe Suite, which features rooms like the ‘Hollywood Room’, ‘Jurassic Bark’ and ‘K9 Nkandla’; and the Doggy Dormitory, which is dorm-style accommodation. What’s more, all rooms are fitted with a webcam app so owners can check up on their pets. There’s also the option to treat pooches to day tours. All dogs (big or small, young or frail) are welcome.
121 Castle Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 422 2175
Nooka Vegetarian Restaurant and Café
Located on the East side of the city, this health focussed restaurant invites folks to indulge in vegetarian eats with Middle Eastern flavour and flair. Conceptualised by Israeli owners Eliav Vanunu and Or Sivan, the eatery also encourages the ‘late night bite’ idea. That is, hungry herbivores and those keen for a healthy meal can stumble through Nooka’s doors late into the night as they are open every day from 8am until midnight. The menu features intriguing eats like the ‘Burger of Cheese’, a burger with a patty made of three cheeses, and the Nooka Shakshuka, a classic Israeli dish that is made of eggs poached in a tomato sauce served with bread, a side salad and tahini (a Middle Eastern paste made with sesame seeds). This is a café that caters to all sorts of tastes and palates.
Opening Times: Monday – Saturday: 8am –12am
20 Roeland Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 461 0691
MyVinos Wine App
Have you ever dreamed of having your own wine cellar? Well, dream no more because MyVinos, a revolutionary new Cape Town app, gives connoisseurs access to a bespoke selection of reds and whites – all in the palm of their hand. The iOS app (soon to come to Android) was created after co-founder and sommelier Xavier Didier and his team noticed it was difficult to find variety on the wine lists of the city’s restaurants. But now, with a few swipes and clicks, wine lovers and restauranteurs can have some of South Africa’s best wines, via the Taj Reserve cellar, delivered to their doorstep. The one-of-a-kind app also keeps in tune with trends and partners with various wine estates to ensure that the selection on offer stays fresh, interesting and is of a high quality.
Opening Times: Wine is delivered between 12pm and 10pm, seven days a week (provided you have Vinos credits).
111 St George’s Mall | Taj Reserve | Cape Town | +27 (0) 78 786 0307
Velvet Cake Co
While the brand name goes as far back as 2010, the Velvet Cake Company’s city centre arrival can be counted as new. The sweet tooth haven has opened shop on Loop Street and works tirelessly to ensure that only the freshest and most innovative cakes leave their kitchen. Think creations like the red velvet cake with toasted meringue, milk tart cupcakes and their signature naked rainbow cake. The spot also offers coffee for all those city caffeine addicts and also boast a special occasions service where cake orders for any special event is taken.
Opening Times: Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm
16 Loop Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 286 1082
Frozen Yo Ice Cream Truck
Thanks to owners Nicholas and Samantha Ahrends, Cape Town has received its first official frozen yoghurt food truck. Launched in August 2015, the four-wheeler stocks Italian froyo that is gluten-free and low in calories, and uses real yoghurt with live cultures and probiotics. In short, it is incredibly healthy (and therefore a more guilt-free choice than its ice cream and gelato counterparts). Choose from four main flavours – vanilla, watermelon, English toffee and Oreo (these will change from time to time) – and add to that a choice of 12 toppings (think Astros, fudge, muesli, banana and more) that can be decadently glazed onto the base flavours. This is the ultimate summer treat as it is sweet and guilt free!
Opening Hours: The truck has no strict times and is weather dependent. It can be found in front of Doodles at Blouberg beach (and is also available for hire).
+27 (0) 21 556 4782 | email@example.com
Secret Social Club Parties in Cape Town
Take the ultimate nostalgic journey through time and space at the Secret Social Club, which brings a dose of old-school cool to Cape Town every second Friday of the month. Organised by the folk behind Nomadiq parties and We House Sundays, this shindig features the very best of decades gone by with retro arcade games like PacMan and Street Fighter, activities such as table tennis and foozball, and classic jams ranging from hip hop and house to neo soul and disco. Even aspects of the food will take you back in time with street-style grub from Cape Town Food Trucks and sweet treats like toffee apples and chocolate brownies. What’s more, shuttles from the CBD will take the hassle out of getting to and from the venue (it’s in Paarden Eiland). The organisers have thought of every detail so all you have to do is kick back and have a damn good time.
3 Industry Street | Paarden Eiland | Cape Town | +27 (0)74 142 6359
Lungi’s B&B in Khayelitsha
After a ravaging fire burned this one-of-a-kind B&B down towards the end of 2014, Lungi’s is now back bigger and better than before. The new B&B features two large colourful en-suite bedrooms for guests, a conjoined dining room and lounge, a kitchen as well as two more bedrooms for Lungi’s family – giving it an incredibly homely feel. In addition, guests are able to indulge in traditional Xhosa delicacies like samp, dumplings and chakalaka, cooked by Lungi herself. Those wanting to make the most of their stay in Khayelitsha can take part in tours that give a glimpse of life in one of the country’s largest townships – making a stay at this ‘shack-chic’ B&B a one-of-a-kind experience.
Sivivane Crescent | Khayelitsha | +27 (0)71 005 8817
Malay Coffee Company
What started out as a gift from husband to wife is now a fully-fledged café on Loop Street that is set to treat workers in and around the CBD to home-made eats and coffee. Folk can choose from a range of Halaal-friendly dishes like rice and curry, salomies, akhni (a dish similar to biryani) and lasagne, as well as on-the-go meals such as smoked chicken and tuna sandwiches, samoosas, Malay-style koeksisters, muffins, cake and more. Owner Muneeba Allie brings a personal touch with deliveries to thse who work within a reasonable distance/nearby.
Opening Times: Monday – Friday: 8am – 6pm (closed on Friday between 12:30pm and 1:45pm)
214 Loop Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0) 60 390 0057
Lucky Bao Asian Restaurant
This unusual eating experience, conceptualised by chef Cheyne Morrisby, offers folk in Hout Bay and beyond the chance to feast on Asian street-style eats like bao, a traditional Chinese steamed bun with fillings such as grilled pork belly or soft-shell crab; yakitori, a Japanese skewered chicken dish that comes in a variety of flavourful coatings; as well as Eastern-style milkshakes and sides. On top of that, the unique eight-seater restaurant offers the intimate ‘Lucky Six’ experience where diners can book out the whole place, munch through a five-course meal (served with complimentary wine) and watch the chef whip up each meal in front of their eyes – making for quite an unforgettable night.
Opening Times: Monday – Saturday: 12pm – 3pm (Lunch); Monday – Saturday: 5pm – 10pm (Dinner)
1 Pam Arlene Place | Main Road | Hout Bay | +27 (0) 79 067 4919
Reverie Social Table
Conceptualised by talented chef Julia Hattingh, this one-of-a-kind dining experience invites patrons to enjoy a five-course meal (paired with wine) in a warm and welcoming setting. Seating only 18 guests, the eatery focuses on the aspect of social and communal eating around one long table. In addition, the restaurant dispenses with the standard à la carte menu, inviting guests on an unexpected and delightful culinary journey that is only revealed as each meal makes its way to the table. Julia has some fine food credentials under her belt, having cooked up a storm at establishments such as the Franschhoek Kitchen at Holden Manz Wine Estate and Le Quartier Francais. Overall, the experience is set to be a dreamy and magical affair comprising good food, wine and a great time. Note: The venue also has a lunch offering where Julia prepares a special ‘dish of the day’.
Opening Times: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am – 3pm (lunch only). Dinner starts at 7pm for 7:30pm
226A Lower Main Road | Observatory | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 447 3219 or (0)79 060 6971
The Warthog Pub and Restaurant
Sports fans and lovers of good times are in for a treat as The Warthog Pub and Restaurant hits the spot. Launched in September 2015, the Newlands-based eatery is an upbeat but down-to-earth place to catch a game on big-screen TV’s, devour burgers and other pub-grub and have a great time in a pumping atmosphere. The menu boasts crowd-pleasing eats like burgers, chicken breasts, BBQ pork ribs, chilli poppers and more. In addition, the drinks selection includes more than 47 local and international beers that cover a broad range of tastes. And since the eatery is a mere stone’s throw away from Newlands Stadium, it’s a convenient venue to indulge in an after-game drink.
Opening Times: Monday – Sunday: 10am – 11pm
165 Main Road (close to the Newlands Stadium) | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 685 9779
The Cookie Yard
Bags of Bites, a company that specialises in making wholesome and sweet homemade eats, has opened The Cookie Yard, a new coffee shop in the buzzing Southern suburb of Observatory to give Capetonians a more intimate experience of its passion for baking. At the store, patrons are able to choose from a wide array of biscuits (think chocolate chip cookies and shortbreads), cakes, rusks and more. Those with specific dietary requirements don’t have to worry about a thing as gluten-free, wheat-free and vegan variations are available. Moreover, the café also sells sandwiches (available on ciabatta or rye bread or on a bagel), cold and hot beverages (including everything from smoothies and juices to coffees and teas) and light breakfast items, like muesli and oats. The laidback ambience and cosy interior make for an incredibly inviting venue; visitors can choose to relax on wooden stools and chairs that are peppered with colourful cushions or can station themselves at the shop’s long wooden centre table, which is fitted with plug points, making it a desirable place to catch up on emails (free Wi-fi is available).
Opening times: Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 3:30pm
4 Tasman Road (opposite AFDA) | Observatory | Cape Town | +27 (0) 60 654 1348
Fatbike Beach Cycle Tours
Founded by avid mountain biker Dave Caravias in mid-2015, this innovative tour company invites visitors to explore the beaches in the pretty Gansbaai area in a way they’ve likely never before: on two (fat) wheels. The laidback excursions see adventurers cycle along the coastline on wide-tyred bicycles that are specifically designed to move effortlessly over sand. Currently, there are two different routes available, one of which takes riders from the coastal village of De Kelders all the way along a 20-km stretch of pristine beach to the seaside town of Hermanus. While spinning along, bikers will be able to take in the gorgeous scenery of the shoreline and if they’re lucky, will spot seals, African oystercatchers, and in season, the odd southern right whale. Tours are reasonably priced and last about three to four hours in total.
Operating times: Tours run daily on request. Morning outings begin at 9:30am and afternoon excursions head off at around 2pm.
De Kelders | Gansbaai | +27 (0)79 514 8386
Rush Trampoline Park
Launched in August 2015, this one-of-a-kind trampoline park has a solid mission to provide Capetonians with a safe indoor space to have an enormous amount of fun. Lined with wall-to-wall trampolines, the 21,000sq.ft facility also boasts other additions, like a dodgeball court, a gigantic foam pit (it’s said to be the largest in the world), a basketball slam dunk area and even a ‘chill zone’ where non-jumpers and parents can relax and enjoy a cup of coffee and free Wi-fi. In addition, Rush offers activities like fitness classes and dodgeball tournaments and packages like kids’ birthday parties and team building sessions. All in all, the venue is a one-stop house of fun for all ages!
Opening times: Monday – Thursday: 10am – 9pm; Friday – Saturday: 9am – 10pm; Sunday: 9am – 8pm
3rd Floor | Stadium on Main | 104 Main Road | Claremont | Cape Town | +27 (0) 82 460 5388
Launched in July 2015 by creative Capetonian group Am I Collective, this new Stellenbosch-based market is on a mission to treat the Cape Winelands town and surrounds to authentic, delicious fare. The food emporium sits in a charming 18th-century building and features over 10 stalls that include the likes of Ryan Boon, whose focus is grass-fed speciality meats; Mano’s Bakery, which serves up delicious wood-fired artisan bread; java brand Deluxe Coffeeworks, which is well known for its steaming brew; Around Cheese, which crafts artisan dairy delights; and The Juice Revolution, a stall that is passionate about serving cold-pressed nectar. Not to mention, those keen on a sip and swirl session can enjoy full-flavoured reds and whites in the wine tasting venue and bar, and craft beer fans can swig a draught of ale in the same section of the market. Indoor and outdoor seating is available for those wanting to feast on prepared eats (there’s a pop-up kitchen as well), chat with friends and enjoy the relaxed yet buzzing atmosphere.
Opening times: Monday – Saturday: 7am – 7pm
Corner Ryneveld Street and Plein Street | Stellenbosch | Cape Winelands | +27 (0) 21 883 2274
El Burro Taqueria
Launched in July 2015, Taqueria is a colourful, quaint new Mexican eatery on Kloof Street that is owned by the well-known crew behind El Burro. This new haunt differs from the main Green Point restaurant in that its focus is on a lighter, quicker, more scaled-down offering: there are no formal printed menus (all menu items are listed on the wall above the counter) and tacos are served as singular plates, allowing visitors to taste a variety of options as they go rather than having to commit to one heavy meal. El Burro regulars will be pleased to know that the famed classics can be found at Taqueria, while newbies will feel safe in that they won’t be overwhelmed with options. Patrons can expect items such as esquites (warm Mexican street corn salad), chicarrones (a fried pork belly dish), ceviche (fresh raw fish cured in lime juice), quesadillas (steak, veggie and chorizo options) and more. Drinks like mocktails (their liquor licence is yet to be obtained), cold drinks and even Mexican-style hot chocolate can all be enjoyed in this cosy venue, which treats folk to spectacular views of the mighty Lion’s Head mountain.
Opening times: Monday – Friday: 12pm – 11:30pm; Saturday: 10am – 11:30pm
12 Kloof Nek Road | Corner of Kloof Nek and New Church Street | Tamboerskloof | +27 (0) 21 422 3554
& Bikes Café
Launched in July 2015 by cycle operating company Bikes ‘n Wines, this one-of-a-kind café combines a boutique element alongside a strong passion for all things cycling to give visitors the chance to snack on light eats, sip on a steaming cup of coffee, purchase bicycle gear and even book an exciting biking expedition in the winelands – all in one spot. The clothing element of the store houses beautiful and locally designed apparel like t-shirts, cycle-themed jewellery, bike bells, saddles, helmets, art, custom-made bikes, all of which are produced by people who are passionate about the athletic and leisurely discipline. It is also here that the pastime is seen as a way of life, and as a result, avid riders can pop in if they need advice or inspiration to tackle their next race as the shop is headed and managed by Quintin Smith and Tarryn Povey, who are both extremely zealous cyclists who want to share that passion with the rest of the Mother City.
Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 5pm; Saturday: 8:30am – 1:30pm (tours run from Monday – Sunday).
33 Loop Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 823 8790
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