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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
Last Update December, 6th 2016
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.
Sunset Café in Camps Bay
Sunset café in Camps Bay offers a refreshing experience of cocktails on the beach. The beautifully decorated interior was designed by co-owner Simon Fraser, incorporating thorn branches and preserved bouquets brought in from the Cedarburg which are suspended from the ceiling. Sunset Café is the latest addition to the hottest strip in Cape Town. Tuck into their delectable meals prepared by acclaimed chef Cameron North from the Pot Luck Club. Sunset Café combines the best of the Atlantic Ocean views paired with the most refreshing cocktails for any time of day. From sunrise to sunset cocktails, Sunset Café categorizes the alcohol content appropriate according to the time of day. If a colourful concoction doesn’t appeal to you, try a cup of the world’s strongest java supplied by Black Insomnia Coffee. Sunset Café is one of the very few places in Cape Town with a kegerator on-site to give you a taste of the Black Nitro. This is the extra smooth, cold-brew, nitrogen-infused coffee. Try the unique Black Magic cocktail for the best of both cuppa and cocktail worlds. This tiki drink is mixed with the Black Insomnia coffee, tequila, cinnamon, and pineapple. Get lost in stylish interior and conversation with a couple of mates at Sunset Café.
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday: 9:30am – 2am69 Victoria Road | Camps Bay | +27 (0) 21 418 3003
The Raptor Room on Roeland Street
The Raptor Room adds funk to your food with a unique take on South African food. You can expect to walk in on amazon inspired décor with miniature dinosaurs placed on every table. The diner-like eatery combines the favourite things of owners Amy Lilly and Danel Maree: dinosaurs, music and of course, their love for food. With offerings for brunch, lunch and dinner, The Raptor Room combines some of the best South African ingredients, with a bit of an Americanised twist. Take the Raptor Room’s Smashed Avocado for example, which is a dish made up of wood-fired beer bread with slowly roasted rooibos tomatoes, Karoo-style dukkha and candied lemon or the Fricken Chicken, which is three pieces of Amazi and apricot fried free-range chicken, marinated in house spices with a house salad. For a unique meal, passionate kitchen staff and a vibe you’ll never forget, try The Raptor Room on Roeland Street.
Opening Times: Monday - Saturday: 11am - 11pm
Shop 2 | 79 Roeland Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)87 625 0630
Kamili on Harrington
The sister outlet to one of the most loved coffee shops in Cape Town, Kamili, adds one more member to the family: Kamili on Harrington. With friendly baristas, who are always ready for a conversation and a great selection of coffees from Africa and abroad, Kamili allows you to embark on a journey of coffee discovery. For those not in the know, Kamili has been in existence for about five years, and many – both locals and visitors - have dubbed it the best coffee in Cape Town, and there’s a reason for that: Kamili serves your coffee just the way you like it. Patrons are encouraged to let the barista know what they look for in their perfect cuppa, without them feeling like they are offending. Kamili on Harrington offers a space for customers to relax and hang out, something a tad different to Kamili on Shortmarket and Long. The upstairs section is open to the public, and pretty soon Kamili on Harrington will offer single origin tasting. There will also be more food options, with a special focus on footlongs, waffles and salads.
Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 7am – 6pm; Saturday – Sunday: 8am – 6pm
48 on Harrington | Cape Town
Stepbrothers Italian Restaurant in De Waterkant
Stepbrothers, Cape Town’s new Italian restaurant not only brings best friends, Barry Fuchs and Gionathan Vessio together, but also brings life to a childhood dream. The name is tied to the movie of the same name which shares both Barry and Gionathan’s love for comedy and of course, Will Ferrell. This modern restaurant offers handmade Italian food, everything up to the pasta is made from scratch with 100% organic ingredients from local organic farms in and around Cape Town. Stepbrothers combine two unique worlds, serving Italian cuisine with South African flare.
Gionathan brings his Italian touch to the kitchen, and together with Head Chef Ed, Stepbrothers believes that cooking starts in the soil. Chef Ed explains, “Flavour profiles of anything from Skye’s farm have been under development for the past 16 years. I cook them for 5 minutes and put them on a plate. My five minutes in comparison does nothing to the 16 years’ worth of work." Stepbrothers also offer wheat and gluten free pasta dishes, as well as vegan and vegetarian-friendly dishes.
Opening hours: Monday - Saturday: 9am – 10pm
Corner Chiapinni and Waterkant Street | De Waterkant
Kaffa Hoist Café in Langa
Located in the Guga S’Thebe Arts and Cultural Centre on Washington Street in Langa (one of Cape Town’s oldest and most vibrant townships), this new espresso bar and kitchen seeks to not only serve great-tasting, freshly-brewed coffee and delicious fare, but to also encourage local community members to pursue their dreams and aspirations. Co-founded in 2014 by Bulumko Govuza and Chris Bangira, Kaffa Hoist and Sherbet originally started out in the local market-scene selling homemade pancakes and ice teas. Today the startup café is a full-service espresso bar and kitchen, serving high-quality local brews and freshly made, light meals such as sandwiches (crowd favourites include the egg, avocado and chicken mayonnaise), freshly baked muffins, scones and sweet and savoury pancakes. Other delights include various shakes, iced coffees and homemade ice teas. As ideal for groups touring Langa – the Guga S’Thebe Arts and Cultural Centre is part of many township excursions – as it is for ‘’Mother City’’ folk looking for a quick cuppa Joe before work or during their lunch break, Kaffa Hoist Café is the place to be. Support local initiatives and enjoy your next java experience at Kaffa Hoist Café in Langa.
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday: 7am – 7pm; Saturday: 7am – 6pm; Sunday: 7am – 4pm
Guga S’Thebe Arts Centre | Washington Street | Langa | +27 (0) 71 120 6345
Chefs Kitchen in Gardens
Sitting flush on St John’s sidewalk in Gardens, this brand-new kitchen offers patrons a unique, wholesome and somewhat, timely experience. Officially opening its doors in October 2016, Chefs Kitchen is a fresh three-meal-only lunch spot, creating an exclusive space for people on the go, to access top quality fare without the traditional restaurant fuss. The concept is simple: each day there are three main dishes (vegetarian, meat and lighter meal options available) and one dessert prepared. Diners can either browse these options daily, online or can use one of the in-house iPads, to see the various choices. On arrival, patrons order their meal using one of the eatery’s touch screens and pay immediately. From there, they take a seat at one of the communal tables and before they know it, their meal is quickly – and beautifully – brought to them on one of the Chef’s customised food trays. Once finished, guests are welcome to get up and leave. Simple and quick, this is what Chefs is all about as well as excellent and nutritious fare. No fuss attached.
81 St John’s Street | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0) 461 0368
The Striped Horse Bar & Grill in Muizenberg
Officially opening its doors in September 2016 on York Road in Muizenberg, The Striped Horse is a new bar and grill, serving patrons ice cold beers (as well as other beverages) and a small, but tantalising, pub grub menu. First and foremost a bar – and in affiliation with the proudly local craft beer – the seaside saloon serves The Striped Horse’s full range of brews as well as a selection of other much-loved SA-brewed and international draughts. To complement the beers, the kitchen grills a limited mix of tasty delights including Prego rolls, chicken wings and Karoo lamb chops. Eclectic and deeply distinctive, The Striped Horse Bar & Grill welcomes all into its captivating and somewhat enigmatic space, inviting crowds to stay as long as they want because as the bar’s charismatic owner, Jurie Blomerus maintains: “I like to think that as people go, they will outstay their welcome. Which is a nice thing in a bar, it means that someone is closing it with you and I’m all good with that.”
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday: 12pm – 1am; Saturday: 11am – 1am; Sunday: 11am – 10pm;
12 – 14 York Road | Muizenberg | +27 (0) 21 788 2979
The Hungry Herbivore in Cape Town
Situated on Orphan Street in Cape Town, The Hungry Herbivore – which officially opened its doors in September 2016 – is a 100% plant-based eatery and snack manufacturer. Founded by vegan- enthusiasts, Amy Scott and Brent Borman, the new restaurant seeks to bridge the gap between healthy and ethical eating whilst comfort fare focusing on great tasting food and veganism. Seeking to cater for all, the devoted vegan and meat-eater, Amy and Brent’s foodie menu serves an array of much loved breakfast and lunch favourites – think traditional breakfasts, crispy pizzas, creamy pastas and hearty burgers – and is as ideal for the plant-based community as it is for the general consumer. In addition, The Hungry Herbivore serves a selection of raw and refined sugar-free desserts (Amy’s specialty) as well as a range of freshly squeezed juices and healthy super-food smoothies. The vegan eatery also creates and retails a selection of hand-crafted 100% vegan snacks including coconut chips, kale chips, choc chip cookies and raw pizza bases, which customers can purchase directly from the café or from various stores nationwide. CBD diners can order online via OrderIn and have their meal delivered straight to their door or workplace. TIP: Ask the inner city vegan hotspot directly about its private catering collection-only options.
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 9am – 6pm; Sunday: 9am – 3pm (NOTE: The Hunger Herbivore is not open for dinner yet, but it will be in the near future)
11 Orphan Street | Cape Town | +27 (0) 422 0347
The Salt Yard in Mowbray
Sitting flush against Durban Road’s bustling sidewalk in Mowbray, The Salt Yard – which officially opened its doors in September 2016 – is a new restaurant and bar, co-owned by Mathew (Mat) Wallace and Phillip (Phil) Myburgh (who is also the eatery’s head chef). Offering patrons the best of both worlds – the space is divided into two rooms; a smoking bar area and a more formal sit-down section – The Salt Yard strives to cater for all, in terms of its setting and foodie offering. With a key focus on high quality and local goods, The Salt Yard’s menu – designed by Phil – offers patrons a wide selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner favourites. Must-try dishes include the eggs Benedict, Prego roll and Fig and Goat's Cheese Burger. To accompany the scrumptious fare, The Salt Yard serves a wide selection of custom-made and traditional cocktails – try the eatery’s signature Candyfloss Martini or Bumble Bee cocktail – as well as an array of local, craft and draught beers (amongst many other drinks available at the bar). Well-known for greeting and chatting to The Salt Yard’s patrons, Mat and Phil (Phil is also well-known for coming out of the kitchen to sit with diners and find out how they enjoyed the food) take pride in getting to know who walks through their doors and to accommodate them as much as they possibly can. As ideal for a quick brekkie as it is for a prolonged lunch or quiet dinner (not to mention, a sneaky Friday night jol), the new Southern Suburbs restaurant and bar seeks to welcome all through its doors and into its quirky, one-of-a-kind space.
Opening Hours: Monday - Thursday: 10am – 11pm; Friday - Sunday: 10am – 1am; NOTE: In the near future, The Salt Yard will be open from 7am for the breakfast run.
74 Durban Road | Little Mowbray | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 685 0307
Tafel & Tap Bistro and Bakery in Paarl
Situated in a beautiful Cape Dutch-style building – complete with its iconic gable, whitewashed walls and thatched roof – Tafel & Tap Bistro and Bakery sits pretty on Paarl’s bustling Main Road. Officially re-opening its door in September 2016 (the space was previously known as Juno Café), Tafel & Tap – owned by Cape Wine Company’s winemaker, Erlank Erasmus – is a bistro-style restaurant and bakery, serving speciality wines (the space is home to the local family vino business) as well as a small selection of craft beers on Tap. What’s more, the eatery also houses a fully licenced wine shop and tasting space, which stocks all of the Cape Wine Company’s famous blends as well as a range of other quality wines – think gold stickers and boutique vinos – from the region, for patrons to take away. Striving to create the ultimate taste and enjoy world-class reds and whites, paired with excellent seasonal fare, the Winelands hotspot is as ideal for locals as it is for vino-loving day-trippers or visitors from abroad.
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Thursday: 10am – 10pm; Friday - Saturday: 8am – 10pm
191 Main Street | Paarl | +27 (0) 21 872 0697
Coco Safar Couture Espresso and Pâtisserie in Cavendish Square
Brainchild of co-founders Wilhelm Liebenberg and Caroline Sirois, and billed as a first of its kind, Coco Safar is an authentic and luxury espresso bar and café that incorporates a capsule emporium pairing Third Wave (a movement to produce high-quality java) specialty coffee and rooibos with freshly baked couture pâtisserie and French-style café fare. Officially launched in August 2016, Coco Safar – to the knowledge of its creators – is the only brand in Cape Town, and the world, that encompasses an espresso bar, capsule emporium, café and pâtisserie all under one roof. Located in Cavendish Square, the revolutionary café strives to offer customers a unique experience, focusing on daily indulgences and escapisms where quality reigns on every level and is accessible to all. Attempting to bridge the gap in Third Wave coffee, Coco Safar seeks to offer java-lovers world-class speciality coffee drinks at its espresso bar and café as well as with its custom-made pods ensuring premium, high-class coffee every time. So whether you’re popping in for a quick espresso, or want to spend time over a leisurely breakfast, high tea or a true dessert experience, the multi-sensory environment you’ll find at this Claremont café will ensure a luxuriously seamless and rather addictive experience every time. NOTE: Coco Safar serves High Tea daily from 3pm to 6pm and comprises a selection of sweet and savoury treats based on classic French pâtisserie, with an innovative twist.
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday: 7:30am – 9pm; Saturday: 8:30am – 9pm; Sunday: 8:30am – 6pm
Ground Floor | Cavendish Square | Claremont | +27 (0) 21 671 1607
Blindiana Barista Coffee Shop and Museum in Worcester
Officially launched on Tuesday, 13 September 2016 by the non-profit organisation catering for the all-inclusive needs of the blind, Kaleidoscope, which now houses Blindiana Barista, South Africa’s first-ever, blind coffee shop and museum. Located in Worcester, the new java-stop forms part of the original Blindiana Museum (in short, the museum is for the blind about the blind) and is designed for all, the visually impaired and abled. The project began two years ago where the plan was to incorporate the existing museum (that displays the first 100 years of the history of Kaleidoscope and the development of services to persons with visual impairments from 1881 to 1981 as well as strives to serve as a resource centre to future generations) with a new coffee shop. Today, this ‘plan’ is a reality. Patrons visiting the new eatery will have the opportunity to taste Kaleidoscope’s innovative Blindiana custom roast coffee blend, which was created by blind baristas. Furthermore, diners will be able to choose from a wide selection of fresh and wholesome breakfast and light meal options. So, next time you’re in Worcester, be sure to stop in for cuppa and stroll through the historical establishment at Blindiana Barista.
Opening Hours:Monday to Friday: 7:30am – 5pm; Saturday: 8am – 1pm
134 Church Street | Worcester | +27 (0) 23 347 2745
The James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington
Located in Wellington, approximately 55-minutes from Cape Town, The James Sedgwick Distillery is now officially open to the public on selected dates and times for distillery tours and food pairings. Billed as the only commercial whisky distillery in Africa and home to the internationally award-winning range of Three Ships and Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky, the establishment invites all to explore the true passion and craftsmanship of South Africa’s whiskies, come to understand the art of whisky-making, learn about the history of the distillery spanning 130 years as well as to taste some of the world’s finest malts and grains. The pre-booked tours and tastings are limited to 10 people per a group to ensure a more personal and exclusive experience. Guests will enjoy a refreshing whisky-cocktail on arrival followed by an informative video before heading on an on-foot tour of the distillery. Once completed and back at the tasting room, members will then be presented with an unconventional pairing of three whiskies and five generous food dishes. Visitors can join the tours and tastings on a Friday and Saturday at 10am and 2pm at The James Sedgwick Distillery.
Opening Hours: Friday- Saturday: 10am and 2pm
134 Church Street | Worcester | +27 (0) 23 347 2745
House of H on Loop Street
Located on Cape Town’s up-and-coming, Loop Street, House of H – which officially opened its doors in August 2016 – is bringing something a little different to the usual CBD landscape, in the form of a self-service “one-stop-shop”. Serving great-tasting Deluxe Coffeeworks java, wholesome and sustainable fare and drinks as well as – which is to be launched in the very near future – a rooftop “Dude’s Bar” overlooking the cityscape that includes a resident barber, Jonni Razor, and tattoo artist, Leigh Soulink from Sleight of Hand with a virtual reality (VR) gaming lounge and more, visitors can find everything they’ll need all under one roof. With a key focus on serving high-quality local and organic meat products and fresh produce, House of H’s daily blackboard menu changes with the availability and the seasons of goods. Guests can look forward to wholesome meaty dishes as well as a wide selection of freshly-made salads, homemade breads and House of H’s famous one-and-only dessert, the koeksister waffle. (There are also a couple vegan- and vegetarian-friendly inspired options.) Striving to be self-sustainable as much as possible, House of H grows all that it can in-house. Soon visitors will be able to purchase fresh herbs and vegetables from House of H directly.
Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday:
Coffee Shop: 7am
Kitchen: 11am – 11pm
Barber Shop: 9am- 5pm
Tattoo Artist: 9am – 5pm
112 Loop Street | Cape Town | +27 (0) 79 061 9826
Cape Town’s First Outdoor Blind-Friendly Park in Bellville
On 23 August 2016, the City of Cape Town unveiled a new outdoor blind-friendly playground in Bellville. A first for the metropolitan, the play area is located in the Northern Suburbs between Berol Street and Beroma Crescent (within walking distance of the Athlone School for the Blind) and was headed by the city’s Transport of Cape Town (TCT). Specifically designed with special needs in mind, the space includes a fenced-off zone with asphalt humps ideal for small bikes and scooters, an enclosed rubber matted-area (to help stimulate balance, encourage mobility, build confidence and improve muscle tone) comprising a wooden jungle gym complete with a slide, ropes and bridge, two swing sets, a see-saw and monkey-bars as well as a fenced games court with seating walls. There is also a beautiful scented garden (with lavender, wild garlic and rosemary), a lawn area and low-seating walls with an extensive educational relief mural. All community members (visually impaired and abled) are encouraged to use and enjoy the Outdoor Blind-Friendly Park.
Opening Hours: Daily
Between Berol Street and Beroma Crescent | Bellville | Cape Town
GONOW Electric Bicycles in Cape Town
Currently operating outside of Strolla Café in Sea Point, GONOW Electric Bicycles is a new innovative electric bike company offering clients guided rides with rental (by the hour, half-day or full-day) and purchasing options. Self-powered and easy to ride (it’s like riding a normal bicycle, just with an extra boost), the custom-made bikes do all the work for you, so no fitness level is required. Ideal for all ages, the electric bikes give riders the freedom to do what they want without having to hassle about traffic, parking or fuel, not to mention physical exhaustion. A hired electric bike can go as fast as 25-km/h and drive a total distance of 40-kms (exerting no more than 250watts of energy). Cyclers must be able to ride a traditional bicycle as well as be 16-years or older to ride on the road. Safety-briefs and helmets are provided and riders are encouraged to wear closed shoes and comfortable clothing. What’s more, in the near future (end of 2016) GONOW will open its lifestyle electric bike concept store complete with a showroom and second pick-up point on Sea Point’s Main Road (beneath The Ritz Hotel) showcasing its four custom-designed bicycles: The Defender, Double 07, the Italian Job and The Double Espresso. As ideal for the local looking for an affordable mode of transport to avoid rush-hour congestion as for the visitor wishing to explore the Mother City at ease, GONOW Electric Bicycles is a completely unique and wonderful way to travel and experience Cape Town.
Opening Hours: Daily: 8am – 8pm
Showroom and Pick-up Point 1: 253 Main Road | Sea Point | Cape Town (beneath The Ritz Hotel)
Pick-up Point 2: Strolla | 309 Beach Road | Sea Point | Cape Town (in front of The Peninsula) | +27 (0) 64 393 8231 | +27 (0) 82 492 5367
Unframed Ice Cream on Kloof Street
Lemon grass and jasmine rice; lime, lemon and basil sorbet; peanut butter and burnt white chocolate are just some of the many decadent and unique ice cream and sorbet flavours that can be found at Unframed Ice Cream, the all-new artisan ice cream parlour located on Cape Town’s trendy Kloof Street. Founded by Yann Rey in August 2016, Unframed looks to provide the Mother City with one-of-a-kind sorbet and dairy and vegan ice cream made from the best natural ingredients in the world. Offering 12 ice creams (including two sorbets and two vegan options – made with coconut milk), flavours will constantly change depending on the owner’s and product and recipe developer’s (French ice cream master Stephane Auge), daily inspiration and available seasonal produce. The trendy Kloof hub also offers a wide range of toppings and sauces (there are vegan-friendly options) to add to the scoops. Striving to constantly put a new spin – think bold flavours, creamy textures and perfectly balanced ingredients – on the old-time favourite dessert, ice cream-lovers can expect nothing less than the unexpected at Unframed Ice Cream.
Opening Hours: Monday - Sunday: 12pm – 10.30 pm
45C Kloof Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)72 354 936
Openwine in Cape Town
Sitting pretty on the Mother City’s lively Wale Street, Openwine – which officially opened its doors in July 2016 – is an all-new wine-concept store, offering patrons a wide selection of proudly South African wine, served with an Italian-cum-French twist. Titled as an enoteca, Openwine is dedicated to all things vino and places the alcoholic fermented grape drink at the centre of its expertise and offering. Independently showcasing an array of the country’s finest vintages, the inner-city haunt is the ultimate wine-lovers paradise, offering patrons a vino-experience like none other. In addition, and although Openwine cannot be described as a restaurant, the hotspot does serve a weekly-changing wine-inspired food menu, comprising of dishes paired with suggested wines; one for the bubbly-lover, the white-devotee, the light red wine fan as well as the full-bodied red wine drinker. There is a full food and wine pairing option available as well. With a key passion for South African produce, other proudly local goods is the wide selection of craft beer, gin and olive oil that can also be found and tasted at Openwine in Cape Town.
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 12pm – 8pm | Times may adapt with events and seasons
72 Wale Street | CBD | +27 (0) 21 422 0800
Banks Burger in Newlands
Located in the leafy Southern Suburbs on Dean Street, Banks Burger grills and fires are far more than what meets the eye. Serving the ultimate combo – hamburger, fries and shakes – the Newlands-fast-food shop (which officially opened in July 2016), takes pride in providing locals with quick-fix takeaways that is loved and trusted, by all. With a key focus on high-quality and freshness, the family-run business prepares everything (that is possible) in-house. From its buns and sauces, to its pickles and beef and falafel patties, Banks Burger home-makes, hand-cuts and creates everything from scratch – minus the usual preservatives and additives one associates with fast-food products – serving hearty takeaway food at affordable prices. Offering a simple yet well-prepared menu, Banks Burger strives to focus on what they know, ensuring that they do it the best. Carb-conscious folk will be happy to know that all buns can be swapped for lettuce wraps or left out completely. So if you are looking for a great-tasting and wholesome, not to mention, also affordable burger, fries and shake combo, look no further than Banks Burger.
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday: 10am (coffee run) | 12pm (kitchen fires up) – 9pm | Friday and Saturday: 10am (coffee run) | 12pm (kitchen fires up) – 10pm | Sunday: 10am (coffee run) | 12pm (kitchen fires up) – onwards
47 Dean Street | Newlands| Cape Town |+27 (0) 21 685 1087
Virtualworld Virtual Reality Arcade in Claremont
Virtualworld, the country’s first-ever all-new virtual reality (VR) arcade, officially opened its doors to Mother City gamers in July 2016. The arcade – located on the ground floor of Stadium, on Main, in Claremont – is the passion project of Poland-born HTC fanatic Arek Komorowicz and his son, Konrad. Virtualworld uses the latest HTC Vive VR technology, presenting users with an unparalleled and immersive visual, audio and physical experience. The VR arcade comprises two solo 4x3m gaming stations, using HTC Vive – head-mounted display (HMD), two motion controllers and two laser receptor ‘lighthouses’ – which allow gamers to not only look around their virtual environment (110 degrees field of view) but also physically walk and interact (360 degrees motion tracking) with their surroundings. Offering a wide range of games – there are over 30 in total (think action, education, horror, sport and more) – Virtualworld caters for all ages, although you must be of a certain height and size to fit and use the HTC Vive gear. From protecting your noble castle from hordes of attackers and fighting zombies and other flesh-eating creatures to diving deep down into the ocean and painting in 3D space – there is truly something for everyone to enjoy at Virtualworld.
Opening Hours:Daily: 10am – 8pm
Shop G09 | Stadium on Main |103 Main Road | Claremont | +27 (0) 21 671 8487
Shop G09 | Stadium on Main |103 Main Road | Claremont | +27 (0) 21 671 8487
Obi Restaurant on Long Street in Cape Town
Brainchild of, much-loved sushi legend, Hatsushiro Muraoka (or Papa San as he is affectionately known) and his chef-partner Ben Bettendorf, Obi Restaurant – which officially opened its doors in July 2016 – is a new authentic Japanese eatery and bar. The inner city serves a selection of genuine East Asian ramen, tempura dishes and of course, Papa San’s famous inventive sushi. Focusing on fresh and real food – majority of the ingredients used at Obi are imported directly from the Pacific Ocean island with everything in the kitchen made to order – Papa San and Ben saw Obi (which is named after the broad sash of a Japanese kimono) has an opportunity to showcase the clean flavours and textures of Japanese cuisine. Patrons can expect to find dishes such as Shoyu Ramen (served only at lunch), tasty tempura options, old Papa San favourites like the inside out sushi rolls as well as an array of other Japanese side and starter dishes. Booking is recommended at Obi Restaurant.
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday (lunch): 12pm – 2pm | Monday to Saturday (dinner): 6pm – 10pm
14 Long Street | CBD | +27 (0) 21 418 4040
Burger & Lobster Cape Town
This brand new addition to Cape Town’s trendy Bree Street – which officially opened its doors in July 2016 – offers patrons an unusual approach to the current restaurant culture, where diners are presented with only a few items on the menu, that are done right. Burger & Lobster (B&L) Cape Town serves customers a limited menu of only three meal options in the form of its B&L Burger, B&L Lobster Roll and fresh – from tank to table – Whole Lobster done two-ways (steamed or steamed and finished off on the grill). B&L takes pride in purchasing nothing ready-made and instead focuses on serving ‘real’ homemade ingredients and creating, baking and cooking as many of its ingredients as they can in-house. Think homemade mayonnaise, home-pickled gherkins, freshly minced 250g beef patties and more. In addition, the restaurant and cocktail bar too serves a selection of moreish desserts such as decedent Lindt brownies and delectable Mississippi mudpies after their Burger & Lobster Cape Town meal.
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday: 11am – 11pm
105 Bree Street | Heritage Square | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 442 4297
Be.UP Park Indoor Family Fun Centre in Pinelands
Being inside just got a whole lot more exciting, thanks to the brand new Pinelands-based, indoor family fun park, be.UP Park. With a key focus on building strong relationships between families, this one-of-a-kind arena offers visitors of all ages – ranging from three years to 87 years – a wide variety of hip and happening activities to encourage parents and their children to play and have fun together. What’s more, the enclosed area also strives to introduce Capetonians to a unique way of exercising as the active park is designed as a sort of fun-gym (while jumping, climbing and crawling, visitors will use all sorts of muscles and can receive a good workout!) Look forward to facilities such as the Trampoline Zone (rows of interconnected horizontal and inclined trampolines plus two performance tramps and a large and soft Big-Bag landing space), the AltiGame (a suspended five metre-high aerial obstacle –type course), the Clip ‘n Climb floor (11 different climbing walls and poles standing up to 8 metres tall) and lastly, the Kids’ Maze area (a massive multi-layered maze filled with brightly coloured tubes, tunnels, ball ponds, trampolines and slides). Be.UP Park also has an on-site be.Café serving a small and yummy snack selection as well as an array of hot and cold beverage options, with free Wi-fi and plug points. Everyone is invited to have fun at be.UP Park in Pinelands!
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Thursday: 9am – 8pm; Friday - Saturday: 9am – 10pm; Sunday: 9am – 6pm; School and Public Holidays: 9am – 8pm
Gardener Place | Rose Innes Street | Pinelands | +27(0)76 372 1330
Villa Out of This World Venue Space and Gallery in Green Point
Officially launched in June 2016, Villa Out of This World is an extension of the much-loved and established, authentic tribal trading company, Out of This World. Located in Green Point, Villa Out of This World offers guests a two-fold experience in the form of an Out of This World gallery space, showcasing the ethnic retailer’s various artefacts as well as is a large function venue area available for hire. Ideal for private functions, art exhibitions (and more), Villa Out of This World offers guests the rare opportunity to custom-design the venue (visitors are welcome to make use of the space as is, pick and choose their theme and décor items – think Kenyan, Benin and Moroccan – from the warehouse or bring in their own exhibition) to suit the specific needs of their event. What’s more, Out of This World owners, Peter and Sue Vith, also offers clientele exclusive shopping opportunities, perfect for individuals or smaller groups who are interested in collecting tribal items but are unsure of where to start or what to look for. With a key focus on detail and authenticity, not to mention the intensiveness of the labour and level of craftsmanship, the various hand-made accent pieces on offer as well as the beautiful venue space available for hire, is truly Out of This World.NOTE: Out of This World has a retail store at the V&A Waterfront (Shop 6147, Lower Level, Victoria Wharf) and at The Promenade (Shop 1B, Victoria Road) in Camps Bay.
The Warehouse: Weekly: 8:30pm – 4:30pm
Villa Out of This World: Open to the public for viewing during the warehouse opening hours.
No. 1 Braemar Road | Corner Wessels and Braemer Road | Green Point | +27 (0) 21 434 3540/1
i love coffee Shop in Claremont
With the help of Tribe Coffee Roasting, friends and an appearance by current Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, i love coffee opened its doors as the country’s first-ever, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, staffed coffee shop on the 7 June 2016. The shop is the brainchild of former marketing expert, Gary Hopkins, with the aim of breaking down barriers between Deaf and hearing communities and moving focus to ability rather than disability. Their proof of concept store, i love coffee, is a little pop-up inside the private X-Body Fitness Gym in Claremont, best for take-away coffees and pastries. It may be small but it is home to some truly exquisite Tribe coffees, with all your classics such as the Americano, cappuccino and latte. Currently, i love coffee, does not have a full on-site kitchen but you will find assorted cakes and pastries of the day, sourced directly from businesses in the deaf community. By the last week of June 2016 you should also be able to order from a full menu of breakfast, lunch, coffees and cakes. Be a part of this boundary-breaking concept and get down to i love coffee, to learn the sign for your favourite coffee! You will find helpful instructions on the wall to get you started, from there it’s between you and one of their three wonderful baristas. And yes, everyone looks silly learning a new language, so relax!
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday: 6am – 6pm
Unit 1 | The Mews | Draper St |Claremont
Century City Conference Centre and Hotel in Cape Town
Independently owned and managed by joint CEOs, Gary Koetser and Glyn Taylor, the new Century City Conference Centre (CCCC) and Hotel – which officially launched in early 2016 – offers guests a flexible and personalised service, complete with world-class facilities. With 125 rooms in total – 114 superior, one universal room, five executive and five suites – guests are able to choose a room to suit any need, be it a business trip for one or a family vacation for four. What’s more, the hotel is also home to the Square Café and Wine Bar, where in-house guests and visitors can enjoy a delicious morning buffet, easy-dining a-la-carte menu or help-yourself daytime harvest table (with a weigh-and-pay system) and deli assortment as well as a great selection of the Cape’s finest, from the Wine Bar (and soon-to-be walk-in wine cellar). Designed to facilitate both the corporate and the holiday-maker, the Century City Conference Centre and Hotel is the ultimate destination for the ‘bleisure’ (business meets leisure) traveller.
The Square Café: Monday - Friday: 6:30am – 10:30pm; Saturday - Sunday: 7am – 11pm |
Wine Bar: 11am - late
3 Energy Lane | Bridgeways Precinct | Century City | +27 (0) 21 204 8000
A Touch of Madness in Observatory
Relaunched in April 2016 by husband and wife Richard and Olivia Andrew, A Touch of Madness, 2016 edition, wishes to create an inclusive space for the community at large, to come together and enjoy the good things in life. Ideal for an array of activities and occasions, A Touch of Madness has four indoor venues (each room can be hired out separately) as well as two outside sections – one in the front and the other at the back. Choosing to keep the Obs restaurant and bar’s original name owing to its good will among locals as well as its unique and historic Victorian-feel, Olivia and Richard wanted to keep the quirky, eclectic sense of the space while at the same time give it their own one-of-a-kind touch. The food – inspired by local-street food from around the world – is simple and easy and diners can expect to find dishes such as bunny chow, snoek samosas, tacos and hamburgers. What’s more, Richard is also a home brewer and therefore the eatery offers an extensive range of craft beers (over 30 different types) as well as a large wine selection – offered both, by the glass and bottle. In addition, the Observatory eatery and bar also has TWO daily Happy Hour slots from 5pm to 6pm AND from 9pm to 10pm. Don’t forget to ask about the daily specials at A Touch of Madness!
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 12pm – 10pm (kitchen closes); Sunday: 12pm – 6pm (kitchen closes) Bookings and walk-ins are welcome
12 Nuttall Road | Observatory | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 447 4650
Hidden Leaf in Woodstock
Launched in May 2016, with the mindframe to produce uncomplicated, high-quality, home-styled food, this new Woodstock gem seeks to serve diners great-tasting fare made from only the freshest organic, free-range and ethically sourced produce possible (not to mention, lots of love). With an emphasis on wholesome goods, the intimate family-run eatery serves humble and hearty food, wishing to adopt the farm-to-table lifestyle, wherever possible. Comprising two small dining rooms, an indoor fully-functioning corner bar as well as a large outdoor wrap-around balcony boasting magnificent views of Table Mountain and the city – Hidden Leaf invites anyone and everyone up its narrow wooden stairs and into its homely, welcoming eatery. Although its menu is not ‘’set in stone’’, meal options will adjust seasonally, must-try dishes include Nan’s homemade Italian meatball and fresh tomato soup (served with garlic crusty bread) and Ousie’s legit chicken parmesan (topped with Hidden Leaf’s in-house Napolitano and parmesan served on a bed of tossed angel hair pasta and a fresh rocket salad). Function and event venue hiring, and catering options are also available at Hidden Leaf in Woodstock.
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 5pm – 11pm (kitchen closes)
77 Roodebloem Road | Woodstock | +27 (0) 76 941 1014
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 at their brand new Supper Club, 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 avoids processed foods and makes use of organic produce 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) aThe Larder Café’s Supper Club evenings.
Supper Club: Monday, Thursday and Friday (only): 5:30pm for 6pm – 9:30pm
Café: Monday to Friday: 7am – 6pm | Saturday: 8:30am – 1:30pm
Unit 5 Grove Building | 8 Grove Avenue | Claremont | Cape Town
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 meets 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)at Mulberry & Prince.
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 6pm – 10pm
12 Pepper Street | CBD | +27 (0) 21 422 3301
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.
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 8am – 4.30pm; Saturday: 9am – 2.30pm
213 Long Street | CBD | +27 (0) 21 447 1741 | +27(0) 83 628 2504
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; 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 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 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 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.( 8a 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.)
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 the jollers coming back for more. Here is all you need to know about Madison Avenue Cape Town.
Opening Hours: Friday - Saturday: 9pm – until late
11 Mechau Street | CBD | +27 (0) 78 905 7982
Crumbs & Cream in Sea Point
Sitting pretty on Sea Point’s Regent Road, this new little decadent 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, to complete your creation – 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.
Crumbs & Cream Store: Monday – Thursday and Sunday: 11am – 10pm; Friday - Saturday: 11am – 11pm
16 Regent Road | Sea Point | Cape Town
Crumbs & Cream Tuk-Tuk: Monday- Sunday: 10am – 7pm
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
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 bar's 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
49 Main Road | Green Point | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 433 1442
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 workspace 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
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