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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

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.

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.
dapper coffee co
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 steam train
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
outrage of modesty cocktail bar in cape town
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.
rands lifestyle space in khayelitsha
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.
atfrits dog hotel and daycare centre in cape town
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
nooka vegetarian cafe in cape town
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).
myvinos in cape town
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
velvet cake company and cafe in cape town
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).
frozen yo
+27 (0) 21 556 4782 |

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.
secret social club in cape town
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.
lungi's b&b in cape town
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

malay coffee company

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

lucky bao restaurant

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

reverie social table

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 
warthog pub and restaurant

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

the cookie yard in cape town

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

rush trampoline park

De Warenmarkt
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

de warenmarkt stellenbosch

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

el burro taqueria

& 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


bikes cafe

Byblos Trading Co
Founded by award-winning barista Mikhael Bou Rjeil, Byblos Trading Co adds a Mediterranean-cum-Middle Eastern twist to the age-old hot cuppa that we have come to know and love. The Woodstock-based store treats patrons to unique beverages, like Turkish coffee and yerba mate (a South American tea), as well as firm java favourites, like flat whites, mochas and Americanos. In addition, folk are able to take a dose of Lebanese culture home – Lebanon is the owner’s home country – in the form of eats like baklava (a layered sweet pastry made with syrup, honey and nuts) and Damascus rusks as well as tea drinking instruments. All in all, the humble store, with its simple décor and calming blue and gold hues, is a great spot in the trendy Woodstock area to soak up a bit of exotic culture and the rich aromas of the golden brew.
Opening times: Monday – Friday: 8am – 4pm; Saturday: 9am – 2pm
The Palms | 145 Sir Lowry Road | Woodstock | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 461 2612

byblos coffee shop in cape town

Gastao’s Tapas and Craft Beer Restaurant
Located in the northern suburb of Tyger Valley, this new restaurant is all about giving folk the chance to tuck into Portuguese-inspired fare in an easy-going environment. The small yet satisfying menu, which will change from time to time, includes a selection of tapas (think pork belly, calamari, Portuguese-style sardines, soup and other bites) as well as mains like burgers, confit peri-peri chicken and more. Even kiddies have a mini menu dedicated to them and can choose to nibble on items like ribs and chips. On the drinks side, visitors can choose from an extensive range of craft beers, wines and spirits, but it is worth noting that the eatery's liquor licence is still being processed, so Gastao's invites patrons to bring their own alcohol beverages at no extra cost in the meantime. The venue itself is quite relaxed as it features a lakeside terrace, and it will soon play host to some exciting events. For more information, visit the Gastao's Facebook page.
Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday: 11am – late (kitchen closes at 9:30pm); Sunday: 11am – late (kitchen closes at 4pm)
1 Tyger Lake Building | Tyger Falls | Carl Cronje Drive | Tyger Valley | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 914 1728

gastaos restaurant in cape town

Loaves on Long
Launched in April 2015 by chefs Ciska Rossouw and Lyndal Wakeford, this new artisan eatery in Long Street combines a bakery, deli and restaurant under one roof to offer visitors a multidimensional food experience. Folk can indulge in gourmet sandwiches made with fresh, homemade bread, including ciabatta, rye and whole wheat. Moreover, patrons are able to enjoy a range of classic breakfast items with a twist, an assortment of lunch dishes and various sweet eats, like croissants, muffins and brownies, which can be paired with beverages like coffee, tea or fruit juice. The double-storey store is also home to a deli section that houses items like homemade jams, olives, cheeses, salami, bacon and mushrooms. Not only do Ciska and Lyndal whip things up in the kitchen, but they also aim to spread their passion for food by offering Capetonians the chance to learn a thing or two from them through interactive bread-making and cooking classes. For more information contact Loaves on Long on +27 (0) 21 422 3353 or email
Opening times: Monday – Friday: 6:30am – 6pm; Saturday: 8am – 4pm
33 Long Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 422 3353

loaves on long in cape town

Hazz Espresso Bar
Launched by a team that is passionate about coffee, this espresso bar is part of the Hazz brand which already has a steady base in the Cape Winelands town of Stellenbosch. The Cape Town version, which opened its doors in April 2015, sits in Newlands and is all about treating folk to good quality coffee. The Hazz signature blend, which won a gold medal at the International Coffee Tasting Competition in 2012, has a distinct four-way flavour profile (with hints of African, Central & South American and Asian tastes) which can be experienced regardless of the type of coffee you order. Patrons are also able to indulge in light eats like sandwiches, as well as sweet items like cupcakes, muffins and biscuits. The free WIFI on offer, the magazines and newspapers sprawled across the tables and the comfortable leather couch make for a conducive space to not only catch up to work emails, but to also casually relax and enjoy a hot or cold cuppa.
Opening times: Monday – Friday: 7am – 5pm; Saturday – Sunday: 8am – 3pm
7 Kildare Centre | Cnr Kildare & Main Street | Newlands | +27 (0) 21 671 2587

hazz coffee shop in newlands

My Sugar
Officially opened to the public in May 2015, this sweet-treat café in Sea Point is the brainchild of pastry chef and chocolatier, Kaylah Greenberg. Visitors are able to choose from a mouth-watering selection of quirky chocolate items chocolate like the Caramello-Buddha (a combination of miso-caramel with crushed peanuts in milk chocolate- and in the caricature of a Buddha), the My Honey Thyme (a thyme and honey infused ganache in a creamy white chocolate), and the more classic option like Turkish delight. Moreover, coffee fans will be pleased to know that the cosy and cute café has its own coffee  blend, the My Sugar, which can be enjoyed alongside confectionary eats like cruffins (croissants in muffin form) and other baked goods which change from time to time.
Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday: 7:30am – 5pm
77 Regent Road | Sea Point | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 433 2335

my sugar chocolate cafe in cape town

The Big Box Board Games Café
Launched in June 2015 by husband-and-wife team Eric and Emilie Breteau, this one-of-a-kind café in Gardens offers visitors the chance to simply walk in and play a range of enticing board games for free as well as to sip on a hot cuppa and munch on light meals.. Visitors can choose from wooden, strategy, solo, quick and family games to play - most of which have been imported from Europe through one of France’s largest board game companies, Giga Mic. On the culinary side, guests can indulge in easy eats like croissants, soups, quiche, toasted sandwiches and also choose from hot beverages like coffee and tea, as well as small selection of cold beverages and snacks to complete their gaming experience. The choice of games on offer changes regularly, and guests are encouraged to take the magic home by purchasing the exclusive items at The Big Box. 
Opening times: Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm; Saturday: 10am – 5pm
21 St Johns Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0) 71 314 9134

the big box cafe in cape town

The Village Idiot
This speakeasy-style neighbourhood restaurant and bar, which opened in Cape Town’s CBD in May 2015, serves hearty, proudly South African cuisine and great drinks under the watchful eye of a giant ostrich named Oskar (he’s the eatery’s mascot). Pioneered by Grant Baker and Reg Macdonald (who brought us popular nightlife spot Aces ‘n’ Spades) ,the English pub-style haunt is all about encouraging guests to wind down and relax after a hard day at work. In line with this, visitors can delight in a game of pool, 30 Seconds or other board games that are found on some of the tables. Moreover, The Village Idiot hosts events like live music nights (there’s a stage on the premises), spit braais (on the spot’s impressively huge balcony that overlooks the CBD), sports screenings (there are multiple TV screens and a projector) and more, giving the venue the potential to grow into a popular Cape Town institution.
Opening times: Tuesday – Thursday: 3pm – 12am; Friday – Saturday: 12pm – 2am; Sunday: 12pm -12am (kitchen closes at 10pm every day)
32 Loop Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 418 1548

village idiot restaurant in cape town

Drostdy Teater
Opened in March 2015 by seasoned producer and director Ingrid Howard, this Stellenbosch-based theatre is all about treating artists with the utmost respect, so that they, in turn, can give stellar performances from beginning to end. The establishment itself rests in a beautiful, Victorian-style building that was once known as the ‘Drostdy Hotel’ and also once served as the resident of the chief magistrate of the district, adding a touch of culturally rich history to the playhouse. Audiences can expect to be treated to all kinds of shows and instalments. Expect anything from musicals, dramas and dance recitals to light-hearted events like jazz evenings and comedy evenings. Ingrid hopes that the theatre will ultimately “feel like home” for many of the artists, and hopes to inspire more and more people to appreciate the art of theatre.
48 Alexander Street | Stellenbosch | Cape Winelands | +27 (0) 71 931 9954

drostdy theatre in stellenbosch

The Drawing Room
This gallery-cum-café, which is located in the bustling Southern Suburb of Observatory, offers guests the chance to nibble on homemade goods and admire works by local artists at the same time. Pioneered by husband-and-wife team Derek and Candice Allison, the space seeks to provide a platform for artists (think illustrators, painters, typographers, photographers) to showcase their work – and so visitors can expect a colourful array of events such as exhibitions and Show & Tell sessions hosted throughout the months. On the culinary side, patrons can indulge in food made by the couple and this includes items like quiche, toasted brie and grad sandwiches with couscous and feta salad, coconut, banana & pecan bran muffin, smoothies, omelettes and more. The décor also has its own story as various items (multi-coloured bunting, teapots, cacti, books, board games) at the eatery have a significant memory attached to them (ask the owners to tell you more) – giving the place an incredibly personal feel. For more information on the regular event offering, check out The Drawing Room Facebook page or contact the establishment directly.
Opening times: Monday – Wednesday: 8am – 5pm; Thursday - Friday: 8am – 10pm; Saturday: 9am -10pm
87 Station Road | Observatory | Cape Town | +27 (0) 82 672 0515

the drawing room cafe in observatory

Batavia Café
The latest addition to the culturally rich Bo-Kaap area, Batavia is a quaint new lifestyle café that offers patrons not only tasty treats but a friendly, warm environment too. The menu features all-day breakfast items like omelettes, crêpes, fruit platters, muesli and yoghurt and even Cape Malay-style koeksisters, while the lunch offering treats visitors to eats like sandwiches (think filling such as fresh salmon, English beef and chicken Roquefort), burgers and salads. Drinks include coffees, standard and speciality teas, milkshakes and ice-cold crushers. Moreover, a section of the eatery is dedicated to housing locally produced items like clothing, bags, artworks, jewellery and more for sale. The look and feel of Batavia is designed to emulate someone’s home,so expect to see magazine racks, comfortable couches, bunches of flowers and a lovely patio. Special food deliveries can be arranged for patrons based in the Bo-Kaap area. Contact Batavia for more information.
Opening times: Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm; Saturday: 8am – 3pm (lunch is served until 3pm; on Friday afternoons, the café is closed from 12:30pm to 1:30pm).
Corner of Church and Rose streets | Bo-Kaap | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 422 2272

batavia cafe in cape town

Graciales Restaurant
The most recent addition to Constantia-based institution Peddlars & Co (formerly known as Peddlars on the Bend), Graciales restaurant combines dining with a social experience and places emphasis on the sharing of food, laughter and drinks. The brainchild of award-winning chef Brad Ball, the eatery invites couples, families and friends alike to tuck into enticing plates in an easy-going environment that welcomes socialising and connecting with one another. Dishes include items such as olives and bread, sticky Vietnamese ribs, beef tataki, patatas bravas and more. In addition, visitors can also relax on the cushioned seating or settle down at the bar to sip on old-school cocktails, like the Basil-Melon Daisy (it is made from gin, basil, raspberry jam, melon, lemon juice and soda), throw back craft beers (Jack Black, CBC and more) or treat the taste buds to wines sourced from the Constantia Valley.. It’s also great to know that the establishment is just one of four eateries that sit at the same location – each differs from the others, yet they all co-exist harmoniously to create an all-in-one dining experience.
Opening times: Monday – Thursday: 3pm – 11pm; Friday – Sunday: 12pm – 11pm
Peddlars & Co | Spaanschemat River Road | Constantia Valley | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 794 7747

graciales restaurant in cape town

Voices Female Networking and Social Club
Launched in April 2015 by UK-born Shelley Webb, Voices is a female-only club that gives women the chance to network, socialise, collaborate and debate with one another in a safe space. Members gain access to a swanky co-working space at the Taj Hotel, get to use the property’s gym and pool (this depends on membership type) and are invited to social nights, business breakfasts, wine tastings, inspirational speaker evenings and more. According to Shelley, who has a psychology background, women tend to behave differently in the presence of men, especially in a business setting, and so Voices creates the opportunity for female minds to meet uninhibited. There are currently two different membership options to choose from: Voices Connect (standard membership), which costs R395 per month to be a part of, and Voices Power (premium membership), which comes at a monthly fee of R995. The latter simply includes a few exclusive added extras, and in both cases, there’s a once-off registration fee.
Taj Hotel | Wale Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0) 72 386 6527

voices female networking club in cape town

El Camino Café
Sitting pretty in The Urban Hub complex on Buitengracht Street,El Camino Café is a quaint venture started by husband-and-wife team Marijus and Jessica Jakas. Everything about the eatery reflects the travel-inspired story of the owners (you should ask them to give you details), and so you can expect to find travel memorabilia, like suitcases, compasses, maps and other quirky items, all over the warm, homely space. . The menu also draws inspiration from different parts of the world (this is why El Camino is dubbed a ‘global eatery’) and features eats like Japanese beef teriyaki, Vietnamese spring rolls, sandwiches, burgers, wraps and salads. In addition,  patrons can pair the culinary items with one of the eatery’s top drinks: guests can choose from hot beverages, like Americanos, cortados, lattes, flat whites and teas, or they can opt for The Green Mamba, a cold-pressed juice made from apples, lemon, celery, cucumber and spinach; The Red Riding Hood, a combination of beetroot, carrot, apple, ginger and lemon; or The Gold Digger, a mix of pineapple, apple and mint. Ultimately, the enticing offering makes dining here a very enjoyable experience.
Opening times: Monday – Friday: 8am – 4pm (on Thursday evenings, the café is open until 9:30pm)
The Urban Hub | 142 Buitengracht Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 422 2552

el camino cafe in cape town

The Theatre at The Rockwell
Launched in April 2015, this interactive theatrical dining experience brings a high-energy stage production with local flavour to Capetonians and travellers alike. The new theatre, which is based at the Rockwell Hotel in Green Point, puts lots of emphasis on audience interaction, so guests can expect to be immersed in the story completely. The current play, Shiza iKapa is directed by renowned producer Ramaine Barreiro-Lloyd and the storyline influences the décor: guests will find themselves sitting in ‘Marcia’s Tavern’ at long, shebeen-style tables that encourage commnication with fellow attendees. The food on offer has a solid tie to Cape Town (and South Arica as a whole): patrons will indulge in delicacies like spicy chicken livers, dumplings, umngqusho (a Xhosa dish of samp mixed with beans), malva pudding, peppermint crisp tart and more. The musical production itself, which boasts well-known and upcoming South African talent, features renditions of classic local tunes like ‘Pata Pata’, ‘Weeping’, ‘Asimbonanga’ and our very own national anthem, all of which will inspire South Africans to wave the Mzansi flag high and helps tourists to really get a feel for the pulse of this pretty country.
Show times: Wednesday – Saturday: 7:30pm – 10:30pm (attendees are encouraged to arrive earlier at 7pm to experience the pre-show ‘vibe’)
The Rockwell All Suite Hotel and Apartments | 32 Prestwich Street | Green Point | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 421 0015

theatre at the rockwell

Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary
Launched in early April 2015 by two ladies who are fanatical about felines, Panthera Africa is a safe haven for captive-born big cats that have been rescued from breeding facilities, private holdings, zoos and circuses. The aim of the 40-hectare retreat, which is covered in trees and fynbos, is to give the resident lions, Bengal tigers, leopards, caracals and jackals the best life possible by providing them with constant stimulation and a secure dwelling place. Though, the refuge also aims to educate the public about the conditions enslaved felines often face, and so it also runs daily guided tours that acquaint visitors with the animals and teach them about wildlife welfare and conservation. Aside from the standard experience, there’s also the option to embark on an enrichment or feeding visit, which includes the chance to see the cats climbing up structures, hunting for food or playing with toys. The sanctuary is a welcome addition to the Western Cape for all those who are eager to learn more about our feline friends, and, of course, it’s a positive development for all suffering cats too.
Opening times: Standard Educational Visits: Wednesday – Monday: 10am – 12pm; 12pm – 2pm; 2pm – 4pm; Enrichment/Feeding Visits: By special arrangement only.
Note: For the first few months after the sanctuary’s opening, it’s essential to pre-book a visit.
Stanford | Western Cape | +27 (0)76 974 3088/ +27 (0)84 866 2665

panthera cat sanctuary in cape town

 *The above information was updated in January 2016


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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

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