A weekend walkabout along lower Kloof Street in Cape Town

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A weekend walkabout along lower Kloof Street in Cape Town

Spend the entire weekend walking less than a kilometer up this inspirational street

ALSO READ: We've updated our list of places you can visit on one of the coolest streets. See a guide to Kloof Street

Lower Kloof Street is a self-contained street in Cape Town that caters for all your lifestyle needs, whether you want to do your weekly food shop, spend a lazy Saturday afternoon shopping, watch a movie with your partner or dine out, it’s all there. Whilst taking a stroll up Kloof Street, we discovered a wealth of unique stores, where you can find one-of-a-kind t-shirts, Czech crystal, 60’s inspired furniture and homegrown wine that you wouldn’t find at your average supermarket. You can quite easily spend the entire weekend walking less than a kilometre up this inspirational street and here is a selection of the best places to visit.

Mozzarella Bar
Giorgio Nava's new venture is the first Mozarella bar to open in South Africa. Choose a ham, tomato and mozzarella panzerotto or sink your teeth into a deep-fried fior de latte sarnie from their uncomplicated and healthy menu.

51 Kloof Street | Tamboerskloof

Poppa Trunks
This store is for men of all ages who refuse to wear black clothing. This funky store stocks sunglasses, high top 70’s sneakers and statement hats in all the colours of the rainbow. You’ll have all the boys whispering, ‘Where did he get that?’, if you step out in one of their Araina one-of-a-kind t-shirts, or a hoodie from Subconscious or Bunny Bunch. Check out the trendy speakers across the back wall, which will have you dancing around the shop.

45D Kloof Street | Cape Town

Wardrobe is a vintage mecca for female fashion lovers who want to add a glamorous statement to their wardrobe. Wardrobe sells designs under their own label, also named Wardrobe, and the owner plays a strong roll in the design process. The store also stocks Moth, a label which typically uses vintage leather and reworks from upholstery fabrics, and Meeks Knickers, a label which originates from East London.

45 Kloof Street | Cape Town

Love Project
Love Project is a cute shop with an even cuter owner, Lize Engelbrecht, that will bring a splash of colour to your life, during the grey winter months. Love Project is a non-profit organization, opened in 2006, that offers skills training and creates job opportunities for the unemployed, through a number of projects. This idyllic store sells products from over 60 different community projects such as, key rings made at the Agape Refugee Centre, Cape Town, and felt hearts and animals made at the Heartfelt Project, in Makapaanstad.

55 Kloof Street | Cape Town

Van Hunks
Named after the legendary Van Hunks, who got into a smoking contest with the Devil, this relaxed, South African restaurant serves up game and Cape Malay dishes.

Corner of Kloof and Upper Union Streets | Tamboerskloof

Boy Girl Hair
Boy Girl Hair is a space where local stylists can rent space and let loose with their sheers. The salon caters to boys and girls from 4-60 years old and create a diverse range of styles, from funky to classic. The salon uses quality products including, Goldwell and Redken.

34 Kloof Street | Cape Town

Baroque is a beautiful jewel in the truest sense of the word and specializes in day-to-day, easy to wear clothing that has Cape Town’s larger ladies looking and feeling pretty. Baroque sells many different kinds of necklaces, rings and earrings made of imported Czech Crystal - a perfect gift for a friend or a loved one that’s into flashy jewellery. This store also sells beautiful bridal accessories.

Lifestyle Centre | 50 Kloof Street | Cape Town

Wine Concepts
No time for a Wine Tour? Then go to Wine Concepts at Lifestyles on Kloof for daily tastings. They also have wines that you won’t find in the supermarket, sourced from top wine estates Cederberg / Noble Hill and small independent garages. Mostly, they supply connoisseurs rather than mainstream customers.

Lifestyle Centre | 50 Kloof Street | Cape Town

Enjoy quality movies at reasonable admission prices on two trendy screens at Lifestyle on Kloof. Every Monday and Tuesday the motto is Lights! Dinner! Action! Buy two tickets and get two slices of pizza for only R70. The Labia on Kloof is served by secure, undercover parking (to park enter the Lifestyle Centre via Park Road).

Lifestyle Centre | 50 Kloof Street | Cape Town

Zone Fitness
Believe it or not: Fitness can be fun. Offering many different sports classes like Yoga, Pilates, Body Conditioning or Power Box - this women’s only gym is a really nice place for your workout. Afterwards, you can relax with a coffee and fruit, or use their luxurious spa. If you opt for a longer contract, the price is cheaper (a 2-year contract costs R199/month) but you can also book for shorter periods of time (2 months costs R1025). Members get 10% off all hair and beauty treatments at Oshun Hair and Beauty.

Lifestyle Centre | 50 Kloof Street | Cape Town

Oshun Hair & Beauty
Do something good for mind, body and soul and go to Oshun on the 1st floor of the  Lifestyles On Kloof Centre. The salon has a staff of ten and to satisfy your every wish: new hairstyles, different beauty services or you can just relax in the lounge area. The interior is a marvel in itself. Open from 9.00-18.00, Monday- Friday, and 8.00-16.00, on Saturdays.

Lifestyle Centre | 50 Kloof Street | Cape Town

Salon91 Contemporary Art
Definitely one of the hotspots on Kloof Street, Salon91 represents young South African artists and introduces them to the gallery system and supports their careers. The exhibition includes graduates from Stellenbosch, self-taught artists like Paul Senyol, street artists and more established artists such as Gabrielle Raaf (watercolour painter). The boutique gallery specializes in all mediums such as block print and painting and merges graphic art, design art and fine art as these styles work on the same principles.

91 Kloof Street | Cape Town

Hudson's Burger Joint
Expect gourmet burgers with funky toppings – opt for a lamb, chicken, Ostrich or veggie burger, topped off with their signature beer battered onion rings. They also whip up some fantastic milkshakes and homemade ice cream. Whilst your tucking into your burger, prepare to be soothed by music from Johnny cash and unusual design features such as, seating like cardboard boxes.

69 Kloof Street | Cape Town

Cape Town is bursting at the seems with shops, bars and restaurants to suit every lifestyle. For more inspiration, be sure to read our popular Lifestyle Section

By Lisa Nevitt and Susanne Klatt

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