Dine, drink cocktails while top local muzos jam at this moody new bar
New restaurants and experiences to discover and share
New, top + trendy spots and experiences, from fancy to most affordable
Last updated: Tuesday, 24 May 2022
There’s a discovery around every corner of Cape Town and the Western Cape, and new restaurants and special experiences pop up every month. Who knows? You might find your future favourite among our choice of new places to explore. This week’s freshest find is a wine bar in a secluded courtyard in Stellies. Find 20+ more new places to visit.
DRINK FINE WINE IN A SECLUDED COURTYARD
Historic Quoin Rock Wine Estate has launched an elegant space to showcase local, small-batched wines of the Knorhoek Valley. You’ll find Qbar Wine Bar in a vibrant, secluded courtyard in Stellenbosch; it’s the perfect spot to wind down or catch up with friends.
Qbar | De Wet Centre Courtyard | Stellenbosch | 021 888 47 40 | @qbar_stellenbosch | Image: Qbar
EAT CRÊPES AT THIS NORTHERN SUBURBS GEM
This French-themed café opened in March 2022 and has become a hot spot for families in the Northern Suburbs (it is well worth the drive). Unwind in its cosy indoor atmosphere and order crêpes, croissants and coffee at Voilá Crêperie. Plus you can also enjoy a round of putt-putt with the kids.
Must-try: The classic Nutella crêpe or melktert crêpe
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 8am - 4pm; Sunday, 8am - 2pm
Cost: From R40
EAT MEXICAN FOOD AT UNA MÁS
Una Más means “one more” in Spanish, a fitting name for this newly opened restaurant that serves more-ish Mexican food and drinks. From house-made crispy tortillas to spicy and creamy cocktails, you'll always want one more. It’s an intimate, trendy and vibey spot already popular amongst Sea Point locals.
Must-try: The Loaded Nachos and Spicy Paloma cocktail
Hours: Wednesday to Friday, 12pm - 11pm; Saturday to Sunday, 10am - 11pm
Cost: From R45
EAT OUT ON A BUDGET IN NEWLANDS
This new family-friendly restaurant and bar brings something new to Newlands Main Road. There’s a kiddies’ play area, trendy bar and live entertainment that caters for young and old. Plus, weekly 2-for-one food specials and a 2-hour “happy hour” from Monday to Friday at Furley’s Bar & Grill.
Must-try: Steak and ribs from the grill.
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 11am to 11pm
Cost: From R35
Furley’s Bar & Grill | 1 Dean Street, Newlands | 071 305 4797 | @furleysbarandgrill | Image: Furley's Bar & Grill
NIBBLE ASIAN DESSERTS AT THIS CAFÉ
There’s a new kid on the block in De Waterkant, and it’s a siren for all our sweet-toothed friends. From Japanese cheesecakes to Korean macarons, you’ll want to try everything on the menu. Plus, the minimalist vibe and soft colours are so serene, you won’t want to leave. Pop by and enjoy a canned coffee and a treat at Café Chiffon.
Must-try: The Korean macarons and Mr Brown canned coffee is a must.
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 7.30am - 5.30pm
Cost: From R24
Old Cape Quarter | 72 Waterkant Street | De Waterkant | 071 874 5058 | Instagram: @cafechiffon.cpt | Image: Lara van Zyl
DINE IN ONE OF SOUTH AFRICA’S OLDEST BARNS
Chef Bertus Basson’s newest restaurant opened its doors in March 2022, in Stellenbosch. It’s on Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate and gives diners a taste of favourite South African flavours in a historic, yet modern setting. Think fish paste on toast and quail, to liver parfait and African grains. You’ll be wowed by the 3- or 5-course menu at Clara's Barn.
Must-try: A pavlova trolley of fresh pineapple, almond and coconut
Hours: Wednesdays - Sundays, 12pm - 2.30pm (for lunch); Friday - Saturday, from 6pm (for dinner)
Cost: From R575
Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate | Stellenbosch | 021 202 4372 | @clarasbarn | Image: Clara’s Barn
SLEEP IN A CONVERTED WINE TANK
Now here’s an extraordinary experience: Luxury accommodation in converted 1821 cellars’ concrete wine tanks. Yes, you’ll be staying in a wine tank! How cool is that? Le Héritage is on a working farm, with beautiful views of mountains and a plum orchard, and there’s a 19m-long pool. Work or watch (there’s wifi and Netflix), plus you’ll get a DIY breakfast box with everything you need to make a mouth-watering breakfast.
Le Héritage | Paarl | 083 357 9596 | firstname.lastname@example.org | @le.heritage | Image: Le Héritage
RECONNECT AT THIS CAFÉ IN OBSERVATORY
You’ll feel right at home at this vintage café. Sonder was born out of the recognition that we all need to connect with others. This space was created to do just that – all are welcome here to play a game of chess, admire art and sip good coffee with friends. Plus, you can rent this quirky space for a special event.
Must-try: Any of the freshly baked bagels or sandwiches
Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 7.30am - 4pm; Saturday, 8am - 3pm
Cost: From R35
EAT AFFORDABLE FINE FOOD IN STELLENBOSCH
Dine in a historical building in Stellenbosch with a surprisingly affordable menu. This new gem first opened its doors mid-February 2022 and serves South African food with hints of Asian flavours. The restaurant has wooden tables, plush green booths, arched mirrors and accents of palm-leaf wallpaper. Dine finely with history at Post & Pepper.
Must-try: Everything. The staff recommends ordering 5-7 dishes and sharing between two.
Hours: Tuesday to Sundays, 12pm - 2.30pm; 6pm - 9pm
Cost: From R30
Post & Pepper | Unit 001 | Oude Postkantoor | Plein Street | Stellenbosch | 021 203 5165 | Instagram: @postandpepper | Image: Post & Pepper
ORDER A BUTTERY BREKKIE IN THE CITY
Everything’s made with butter at this all-day breakfast and bistro bar that opened its doors in the heart of the Mother City mid-2021. For under R50 each, you can get a slice of homemade sourdough with an abundance of butter, or a thick slice of nutty banana bread, a scone with berry jam, two buttered mielies, buttered popcorn, or The Old Boy (a soft-boiled egg with dippy sourdough soldiers). Plus, you can escape the office for the day, there's free wifi for customers at Butter.
Must-try: Buttermilk Blues (flapjacks made with blueberry coulis and crème fraîche)
Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 8am - 3pm; Saturday, 9am - 3pm; Sunday, 10am - 2pm
Cost: From R18
THROW AXES WITH FRIENDS JUST FOR FUN
Head to XOXO Urban Axe Throwing in Woodstock for an adrenaline-filled experience: You’ll be throwing axes. Yes, you heard right. It’s the first place of its kind in Cape Town and great fun with a group of friends. You’ll get a few practice rounds to work on your throwing technique, but then it’s game on! See what went down when the CapeTownMagazine.com team went axe throwing.
Must-try: This is a great team building activity
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 3pm or 6pm (there are two session each day)
Cost: R290 pp (includes practice runs + a tournament)
XOXO Urban Axe Throwing | Woodstock | 074 609 6591 | @xoxo_axethrowing | Image: @its_just_simone_that
DINE, DANCE + SAVOUR ART HERE
One Park is an eatery, a record store and a gallery space. It’s a space dedicated to exploring the dance between food, music and art. You can drink handcrafted cocktails then tuck into delicious cuisine, surrounded by incredible local art (most of which is for sale), and listen to records at One Park.
Must-try: Masala Pine cocktail
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 7am - 3pm
Cost: Average of R700 for two people for food and drinks
One Park | Gardens | 081 047 1248 | @one_park_cpt | Image: One Park
SIT WITH THE COOL KIDS AT A TRENDY RESTAURANT
They say blondes have more fun, and that’s definitely the case with this new kid on Kloof Street. With its friendly environment, Mediterranean-inspired food, affordable prices and fun decor, this space is becoming a firm favourite. Plus there’s loads of options for vegetarians and vegans at Blondie Restaurant.
Must-try: The Paloma cocktail (tequila + grapefruit)
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 12pm - 11pm; Sunday, 12pm - 10pm
Price: From R35
WELCOME THE BAILEY
Just revealed. Read about Liam Tomlin’s new ‘The Bailey’ on Cape Town’s Bree St.
The Bailey | Bree Street | @thebaileyonbree | Image: Liam Tomlin
GET A TASTE OF PARIS IN CAPE TOWN
It’s got everything from truly French croissants and freshly baked bread to Croque Monsieur and coffee that will knock your socks off. If you’ve not been to this gem that opened mid 2021 in Sea Point, treat yourself by visiting Paris Cape Town.
Must-try: The Apricot Flower, it’s only R15!
Hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 7am - 3pm
Price: From R15
EAT SOME OF THE BEST PHO IN TOWN
Yen’s brings the street food of Vietnam to Cape Town. It serves some of the tastiest pho and bao buns in the city, as well as spring rolls, dim sum and other dishes. The best part? Nothing on the menu costs more than R100 at Yen’s Vietnamese Street Food.
Must-try: The stir-fry pho
Hours: Monday, 10am - 6pm; Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 9pm
Cost: From R20
GET INTO CAPE TOWN'S SECRET CLUB
Getting into Cape Town’s sexiest night club is a thrill. On Saturdays only, at about 9pm, you’re led behind the bar, past the fire escape, a glass sculpture, up a few flights of stairs, through a none-descript door, which opens up to Darling. You’ll feel like an elite guest every time you visit. Here's 3 ways to get access to Cape Town’s secret and sultry nightclub, Darling.
Must-try: Get into the VIP area, closer to the large windows that make the club airy
Hours: Saturdays, 9pm - late
Price: From R200
Darling Club | Cape Town | 079 656 1080 | @darling_zsazsa | Image: Zsa Zsa
VISIT AN ELEGANT (WELL-PRICED) FRENCH BAR
In the heart of Stellenbosch, down a little alleyway, you’ll find Loubar, “sister” to Back’s Restaurant. This fresh, upmarket, and intimate French-themed social bar is the perfect hang-out for young adults on a budget, over 21s only. It has a striking collection of illuminated bottles along one of the walls, and the emerald chairs and hanging plants create an intimate feel at Loubar.
Must-try: The Double Barrel slam burger (it has four patties) and loaded fries
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 4pm - 11pm
Price: From R15 (drinks); from R49 (food)
Loubar | Stellenbosch | email@example.com | @loubar_stellenbosch | Image: Loubar
GET THE GOOD VIBES FLOWING AT THIS BAR
Bustling Long Street in the heart of the Mother City is home to one of its trendiest restaurants. It offers every type of food from breakfast, burgers, and steak to seafood, pasta, tacos, and even fine dining. Plus there’s a dope bar with live DJ’s on specific nights. Expect CBD infused meals, affordable prices, neon-bright decor, and good vibes at Infusion on Long.
Must-try: The Triple B brisket burger and chocolate almond tart
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10.30am - 11pm
Price: From R40
Infusion on Long | Long Street | 087 470 0504 | @infusiononlong | Image: Infusion on Long
TRY 100% PLANT BASED ICE CREAM
This ice-cream parlour serves Cape Town’s first 100% plant-based ice cream that’s indistinguishable from dairy, creamy AF, and made with oat milk. It has exciting flavours, such as Marvellous Mango, Gingery Snap, and Granny Smith’s Pie. Flavours change regularly and Ditto’s dream is to create 40 different ice cream flavors. PLUS you can get toppings for free at Ditto on Kloof.
Must-try: The Ginger Snap flavour, it’s a crowd favourite
Hours: Tuesday - Thursday, 1pm - 9pm; Friday - Sunday, 12pm - 9pm
Price: From R36
Ditto | Kloof Street | @eatditto | Image: Ditto
UNWIND AT A SUMMER LOUNGE (FEET IN THE SAND)
Dutchies’ Summer Lounge is open for summer again (after 4 years). This is where you live out summer dreams of languid lunches with cocktails, chilled wine and sandy toes. The laid-back, summer vibe is what makes it so popular amongst Hermanus locals. Visit this hidden spot in Grotto Bay.
Must-try: A mojito or Sex on the Beach cocktail
Hours: Monday - Sunday, 11am - 9pm (only open from from 1 December to 30 April)
Price: From R45
Dutchies’ Summer Lounge | Grotto Bay | 028 314 1392 | @dutchiesrestaurant | Image: Dutchies
POP IN TO THIS DOG-FRIENDLY ART GALLERY
There’s a new experiential art gallery in Sea Point, and it has some exciting tricks up its sleeve. Experience interactive artworks, celebrate First Thursdays, buy some goodies for you or your doggos, and meet the artist who is the Guinness World Record Holder for the largest display of origami butterflies (29 416). You can see all this and more at Art Haus.
Must-try: Visit this space during First Thursdays, it’s a vibe
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 6pm; Sunday, 10am - 4pm. Open on First Thursdays
Price: Free entry
STOP BY THIS WORK-MEETS-LEISURE SPOT
Trendy design meets the chilled atmosphere Cape Town is famous for at this a new restaurant and work space. The menu offers breakfast, sushi, pizza, cocktails, and more, there’s indoor and outdoor seating options, as well as an indoor golf area and wine cellar. For your next outing or work trip to the CBD, visit this hip spot called Misfits.
Must-try: The Pizza Pollo, it’s topped with chicken, basil pesto, feta, roast tomatoes, and balsamic reduction
Hours: Monday - Sunday, 7am - 9pm
Price: From R45
Misfits by Ideas Cartel | De Waterkant | 072 127 6332 | @misfits.ct | Image: Misfits
SOAK UP THE SUN AT THIS BEACH CLUB
Cabo Beach Club is where you’ll find the sophisticated and chic summer vibes: good food and drinks, beautiful views and music, pools and views of the sea. At night the vibe becomes more clubby. You can also dine at the in-house restaurant, Violet, headed by chef Ryan Cole, who serves beautifully plated food paired with wine. Spend your days soaking up the sun at Cabo Beach Club.
Must-try: Oysters, from R38
Hours: 12pm - 11pm (Closed on Mondays)
Price: From R90
Cabo Beach Club | V&A Waterfront | 021 137 5401 | @cabobeachclubza | Image: Cabo
GET A TASTE OF THE CAPE FLATS
A new fast food joint in Athlone promises “Cape Flats soul food”. You’ll find Cape Town classics like masala steak salomies, toasted masala steak sandwiches, koesisters, falooda (made with sweet basil seeds, rose syrup, vermicelli, milk and ice-cream) and tikka chicken pizza. Experience food made by Cape Flats locals at The Roadhouse.
Must-try: Full House Steak Sandwich
Hours: Tuesday - Thursday, 11am - 9pm; Friday - Sunday, 11am - 2pm
Price: From R6
The Roadhouse | Athlone | 060 997 7741 | @theroadhousect | Image: Priya Patel
VISIT A BEACH BAR IN PAARL
La Grapperia has a cute beach bar in the Winelands, complete with a sandy white beach and loungers. Kick back, relax and try the cocktails, enjoy “sexy snails” (served naked) for starters and specialty meals like eisbein and kassler. You can also choose from a diverse selection of wood-fired, thin based pizza and flammkuchen at La Grapperia’s Beach Bar.
Must-try: Rum cocktail made with Rogue rum and on the extra sunny days, enjoy a Wilderer Gin & Tonic slushy
Hours: Monday - Saturday, 11am - 9pm; Sunday, 11am - 6pm
Price: From R8
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