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Cape Quarter in Green Point
Enjoy a boutique shopping experience at this rejuvenated and refined premium lifestyle village
Last Update: February 7, 2017
From the moment I walk through the Cape Quarter’s main entrance – a large archway sitting flush on busy Somerset Road in Green Point, I’m enchanted. A true definition of grace and style, the centre is alluring and welcoming. And while the establishment claims an unassuming and traditional exterior, the lifestyle village’s true charm is seen once you step through its inviting doorway.
The first thing I notice is how open and bright the interior is, and I’m taken in by the mall’s high roof and abundance of natural light. Flights of escalators ascend to the visible first floor, otherwise known as the Mezzanine Level and then again to The Square located on the second floor. Sturdy pillars stand tall holding the centre’s beautifully tailored ceiling high above. The further I walk into the quarter, my eyes dancing around the various stores and restaurants inviting me in for a quick browse or cuppa, the more excited I get to see what else awaits.
Located in the historical yet chic De Waterkant area, a heritage-rich pocket of cobblestone streets, semi-detached cottages, charming sidewalk cafes and art galleries nestled just below the flanks of Signal Hill; the Cape Quarter is a vibrant hub of activity where sophistication and elegance collide with history and tradition.
Originally completed in 2009, the Cape Quarter has been attracting the hustle and bustle of the lively Green Point area for years. However, with a complete overhaul in 2016, the well-established building has transformed, creating a far more conducive and convenient space for both visitors and tenants.
The upmarket precinct is truly nothing like any other mall in the Mother City. Airy and well-lit, punctuated by open-air central areas, the centre embodies a European-inspired ambience. Instead of sterile lighting, sunlight pours through atriums; instead of crowded food courts, quaint eateries spill out onto the courtyards; and instead of hurry-up-and-wait tension in the corridors; a leisurely air twirls through the vivacious space.
The repositioning of original tenants, as well as the acquiring of a few new occupants (including some national folk like Vodacom and Sorbet Man), has seen the distinguished centre’s accessibility increase thus contributing to the user-friendliness of the space and its offerings. What’s more, the relocation of the shopping mall’s amenities and ATM ‘hub’ has further seen a rise in the Cape Quarter’s convenience levels.
In total, there are approximately 100 boutique stores and distinct restaurants on offer appealing to both the local and international market. From designer fashion shops and cutting-edge interior décor and furniture stores to health and beauty hotspots and an array of gorgeous eateries, the assortment of carefully curated tenants is vast and varied – with more than just a few hidden gems among the ranks.
And of course, the golden thread that connects all of the retailers is their commitment to quality, not quantity. The majority of producers in the centre pride themselves on their craftsmanship, and accordingly, they turn out everything from dazzling dishes to one-of-a-kind creations. As Cape Quarter Centre Manager Anne Mylo states, “The uniqueness of the stores you will find at Cape Quarter, you will not be able to find at many other places”.
For starters, the ground floor – where the centre’s main entrance is situated, boasts a coffee shop, a large SPAR grocery as well as many other specialised stores that lend themselves to a one-stop-shop convenience. Moving onto the Mezzanine Level, it is here the new ATM hub and amenities can be found as well as Sorbet Man, Vodacom, Village Home & Hardware and more.
Cape Quarter is also home to the new and upmarket Lou Lou’s. The multifaceted eatery and lounge transforms into a bar and nightlife hotspot after dark. With a variety of premium liquor, Lou Lou’s offers that extra bit of liquid courage you may need to dance the night away at the Cape Quarter haunt. The eatery cum bar offers a taste of contemporary cuisine, as renowned head chef Jason Kosmos exclusively makes use of fresh seasonal ingredients. His experience in the culinary industry has seen him in the kitchen of The Roundhouse Restaurant, Chefs Warehouse and with extensive experience in cooking in countries such as France, London and Italy. With a special focus on tapas and various cooking techniques from all around the world, Lou Lou’s offers dishes displaying the use of superior ingredients, packed with flavour.
It is the second floor; however, that truly takes me by surprise. Known as The Square, the space flaunts an open central courtyard-like area that allows its various eateries and shops to spill over onto its cobbled floor. Another incredible addition to the level is the glass pergolas positioned on the outside edges of the quad. “Cape Town weather is very inconsistent”, Anne explains. “Shoppers want the space to be open and light, but they also don’t want to walk in the rain. The pergolas have added that little bit of extra protection without taking anything away from The Square’s openness.”
The Square claims an array of established stores and cafés. Among the many include Bootlegger Coffee Company (here customers can expect expert blends and roasts), celebrity chef and TV personality Jenny Morris’s Yumcious restaurant, Spitfire Furniture, Listening Room – I am told this destination stop offers clients the “Ferraris and Lamborghinis of the Hi-Fi world”, Loulisa and Mud Studio, to name only a few of the many rare delights found on the level. What’s more, The Square’s events area is located to the right of the court when coming up the escalators and is a lovely addition to the already exquisite mall offerings.
Boasting seven floors in total (Victorian Bathrooms, a gym and Deloitte Greenhouse (plus more) is located on the various floors above The Square), the Cape Quarter truly offers visitors a unique and boutique shopping experience. But that’s not all. Located across the way from the multi-storey quadrangle is the Cape Quarter Piazza. The open-air plaza-like space too houses numerous exceptional shopping pleasures (both health and retail) such as Wade & Co Hair Design, Baraka Gifts and Décor (a hotspot amongst foreigners looking for quirky African collectables), La Petite Tarte, Lindt Chocolate Studio and so much more.
Needless to say, as I continue my meander taking in all that the multifaceted and exclusive venue has to offer, I realised that the Cape Quarter is indeed a shopper’s paradise. While the centre is the perfect location for a long weekend brunch, it is also the ideal place to cross off your everyday chores as well as is the prime locale to amble in search of beautifully designed fashion, flawless jewellery, inspired art, proudly South African souvenirs, rare collectables and more. A vibrant hub of activity and flair, it truly comes as no surprise that the lifestyle village is a coveted shopping destination.
NOTE: The Cape Quarter’s carefully curated tenant list includes over 100 exclusive shops, hidden gems, rare finds and delectable restaurants. For a full store directory, visit the Cape Quarter website.
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 9am – 6pm | Saturday: 9am – 4pm | Sunday: 10am – 2pm
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