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Small, upmarket and minimal but with a great warmth, Manna Epicure quickly becomes a firm favourite with regulars, for breakfast or coffee. Simple menu. Super-fresh, well-cooked ingredients. It’s advisable to make a reservation for weekend breakfasts, so as not to
tues to sat 8am - 10pm
sun & mon 8am - 9pm
T: 021 426 2413
A rustic and relaxed restaurant with a mediterranean touch. Wonderful home-made pastas. Upmarket enough to feel like fine dining, yet kids are welcome and will be wonderfully entertained in their seperate ‘cooking school’ room where they can make their own pizzas, cupcakes or cookies. There’s a roaring fire on cold winter evenings.
Mon to sat 9am - 10pm
Sun 10am - 3pm
t: 021 423 8653
Serving up divine tapas-style dining with mostly Asian influences, this restaurant will make you fall in love with calamari, if you’re only slightly smitten. The Pot Luck Club’s award-winning chef has a way with texture and flavour and deserves all the accolades he’s received. The menu changes regularly. Every night has two sittings and is generally full. Bookings are required long in advance… even if you’re a B-list movie star.
mon to sat 12.30pm - 2.300pm;
6pm - 10.30pm
Sun 11am - 3pm
t: 021 447 0804
Considered one of the World’s Top 50 restaurants (and every year its position gets higher). Once you have been there, you will understand why. Spectacular flavours in every mouthful. The best part is that it’s not pretentious and no part of the décor, service or food seems overdone. There are 5 & 9 course tasting menus. Bookings are required at least 6 months in advance, for this world-class, bucket-list-worthy dining experience.
tues to Sat 12:30pm - 1:30PM;
7am - 9:30PM
t: 021 447 2337
Take friends and family for an amble through these beautiful gardens nestled amongst historic parliamentary buildings and court houses. R5 gets you a bag of nuts to feed the cheeky squirrels, and kids love to swing in the oversized twig weavers’ nests outside the restaurant. The restaurant was recently taken over by the Madam Zingara group, who have given it an inspired new look with a more diverse menu.
daily 7.30am - 5pm
t: 021 423 2919
This place is worth an overseas flight to Cape Town, even if only for one day. Sit with your feet in the sand under huge umbrellas on what seems to be a private beach. Roaming kids and models in bikinis all feel kind of part of the family here. Outstanding elongated pizzas for the table to share, while the rest of the menu is simple - and pricey. Worth every Randela, though. Be sure to book.
tues to sun 12pm - close
t: 072 586 2052
It’s not the norm to recommend a restaurant literally in the middle of a shopping centre aisle – but they do such a great job you will understand the length of the queue to get a table! Features unbelievable sushi in unusual combos (try the “4x4 rolls “...sublime), orchestrated by head chef Sam – but there are many other fresh grill options served in copper pans. They don’t take bookings, but the queue moves quickly.
daily 12pm - 10.30pm
t: 031 563 0923
Owned by uber-talented French chef Franck Dangeroux (love the name), the Foodbarn Deli is the best place to have a hollandaise breakfast, grab a newspaper and pick up a Coq Au Vin freshly-baked pie for dinner later. Always busy with a great vibe. They don’t take bookings, but run a very efficient black board queue system, so you never wait long to be seated. Turns into a tapas restaurant in the early evenings.
tues to sat 12pm – 3pm; 6.30pm -9.30pm
mon & sun 12pm – 3pm
T: 021 7891966
Beautifully presented, well considered dishes; mostly sourced directly from the farm or surrounds. Wash down your meal with their Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel (the first sparkling wine made in South Africa), or pair it with many of their other lovely wines. The food can be pricey – but the wine is very good value for money, so make you sure you arrange a lift home…
mon to sat 8.30am - 5pm
sun 11am - 3pm
t: 021 888 4932
The City Bowl Market is a gourmand’s delight. Variety is the key here, with cuisine from around the globe (awesome curries, Chinese food and cauliflower pizza bases - if you’ve been looking for those). There’s a live band on Thursdays, and a fashion market once a month (also Thursday), if you’re in town at the right time
thur & fri 4.30am - 8.30pm
This is where all the trendy people are – in fact, so many, it’s sometimes hard to find either parking or elbow room. So you’ll need to love crowds. The Mill is home to day and night markets, workshops, gourmet food stalls, award-winning restaurants and tenant designer stores. It’s at the opposite, more urban end from Tokai Market, which is very tranquil by comparison. This place bustles.
Mon to fri 10am - 4pm
Neighbourgoods Market sat 9am - 2pm
t: 021 447 8194
Head down to the grassy slopes of Cape Point Vineyards and fall prey to option paralysis as you struggle to decide what to eat from the dozens of food stalls. You can also purchase locally-made crafts, snacks and gifts. The wine is well-priced. The (free) sun sets are beautiful. Bring a blanket to lounge on and arrive early, as it fills up fast.
thurs 4.30pm - 8.30pm
t: 021 7890900
This is an indoor market, so it’s cool in summer and cosy in winter (roaring fireplace included). It’s perfect for picking up fashion, décor, old LP records, jewellery and kids’ toys but is also a great ‘vibe’, with a busy bar, live music on weekends and a huge diversity of food stalls selling everything from oysters to lamb burgers. There’s also a mime who may latch onto you and mimic you until you tip him.
fri 5pm - 9pm
Sat & sun 9:30am - 4pm
t: 083 275 5586
If you've had a rough Friday night and wake up sorely in need of a big fat Saturday breakfast, head out to Tokai on the M3 for this Brigadoon-like market, which brings together moerkoffee and eats (the bacon and egg rolls win), cooking demo’s, yoga classes, arts and crafts and kids’ entertainment. The baboons sometimes try and invade but there are actual baboon monitors on patrol.
sat 9am - 3pm
t: 072 538 8793
A relaxed place to do your weekly food shop, with organic veggies and herbs, fruit, bread, dairy, free-range eggs, cereals and more. It’s the result of a non-profit initiative managed by a group of green-minded people all working together to promote small-scale urban food production. In summer you can relax on the rolling lawns, picnic under the trees, play tennis or basketball, or even have a swim in Helen Zille’s pool – the site being her own official residence!
sat 9am - 2pm
t: 083 628 3426
Featured on MixMag’s ‘World’s Best Clubs’ list (and they should know), the still newish Era is ‘a space where electronic music is celebrated through lifestyle, where audio and visual focus come together, where technology meets imagination as the senses are taken on a journey designed for pure enjoyment.’ Era’s massive Funktion One sound system hosts local legends like Robot Lady and Vincent Sound in a glittering mash-up of sound and visual.
fri & sat 10pm - 4am
t: 021 422 0202
With its narrow stairwell to a hotly-coveted rooftop deck with views of Signal Hill, relaxed-chic décor and pumping dancefloor, the Waiting Room is a Cape Town institution. Start off with the city’s best burgers at Royale downstairs, and then head on up to get the blood pumping (the dance floor keeps it down-tempo at first but really kicks into gear after 11pm). The venue hosts live bands on Tuesdays and live(ly) DJ's from Wednesday to Saturday.
In a word: trendy.
tues to sat 2pm - 2am
t: 021 422 4536
The Assembly is Cape Town’s legendary late-night live music venue; a giant cavern rigged out industrial-style, dark and spacious with welcome air con to cool the throngs who come to hear everything from underground DJs to rock musos. It’s also jacked-up and organised, with a cloakroom for valuables (and even a small safe), and a secure tab system at the bar (a R50 deposit gets you a dedicated, re-usable card for drinks purchases).
fri - sat 9pm - 4am
t: 021 465 7286
Arguably, no definitely, the best views in the Mother City – from the top of one of the city’s tallest buildings! Hosting a mix of locals and foreigners, it’s more of a smart/casual vibe here (veer towards the smart, though), with no U23 guys or U21 girls. Musically, expect a mix of house/dance/hip-hop and bring a wodge of bar money because it’s the kind of place where the hours flow by. Maybe something about being that high up makes it harder to come down...
fri & sat 10pm - 4am
t: 021 421 0581
The first Thursday of every month, art galleries, artist studios and cultural events around Cape Town's central city stay open until 9pm or later. Grab a printed map at your first stop, explore the city on foot and experience the cultural wealth Cape Town has to offer.
first thurs of every month
9am - 9pm
t: 021 422 0202
This upstairs-downstairs book nook is full of classic and new fiction, non-fiction and children’s books. One of those expansive book stores where they don’t mind you lounging in a corner for hours, the Book Lounge also plays host to regular book launches and author Q&A’s – just about every SA writer of renown has made an appearance or two. See the website for the latest events. It’s also a short stroll from Parliament with its beautiful architecture, or a slightly longer stroll to the historic
Castle of Good Hope.
Mon to Fri 8.30am - 7.30pm
Sat 9am - 5pm
Sun 10am - 4pm
t: 021 462 2425
AWOL Tours have initiated a bicycle tourism programme in the Masiphumelele community, in conjunction with the Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN), a non-profit organisation. The programme has proven to provide lasting benefits for the local people and, for visitors, an opportunity to experience a different, vibrant, side of Cape Town life on a personal basis – so much more meaningful than staring out of the window of some air conditioned bus.
A Trip Advisor Certificate of
t: 021 418 3803
A thrilling, guided 1-3 hour exploration of the secret tunnels under ‘old’ Cape Town, which long ago housed canals used to supply the Company’s Garden and passing ships with fresh water. By 1895 most of them had been arched over and forgotten until some bright sparks decided it would be a good idea to go back down …remember that movie Descent? Don’t worry, as far as we know there are no mutant cannibals in these tunnels. But you need to be decently fit and wear older clothes and non-slip shoes.
t: 021 510 7517
Rated one of the world’s top ten. Bonus points for pics at weekend gigs.
Sep to Mar 8am - 7pm
apr to aug 8am - 6pm
t: 021 799 8783
Either on top of, or while daringly scaling the chain ladders. Sundowner pics are a win, just remember to bring a torch for the descent.
With the sunset over the Atlantic behind you.
In front of the kelp forest; also the ring-shaped clown fish tank.
daily 9.30am - 6pm
t: 021 418 3823
If you’re a model or movie star.
tues to sun 9am - 2pm
t: 021 438 8315
Stand in front of the R443 million mansion, Casablanca (I know, right?).
Snap a pic with a few friendly penguins.
t: 021 786 2329
Strike a pose with the famous WW2 canine hero.
In the structured gardens, or peering from a human-sized bird’s nest. Bonus points if it's your wedding.
t: 021 863 3852
This is Cape Town.