A Capetonian neighborhood bar that stays close to SA roots with a consistent homage to braai culture. The best thing to do is grab yourself a braai board which is a selection of braaied meats served with chakalaka (best accompanied by a freshly baked roosterkoek).
This is truly an opportunity to dive in and taste SA culinary culture at its most honest and hearty, with filling meals and exotic flavor combinations. Classics tastes such as Mrs Ball’s boerewors burger with caramelized onion marmalade and proper Durban-Style Bunny Chows will leave your palate excited and intrigued.
The venue is casual and a little vintage, with emphasis definitely being on the “laid back” aspect of the inner-city bar. Along with big screen TV’s for the rugger and ongoing drinks specials, this place is great to kick back and enjoy some time with your friends in.
An Italian eatery that has brought together many years of experience (some of those under the ever-cool Jamie Oliver) and a huge love for Mediterranean cuisine.
Giulio’s is a perfect venue for epicureans and business people alike, with high speed Wi-Fi and many a nook to finish up that last minute presentation over a great coffee. Designer Michael Chandler (of Chandler House) is responsible for the interiors, with dashes of Romanesque splendor, columns and marble detailing.
Go for the 100% pure beef burger, on a seeded burger bun accompanied by grilled zucchini ribbons, fresh tomato, bright green pesto mayo and a sticky balsamic onion marmalade. These are served with skinny Parmesan truffle fries, which are an experience all in themselves.
Alternatively, help yourself to the “Mangia” (harvest table) which boasts smaller snacks and salads for you to pick on or take away, and is changed on a daily basis. The service is fantastic, and the food is spot on!
Intimate and lush, Solo is a bit of a newcomer with Chad Blows (formerly of The Marine in Hermanus) endeavoring to bring interesting, seasonal south african flavours to the plate in new and unexpected ways. Navy blue highlights and warm wooden tables and chairs underpin the beautiful fairy lights in the trees for a truly magical ambience.
For mains, we had slow-cooked barbecue beef short rib with blackened baby corn, spring onion, pickled heirloom carrots, brussels sprouts and sweet potato fries (amazing!!!). Also a dish not to be missed is the vegetarian field mushroom pasta, with shaved parmesan, shiitake & king oyster mushrooms and pickled courgetti (with your choice of gnocchi, linguine or gluten-free spaghetti).
Solo goes hand-in-glove with 99 Loop Gallery, joining in the First Thursdays fun (basically food & art pairing made fun).
Better known for its share of the Cape Town nightclub scene in the past, Loop Street has been abuzz with all kinds of new and exciting things. We’ll take a stroll down Loop and have a look at some eateries, from Mediterranean to local braai cuisine, perhaps hit the town for a few drinks afterwards.
Haas (“Rabbit” in Afrikaans) Collective brings their own unique brand of “haaspitality” (I know right?) to the table in this art gallery meets coffee shop. The coffee is rated as highly as the art, and the bespoke designed crockery is art all in itself.
Everything about this venue is unique and you really must experience it to comprehend it. The varied crowd creates a great atmosphere to go with its sumptuous breakfasts and lunches. Be warned, they stock Black Insomnia, a coffee with 200% more caffeine punch than regular coffee, guaranteed to keep you going till next week.
Breakfasts are hearty, ranging from omelets to wraps, French toast to loaded croissants. For mains, there are daily specials with ingredients sourced from local markets, and a host of staples such as toasted sandwiches, curries and Bunny Chows.
Haas is bedecked in bold paintings, edgy sculptures, fascinating jewelry and intriguing photography, with many treasures to be discovered (and maybe even taken home with you). It is a fantastic venue with loads to offer.
Originally starting in Bakoven at the end of Camps Bay, Marika’s moved to new premises in Vredehoek, overlooking the City Bowl. This is laid back and casual Greek tapas with a mix of Portuguese flair. Their rooftop deck has beautiful mountain views and is well-suited to a relaxed dinner on a rare wind still night in Cape Town.
Don’t miss the Spanakopita (spinach and feta in phyllo pastry) for starters, then we would recommend that you order for the table for mains. Lamb, butterfly prawns, lemon and herb calamari all make for a fantastic shared dinner experience, and the food is prepared consistently well, with Mediterranean spices and processes.
There are some great food options for the kids and the home-made ice-cream is an absolute hit. Kick back, get your fingers dirty and enjoy some hearty flavours from up North.
In a slight deviation from our usual material we wanted to pop in at Cape town’s most celebrated tattoo studio with the intriguing name. This studio specializes in custom tattoos that are designed and refined on the day, so that you can be a part of the process and your feedback and preferences become an intrinsic part of the session.
Tattoos are mostly something personal, motivated by something unique and enduring, and a way to immortalize a moment, an emotion or an achievement. Utmost care is taken to ensure that your personality and aesthetics are translated into your ink, and the richly finished and highly detailed work they produce is testimony to their skill.
Aside from the usual method of application, this studio also specializes in and offers the more traditional “hand-poked” style, which deliberately looks a little rougher and irregular.
The artists form the cream of the crop in the local tattoo scene, Tyler B Murphy, Lee Herbert, Rico Swanepoel, Irish James & Philip Botha.
In part III of our #CTstreetbystreet series, Buitenkant Street is where we’re headed. Running in the direction from mountain to sea, it is packed with little surprises, heritage sites and haunts. We will be popping round a tapas restaurant, a tattoo parlour and a creative design collective that happens to create amazing coffee and food too.
When the former large-scale band and DJ Venue The Assembly closed down it was gutted and revamped into three venues, a cocktail lounge, a punk styled neighbourhood bar and District, the new live act venue with world class sound and lighting systems.
Harringtons Cocktail Lounge is the home of arguably the best margarita in Cape Town as well as a slew of top notch and high-end cocktails. With beautiful polished wooden details, swish velvet bottle service booths and a dedicated smoking lounge, this venue exudes the class of an era gone by.
To go with your classic cocktails you can indulge in fancy bites such as tuna tacos, spring rolls, mushroom risotto balls, mini burgers, oysters, beef skewers and even mini-samoosas. A house cocktail to try is the Pink Hush, Beefeater Gin shaken with honey and lemon, topped with bubbly and wild raspberry liqueur and served in a flute, it’s elegant and delicious. This is a beautiful sip, indulge and relax venue, by itself, or as the start to an evening out.
New York Bagels is one of those old-time favourite places, that has been around for ages (and moved location a couple of times in the process) that owes its ongoing success to always maintaining excellent quality control and refreshing its menu frequently.
Aside from their eponymous bagels (which are whipped up on site, and come in thirteen varieties), NYB specializes in all sorts of Jewish specialties from chopped herring to blintzes, babkas and baked cheesecake.
All bakery and confectionery items, smoked salmon, brisket and pastrami are produced on site. The coffee is amazing, and the Gypsy Ham, cheddar, onion relish and salad on a toasted sesame seed bagel we had to go with it was perfect.
This is a build-your-own sort of set-up, and practically any palate and diet are catered for. Open in some shape or form for the last 57 years, we hope they stick around a lot longer.