Enjoy the ancient Mexican traditions of the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) with excellent limited edition Don Julio cocktails to enjoy in the venue.
The space will be transformed to visually represent the vibrancy of these traditions and complimentary face painters and makeup artists will be on hand to help transform your face into the skulls of yore.
Dance the night away in one of Cape Town’s premier exclusive nightclubs to the beats of local resident DJ’s and performers. A fantastic party venue they always throw themselves into their themed events with fervour and rich and colourful decorations.
Stuck without a costume in the run-up to scary-party time? We’ve got you covered, here are the two best spots to pick up a quick something.
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Billed as Cape Town’s best costume hire shop with dedicated seamstresses to adjust and tailor to your most exacting specifications. From Trekkie to steampunk, vampire to zombie, they have something for all shapes and sizes (including, of course, superhero costumes for the smaller family members).
Stocking over 20,000 outfits, Annie’s Angels is a supplier of costumes to the film & theater industry as well as to the public. Their supply is so extensive, it’s really best to just go and have a look, it’s amazing!
There is no way of knowing what the Belly of the Beast is offering up tonight, this is part of the charm, the excitement and mystique of this intriguing venue.
Twenty seats, five to eight courses, made up of anything the chefs can “grow, find, source or steal”. All you have to do is go and trust that you will be impressed by this intimate setting where the food is prepared and and served to you (including pouring the wine) by the chefs.
Another thing that sets this eatery apart is that it is a nose to tail eatery, using sustainable farmed whole animals, generating as little waste as possible.
In case you still don’t know what poké is, it’s basically a deconstructed seafood salad usually incorporating yellowfin tuna. Poké originated in Hawaii as a way for fishermen to enjoy the offcuts of their catch along with fresh seasonal vegetables in a hassle-free way.
The bowls work on a build-your-own basis, where you can choose from a either two types of rice or zoodles as a base, and then a selection of sashimi and an assortment of toppings and dressings.
We tried the “The under current” which consisted of delicious salmon sashimi, orange, cucumber, carrot, pink radish with house Ponzu and creamy Togorashi dressing with toasted Almond Flakes. It’s outstanding, and convenient, full of flavour yet still “light” as meals go.
You’ll spot Rcaffe on Long Street in the centre of the CBD of Cape Town and it has a romantic, bohemian/funky feel to it, with a large array of healthy options to go with your premium artisan coffee.
They boast a very popular banting menu and on it you will find scrumptious items like the Banting Benedict - poached eggs topped with rich hollandaise sauce, crispy bacon, creamy goats milk cheese, cherry tomatoes roasted in rosemary and olive oil, sprinkled with pumpkin seeds and served on a bed of fresh rocket.
If you are looking for a lunch, they do a tender Mediterranean lamb - oven roasted (to perfection) leg of lamb in rosemary and garlic, served on seasonal roasted vegetables, fresh coriander, aubergine sauce and double cream tzaziki.
Taking someone to the movies on a date has a classic ring to it, but how about doing it with an elegant, modern twist?
Perched on top of the Grand Daddy Hotel on Long street is the novel concept of a rooftop trailer park (seven gorgeous Airstream trailers) and cinema. You have full bar service, a selection of snacks you can pre-order and if you book well ahead, the super comfortable Love Seat or Couch to sprawl out in.
They regularly screen old favourites and have, over time, put together an amazing catalogue of screenings, set against the picturesque backdrop of the vintage trailers and the Cape Town skyline, this is certainly an experience to look forward to.
"Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever." - Aristophanes
Relax to some gentle Salsa, an array of fresh and seasonal tapas and a pair of wine lists that has been curated with love and enthusiasm.
Bouchon’s wine list embraces both local and international gems and you have an option of enjoying their ‘Travel Through Your Glass’ selection (updated weekly, along with their menu) which allows you to discover and enjoy outstanding wines from around the world by the glass.
The chalkboard menu is constantly evolving, so you will be sure to have a unique experience in this lovely and relaxed venue, time and time again.
No run-down of burger joints in Cape Town would be complete without mentioning Royale. Royale was hipster before hipsters started calling themselves hipsters. The decor, the staff and the food all have a special quality, something different and interesting.
Take the menu, for instance, there is literally a section titled “Something a little different” 😊. From there we chose The Federale, a 160g basted beef patty blended with chorizo, chilies and coriander, served with guacamole and caramelized onions. Each burger comes with a choice of fries or sweet potato fries or a mix of both (recommended).
Always an experience, Royale never fails to deliver!
You’ll find IYO (Inside, You’re Out) on the super trendy Bree Street in Cape Town, a stretch that’s known for it’s upmarket eateries and fine cuisine. IYO has a great spread of traditional and way out-there burger combos and sides, along with never-ending jam jars and local beers and ciders.
We opted for the Quick Dip, a smoked cheddar beef patty on a fresh bun with crispy sweet onions and the IYO house dip (incorporating pork broth) and it was mesmerizingly good. Everything just comes together and creates an amazing flavour profile.
After an informative outing to Robben Island we think a little levity may be in order, beer, music and ambience in a beerhouse! Remember, we are remembering the oppression, but also, celebrating the freedom. 😊
The Rudimentals, Nomadic Orchestra and Ann Jangle will keep the mood electric and local, the many, many beers will be flowing freely, and the early evening will get a little raucous!
There is a beer for everyone and the location on Long Street make it a fantastic gateway to spill out into town and enjoying yourself in earnest. Centrally located, it is close to a lot of very nice spots both large and small, definitely worth an exploration.