Collected by Robin Melvin
201 Bree St & Buiten Street, CBD, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
Skinny laMinx on Bree Street is part showroom and part studio for South African textile designer Heather Moore. It's a tiny space, which makes conversation with the friendly staff inevitable. Skinny patterns are bold and whimsical so items made...
160 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7925, South Africa
"Karin Rae Matthee's jewelry line Dear Rae is often a simple play on basic geometric shapes. Her delicate rings and necklaces went on display at local markets like the weekly Neighbourgoods Market and drew attention. She next exhibited at Design...
Kalk Bay, Peninsula, South Africa, Kalk Bay, Cape Town, 7975, South Africa
Kalk Bay is a working harbor. There is no better example of this than the scene you'll witness when you walk down by the Harbour House restaurant area. The catwalk leading to the lighthouse provides a great view (and photo op) of the entire...
76 Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
On a street that looks a lot like one in the French Quarter of New Orleans sits one of the best markets on the planet. The Pan African Market is three stories of small shops filled with collectibles from all over Africa. My favorite section was on...
94 Kloof St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Melissa's is a coffee shop/deli that is a bit of an institution in Cape Town. This is their flagship store. They make lots of wonderful, delicious things to eat and drink, if you are easily tempted by gorgeous packaging or have a sweet tooth be...
323 Main Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8060, South Africa
The legacy of this legendary Cape Town secret is approaching 15 years, and owners, Enrico and Gioacchino, are still infusing their unique blend of energy and personality into everything they make. Always full because of the laid back vibe, good...
111 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915, South Africa
On a visit to Cape Town in 2011, Michelle Obama made quite an impression at local eatery The Kitchen in Woodstock. It’s easy to see why she—or her staffers—chose this homey spot, stylishly cluttered with an array of retro...
79 Roeland St, Zonnebloem, Cape Town, 7925, South Africa
This is a little off the tourist trail.. In central Cape Town but not the fashionable part is a new coffee shop called The Blend. The concept is to have many local coffee blends under one roof. The feel is industrial and quirky. They also have a...
Noordhoek Farm Village, Village Ln, Goedehoop Estate, Cape Town, 7979, South Africa
Chef Franck Dangereux (formerly of La Colombe, a celebrated Cape Town institution) runs The Foodbarn Restaurant out of a lovely old barn in the village of Noordhoek. Here, you’ll get all the flavors of a fancy restaurant, without the fuss....
Ny 115, Guguletu, Cape Town, 7751, South Africa
Mzoli’s began life in 2003 as a humble butchery serving the community of Gugs (as Gugulethu is affectionately known) where it’s owner, Mr Mzoli Ngcawuzele himself, was born and raised. Mzoli prides himself on his choice cuts, so it wasn’t long...
39 Albertyn Rd, Muizenberg, 7945, South Africa
Every Friday evening and on the first Sunday of the month, the Blue Bird Garage Food and Goods Market is a gathering place for local residents and out-of-town visitors. The small size and community vibe of this market is one of the many reasons...
14 Hope St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
The City Bowl Market on Hope Street is not as glitzy or popular as some of the other amazing markets in the Cape Town area, but it was one of my favorite places to spend Saturdays while studying abroad. Local venders eagerly serve up a variety of...
178 Long Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Mama Africa is a must for dinner in Cape Town. The musicians are from a local township and are truly spectacular. African art for sale covers the walls and the musicians play while you eat. Ten rand per person is added to the bill for the live...
28 Hudson St, De Waterkant, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Origin roasts and serves some of the best coffee in Cape Town. The roastery is known for their high quality and they provide beans to around 80 city-wide establishments. Their headquarters and cafe on Hudson Street is where locals go to get their...
373 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7925, South Africa
There is a tremendous selection of international food and drink at the Neighbourgoods Market in Woodstock (Saturdays, 9am-2pm), so come hungry. You'll find Belgian waffles, paella, bratwurst, and thin-crust pizza, as well as, craft beer, fresh...
108 Shortmarket St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
The Africa Cafe is a great little spot in the central business district in Cape Town. It's an opportunity to sample many different African dishes in a lively environment, complete with drumming and singing. It's a little bit touristy and pricey...
Burg St & Longmarket Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
This little market is full of treasures (and a few tourist souvenirs). What you get to experience here is everyone's trade and how these crafts help support their family and village. Lots of things to buy...and they're willing to bargain.
Zonnebloem, Cape Town, 7925, South Africa
Trips to Cape Town find me returning to a quaint little Mexican bistro called El Burro. Fantastic food at perfect prices with superior service have me and my guests always itching for more. Pictured above is a speciality, Prawn and Mango Tacos. My...
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