Cape Town Moments
Collected by Sarah Khan, AFAR Contributor
Vignettes from life in Cape Town.
42 Trill Rd, Observatory, Cape Town, 7925, South Africa
Cozy, dim, atmospheric — Tagore's, in the artsy Observatory ("Obs") district, is quirky-cool with tons of character. It's set in an old house done up with shabby-Indo-chic décor, lending its jazz nights an eclectic, global vibe. Tagore's is smoky...
31 Heerengracht St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
Here in Cape Town, a Gatsby is far more than an iconic literary figure—you’ve read the book, you’ve seen the movie, but have you eaten the sandwich? While the character Gatsby was elusive and somewhat mysterious, his sandwich alter-ego puts it all...
76 Orange St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Cape Town's Mount Nelson Hotel is a city icon. And who better to preside over the entrance than another icon? Mahatma Gandhi, who had a strong connection to South Africa (he worked in the country as a young man, and developed his political views...
Colinton Rd, Newlands, Cape Town, 7700, South Africa
A sunny afternoon calls for a leisurely brunch on the picture-perfect gardens at the Vineyard Hotel & Spa, in the suburb of Newlands. The setting is sublime — a fountain, a stream, acres of rolling greenery, and Table Mountain views — and kids can...
Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town, 7735, South Africa
Kirstenbosch National Botanic Gardens, Cape Town celebrates its centenary this year. Following a similar idea to that of The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew who some years ago built their famous Xstrata Treetop walkway, Kirstenbosch in its 100th...
93 Brommersvlei Rd, Constantia Heights, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa
Just a few minutes outside the bustle of downtown Cape Town but a world away, the suburb of Constantia is home to the oldest wine region in the Southern Hemisphere. As is typically the case with winelands, top-notch vineyards are usually set amid...
71 Wale St, Schotsche Kloof, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Although English is widely spoken throughout South Africa, so is Afrikaans and it has certainly made its way into everyday language. Afrikaans is a daughter language of Dutch, but the influence of other languages and accents transformed it into a...
Victoria Street, Camps Bay, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
Cape Town is a city blessed with rich natural beauty almost at every turn. Table Mountain looms high above the city, a constant companion for any visitor. While it’s easy to find a nice, picturesque spot for a happy hour cocktail, arguable the...
1 Iscor St, Bellville South, BELLVILLE, 7530, South Africa
South Africa is called the Rainbow Nation, and a stroll through the floors of Weylandt's is a testament to the myriad cultures that comprise it. A few feet away from this larger-than-life mural you'll likely find a miniature model of a vintage...
B102, The Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915, South Africa
Woodstock is the creative heart of Cape Town, filled with galleries, studios, street art, and artsy types galore. The Woodstock Exchange is a hub for the design set, home to a rotating legion of furniture shops, coffee shops, and furniture shops...
Noordhoek Farm Village, Village Lane, Goedehoop Estate, Cape Town, 7979, South Africa
Chef Franck Dangereux (formerly of La Colombe, a celebrated Cape Town institution) set up shop in a lovely old barn in the village of Noordhoek. You’ll get all the flavors of a fancy restaurant, without the fuss. Here comfort food is...
Simodium Road, Drakenstein, Paarl, South Africa
About an hour outside of Capetown, Babylonstoren is one of South Africa’s oldest werfs, or farmyards. In 2010, Karen Roos, a former editor at South Africa’s Elle Decoration, reimagined the property as a fantasy farm stay with an eight...
41 Beach Rd, Gordons Bay Central, Cape Town, 7151, South Africa
I love an old bookstore — roaming through crowded aisles and shelves teeming with tomes is enough to convince even the most diehard digital fiend that books are not dead. When in Gordon's Bay, about 45 minutes from Cape Town, for the Festival of...
111 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915, South Africa
The Obamas were in Cape Town on a whirlwind 24-hour trip whose highlight was a major speech by POTUS at University of Cape Town. But on a previous visit to Cape Town in 2011, Michelle made quite an impression at a local eatery in the Woodstock...
While on a quest for a place to have afternoon tea one day, my friend and I found ourselves at the charming Highlands Country House Hotel, in the suburb of Kenilworth. A rambling old mansion with countless nooks and crannies to explore, not to...
38 Canterbury St, Zonnebloem, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Charly's Bakery is something of a local icon — and with its festive façade, it's pretty hard to miss. After all, if you're going to sell cupcakes, might as well look like one. Behind the frothy pink exterior you'll find trays upon trays of Cookie...
Shop 30, Hudson Building, 30 Hudson St, De Waterkant, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
It's a weekend ritual for my cousin and his friends to pop into either The Loading Bay or Origins Roast right next door for breakfast. With a gorgeous view of the mountain, both cafés have coffee to die for and stellar food. This particular beauty...
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.
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...
25A Albertus St & Buitenkant Street, Zonnebloem, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
As time passes and memories fade we all would do well to make the effort to remember. Here at the District Six Museum in Cape Town you can learn about the experiences of one vital neighborhood dismantled under apartheid. Photographs and words...
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