Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Cape Town

Taal Monument
The much-talked about Taal Monument is a cultural must-see, particularly if you've read up on on the criticism its received. Stop, stare and make up your own mind.
Kitima
Socialites and 'it' kids can't resist being seen on the scene at Kitima, yet the atmosphere remains casual. A near-impossible mix that this Asian restaurant has nailed on the head.
Trinity
Five Flies
With a wide choice of rooms to dine in and generous portions, Five Flies is a firm favourite among Cape Town's most discerning foodies.
Waiting Room
Despite what it suggests in its name, there's not much waiting or sitting at The Waiting Room; in fact you'll be on your feet all night with a dance floor, a roster of regular DJ sessions and a bohemian 'throw-your-hands-in-the-air-like-you-just-don'
Beefcakes
Burgers may be one of the most macho things a man can eat but - as the name suggests - Beefcakes Burger Bar gives meat and buns something of a camp, fun twist.
Grand Cafe & Beach
Dress to impress for dinner at this New York-style warehouse-restaurant.
Headquarters
With doorstep steaks and industrial interiors, this is a meat-loving macho-man's dream scene.
Vida e Caffe
Forget Starbucks: Cape Town shows us how chain coffee shops are down with outlets of Vida e Caffe that each have their own personality.
One&Only Cape Town
The One&Only Cape Town is an expansive, fabulously OTT development with the type of flamboyance expected of a resort in Dubai. WAGs and wannabes lap it up.
Aubergine
Dine beneath the stars here at Aubergine, headed up by Harald Bresselschmidt - arguably the best chef in Cape Town.
Cape Quarter
Combining shopping, eating and entertainment, the recently-opened fashion piazza of Cape Quarter is a magnet for style mavens.
Cabrinha
Cabrinha may sound like a Brazilian cocktail, but it offers top-quality lessons and equipment in one of the best kitesurfing spots in the world.
Skydive Cape Town
While throwing yourself out of a plane might not sound like everyone's idea of a day out, Skydive Cape Town is at-hand for true adrenaline junkies.
Villa Zest
While it may be located off the beaten track, Villa Zest is worth the slog - and then some - with lashings of superstar style.
Pepper Club
You'll be hard-pressed to tear your eyes off the views from the top-floor suites at this, amongst the plushest of inner-city hotels in Cape Town.
Orphanage
Stylish and sophisticated, Orphanage Cocktail Emporium is an early 1900s themed bar with a wide range of cocktails and a vintage décor to match this swinging atmosphere.
Manna Epicure
It will be all white on the night, particularly if it's at Manna Epicure; with white-washed interiors jarring a menu bursting with colour, Cape Town's trendy-wendies can't get enough.
Icon Villas
If you're after something a little more personal and intimate then the beautiful properties in the Icon Villas collection will not disappoint...
Rust en Vrede
If you an get over its air of pretentiousness and the snooty lady on the end of the reservations line, Rust en Vrede is a must. We hate to say it, but with food this fabulous its arrogance is well-placed.
& Union
A sophisticated watering hole that is anything but hole-ish; its beer selection is beyond compare too.
Paranga
Paranga is more about the scene than the food, but that's not to say it's not worth rocking up here for an evening's entertainment. Just be sure to slide on your superstar shades before stepping out of the car.
Unknown Union
Aesthetes and die-hard designistas will love the interiors at Unknown Union, which almost outshine the products on sale -- almost.
Atlantic Suites
Atlantic Suites is an understated, spacious guesthouse with wonderful views; sit back, a chilled G&T in-hand, and stare meaningfully out to sea...
Clarke’s
Hipster watching and seriously tasty, hangover-blitzing food in a minimalist American-style diner.
Superette
Students love Superette for its casual ambiance, its arty clientele and its delicious deli counter.
Cluver Forest Amphitheatre
With just a handful of performances each summer, the Paul Cluver Forest Amphitheatre ranks not only as the most beautiful and intimate concert venue in South Africa, but also the most exclusive. 
Frieda’s on Bree
If Bree from Desperate Housewives opened her own eatery, then Frieda's on Bree would be the result. Bringing together the old and new, it may be kitsch but it's undeniably cool.
Man’oushe
Smoke on a shisha pipe while indulging in a mezze platter, and chat with a student-based clientele; studying is the last thing on their minds.
Grand Cafe
Truth. coffeecult
The stripped down interiors of Truth. coffeecult - yes, spelt like that - ensures that nothing distracts you from the main attraction. The coffee.
More Quarters
Very chic with every mod-con you could dream of. Check in and check it out.
Crew Bar
With bar staff that don't look like they've stepped off a seedy porn shoot and a crowd that's a diverse mix of beautiful people, Crew is threatening to usurp all other contenders to become Cape Town's number-one gay club. Bronx better watch its back.
Glasshouse Rejuvenation
As Cape Town's only sophisticated men-only spa, Glasshouse Rejuvenation for Men is where the city's most discerning chaps come to groom and get themselves looking gorgeous.
Bree Street
As one of the city's hippest streets, Bree Streets is where you'll find the trendy-wendies hanging out shopping and then gossiping over coffee afterward.
Jiva Grande Spa
Jiva Grande Spa Great is famed for bringing Ayurvedic treatments to the Cape, providing a calm, traquil space within the hustle and bustle of the city.
SA Motorcycle Tours
Specialising in BMW bikes, SA Motorcycle Tours will send you speeding around in style.
Victoria & Alfred Hotel
Those who like to shop 'til they drop love the V&A Hotel, with a ridiculously central location within a shopping mall.
Cafe Caprice
Wander in off the beach for a sundowner or three - just make sure there's no sand between your toes or seaweed threaded through your hair. Beach chic here is more chic than beach.
Anatoli
Fantastic mezze platters are on offer in this eclectic warehouse.

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