Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Cape Town

Lola’s
Glen Beach
Surf's up dude! Glen Beach caters to the board short-wearing shaggy haired crowd with massive swells and pristine sand.
Blouberg
Blouberg is best for wind- and kite-surfing so be sure to bring a sense of adventure with you.
Mercury Live & Lounge
Despite its slightly frayed appearance, Mercury is an extremely popular performance space, particularly of the rock 'n' roll variety; drinks specials abound, so come enjoy the buzz and watch some serious performers bring down the house.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden
There's nothing secret about the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden - in fact, it's considered one of the best gardens in the world - but that's not to say it's lost any of its natural beauty.
Eastern Food Bazaar
Cheap and cheerful; just the way locals love it.
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'
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.
Cape Bike
Get your adrenaline pumping and see the country surrounding Cape Town on the back of a serious Harley Davidson with Cape Bike Travel...
Llandudno & Sandy Bay
Llandudno and Sandy Bay both boast beautiful white sand; the latter is an unofficial nudist beach too meaning those who want to whip off their shorts and hang free can.
Caveau Wine Bar
Take your pick from over 400 wines and a range of tapas at this after-work favourite. Loosen your white collar and tell your wife you'll be home late.
Muizenberg
Gentle waves and picture postcard beach hunts mean that Muizenberg is magnet for families and children.
Smitswinkelbaai
It may be something of a slog to get to but Smitswinkelbaai is worth every ache and pain.
Cape Quarter
Combining shopping, eating and entertainment, the recently-opened fashion piazza of Cape Quarter is a magnet for style mavens.
Rouge on Rose
Central location + gorgeous design = top-notch prices, right? Wrong! Rouge on Rose offers everything at prices that won't punish the plastic...
& Union
A sophisticated watering hole that is anything but hole-ish; its beer selection is beyond compare too.
Clifton
Consistently ranked among the world's top ten beaches Clifton is made up of four separate beaches; one with a prestigious Blue Flag rating.
Kalky’s
You'd expect a seaside city such as Cape Town to offer good portions of fish and chips, and it does at Kalky's.
Day Trippers
Day Trippers offers guided bike tours of the city for those who think two wheels are better than four.
Bakoven
Those seeking a stretch of sand without people sprawling across it should head here to Bakoven.
An African Villa
An African Villa is tastefully decorated, affordable and friendly; what more could you want from this charming little boutique hotel in Cape Town...
Company’s Garden
Bordering parliamentary buildings and the National Gallery, these gardens are the perfect place to people-watch and bask in the sun.
Caffe Neo
Chilled out Greek café favoured by office workers due to the free Wi-Fi. Latops at the ready!
Den Anker
With a reputation that precedes it, Den Anker doesn't need to try hard to fill its tables - but it still does, thankfully.
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.
Truth. coffeecult
The stripped down interiors of Truth. coffeecult - yes, spelt like that - ensures that nothing distracts you from the main attraction. The coffee.
Andiamo
A great place to stop in your lunch hour - if you work that is; otherwise simply come for quick, efficient deli lunches that fill your stomach 'til dinner.
Cafe Roux
This relaxed café serves hearty simple food; a no-brainer for the truly hungry.
Camps Bay
As one of Cape Town's most accessible beaches you'd expect Camps Bay to be tourist hell; but it isn't and remains one of the prettiest stretches of sand in the city.
Olympia Cafe
The laid-back surf vibe here is teamed with brilliant, no-nonsense fare; the inventive salads are particularly memorable.
Royale Eatery
Let's face it; despite our insatiable appetites for the finer things in life sometimes all we want to get our chops around is a good burger. And when such cravings beckon, Royale Eatery provides.
Fork
Spooning leads to forking, as they say, and that's certainly the case at the appropriately-named Fork restaurant; no knives needed just prongs and an appetite for bite-sized morsels.
La Boheme/La Bruixa
With a sense of community and lashings of Spanish style, it's no wonder La Bruixa is popular with the locals.
Birds Cafe
While other venues have gone all-out to keep up with Cape Town's style revolutions, Birds keeps things simple but effective.
Maynardville Open-Air Theatre
Enjoy the balmy summer nights at the Maynardville Open-Air Theatre, ice-cold refreshment in-hand of course.
La Dolce Vita Biking
La Dolce Vita Biking offers scooter rentals to those who wish to explore the city on two wheels.
Rick’s Cafe Americain
Rick's Café Américain draws on inspiration from the film Casablanca, though the hip factory is turned up a notch or two to create a space that is cosy yet incredibly chic.
Platboom
Beautiful white sand dunes don't characterise beaches often but that's exactly what Platboom is famous for.
St. James
The tidal pool is the best bit about St James and is a refreshing - if not slightly bracing - way to start any day.
Sugar
Sugar is one of the hippest retreats in Cape Town, what was once a backpacker's hostel has been renovated into something really rather special...

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