Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Cape Town

Bo-Kaap
Bo-Kaap is a must-see neighbourhood for those interested in the history of Afrikaans; the photos make great Facebook fodder too.
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La Petite Tarte
La Petite Tarte doesn't refer to the French model who founded this neighbourhood favourite, but rather the delectable savoury delicacies it serves up.
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.
Blouberg
Blouberg is best for wind- and kite-surfing so be sure to bring a sense of adventure with you.
Table Thirteen
Proving once and for all that size doesn't matter, Table Thirteen - lucky in this case - boasts a scaled-down menu that is big on quality.
Fyndraai
Traditional South African dishes are the order of the day here; get a taste of real Cape Town.
Pro Divers
Pro Divers offers professional diving instruction that will have you in the deep blue sea in no time. Check out their specialised courses and wreck diving (for those with a little more experience).
Glen Beach
Surf's up dude! Glen Beach caters to the board short-wearing shaggy haired crowd with massive swells and pristine sand.
Oude Libertas Amphitheatre
Oude Libertas Amphitheatre is an outdoor venue with a signature sophisticated sound; enjoy choir recitals, acapella groups, jazz and opera.
District Six Museum
While it doesn't make for easy viewing, the District Six Museum remembers the site of Apartheid destruction - and it's a must on any visitor's itinerary.
The Fugard
Named after South Africa's greatest playwright, The Fugard is all set to become Cape Town's greatest theatre.
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.
Kalk Bay Theatre
Size isn't everything as this intimate scaled-down theatre proves.
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.
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.
Grand Cafe & Beach
Dress to impress for dinner at this New York-style warehouse-restaurant.
Bread & Wine
While the menu may be just one page but that's not to say it's limited; in fact it's a gastronomic extravaganza whipped up by one of the most creative chefs in the Cape.
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.
Muizenberg
Gentle waves and picture postcard beach hunts mean that Muizenberg is magnet for families and children.
Polana
Pre- or post-dinner drinks are what Polana's all about, and it would be a shame to go straight home after dinner, right?
Huey Helicopter Co.
Back in 'Nam, they flew in Huey helicopters, and now you can too with this innovative helicopter company.
Smitswinkelbaai
It may be something of a slog to get to but Smitswinkelbaai is worth every ache and pain.
Muratie
Muratie is a romantic winery with a great history; take a cellar tour to learn all about it.
Aubergine
Dine beneath the stars here at Aubergine, headed up by Harald Bresselschmidt - arguably the best chef in Cape Town.
Leopard Room
One of the best places to watch the sun go down; just shield your eyes from the leopard print overload.
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.
Constantia Uitsig
& Union
A sophisticated watering hole that is anything but hole-ish; its beer selection is beyond compare too.
Four Rosmead
Immerse yourself in Cape Town culture by staying within a listed monument at Four Rosmead.
Drumbeat Charters
Drumbeat Charters offers seal-watching excursions that would melt even the hardest traveller's heart.
Tintswalo Atlantic
Those who like to live life on the edge can do so quite literally at Tintswalo Atlantic, which is perched on the edge of the ocean in the most beautiful bay
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...
Mila Cake Shop
Sweet dreams are made of this, as Annie Lennox once said, and that's no more true than at Mila the Cake Shop.
South African National Gallery
Despite owning over 8000 artworks, the relatively small premises of the South African National Gallery means it can only display a certain number of artworks at any given time. Which means you can focus on what's available and not get overwhelmed.
Unknown Union
Aesthetes and die-hard designistas will love the interiors at Unknown Union, which almost outshine the products on sale -- almost.
Bakoven
Those seeking a stretch of sand without people sprawling across it should head here to Bakoven.
Baxter Theatre
The Baxter Theatre is arguably more about the architecture than the performing arts that take place inside it, but the campus-based building is still a great place for culture vultures to take in a wide range of productions.
Zula Sound Bar
Intimate and low-key, Zula channels a mellow vibe; enjoy an excellent variety of music and events from funk and ska to stand-up comedy and performance poetry - definitely a venue worth experiencing at least once.
95 Keerom
Subtle local influences can be found on the refined Italian menu at 95 Keerom.

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