Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Cape Town

Smitswinkelbaai
It may be something of a slog to get to but Smitswinkelbaai is worth every ache and pain.
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?
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.
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.
Carne SA
Those who like their meat practically trotting across the plate will love the slabs of bloody stuff served up at Came SA.
St Yves Beach Club
Favouring quiet cocktails over raucous shot-guzzling, St Yves Beach Club is a good date-night bar for loved-up couples.
Aubergine
Dine beneath the stars here at Aubergine, headed up by Harald Bresselschmidt - arguably the best chef in Cape Town.
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.
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.
Muratie
Muratie is a romantic winery with a great history; take a cellar tour to learn all about it.
Leopard Room
One of the best places to watch the sun go down; just shield your eyes from the leopard print overload.
Pearl Valley Golf Estates
Drumbeat Charters
Drumbeat Charters offers seal-watching excursions that would melt even the hardest traveller's heart.
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...
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.
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
Librisa Spa
Librisa Spa eases away the stresses and strains of everyday life with beautifully decked out treatment rooms, while a children's spa menu is at-hand for stressed-out kids.
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.
GrandWest Casino
Place your bets ladies and gentlemen! GrandWest Casino is the only real casino in Cape Town; go on, have a flutter.
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...
Le Quartier Francais
Tasting menus rely on mindblowing flavours to satisfy diners, and fortunately the tasting menu at Le Quartier doesn't disappoint.
Four Rosmead
Immerse yourself in Cape Town culture by staying within a listed monument at Four Rosmead.
Constantia Uitsig
Newlands Cricket Ground
Newlands Cricket Ground is one of the most beautiful cricket stadiums in the world; stop, stare or spectate.
The Opal Lounge
Precious like its namesake stone, the Opal Lounge is every bit as stylish and sumptuous as you'd expect, with a sharp-suited crowd to match.
& Union
A sophisticated watering hole that is anything but hole-ish; its beer selection is beyond compare too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cape Town International Jazz Festival
It may not be the biggest musical festival in the world but Cape Town International Jazz Festival is certainly considered one of the best.
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.
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.
Bakoven
Those seeking a stretch of sand without people sprawling across it should head here to Bakoven.
Royal Cape
The South Africa Open is often played out here, so you know you'll be in good company in the clubhouse after a round or two on the green.
La Colombe
This acclaimed restaurant is a must-visit for any foodie, with the menu brimming with must-eat marvels.
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.
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...

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