Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Cape Town

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. 
Day Trippers
Day Trippers offers guided bike tours of the city for those who think two wheels are better than four.
Superette
Students love Superette for its casual ambiance, its arty clientele and its delicious deli counter.
Unknown Union
Aesthetes and die-hard designistas will love the interiors at Unknown Union, which almost outshine the products on sale -- almost.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Truth. coffeecult
The stripped down interiors of Truth. coffeecult - yes, spelt like that - ensures that nothing distracts you from the main attraction. The coffee.
Grand Cafe
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...
Irma Stern Museum
Irma Stern Museum champions the work of the eponymous South African artist; a must-visit for culture vultures and art buffs alike.
Cape Point Vineyards
It may not be on the same scale as Boekenhoutskloof, but the wine tasting available at Cape Point Vineyards is no less enjoyable. So enjoyable, in fact, that we cannot remember our last after one-too-many glasses of Lord-knows-what vintage.
Caffe Neo
Chilled out Greek café favoured by office workers due to the free Wi-Fi. Latops at the ready!
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.
Clovelly Country Club
Swimming and golf may be an unlikely combination, but it's all possible here; be sure to pack your trunks alongside your argyle sweater.
Harbour House
With seafood so fresh you can still smell the saltwater, foodies won't be disappointed by Harbour House.
Cape Town Shuttle
Labia
Labia is home to South Africa's oldest-surviving cinema and comes complete with old world-style surroundings. Alcohol can still be bought to take in with you too, which is always nice.
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.
More Quarters
Very chic with every mod-con you could dream of. Check in and check it out.
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.
Company’s Garden
Bordering parliamentary buildings and the National Gallery, these gardens are the perfect place to people-watch and bask in the sun.
The Big Easy
The wine list is the best bit at The Big Easy, but that's not to say the food's not worth tucking into. And as we know all too well, man cannot live on wine alone.
Franschhoek Estate
The Graham Beck Franschhoek Estate is hugely popular for tastings - with its sparkling wine a hot favourite.
Planet Bar
As the in-house bar at Cape Town's most celebrated hotel, Planet Champagne & Cocktail Bar is a magnet for celebrities. Spot them from a suitably sumptuous seat, ice-cold G&T in-hand.
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.
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.
Cafe Roux
This relaxed café serves hearty simple food; a no-brainer for the truly hungry.
SA Motorcycle Tours
Specialising in BMW bikes, SA Motorcycle Tours will send you speeding around in style.
Anatoli
Fantastic mezze platters are on offer in this eclectic warehouse.
NAC Makana Aviation
Get a different perspective on things by chartering a flight from NAC Makana Aviation.
Theatre on the Bay
Theatre on the Bay is a delightfully intimate theatre that puts on a variety of West End-style musicals and smaller-scale dramas, comedies and revues.
Julep
Why is it that tiny bars draw the most people? A case-in-point is Julep, which has gained something of a cult following thanks to its chilled atmosphere and potent cocktails.
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.
De Waterkant
Home to Cape Quarter, Cape Town's coolest shopping centre, De Waterkant is a colourful shopping district bursting with character.
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.
Cape Heritage Hotel
Central and chic, this converted Georgian townhouse would please even the most discerning guest.
Asoka
A sophisticated spot for cocktails and tapas; the porn star martini is a must-drink.

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