Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Cape Town

Cape Town Jazz Festival
Billed as 'African's Grandest Gathering', the Cape Town Jazz Fest is recognised as one of the five best music festivals in the world. The world-class set list contains a balanced mixture of African and international artists, and it is a cultural even
Dive Action
Get in on the underwater action with Dive Action, a top dive company offering trips to some of the best locations in the Southern Peninsula. Whether you're new or experienced, they have something for everyone.
Olympia Cafe
The laid-back surf vibe here is teamed with brilliant, no-nonsense fare; the inventive salads are particularly memorable.
High Tea – Nellie
Gone are the days of high tea, but the tradition lives on here at the Nellie. If Brits are to be believed, a cup of the brown stuff solves all problems.
Artscape
Artscape hosts both local and international musical productions within Apartheid-era architecture; with so much to take in, you won't know whether to look at the stage or your surroundings.
Rupert Museum
There's not much to say about the building itself, but focus is very much on the artwork at the Rupert Museum. Perhaps that is the way it should be.
Bombay Brasserie
Step into this gracious, compact former banking hall and it feels as though you've stumbled into the plush, velvety dreamspace of an opulent opera house.
Milnerton Golf Club
Links courses are few and far between in Cape Town; in fact, there's only one and it's here in the fabulous form of Milnerton Golf Club.
The Long Beach
Fall out of bed and onto the beach at our favourite hippie hangout.
Groot Constantia Wine Museum
If this wine estate was good enough for Napoleon, then Groot Constantia Homestead and Wine Museum is certainly good enough for us.
Jordan Restaurant
Country bumpkins and city slickers alike will appreciate the hearty rustic fare served here.
Cape Cadogan
Historic grandeur complimented by touches of modern minimalism. Design mavens will love it.
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.
Pearl Valley Golf
As one of South Africa's most prestigious golf courses, Pearl Valley is the place to tee off in style.
Coffeebeans Routes
City tours can all get a bit same-y but Coffeebeans Routes offers inventive itineraries that stray from the beaten path. Woohoo!
Fiction DJ Bar
Fact or Fiction? We go with Fiction every time: where the music is seriously cool, the crowd is seriously dressed and the doormen are seriously tough.
Haiku
If you're culinary tastes lean more towards the Asian persuasion, then Haiku is the restaurant for you.
Green Point
Despite being something of a residential area, Green Point is a hive of activity and has become one of the city's trendiest areas to shop.
Platboom
Beautiful white sand dunes don't characterise beaches often but that's exactly what Platboom is famous for.
Boekenhoutskloof
Whether you can pronounce it or not is irrelevant; Boekenhoutskloof is a historic wine estate that hosts tastings that would please even the most discerning connoisseur.
Delaire Graff
With a location so beautiful it could make grown men weep, it's no surprise that the food wine and service at Delaire Graff Estate is pretty damn good, too.
Maynardville Open-Air Theatre
Enjoy the balmy summer nights at the Maynardville Open-Air Theatre, ice-cold refreshment in-hand of course.
Vergelegen
A little off the beaten track, but definitely worth it for the chance to sample some of the region's best wine; the stunning surroundings and Cape Dutch architecture add to its splendour.
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.
Downhill Adventures
Perfect for extreme sports beginners; whether you want a guided tour or some off-road solo cycling, organise an excursion or two with Dowhill Adventures.
Origin
La Dolce Vita Biking
La Dolce Vita Biking offers scooter rentals to those who wish to explore the city on two wheels.
Woodstock
As one of Cape Town's oldest suburbs, Woodstock will please even the most discerning shopper with its great variety of shops.
Wijnhuis
We challenge you to get through the epic winelist at Wijnhuis. Trust us - we've tried.
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...
Long Street Baths
Despite somewhat shoddy changing rooms, Long Street Baths offers swimming pools and Turkish baths that more than make up for any shortcomings.
Babylonstoren
It's the kind of rural idyll you remember for the rest of your life. An immersive all-over sensory experience that leaves you feeling calm, rejuvenated, ready to take on the world.
Hawksmoor House
Escape to the countryside for outdoor pursuits and hearty food.
Planet
Following a four-month facelift, Orient-Express' iconic Cape Town hotel, The Mount Nelson, has unveiled its glamorously restyled and renamed restaurant: Planet.
Simon’s Town Boats
Dolphins, whales and even great white sharks can be spotted with Simon's Town Boat Company. Be sure to keep your flailing limbs inside the vehicle at all times.
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.
Sleepy Hollow
Enjoy a spot of horseriding at the foot of Chapman's Peak with Sleepy Hollow. Headless horseman not included.
Foodbarn Deli
Serving the freshest bread and nicest-smelling croissants in the city, this is the best bakery around. At least we think so.
2inn1 Kensington
Five-star service without the five-star rates; what are you waiting for?

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