Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Cape Town

Rocking the Daisies
As suggested by its name Rocking the Daisies is the kind of three-day festival that attracts both hip and hippy music lovers.
Melissa’s
The best of Cape Town's green scene, healthy-conscious foodies descend on Melissa's for organic dishes that cleanse both the system and soul.
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.
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.
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
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.
Coffeebeans Routes
City tours can all get a bit same-y but Coffeebeans Routes offers inventive itineraries that stray from the beaten path. Woohoo!
Haiku
If you're culinary tastes lean more towards the Asian persuasion, then Haiku is the restaurant for you.
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.
Maynardville Open-Air Theatre
Enjoy the balmy summer nights at the Maynardville Open-Air Theatre, ice-cold refreshment in-hand of course.
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.
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.
Origin
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.
La Dolce Vita Biking
La Dolce Vita Biking offers scooter rentals to those who wish to explore the city on two wheels.
Wijnhuis
We challenge you to get through the epic winelist at Wijnhuis. Trust us - we've tried.
Woodstock
As one of Cape Town's oldest suburbs, Woodstock will please even the most discerning shopper with its great variety of shops.
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.
Kaskazi Kayak
Kaskazi Kayak offers guided tours along the Seaboard with two-hour trips or longer.
Abseil Africa
If you're not quite comfortable with throwing yourself off a cliff attached to a bungee, then ease yourself in by abseiling down it at a slightly slower, more controlled pace.
La Petite Ferme
Atlantic Adventures
'Scream if you wanna go faster' seems to be the motto at Atlantic Adventures, which offers excursion at breakneck speeds.
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.

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