Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Cape Town

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.
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.
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.
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.
La Dolce Vita Biking
La Dolce Vita Biking offers scooter rentals to those who wish to explore the city on two wheels.
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.
Birds Cafe
While other venues have gone all-out to keep up with Cape Town's style revolutions, Birds keeps things simple but effective.
Cafe Chic
We don't know what's most enchanting here; the food or the venue. Both are equally as gorgeous with French fare and fanciful interiors having gained a roster of loyal regulars.
Origin
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.
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.
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.
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.
Neighborhood
A design-savvy crowd is well matched with design-savvy interiors at Neighborhood.
Equinox Spa
The Equinox Spa is every bit as good as it sounds and is set within a sumptuous, sexy space at the luxurious Cape Royale Hotel. Ask for the signature treatment.
Platboom
Beautiful white sand dunes don't characterise beaches often but that's exactly what Platboom is famous for.
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.
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.
Zensa Lodge
A seaside sanctuary that will have you falling hook, line and sinker for its coastal charm.
La Petite Ferme
Wakame
The food takes a backseat at Wakame, while the atmosphere is championed as its raison d'être.
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.
Jo’burg
Just like its namesake, Jo'burg is diverse, a little rough around the edges and more than a bit chaotic (to say the least). As you can imagine, it's a blast.
Sunbird Bistro
With a menu that's as carefully put together as many of the gorgeous creatures sunning themselves on the beach across the road, what you get here is a more considered, even healthful, approach to all-day caf̩ food.
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...
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.
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.
Hawksmoor House
Escape to the countryside for outdoor pursuits and hearty food.
Sleepy Hollow
Enjoy a spot of horseriding at the foot of Chapman's Peak with Sleepy Hollow. Headless horseman not included.
Alba
While it's glitz and glamour all the way at Alba, this cocktail bar is extremely welcoming and friendly.
Foodbarn Deli
Serving the freshest bread and nicest-smelling croissants in the city, this is the best bakery around. At least we think so.
Atlantic Adventures
'Scream if you wanna go faster' seems to be the motto at Atlantic Adventures, which offers excursion at breakneck speeds.
2inn1 Kensington
Five-star service without the five-star rates; what are you waiting for?
Kaskazi Kayak
Kaskazi Kayak offers guided tours along the Seaboard with two-hour trips or longer.
Planet
Following a four-month facelift, Orient-Express' iconic Cape Town hotel, The Mount Nelson, has unveiled its glamorously restyled and renamed restaurant: Planet.
Giovanni’s Deli
Italians know food, and if you don't believe us, then pick up lunch at Giovanni's Deli World.
Noon Gun
Family-run joint that offers both traditional local dishes and great views. One word: go!

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