Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Cape Town

Lola’s
Cafe Mozart
Historic cafe in Cape Town's Church Street district overlooking the Antiques Market.
Bo-Kaap
Bo-Kaap is a must-see neighbourhood for those interested in the history of Afrikaans; the photos make great Facebook fodder too.
Neighbourgoods
The city's most popular food market; whether looking for lunch or sourcing ingredients for a rather decadent dinner party, this is a one-stop food shop.
Taal Monument
The much-talked about Taal Monument is a cultural must-see, particularly if you've read up on on the criticism its received. Stop, stare and make up your own mind.
Mercury Live & Lounge
Despite its slightly frayed appearance, Mercury is an extremely popular performance space, particularly of the rock 'n' roll variety; drinks specials abound, so come enjoy the buzz and watch some serious performers bring down the house.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden
There's nothing secret about the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden - in fact, it's considered one of the best gardens in the world - but that's not to say it's lost any of its natural beauty.
Eastern Food Bazaar
Cheap and cheerful; just the way locals love it.
Vida e Caffe
Forget Starbucks: Cape Town shows us how chain coffee shops are down with outlets of Vida e Caffe that each have their own personality.
The Fugard
Named after South Africa's greatest playwright, The Fugard is all set to become Cape Town's greatest theatre.
Waiting Room
Despite what it suggests in its name, there's not much waiting or sitting at The Waiting Room; in fact you'll be on your feet all night with a dance floor, a roster of regular DJ sessions and a bohemian 'throw-your-hands-in-the-air-like-you-just-don'
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.
Cape Bike
Get your adrenaline pumping and see the country surrounding Cape Town on the back of a serious Harley Davidson with Cape Bike Travel...
Newlands Cricket Ground
Newlands Cricket Ground is one of the most beautiful cricket stadiums in the world; stop, stare or spectate.
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...
Drumbeat Charters
Drumbeat Charters offers seal-watching excursions that would melt even the hardest traveller's heart.
& Union
A sophisticated watering hole that is anything but hole-ish; its beer selection is beyond compare too.
Day Trippers
Day Trippers offers guided bike tours of the city for those who think two wheels are better than four.
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.
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.
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.
Caffe Neo
Chilled out Greek café favoured by office workers due to the free Wi-Fi. Latops at the ready!
Truth. coffeecult
The stripped down interiors of Truth. coffeecult - yes, spelt like that - ensures that nothing distracts you from the main attraction. The coffee.
Company’s Garden
Bordering parliamentary buildings and the National Gallery, these gardens are the perfect place to people-watch and bask in the sun.
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.
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.
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...
Cafe Roux
This relaxed café serves hearty simple food; a no-brainer for the truly hungry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Coffeebeans Routes
City tours can all get a bit same-y but Coffeebeans Routes offers inventive itineraries that stray from the beaten path. Woohoo!
The Assembly
Fostering South African talent The Assembly ensures its acts work the room with the best sound equiment in the country.
Birds Cafe
While other venues have gone all-out to keep up with Cape Town's style revolutions, Birds keeps things simple but effective.
Maynardville Open-Air Theatre
Enjoy the balmy summer nights at the Maynardville Open-Air Theatre, ice-cold refreshment in-hand of course.
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.
Zensa Lodge
A seaside sanctuary that will have you falling hook, line and sinker for its coastal charm.
Kaskazi Kayak
Kaskazi Kayak offers guided tours along the Seaboard with two-hour trips or longer.

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