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A Hedonist’s guide to…

Cape Town

& Union
A sophisticated watering hole that is anything but hole-ish; its beer selection is beyond compare too.
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...
Armoury Boxing
Staying in shape is a priority amongst Capetonians-they have beaches and catwalks to prepare for. While there are loads of places to join the queue for the treadmill, this is easily the most authentic of gyms in Cape Town.
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.
Atlantic Adventures
'Scream if you wanna go faster' seems to be the motto at Atlantic Adventures, which offers excursion at breakneck speeds.
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.
Bo-Kaap
Bo-Kaap is a must-see neighbourhood for those interested in the history of Afrikaans; the photos make great Facebook fodder too.
Boulders Penguin Colony
Boulders Penguin Colony is a remarkable site for those into nature; if you can't go to Antarctica, come here instead.
Caffe Neo
Chilled out Greek café favoured by office workers due to the free Wi-Fi. Latops at the ready!
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...
Cape Sidecar Adventures
See Cape Town from the view of a sidecar; odd but undeniably cool.
Cape Town Diamond Museum
A glittering exhibition of how South Africa came to dominate the world of diamonds...
Castle of Good Hope
The Castle of Good Hope has everything you'd expect from a good fort, including a surrounding moat and dungeon, and it has great views of the area to boot.
Coffeebeans Routes
City tours can all get a bit same-y but Coffeebeans Routes offers inventive itineraries that stray from the beaten path. Woohoo!
Company’s Garden
Bordering parliamentary buildings and the National Gallery, these gardens are the perfect place to people-watch and bask in the sun.
Day Trippers
Day Trippers offers guided bike tours of the city for those who think two wheels are better than four.
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.
Drumbeat Charters
Drumbeat Charters offers seal-watching excursions that would melt even the hardest traveller's heart.
Eastern Food Bazaar
Cheap and cheerful; just the way locals love it.
Enmasse
The concept is genius: remove the aura of pretentiousness and irritation of forward-planning from the contemporary Western spa routine, and instead offer massage as one of life's little necessities.
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.
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Petrol heads will fall head-over-bumper for the Franschhoek Motor Museum, home to over 220 vehicles from a wide-ranging period of automotive history.
Frixion Adventures
Cliff-jumping and kloofing; only the brave need apply.
Hoerikwaggo Trail
The Hoerikwaggo Trail isn't exactly 'roughing it in the wild', but it's still recommended for enthusiastic hikers.
Hooked on Africa
Fall hook line and sinker for deep-sea fishing with Hooked on Africa.
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.
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.
Kaskazi Kayak
Kaskazi Kayak offers guided tours along the Seaboard with two-hour trips or longer.
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.
La Dolce Vita Biking
La Dolce Vita Biking offers scooter rentals to those who wish to explore the city on two wheels.
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.
MannaBay
Whatever it takes to unwind, you'll find it here at MannaBay, along with spoil-you-rotten service and a majestic view.
Maynardville Open-Air Theatre
Enjoy the balmy summer nights at the Maynardville Open-Air Theatre, ice-cold refreshment in-hand of course.
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.
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.
Newlands Cricket Ground
Newlands Cricket Ground is one of the most beautiful cricket stadiums in the world; stop, stare or spectate.
Newlands Rugby Stadium
Newlands Rugby Stadium is the second-oldest of its kind in the world, and has been host to a number of international games during its time.
Rhodes Memorial
Built in mock Athenian architecture, the Rhodes Memorial affords views out beyond the Cape Flats towards the distant distant Helderberg and Hottentots Holland Mountains. If that doesn't take your breath away, nothing will.
River Manor Stellenbosch
River Manor Stellenbosch is a beautiful, old-worldy boutique hotel in Cape Town's wine lands which is a perfect base for exploring the wineries
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...

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