Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Cape Town

Beauclair
Beauclair is a low-key, sophisticated guesthouse in Stellenbosch, it makes the perfect base for a few days wine tasting in elegant comfort...
La Petite Tarte
La Petite Tarte doesn't refer to the French model who founded this neighbourhood favourite, but rather the delectable savoury delicacies it serves up.
Pro Divers
Pro Divers offers professional diving instruction that will have you in the deep blue sea in no time. Check out their specialised courses and wreck diving (for those with a little more experience).
Kitima
Socialites and 'it' kids can't resist being seen on the scene at Kitima, yet the atmosphere remains casual. A near-impossible mix that this Asian restaurant has nailed on the head.
La Perla
Fyndraai
Traditional South African dishes are the order of the day here; get a taste of real Cape Town.
Oude Libertas Amphitheatre
Oude Libertas Amphitheatre is an outdoor venue with a signature sophisticated sound; enjoy choir recitals, acapella groups, jazz and opera.
Table Thirteen
Proving once and for all that size doesn't matter, Table Thirteen - lucky in this case - boasts a scaled-down menu that is big on quality.
Kalk Bay Theatre
Size isn't everything as this intimate scaled-down theatre proves.
Erinvale
Tee off and then enjoy a well-deserved G&T in the clubhouse afterward.
Grand Cafe & Beach
Dress to impress for dinner at this New York-style warehouse-restaurant.
Trinity
Beefcakes
Burgers may be one of the most macho things a man can eat but - as the name suggests - Beefcakes Burger Bar gives meat and buns something of a camp, fun twist.
Headquarters
With doorstep steaks and industrial interiors, this is a meat-loving macho-man's dream scene.
District Six Museum
While it doesn't make for easy viewing, the District Six Museum remembers the site of Apartheid destruction - and it's a must on any visitor's itinerary.
Cabrinha
Cabrinha may sound like a Brazilian cocktail, but it offers top-quality lessons and equipment in one of the best kitesurfing spots in the world.
Carne SA
Those who like their meat practically trotting across the plate will love the slabs of bloody stuff served up at Came SA.
Leopard Bar
One of the best places to watch the sun go down; just shield your eyes from the leopard print overload.
Muratie
Muratie is a romantic winery with a great history; take a cellar tour to learn all about it.
Villa Zest
While it may be located off the beaten track, Villa Zest is worth the slog - and then some - with lashings of superstar style.
Skydive Cape Town
While throwing yourself out of a plane might not sound like everyone's idea of a day out, Skydive Cape Town is at-hand for true adrenaline junkies.
Aubergine
Dine beneath the stars here at Aubergine, headed up by Harald Bresselschmidt - arguably the best chef in Cape Town.
Cape Quarter
Combining shopping, eating and entertainment, the recently-opened fashion piazza of Cape Quarter is a magnet for style mavens.
Manna Epicure
It will be all white on the night, particularly if it's at Manna Epicure; with white-washed interiors jarring a menu bursting with colour, Cape Town's trendy-wendies can't get enough.
Four Rosmead
Immerse yourself in Cape Town culture by staying within a listed monument at Four Rosmead.
Pepper Club
You'll be hard-pressed to tear your eyes off the views from the top-floor suites at this, amongst the plushest of inner-city hotels in Cape Town.
GrandWest Casino
Place your bets ladies and gentlemen! GrandWest Casino is the only real casino in Cape Town; go on, have a flutter.
Librisa Spa
Librisa Spa eases away the stresses and strains of everyday life with beautifully decked out treatment rooms, while a children's spa menu is at-hand for stressed-out kids.
Clarke’s
Hipster watching and seriously tasty, hangover-blitzing food in a minimalist American-style diner.
Royal Cape
The South Africa Open is often played out here, so you know you'll be in good company in the clubhouse after a round or two on the green.
Unknown Union
Aesthetes and die-hard designistas will love the interiors at Unknown Union, which almost outshine the products on sale -- almost.
Superette
Students love Superette for its casual ambiance, its arty clientele and its delicious deli counter.
Paranga
Paranga is more about the scene than the food, but that's not to say it's not worth rocking up here for an evening's entertainment. Just be sure to slide on your superstar shades before stepping out of the car.
95 Keerom
Subtle local influences can be found on the refined Italian menu at 95 Keerom.
Clovelly Country Club
Swimming and golf may be an unlikely combination, but it's all possible here; be sure to pack your trunks alongside your argyle sweater.
More Quarters
Very chic with every mod-con you could dream of. Check in and check it out.
Labia
Labia is home to South Africa's oldest-surviving cinema and comes complete with old world-style surroundings. Alcohol can still be bought to take in with you too, which is always nice.
Den Anker
With a reputation that precedes it, Den Anker doesn't need to try hard to fill its tables - but it still does, thankfully.
Harbour House
With seafood so fresh you can still smell the saltwater, foodies won't be disappointed by Harbour House.
Cape Point Vineyards
It may not be on the same scale as Boekenhoutskloof, but the wine tasting available at Cape Point Vineyards is no less enjoyable. So enjoyable, in fact, that we cannot remember our last after one-too-many glasses of Lord-knows-what vintage.

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