Hg2 : The Hedonist

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.
2inn1 Kensington
Five-star service without the five-star rates; what are you waiting for?
95 Keerom
Subtle local influences can be found on the refined Italian menu at 95 Keerom.
A Cape Town country stay at Babylonstoren
Fancy a little luxury outside the city? Keith Bain, author of Hg2 Cape Town, ventures beyond the bustle and finds himself in Babylonstoren.
A guide to Cape Town’s music festivals
With the advent of the music festival season, there's plenty to shout about in Cape town, as Hg2 Cape Town co-author Keith Bain reveals.
A reader’s guide to Cape Town
Hg2 guide in-hand, reader and MBA student Ana Silva gives us her take on South Africa's city of 'good hope', Cape Town.
A stay at the Ilali guesthouse, Johannesburg
Hg2's Keith Bain shuns his usual coastal tendencies, and opts for a stay at the Ilali guesthouse in Johannesburg, and instantly falls in love.
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.
Airstream Rooftop
Enjoy dusk with a sundowner or three at this cool rooftop bar; occasional live music adds to its allure.
Airstream Trailer Park
For a bed with a difference, book one of these crazy caravans sat on an inner-city rooftop.
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...
Anatoli
Fantastic mezze platters are on offer in this eclectic warehouse.
Angsana Spa
With its treatment menu drawing on inspiration from Asia, the Angsana Spa will have you rested, relaxed and rejuvenated in no time at all.
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.
Asoka
A sophisticated spot for cocktails and tapas; the porn star martini is a must-drink.
Atlantic Adventures
'Scream if you wanna go faster' seems to be the motto at Atlantic Adventures, which offers excursion at breakneck speeds.
Atlantic House
This minimalist hideaway is perfect for getting away from it all - so much so, you may never want to leave.
Atlantic Suites
Atlantic Suites is an understated, spacious guesthouse with wonderful views; sit back, a chilled G&T in-hand, and stare meaningfully out to sea...
Aubergine
Dine beneath the stars here at Aubergine, headed up by Harald Bresselschmidt - arguably the best chef in Cape Town.
Azure
South African fare is the order of the day here at Azure, all served against jaw-dropping views.
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.
Baia
Camera-wielding tourists may flock here in their droves but spectacular seafood makes the crowds - and the occasional wait - more than worth it.
Bakoven
Those seeking a stretch of sand without people sprawling across it should head here to Bakoven.
Balkanology
As Cape Town's must-attend annual party, this event proves that one-night stands are sometimes underrated.
Bascule
Go underground at Bascule. a subterranean bar dedicated to all thinks whisky.
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.
Beauclair
Beauclair is a low-key, sophisticated guesthouse in Stellenbosch, it makes the perfect base for a few days wine tasting in elegant comfort...
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.
Belthazar
Serving around 250 wines by the glass, Belthazar is the perfect place to find your favourite vintage. Just make sure you're sober enough to get home afterwards.
Biesmiellah
As an authentic Bo-Kaap establishment, diners mustn't leave without trying the luscious lamb stew.
Blonde Cape Town Lives Up To Its Hype
Blonde Cape Town impresses Hg2's Keith Bain and his companion.
Blouberg
Blouberg is best for wind- and kite-surfing so be sure to bring a sense of adventure with you.
Bo-Kaap
Bo-Kaap is a must-see neighbourhood for those interested in the history of Afrikaans; the photos make great Facebook fodder too.
Bo-Kaap Kombuis
Location, location, location. Cape Town’s Bo-Kaap Kombuis provides a mountainside panoramic vista, traditional Malay menu and a wholesome family vibe.
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.
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.
Boulders
If it's a good enough beach for a colony of penguins to settle on it then it's certainly good enough for us to sprawl on.
Boulders Penguin Colony
Boulders Penguin Colony is a remarkable site for those into nature; if you can't go to Antarctica, come here instead.
Bree Street
As one of the city's hippest streets, Bree Streets is where you'll find the trendy-wendies hanging out shopping and then gossiping over coffee afterward.

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