Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Cape Town

Queen Victoria Hotel
The glamorous Queen Victoria Hotel on Cape Town’s Waterfront is home to exceptional restaurants, and rooms fit for the Queen herself.
Lola’s
Cafe Mozart
Historic cafe in Cape Town's Church Street district overlooking the Antiques Market.
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.
Salt
Beauclair
Beauclair is a low-key, sophisticated guesthouse in Stellenbosch, it makes the perfect base for a few days wine tasting in elegant comfort...
Bo-Kaap
Bo-Kaap is a must-see neighbourhood for those interested in the history of Afrikaans; the photos make great Facebook fodder too.
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).
Fyndraai
Traditional South African dishes are the order of the day here; get a taste of real Cape Town.
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.
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.
Blouberg
Blouberg is best for wind- and kite-surfing so be sure to bring a sense of adventure with you.
La Perla
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.
Glen Beach
Surf's up dude! Glen Beach caters to the board short-wearing shaggy haired crowd with massive swells and pristine sand.
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.
Oude Libertas Amphitheatre
Oude Libertas Amphitheatre is an outdoor venue with a signature sophisticated sound; enjoy choir recitals, acapella groups, jazz and opera.
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.
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.
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.
Grand Cafe & Beach
Dress to impress for dinner at this New York-style warehouse-restaurant.
Kalk Bay Theatre
Size isn't everything as this intimate scaled-down theatre proves.
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.
The Fugard
Named after South Africa's greatest playwright, The Fugard is all set to become Cape Town's greatest theatre.
DecoDance
Everyone likes a bit of cheese when they've had a few, which is where Decodance Underground steps in (in glittery 80s-style disco shoes no less).
Headquarters
With doorstep steaks and industrial interiors, this is a meat-loving macho-man's dream scene.
Eastern Food Bazaar
Cheap and cheerful; just the way locals love it.
Erinvale
Tee off and then enjoy a well-deserved G&T in the clubhouse afterward.
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'
Luxury Chauffeur Services
Five Flies
With a wide choice of rooms to dine in and generous portions, Five Flies is a firm favourite among Cape Town's most discerning foodies.
Trinity
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.
One&Only Cape Town
The One&Only Cape Town is an expansive, fabulously OTT development with the type of flamboyance expected of a resort in Dubai. WAGs and wannabes lap it up.
Bread & Wine
While the menu may be just one page but that's not to say it's limited; in fact it's a gastronomic extravaganza whipped up by one of the most creative chefs in the Cape.
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.
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...
Polana
Pre- or post-dinner drinks are what Polana's all about, and it would be a shame to go straight home after dinner, right?
Smitswinkelbaai
It may be something of a slog to get to but Smitswinkelbaai is worth every ache and pain.
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.

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