Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Cape Town

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.
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.
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.
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.
Eastern Food Bazaar
Cheap and cheerful; just the way locals love it.
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.
Clarke’s
Hipster watching and seriously tasty, hangover-blitzing food in a minimalist American-style diner.
Superette
Students love Superette for its casual ambiance, its arty clientele and its delicious deli counter.
Mila Cake Shop
Sweet dreams are made of this, as Annie Lennox once said, and that's no more true than at Mila the Cake Shop.
Frieda’s on Bree
If Bree from Desperate Housewives opened her own eatery, then Frieda's on Bree would be the result. Bringing together the old and new, it may be kitsch but it's undeniably cool.
Caffe Neo
Chilled out Greek café favoured by office workers due to the free Wi-Fi. Latops at the ready!
Man’oushe
Smoke on a shisha pipe while indulging in a mezze platter, and chat with a student-based clientele; studying is the last thing on their minds.
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.
Truth. coffeecult
The stripped down interiors of Truth. coffeecult - yes, spelt like that - ensures that nothing distracts you from the main attraction. The coffee.
High Tea – Nellie
Gone are the days of high tea, but the tradition lives on here at the Nellie. If Brits are to be believed, a cup of the brown stuff solves all problems.
Olympia Cafe
The laid-back surf vibe here is teamed with brilliant, no-nonsense fare; the inventive salads are particularly memorable.
River Cafe
River Café may not be a big name in Cape Town, but that's all set to change with a newly-appointed celebrity chef.
Melissa’s
The best of Cape Town's green scene, healthy-conscious foodies descend on Melissa's for organic dishes that cleanse both the system and soul.
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.
Birds Cafe
While other venues have gone all-out to keep up with Cape Town's style revolutions, Birds keeps things simple but effective.
Origin
Sunbird Bistro
With a menu that's as carefully put together as many of the gorgeous creatures sunning themselves on the beach across the road, what you get here is a more considered, even healthful, approach to all-day caf̩ food.
Foodbarn Deli
Serving the freshest bread and nicest-smelling croissants in the city, this is the best bakery around. At least we think so.
Giovanni’s Deli
Italians know food, and if you don't believe us, then pick up lunch at Giovanni's Deli World.
Noon Gun
Family-run joint that offers both traditional local dishes and great views. One word: go!
Rcaffe
Hangover breakfasts and brunches are the order of the day here. But be sure to pack your shades; you don't want to look too rough for the achingly attractive clientele.
Liquorice & Lime
Spectacular views of Table Mountain are matched by a mouthwatering menu at Liquorice & Lime; thankfully, the menu steers clear of both liquorice and lime, and concentrates more on breakfasts burgers and pieces. Yum.
Loading Bay Cafe
Load up on the carbs at the Loading Bay Café, a daytime hangout of the rich, famous and downright fabulous.
Tokara
Facing the stunning vineyards, this all-day deli knows what constitutes lipsmackingly-good savoury treats.
Biesmiellah
As an authentic Bo-Kaap establishment, diners mustn't leave without trying the luscious lamb stew.
Empire Cafe
Just by the water, listen to the sound of the surf whilst enjoying this café's distinct 1950s vibe. Short shorts entirely optional.
Jason / The Hatch
Bread sandwiches and pieces; carbs are high on the agenda here, so those on the Atkins Diet best avoid altogether. Everyone else should form an orderly queue.
Deluxe Coffeeworks
Cape Town’s coolest caffeine fix has shifted to this more spacious outpost of Deluxe in an über-gritty space in the feisty Fringe precinct.
Keith Bain visits Deluxe Coffeeworks
Keith Bain checks out Cape Town's coolest coffee spot.

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