Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Cape Town

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.
Headquarters
With doorstep steaks and industrial interiors, this is a meat-loving macho-man's dream scene.
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.
Grand Cafe & Beach
Dress to impress for dinner at this New York-style warehouse-restaurant.
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.
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.
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.
Cape Quarter
Combining shopping, eating and entertainment, the recently-opened fashion piazza of Cape Quarter is a magnet for style mavens.
Aubergine
Dine beneath the stars here at Aubergine, headed up by Harald Bresselschmidt - arguably the best chef in Cape Town.
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.
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.
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.
Clarke’s
Hipster watching and seriously tasty, hangover-blitzing food in a minimalist American-style diner.
Unknown Union
Aesthetes and die-hard designistas will love the interiors at Unknown Union, which almost outshine the products on sale -- almost.
More Quarters
Very chic with every mod-con you could dream of. Check in and check it out.
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.
Glasshouse Rejuvenation
As Cape Town's only sophisticated men-only spa, Glasshouse Rejuvenation for Men is where the city's most discerning chaps come to groom and get themselves looking gorgeous.
SA Motorcycle Tours
Specialising in BMW bikes, SA Motorcycle Tours will send you speeding around in style.
Cafe Caprice
Wander in off the beach for a sundowner or three - just make sure there's no sand between your toes or seaweed threaded through your hair. Beach chic here is more chic than beach.
Victoria & Alfred Hotel
Those who like to shop 'til they drop love the V&A Hotel, with a ridiculously central location within a shopping mall.
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.
Anatoli
Fantastic mezze platters are on offer in this eclectic warehouse.
Gary’s Surf School
Great for both beginner and advanced surfers, Gary's Surf School will have you riding a crest in no time.
Rodwell House
With a guestbook that reads like a who's who of Hollywood, Rodwell House has undeniable charisma.
Willoughby & Co.
By far the best sushi spot in town. Trust us; we've tried 'em all.
Cape Heritage Hotel
Central and chic, this converted Georgian townhouse would please even the most discerning guest.
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.
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.
Haiku
If you're culinary tastes lean more towards the Asian persuasion, then Haiku is the restaurant for you.
Fiction DJ Bar
Fact or Fiction? We go with Fiction every time: where the music is seriously cool, the crowd is seriously dressed and the doormen are seriously tough.
The Long Beach
Fall out of bed and onto the beach at our favourite hippie hangout.
Cape Cadogan
Historic grandeur complimented by touches of modern minimalism. Design mavens will love it.
Vergelegen
A little off the beaten track, but definitely worth it for the chance to sample some of the region's best wine; the stunning surroundings and Cape Dutch architecture add to its splendour.
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.
La Petite Ferme
Sugar
Sugar is one of the hippest retreats in Cape Town, what was once a backpacker's hostel has been renovated into something really rather special...
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.
Savoy Cabbage
What's in a name? Apparently not a lot, if Savoy Cabbage is anything to go by. Far from serving up dull veg, this arty-farty space serves up hearty comfort food that would satisfy even the biggest belly.

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