Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Cape Town

Mother City Queer Project
Welcome to the biggest annual costume ball in Africa. Dress up or ship out.
Cape Town Diamond Museum
A glittering exhibition of how South Africa came to dominate the world of diamonds...
Burn, Baby, Burn: AfrikaBurn 2013
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.
The Test Kitchen
As much culinary laboratory as kitchen, The Test Kitchen is considered amongst the finest restaurants in South Africa.
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.
Hedonist’s Guide to New Year’s Getaways 2013
Pure does exactly what it says on the tin and offers a pure dining experience in theatrical surroundings.
Kevin Gerlach: A Zest for the Best of Cape Town
Kevin Gerlach is the man behind Villa Zest, one of the hippest hotels in Cape Town - here he shares his thoughts on his career and what makes the city tick
Father’s Day Treats for Hedonist Dads
The Commonwealth on Camera
Kloof Street 19
Located at the base of Table Mountain, Kloof Street is a steep street flanked by old-fashioned buildings on both sides and is popular with young shoppers and clubbers.
Long Street
Often referred to as the party capital of the Mother City, Long Street is also home to a slew of stylish shops for those wanting to punish the plastic.
Loop Street
One-way Loop Street runs parallel to Long Street, and is brimming with restaurants, bars and of course shops. If you're into the art scene, this area is right up your street.
Shortmarket St.
Home to Cape Town's best-known flea market, Shortmarket Street is buzzing every day of the week.
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.
Sloppy Sam
A casual eatery with cuisine that draws on inspiration from a number of influences; the charismatic host adds to its panache.
Six Epic Pools To Lounge By
Cape Town Pride Kicks Off ‘Gay Season’
Cape Town Preps for the Mother City Queer Project
Cape Town prepares for the biggest dress-up party in Africa this weekend, when the annual Mother City Queer Project hits with its "Maid in China" theme.
Wine-ding Down / GUEST BLOGGER
Keith Bain on the return of Offbeat Broadway musical
South Africa will soon see the return of the 90s musical hit, Offbeat Broadway, and Hg2 Cape Town author Keith Bain can't wait.
Fight Night at The Armoury Boxing Club, Cape Town
Keith Bain ventures to Cape Town's Woodstock. A neighbourhood in transition, business is now booming, and none more so than the Armoury Boxing club gym.
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.
Teazers is a strip club without pretence; semi-clad girls swinging around well-oiled poles. End of.
The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, Cape Town
Hg2 Cape Town author Keith Bain opts for a little culture at the opening of symphony season, and goes in search of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra.
Fugard Theatre Studio makes its grand entrance
To inaugurate the Fugard Theatre Studio at Cape Town's centre of culture-centric live theatre, the theatre will put on a performance of Romeo and Juliet.
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.
Stomp: Keith Bain and Cape Town’s latest exhibition
Culture Vulture Keith Bain is always on the lookout for new exhibitions around town, and this week he looks forward to the opening night of Stomp.
Review: MannaBay Fine Boutique Hotel, Cape Town
Keith Bain is always updating our Hg2 Cape Town, and this week we've decided to give you a little preview of his latest review of MannaBay Fine hotel.
Review: Bombay Brasserie, Taj Cape Town
Hg2 Cape Town author Keith Bain tells us what to expect from the city's new Bombay Brasserie - South Africa's take of the established London eatery.
Fashion and Art at Cape Town’s Unknown Union
Unknown Union is a concept store in Cape town. A dual space, visitors can shop men's fashion downstairs and peruse local artwork a floor up.
South African International Documentary Festival
Keith Bain on the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival.
Keith Bain on South Africa’s Balkanology Parties
Hg2's Keith Bain on the Balkanology festivities in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Cape Town Culture Vulture/ GUEST-BLOGGER
New venue reviews for April!
Every month, we strive to keep our city guides fresh, relevant, and ahead of the curve. April was no exception - here's the month's new venue reviews.
The Grand Dedale is Boutique Country House Luxury
The Grand Dedale offers peace, serenity and 5 star luxury in the heart of wine country.
Blonde Cape Town Lives Up To Its Hype
Blonde Cape Town impresses Hg2's Keith Bain and his companion.
The best Cape Town events in January
Hg2's Cape Town resident Keith Bain picks out 5 of January's unmissable Cape Town events. Don't miss out!
Cape Town hosts third Southern Ink Xposure (SIX)
The biggest tattoo convention in the southern hemisphere - Southern Ink Xposure - descends on Cape Town this weekend. Keith Bain explores the highlights.

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