Hg2 : The Hedonist

La Perla

Looking for the glamour of Italian Riviera-style restaurants in Cape Town? This old-fashioned establishment, located on the Sea Point promenade, hasn’t changed a bit in over 30 years, and exudes a dolce vita allure. For nostalgia addicts and fans of quirky service, this is an undisputed Cape Town institution. For anyone interested in quality and a good attitude, go elsewhere (you can almost hear the gears turning as waiters churn out much the same fare they’ve been serving-in much the same mechanized way-for decades). Those who sing its praises have, over the years, grown accustomed to its Mafioso drinking crowd (the retro bar tucked away at the back of the restaurant is a discreet, hidden gem that’s great for a relaxing drink) and shameless eccentricities of the staff. Although views across Sea Point’s large concrete swimming pool across the street don’t quite match the scene in Camps Bay, the golden-hued sunset and women with big hair walking their poodles remain a classic sight, and take the edge off overpriced pasta and overdone tuna steak.

Beach Road, Sea Point,
Atlantic Seaboard
+27 21 439 9538
Opening Times
noon-11pm daily
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