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MARCH 2019 | HOME JOURNAL | 127 HONG KONG
Surrounded by Table Mountain’s magnificent landscape, Cape Town is the kind of place you visit once and immediately fall in love with.
Contemporary African design is on full display at the Southern Guild.
Isolated for decades under apartheid, South Africa has seen dramatic change in recent times. Ten years ago, one wouldn’t be wise to wander down the wrong alleyways in Cape Town. But now, the city centre is packed with cool bars, restaurants and hip boutiques, making it a cultural melting pot. With local and international creatives and chefs revitalising run-down buildings and creating new neighbourhoods, Cape Town’s energy and entrepreneurial spirit is infectious.
For a window into Cape Town’s history, visit the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) and the Norval Foundation. Located in the now-fashionable Silo District at the V&A Waterfront, the former is minutes away from The Watershed, which purveys unique ceramics, textiles, furniture and fashion. While you’re there, sample Harbour House’s sushi, oysters, and bubbles while watching the boats ferry tourists to Robben Island, Nelson Mandela’s prison home for 18 years. There are many neighbourhoods that have seen transformation in recent years, and among them is Woodstock, with hipster cafes and galleries occupying old factories coveredwith vivid murals. Bordering Woodstock is Observatory, an artsy district where you’ll find laid-back restaurants, bars and live music. To the northwest, De Waterkant is a chic enclave with the Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village that’s surrounded by streets lined with craft coffee bars and stylish boutiques, plus gay cocktail bars that give the area an LGBT-friendly vibe. And Bo Kaap(“above the Cape”) is an Instagram-ready area filled with brightly painted houses and quaintcobbled streets. Formerly called the Malay Quarter, it’s one of the oldest areas of Cape Town.
Roberts開設的新食府，以塗鴉裝飾和 時令美食見稱;Tjing Tjing Momiji擁有 美不勝收的室內設計，提供悠閒和高級餐 飲選擇;由Ash Heeger和Mandy van der Berg兩姐妹開設的高級餐廳Riverine Rabbit定必令你讚不絕口;Upper Bloem提供南非菜 式，地點一流，由Liam Mooney打造裝潢;供應意 大利美食和附設庭院酒吧的Villa 47亦值得一嚐，以及供應
開普敦人極愛咖啡，你可在Haas Collective品嚐到獲選為「世界最強 咖啡」的Black Insomnia，這裡也是創意人士展示個人傑作的地方;深受 喜愛的Truth Coffee坐落一間皮革及鋼鐵舊倉庫之內，單是室內設計已值得 前往一遊;Pauline’s是當地首間站立式咖啡站，由Loading Bay的Jon-Paul Bolus創立;不得不提散發著巴黎格調的法國小店Swan Café。House of Machines、Harringtons Cocktail Lounge、Cause Effect和位於Honest Chocolate的Gin Bar提供無盡驚喜飲品選擇。以地下酒吧為靈感的爵士酒 吧The Art of Duplicity玩味十足，要說出密碼才能進內。
Backed by exceptional farms and regional wine estates, Cape Town takes its restaurant culture very seriously. Salsify at the Roundhouse is a hot new restaurant fromchef Luke Dale-Roberts, featuring graffiti and exquisite food with intense seasonal flavours. Tjing Tjing Momiji has beautiful interiors, with options for casual and fine dining. Curated bysisters Ash Heeger and Mandy van der Berg, Riverine Rabbitis a fine-dining experience without pretension. Upper Bloemshowcases South African cuisine in a stunning location designed by Liam Mooney. Other great options are Villa 47 for Italian cuisine, and Lekker Vegan for vegan fast food.
Capetonians have a serious coffee-drinking culture. You can sample Black Insomnia, voted the world’s strongest coffee,at Haas Collective. Found in an old warehouse outfitted withleather and steel, the popular Truth Coffee is worth a visit forthe interiors alone. And Pauline’s is the country’s first stand-upcoffee bar, conceived by Jon-Paul Bolus of Loading Bay. Finally, there’s Swan Café, a sexy French crêperie. For drinks, you’re spoilt for choice, with The House of Machines, Harringtons Cocktail Lounge, The Gin Bar at Honest Chocolate, and Cause Effect allserving exceptional options. A fun new speakeasy-inspired jazzbar, The Art of Duplicity requires a password for entry.
Keep your eyes peeled at Salsify at The Roundhouse (top left) and Swan Cafe (below), where interiors lend to
Ellerman House is Cape Town’s most exclusive luxury boutique hotel. A new five-starhotel is the Silo Hotel, home to the Willaston bar and a rooftop that is the place to be at sunset. For the young at heart, Radisson Red is a brand for the millennial mindset and is inspired by art, music and fashion.
At Sans, the decor is beautiful and the products ethically sourced. Sobeit Studio is atreasure trove of decorative items, jewellery and skulls. Pezula Interiors is a must for everydesign enthusiast, as is designer Robert Sherwood’s Bree Street gallery and studio – a small but stunning gem stocked with exquisite art and design pieces. Africa Nova is a greatplace to find artefacts, ceramics and clothing, while Southern Guild is the best gallery forcollectible and contemporary African design products. For an eclectic celebration of Cape Town’s history, check out Michael Chandler House. Jewellery is particularly exquisite in CapeTown, and you’ll find interesting pieces at Afrigarde, Iloni, Pichulik and Philippa Green. //