CAPE TOWN

EMMA AROLDI

48 HRS INSIDER GUIDE

 

An art historian by training, a passionate visual researcher, Emma Aroldi works in the world of branding and communication.  A creative, eclectic soul, she loves living the world through all of her senses. Born and bred in Cape Town, Emma left in 2000 to work and study abroad. Returning 4 years ago, she has rediscovered the magic of the city. Welcome to Cape Town – live it to believe it!  

 

EAT

 

STRANGERS CLUB
café - lively - breakfast

A gentle new space next to a beautiful African art and furniture gallery, Out of this World, that lets your mind travel while waking up. The juices are great, and the food is simple yet delicious.  

 

LA TÊTE 
European - contemporary - food lover
$$-$$$ 
With photo worthy dishes, the food here is a treat to all of your senses. The menu is constantly changing so you are always in for a surprise. 

 

BLACK SHEEP
hip - healthy - dinner
$$-$$$ 
This restaurant is always busy, and for good reason: it serves a delicious fusion of flavours and the menu changes quickly so you can try amazing new dishes every time you go back. 

 

CHARANGO BAR AND GRILL  
Peruvian - tapas - casual
$$-$$$ 
A perfect blend of fresh, intriguing flavours, amazing service, and tasty cocktails, you will want to return to this restaurant over and over again. 

 

THE BLUE CAFÉ 
café - casual - breakfast
$$-$$$ 
A delicious breakfast and brunch spot that offers a hidden “neighbourhood” vibe, along with great coffee and cakes.  

 

DOWNTOWN RAMEN
casual - cheap & chic - lively  
$$-$$$ 
It’s the perfect spot to go for a relaxed one-dish, downtown dinner. Plus, it’s a great go-to before a show at The Fugard Theatre just down the road.   

 

RAW & ROXY
casual - healthy - local
$$-$$$ 
Serving rejuvenating, delicious, ultra-colourful dishes, this place will change everything you think about raw vegan cuisine. P.S.: if you need a little extra energy, you have to try their magic Rocket Fuel!   

 

THE TABLE
casual - intimate - vineyard
$$-$$$ 
40 mins out of Cape Town (and so worth the drive!), The Table is the epitome of natural sophistication. A home-cooked fare that is truly indescribable. Contact Luke or his wife to book well in advance.

 

BABYLONSTOREN
luxury - wine lovers - intimate
$$-$$$ 
A Eden nestled in the vineyards of the wine region, it’s truly a garden of delights . . . and if you’re in for a real spoil, their Spa is worth gold. 

 

TINTSWALO
contemporary - luxury - elegant
$$$ 
Located in a private cove, this is “on the rocks” dining taken to a whole new level. P.S. the price tag may swing a little heavy, but it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience!  

 

BUITENVERWACHTING
wine lover - luxury - European 
$$$ 
If you need to feel the grass under your feet but don’t want to drive too far, take a trundle out to this historic vineyard in a hidden corner of the Constantia district for a spoiling gourmet picnic. 

 

LA COLOMBE
wine lover - luxury - healthy
$$$ 
A serious culinary experience recommended to real foodies who love the ritual of haute cuisine.   

 

THE TEST KITCHEN
European - luxury - food lovers
$$$ 
Another incredible restaurant for food lovers. The dishes are presented beautifully and taste even better if that's even possible! P.S. Make sure to book long in advance! 

 

DRINK  

 

JULEP BAR  
live music - local - secret spots
$-$$ 
One of Cape Town's best-kept secrets, stop by for a cocktail or to listen to some of Cape Town's best DJ's.

 

RUMBULLION AT THE ROUNDHOUSE 
casual - view - outdoor seating
$$-$$$ 
It’s awesome for sundowners in the summer months, but just watch out: last orders for drinks on the lawn go in at sundown. 

 

THE GIN BAR 
secret spot - local - trendy
$$-$$$ 
A secret inner-city courtyard, it's still one of the best hideouts for after dinner sips.  

 

OPEN WINE 
wine lovers - outdoor seating - aperitivo 
$$-$$$ 
Great wine and great people. Perfect for people who know their grapes and want to enjoy a city aperitivo with good meat and cheese boards and a simple, but yummy menu.  

 

BASCULE WHISKEY, WINE & COCKTAIL BAR 
view - luxury - cocktails
$$-$$$ 
For those who love to watch yachts from the quayside.  

 

THE POWER  AND THE GLORY 
wine lovers - hipster - local
$$-$$$ 
For great beers and a very hip, local tipple.  

 

SKYBAR AT THE GREY HOTEL 
rooftop - hotel bar - cocktails
$$-$$$ 
A poolside, rooftop bar in one of the city’s most stylish, uber-chic areas. 

 

ASOKA 
cocktails - local - casual
$$-$$$ 
A great place to go for good cocktails and an easy going vibe. Feel like a local by stopping by on a Tuesday for Asoka's weekly jazz night. 

 

SILO ROOFTOP BAR 
five star - view - rooftop bar
$$$$ 
A 5-star location with unforgettable mountain-sea and city views. 

 

SHOPPING

AKJP COLLECTIVE 
local - design - fashion
$$-$$$ 
A boutique with some of my favourite brands such as Project Dyad and Thalia Strates leatherwear, House of Godzawa scents, and Pichulik jewelry. 

 

PROJECT DYAD 
local - design - leather
$$$ 
For designer leather accessories that are made as beautifully as they look.

 

THE OLD BISCUIT MILL 
market - design - local
$$-$$$ 
Located in Woodstock, this is a space for day and night markets, talented artists' exhibitions, and delicious food. 

 

SALT RIVER CIRCLE 
vintage - local - fashion
$$-$$$ 
Found in the funky area of Woodstock, this is the place to go for some vintage pieces and quirky finds.   

 

MERCHANTS ON LONG 
design - local - fashion
$$$ 
If you want to check out the work of high-end African designers, make sure to stop by Merchants on Long.  

 

LONG & KLOOF STREET
Local - fashion - vintage
$$-$$$ 
Go down Long and Kloof Streets (and the intersecting crossroads) for a great selection of boutiques like Mungo & Jemima.  

 

WAIF 
local - handmade - accessories  
$$-$$$ 
For one of a kind jewelry made with soul, organise a studio visit by dropping them an email!

 

STAY

GRAND DADDY 
view - rooftop - four star
$-$$ 
A fun yet luxurious stay, located along Cape Town’s famous Long Street. 

 

CAMPS BAY RETREAT 
traditional - view - four star   
$$ 
Camps Bay Retreat is an easy-going paradise that boasts exceptional views and the sound of running waterfalls and pools. Perfect for those who want a peaceful getaway not far from the buzzing city centre.

 

TINTSWALO 
luxury - weekend getaway - view
$$$ 
There is nothing that compares to waking up to the panoramic views at the water's edge in this Exclusive (with a capital E) hotel.

 

ELLERMAN HOUSE 
luxury - view - five star
$$$ 
Located on Lion’s Head, this beautiful hotel offers absolute luxury service, spacious rooms and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. 

 

CELLARS HOHENHORT
luxury - five star - view
$$$ 
Surrounded by nine acres of award-winning gardens, this destination hotel offers superlative service and fine dining along with a view.

 

LA GRENADINE
luxury - weekend getaway - four star
$$-$$$ 
For a lush city stay with a touch of French flare, this 19th-century farm building is walking distance walking distance from the famous Kloof Street.

 

BABYLONSTOREN
luxury - wine lovers - weekend getaway
$$$ 
A simple, farm-style hotel that combines the beauty of the outdoors with luxury and a well trained staff. 

 

EXPERIENCE

 

WHATIFTHEWORLD
gallery - culture - contemporary  
FREE  
Always on the hunt for new talent, this gallery is filled with art by young, contemporary South African artists. Fast making a name for itself at home and abroad, this is a must-see space.

 

BLANK PROJECTS
gallery - culture - contemporary  
FREE
Discover exciting new artists on the scene and a few well-known names. Watch this space for great things to come!

 

STEVENSON GALLERY
gallery - culture - contemporary
FREE 
Showcasing top South African artists, this stunning space is now a high-profile name in the international art world. 

 

GOODMAN GALLERY
gallery - culture - contemporary
FREE
Showcasing a rich constellation of internationally acclaimed artists, visit this gallery to catch a glimpse of the booming African art market. 

 

LION'S HEAD
nature - activity - view
FREE 
Push your limits and hike up Lion's Head to take in the incredible scents of the fynbos. For the more adventurous, go paragliding and enjoy the best views with a side of adrenaline. 

 

NEWLANDS FOREST
nature - activity - local
FREE
Try out everyday Capetonian activities like hiking or mountain biking and see what make the city one of the most beautiful places to live . . . and its inhabitants some of the world's fittest. 

 

LLANDUDNO BEACH
nature - secluded - local
FREE
Walk along one of the world's most beautiful and un-commercial beaches. Beware, there are no shops, so go prepared.

 

SANDY BAY
nature - unusual - intimate
FREE
For the free-spirited, a nudist beach that is a 20-minute walk through the fynbos. It's usually pretty deserted, and those who go there tend to be quite discreet.  

 

BEACHES OF CLIFTON
secret spot - nature - intimate
FREE
Closer to town, 4 little coves separated by rocks and numbered 1-4 make up the Clifton beach experience.   

 

ZEITZ MOCAA CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM
museum - culture - contemporary

Situated in the old grain silos at the Waterfront, this incredible new museum is in itself an architectural feat that gives incredible insight into the rich cultural sphere that is growing throughout the African continent. 

 

CAPE POINT NATURE RESERVE
nature - unusual - view
$-$$
Take the round route via Simon's Town to see the penguins on Boulder's Beach, and then go to Kalk Bay for some shopping and lunch. After you fill your belly, head down to the Cape to explore the reserve's storm-beaten beaches and incredible landscapes. 

 

KIRSTENBOSCH
nature - secret spot - garden 
$$
Take it easy with a walk through these beautiful botanical gardens. Go up to the tree canopy walkway, Boomslang, and take a walk through the branches! 

 

THE FUGARD THEATRE
theatre - culture - live show
$$-$$$ 
Located in a deconsecrated church, this amazing theatre features truly world-class productions. For lovers of the stage, a must do.

 

YOGAHIKE CAPE TOWN
nature - activity - local
$$-$$$
For those who love yoga and nature, join Yogahike Cape Town for an unforgettable practice in one of the many natural wonders of the Cape. 

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