Insider’s Guide: See & Be Seen in Cape Town
Undoubtedly one of the most stylish cities around the world, effortlessly beautiful Cape Town serves up an incredible scene. The enviable lifestyle of Capetonians revolves around both natural wonders and urban pleasures—here, we dive into cocktails, sundowners, small plates and loungey beach bars all over the city. From old favourites to new up-and-comers, our incredibly in-the-know friend Jene Barnes shares some of the best places to see and be seen in the Mother City. Here are her top picks for locals and visitors alike.
The Gin Bar: Secret Speakeasy
A local favourite, gain access to this sneaky little speakeasy after first passing through Honest Chocolate Café. The Gin Bar is dedicated to the juniper-infused spirit. Choose from five cocktails (Ambition, Hope, Head, Heart, and Soul), and straight-up G&Ts for the purists, where you can select the tonic water of your choice, just as essential to the mix as the spirit, say the experts.
Chinchilla Rooftop Cafe & Bar: Cocktails & Chill
This cool and contemporary rooftop bar is the hottest new addition to the Camps Bay strip. With killer views of the ocean a stone’s throw away, it’s the ideal place to while away the hours sipping on glorious cocktails and listening to the coolest beats spun by Chinchilla’s resident DJs.
The Grand Africa: Sundowners in the City
There’s hardly a better place in the Mother City to watch the sun being swallowed by the ocean (delicious cocktail in hand, natch) than at The Grand, whose private beach—with stunning views of the Atlantic and Table Bay—set it apart from other ocean-facing venues. Inside, the vibe is a combination of old-world romanticism and laidback glamour, while outdoors you feel like you’ve stepped into Robinson Crusoe’s backyard. Palm trees, daybeds, private bars and dedicated DJ booth set are the order of the day here.
Outrage of Modesty: Mix(ology) Masters
Just off the tourist track, fly under the radar at this creative, cutting-edge mixology bar. Immerse yourself in the super-cool Scandi-Japanese vibe for an impeccably curated menu of eight of-the-moment cocktails created by an international mixologist: alchemy in a glass. (Singapore-based Noreen Dunzo is in charge of the Spring/Summer 2018 collection). This 28-seat speakeasy has tiered seating, owing to its old lease as a theatre, giving you a dramatic bird’s-eye view of the bar.
Tiger’s Milk Muizenberg: Surf n’ Snack
Head to ‘Muizies’, as we like to say, and hit the boardwalk to this popular hotspot. Once a sleepy surfer’s paradise, Tiger’s Milk has injected a bit of swagger and liveliness into this otherwise low-key ‘burb. Watch the surfers catch waves as you enjoy hearty and casual bar food to whet your post-beach appetite.
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