Insider Tips – Colorful Cape Town

In these dreary January days, the warmth of sun on our skin seems a far off dream. But down in Cape Town, South Africa, the city is at the height of summer. For a cosmopolitan winter getaway; this city should be on your list.

If you are at the ‘height’ of a season, it’s the middle and usually the best – the height of summer would be the hottest period of summer

The Word contacted some local residents to get some insider tips on the best places to eat, drink and visit in the city. Cape Town has a vibrant street life, but also some excellent restaurants and of course, top quality wines. The various ethnic influences add spice to the destination and both active and cultural travelers will find plenty to keep themselves amused.

Photographer Ed Suter has an eye for the colorful and creative, as seen by his work. He recommends two neighborhoods to get a feel for the city.

“I would say spend a day wandering around Woodstock and Salt River, not only to catch the wave of trendiness that is slowly moving in but to get a sense of the colorful street life – the hand painted signs, African fabrics and the kind of beautiful, energetic street life that you don’t find everywhere in the city,” he told The Word.

In Woodstock, Victorian-era warehouses have been reconstructed into photo studios and fashion ateliers, contemporary art galleries and sustainable fine-dining eateries. Superette has a fun atmosphere and makes great sandwiches.

Chef Rueben Riffel runs Rueben’s Restaurant & Bar  and he too recommends these neighborhoods.

Vibrant in this context means to be full of interesting activities and people.

“The previously dilapidated area of Salt River and Woodstock are becoming a foodie hotspot and also has the most vibrant local market on Saturdays,” he told The Word. In Salt River, Mr Riffel recommends Botarga, an up market pizzeria with an excellent wine list as well as The Test Kitchen.

Don’t be nervous about finding a good wine.

“The wine is excellent and the problem is what to choose out of all the quality. Most restaurants have excellent wine lists,” Mr Riffel said.

For a lovely day out; Mr Suter leaves us with a final recommendation; a scenic trip to visit Kalk Bay, a great place to browse local fashion, design and art shops set along the seaside.

“Take a train ride along the coast from Muizenberg to Kalk Bay. The train rocks along right by the sea and there is a beautiful sea water rock pool to swim in when you get to Kalk Bay.”

Original article by Jacy Meyer – Phoenix, Arizona. Text edited by The Word’s methodology team 

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During winter we all want to visit some place warm. Why not try Cape Town in South Africa? The Word contacted some local residents to get some insider tips on the best places to eat, drink and visit in the city.

‘To have an eye’ means to notice things easily or differently.

Photographer Ed Suter has an eye for the colorful and creative. He thinks two neighborhoods are good to visit.
“I would say spend a day wandering around Woodstock and Salt River, not only to catch the wave of trendiness that is slowly moving in but to get a sense of the colorful street life – the hand painted signs, African fabrics and the kind of beautiful, energetic street life that you don’t find everywhere in the city,” he told The Word.

‘To get a sense’ means to feel the atmosphere.

In Woodstock, Victorian-era warehouses have been made into photo studios and fashion ateliers, contemporary art galleries and fine-dining restaurants.

Rueben Riffel runs Rueben’s Restaurant & Bar. He also likes these neighborhoods.

“The previously dilapidated areas of Salt River and Woodstock are becoming a foodie hotspot and also has the most vibrant local market on Saturdays,” he told The Word. In Salt River, Mr Riffel recommends Botarga, an up market pizzeria with an excellent wine list as well as The Test Kitchen.

For a lovely short trip; Mr Suter told us to visit Kalk Bay, a great place to look at local fashion, design and art shops by the seaside.

“Take a train ride along the coast from Muizenberg to Kalk Bay. The train rocks along right by the sea and there is a beautiful sea water rock pool to swim in when you get to Kalk Bay.”

Original article by Jacy Meyer – Phoenix, Arizona. Text edited by The Word’s methodology team 

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In these dreary January days, the warmth of sun on our skin seems a far off dream. But down in Cape Town, South Africa, the city is at the height of summer. Beaches are full during the day; restaurants
buzzing in the evenings. For a cosmopolitan winter getaway; this city should be on your list.

If you are at the ‘height’ of a season, it’s the middle and usually the best – the height of summer would be the hottest period of summer.

“The city is rich in culture, history and urban design, biodiversity and natural beauty. It attracts business travelers, city lovers, wine lovers and cultural tourists from all walks of life,” Yehuda Raff, Coordinator of The Fringe, an up-and-coming environment for design, media and ICT innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, told The Word. “It has a thriving Central Business District, where visitors can visit art galleries, museums, quirky independent stores, top restaurants, fresh produce markets and lively bars.”

The Word contacted some local residents to get some insider tips on the best places to eat, drink and visit in the city. Cape Town has a vibrant street life, but also some excellent restaurants and of course, world class wines. The various ethnic influences add spice to the destination and both active and cultural travelers will find plenty to keep themselves amused.

Photographer Ed Suter has an eye for the colorful and creative, as seen by his work. He recommends two neighborhoods to get a feel for the city.

“I would say spend a day wandering around Woodstock and Salt River, not only to catch the wave of trendiness that is slowly moving in but to get a sense of the colorful street life – the hand painted signs, African fabrics and the kind of beautiful, energetic street life that you don’t find everywhere in the city,” he told The Word.

In Woodstock, Victorian-era warehouses have been transformed into photo studios and fashion ateliers, contemporary art galleries and sustainable fine-dining eateries. The Old Biscuit Mill is one example; a mix-use complex of designer stores, cafes and more. It’s home to a photography shop Mr Suter recommends – Exposure has a great selection of photos and photo books by local photographers. If you are still in the neighborhood for lunch; Mr Suter suggests stopping into Superette for its fun atmosphere and great sandwiches.

Chef Rueben Riffel runs Rueben’s Restaurant & Bar and he too recommends these neighborhoods.

“The previously dilapidated area of Salt River and Woodstock are becoming a foodie hotspot and also has the most vibrant local market on Saturdays,” he told The Word. In Salt River, Mr Riffel recommends Botarga, an up market pizzeria with an excellent wine list as well as The Test Kitchen.

Don’t be nervous about finding a good wine.

“The wine is excellent and the problem is what to choose out of all the quality. Most restaurants have excellent wine lists,” Mr Riffel said.

For a different experience, visit the traditionally Islamic area of Bo Kaap. Mr Suter says it is close to the city center with beautiful bright houses and meals that come closest to indigenous Cape Town cuisine.

Café lovers will be especially intrigued by the wonderful places to rejuvenate with a great cup of coffee. In The Fringe, you can enjoy your java in a steampunk design atmosphere at Truth Coffee or hit up Bean There. In Bo Kaap, Mr Suter suggests Haas.

“Haas is really worth a visit – they sell interesting locally made design items along with the coffee,” he said.

South African designers are making a name for themselves worldwide, and Cape Town is a great place to see a wide range of fabrics, ceramics and art. For those with a love of bling, take Mr Suter’s recommendation and visit the Gold of Africa Museum which showcases the history of the precious metal and goldsmithing in Africa. The museum’s shop sells contemporary jewelry pieces. The Fringe is a great first stop to discovering what’s hot in town; Ms Raff especially recommends visiting The Design Team for some fabric inspiration.

With a stunning coastline and Table Mountain soaring in the background; Cape Town is certainly blessed with natural beauty. White sandy beaches sandwiched between the bright blue of the sea and the bountiful green vegetation are the stuff holiday pics are made of. A hike up Table Mountain will take your breath away in more ways than one – with the stunning views and the 1088 meter climb to the top. A guide is recommended both for safety reasons and to spot the best gorges, waterfalls and other natural beauties the mountain hides. For a lovely day out; Mr Suter leaves us with a final recommendation; a scenic trip to visit Kalk Bay, a great place to browse local fashion, design and art shops set along the seaside.

“Take a train ride along the coast from Muizenberg to Kalk Bay. The train rocks along right by the sea and there is a beautiful sea water rock pool to swim in when you get to Kalk Bay.”

Jacy Meyer – Phoenix, Arizona

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