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Restaurants and bars trendier than a hash tag

Being trendy in Cape Town isn’t simply about fashion – it’s about being seen. Drape your Missibaba handbag securely over your shoulders and adjust those haute couture glasses.There’s no room for fashion faux pas during this tour of Cape Town’s chic.

The Grand
This venue with its warehouse-like exterior can be easily overlooked. Secretly, it houses chandeliers, antique Indian rugs and distinct romanticism. Try a platter of line fish and tagliata (strips of beef) from their continental menu.
Beach Road | Granger Bay | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 425 0551      

Café Caprice
What outfit is complete without a margarita, darling? Café Caprice is all about location, location, location, and a cocktail (or two). Join classy young professionals, models and celebrities for sundowners from this ‘miniature Café-del-Mar’. Try the Rock Star Mojito – Stolichnaya Vanilla, fresh lime and mint, topped off with bubbly, for a cool R38.
37 Victoria Road | Camps Bay | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 438 8315      

Moyo
Moyo is an accolade to the beauty and tradition of African ancestry. The friendly restaurant boasts unique entertainment such as, The Wishy Washy Ladies and the menu is a delight, expect food prepared with an array of fresh ingredients including rose petals and saffron spice.
Shop 50 | Eden on the Bay Shopping Centre | Blouberg Strand | +27 (0)21 554 9671        

St Yves Beach Club
The top of the beauty-chain frequent this sexy spot. Recline on a nautical, four-poster bed, while checking out bikini clad ladies and toned males. Pleasurable views are accompanied by seductive house music.
The Promenade | Victoria Road | Camps Bay | +27 (0)21 438 0826      

Sevruga
This celebrity favourite promises a feast for the senses. The walnut interior has a temperature controlled wine wall. Try the line fish with pomme purée, tomato salsa, lemon crème fraiche and citrus beurre blanc. More Seduction at Bella Beluga and Sexy Sevruga.
Shop 4 | Quay 5 | Waterfront | +27 (0)21 421 5134                                                  

Mzoli’s Meat
Meat lovers should pack their beers and take a taxi to Gugulethu. Celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, called their grilled meat, ‘incredible’ – quite a stamp of approval. The team at Mzoli’s demand that you arrive without pretences; so leave your stilettos at home. Expect local musicians and rocking DJs to create a jovial atmosphere.
Gugulethu | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 638 1355       

Caveau Wine Bar and Deli
Keep up to date with the movers and shakers in the wine industry. Caveau promises to bring the local wine route right to your table and challenge your taste buds. Although this gem has an abundance of class and style, drinks are affordable. The venue is open from Monday-Saturday, forbreakfast, lunch and dinner.
92 Bree Street | Heritage Square | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 422 1367      

Asoka
This chic bar celebrates the cream of Cape Town’s musical crop, in trend-setting surroundings. Sample deep house Mondays and jazz to the Restless Natives on Tuesdays. Enjoy tapas and a range of beverages beneath a mystical olive tree, in an open air courtyard.
68 Kloof Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 422 0909      

Cappello
The new Cappello on Long Street believes in the fundamental nature of ‘Food, Passion and People’. The interior is reflective of Americas circa 1930, and is accentuated by Cape Town’s beautiful people. The menu offers a broad array of dishes to suit individual tastes. Tuck into pasta or pizza, nibble on sushi or share a platter. Accompany fabulous food with a cool cocktail and party into the night.
Corner Long and Bloem Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 426 6006      

The Old Biscuit Mill
A dose of Saturday treatment from the Neighbourgoods Market is just what the doctor ordered for Cape Town’s trendy foodies. Expect fine food, gourmet products, boutique wine estates and micro-breweries. The market is open from 9am-2pm. At the Old Biscuit Mill you can also be the first to become acquainted with up-and-coming artists. “What if the World Gallery” is fast becoming a favourite gallery amongst curators and collectors alike.
375 Albert Road | Woodstock | Cape Town

The Power and the Glory
Skinny jeans and geek glasses abound at this bar-slash-bistro on Kloof Nek Road. You’ll find the latest craft beers and artisan ciders and wines, plus sandwiches and hot dogs if you’re feeling peckish. Join the arty individuals of Cape Town at this quirky neighbourhood haunt.
Corner Kloof Nek and Burnside Roads | Tamboerskloof  | Cape Town | +27(0)21 422 2108      

Jason Bakery
Expect to find groups of Cape Town creatives huddled together over their first cup of coffee for the day at this city bowl bakery. You’ll have to get there early if you want to try the bacon croissants – best served warm out the oven, these delicious, buttery treats will disappear in a flash. Sit down and enjoy their bistro style lunch menu or a breakfast pastry.
185 Bree Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 5644      

Yourstruly
All you have to do when walking down busy Long Street, is to follow the hypnotising coffee aromas, and you’ll know you’ve reached Yourstruly. This café offers a variety of yummy sandwiches and deluxe coffees. If you love local art, you’ll be rewarded with a variety of works exhibited on their walls.
175 Long Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 422 3788      

Field Office
They say that all good things which exist are the fruits of originality. This definitely rings true for this creative hub situated in District Six. With an equally creative owner, young professionals of all backgrounds can come to Field Office, which offers free Wi-Fi, excellent coffee, and delicious pastries and sandwiches to feed the hungry minds.
Corner Harrington & Barrack Street | District Six | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 461 4599

Deluxe
If you feel like savouring your daily caffeine fix in tasteful, seventies-inspired minimalist surroundings, then pop in at Deluxe Coffeeworks.  Run by an enthusiastic duo of coffee-lovers, this café boasts an impressive array of coffee, including beans from Kenya, Nicaragua, Ethiopia, Brazil and Guatemala. The quality of the beans and roasting is reflected in Deluxe’s customers, including Yourstruly,Cook Shop and Superrette.
25 Church Street | City Centre | Cape Town| +27 (0)72 903 0319      

El Burro
El Burro offers Mexican fare and authentic Mexican tequila. Literally meaning ‘the donkey in Spanish, this unique eatery offers spicy gems such as Chiles Rellenos (grilled smoked jalapeños in adobo sauce stuffed with Quesco fresco) which can be washed down with one of the 37 tequilas from Mexico.
81 Main Road | 1st Floor Exhibition Building | Greenpoint | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 433 2364      

Superette
Woodstock-based café, Superette, has almost reached cult-status amongst Capetonians who flock there for the delicious eats. Whether your needs only extend to a caffeine fix, or something more substantial, this quirky institution will satisfy any craving. Browse the café’s shop while you wait for your food, or see unique art pieces at“What if the World Gallery” gallery.
218 Albert Road | Woodstock | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 802 5525      

The Kitchen
Imagine yourself seated around the kitchen table with the bantering and chit chat of loved ones filling the room. If you want an eating experience reminiscent of this, then this Woodstock eatery is the place to go. Try their Love Sandwiches; served on artisan rolls with different types of pesto, meats, salads and dressings, you will soon develop an affinity for them. Alternatively, tuck in to one of their delectable ‘World Peace Brownies’: the perfect way to end off a lovely meal.
111 Sir Lowry Road | Woodstock | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 462 2201      

Skinny Legs & All
Owned by twin sisters, this Loop Street based café offers a variety of delicious salads and sandwiches, soups and mains, including Franschoek trout and rosemary chicken. Although the space is predominantly modern, custom made crockery provides a quirky contrast.
70 Loop Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 423 5403      

Sotano
With the sound and smell of the sea, and colourful Mediterranean-inspired tapas, you’ll think you’re sitting in a dreamy Spanish locale. As the sea is just a stone-throw away, you can expect the freshest produce it has to offer, including the crustacean platter for two, or potato fish cakes made with salted cod.  Evening meals are made equally impressive with options ranging from beer braised rabbit, crayfish and zucchini ravioli or rosemary glazed duck breast.
121 Beach Road | Mouille Point | + 27 (0)214331757      

Royale Eatery
It’s no mere coincidence that this Cape Town eatery is still regarded as one of the best burger joints in town. It’s known for its pretty waitresses and prime people-watching location. Not only do they offer more than fifty (and counting) different types of burgers, but they also do lip-smacking good pizzas and salads.  But lets be honest, you go to Royale Eatery for their burgers; they’re just that good.
273 Long Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 422 4536       

The Waiting Room
If you have managed to control the urge to stuff your face at Royale Eatery, and are still able to walk with a remote amount of decorum, then pay a visit to their upstairs bar. The Waiting Room boasts an impressive array of seventies-inspired furniture, beautiful people and sights of the city from the upper level.  Expect the night to be filled with the sounds of funk, hip hop, dub, jazz, reggae and breaks.
273 Long Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 422 4536       

Neighbourhood
Fancy a spot of sightseeing? Come and see the bold, the beautiful or the just plain peculiar at Neighbourhood Bar and Restaurant. Situated in the bustling city centre, a prime spot on the balcony will offer you a bird’s eye view of the comings and goings of the locals. Happy hours run each day from 4pm (opening time) till 7pm, with a 2-for-1 cocktail special.
163 Long Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 7260      

Bombay Bicycle Club
As you drive amongst the numerous nightspot haunts of Kloof Street, it’s impossible to overlook the decidedly quirky front of the Bombay Bicycle Club, with numerous old bicycles hanging from the roof at all anglesThe exterior is only a whisper of its opulent interior, and boasts a menu that caters for a variety of tastes. Try the delicious Tandoori chicken or pan-fried salmon.
158 Kloof Street | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 423 6805      

&Union
Set in what used to be a church, this bar-come-restaurant is a paradise for all beer lovers and connoisseurs alike. Long wooden benches, stone walls and hung cured meat create an authentic German Brauhaus feel. Beer-inspired dishes, such as the minestrone soup made with Berne Unfiltered Amber Lager, is perfect for those cold, rainy Cape Town nights. Or try their famous beef prego or pulled pork sandwiches that are bold enough to handle the complex beers on offer.
Shop 7 | 110 Bree Street | City Bowl | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 422 2770

Cape Quarter
Imagine a place where you can find some of the best restaurants, clothing stores and lifestyle shops under one roof. Well, now you can. Cape Quarter boasts with a wide variety of retailers such as Spar, Tops, Banks and Nap, to name just a few. This centrally located village is ideal for all your retail therapy needs, and offers some of the best restaurants in town to silence hunger pains after some strenuous shopping.
27 Somerset Road | Greenpoint | Cape Town | +27(0)21 421 1111      

Soho
With the beautifully prepared Thai food on offer, one is certain to reach culinary nirvana. The interior reflects a modern adaptation of the Orient, and include beautiful fresh orchids, Buddhas and a ‘golden’ fireplace.
49 Napier Street | De Waterkant | Cape Town | +27(0)21 421 1106      

Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar
This 181 year-old home has been lovingly restored to create a spacious, light restaurant downstairs and a pretentious rooftop bar upstairs. Dear Me offers unpretentious and delicious brasserie-style food that changes on a daily basis. As dusk draws near, one can visit the vibey Tjing Tjing bar upstairs. The interior consists of Japanese-style décor, and serves up a delicious choice of tapas and some of the city’s best cocktails.
165 Long Market Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27(0)21 422 4920      

By Adri de Kock

Content Source: CapeTownMagazine | Image source: The Bombay Bicycle Club