Still in love with Cape Town, but now back home in São Paulo. I made a list of my favorite places from my recent trip. From secret art galleries to the Table Mountain, here are my selections on where to go when in town:
More Quarters Hotel
This is the hotel where I stayed, with an amazing view of Table Mountain. The hotel is so unique. It’s a gathering of several different houses turned into small (and large) apartments. Very charming, and the location is great and within walking distance of lots of shops, bars, and restaurants. Each room is different and the service is superb.
For more information, visit www.morequarters.co.za.
Old Biscuit Mill and the Neighbourgoods Market
A super-fun street market with a great local crowd, with clothes, home accessories, live music, and food tents. Open only on Saturday.
For more information, visit www.neighbourgoodsmarket.co.za and www.theoldbiscuitmill.co.za.
One of the cooler places in Cape Town, Woodstock Exchange is a space with shops, cafés, and restaurants with a fresh feel and a cool selection of African and international designs. It feels very local and creative—like you’re in Cape Town’s Williamsburg.
For more information, visit www.woodstockexchange.co.za.
The New Church
A hidden art gallery with no sign, on a residential street—though you cannot miss it due to the enormous “PLEASE DON’T KILL US” sign near the door. They have the most exciting contemporary African art collection. Very current and amazingly inspiring.
For more information, visit www.thenewchurch.co.
Cool restaurant that turns into a club. Have dinner and dance later, or go after 10 p.m. to have a drink and dance to house music.
For more information, visit www.theorphanage.co.za.
One of the best people-watching cafés in Cape Town. A lot of cool young people, working in notebooks or just hanging out.
For more information, visit www.yourstrulycafe.co.za.
Going up one of the seven world wonders is something not to miss. The view and feel from the top are amazing. It feels like we are in some other world. So beautiful.
In Cape Town, everyone loves their burgers. The best is Royale Eatery. Always packed with cool young people, there’s a unique feeling here. My good friend Abrima and I sat down and had a milkshake with Mos Def, who we randomly met there. Great food and atmosphere.
For more information, visit www.royaleeatery.com.
Kyoto Garden Sushi
A great small sushi place owned by an American and known as the best Japanese in town, with amazing food and sake.
Photos: Courtesy of Jorge Grimberg