Candidly Cape Town – AUGUST 16
We spent a beautiful winter’s day in the city (casual 23 degrees, winter for who?), exploring the CBD, and squeezing as many activities into the few hours we were able to spend together.
First, we stopped over at the City Bowl Market on hope street, CBD. The city bowl market is a more relaxed, less bustling Saturday-morning alternative to the Neighbourgoods market at the Old Biscuit Mill (which is absolutely amazing too, but that’s a post for another day). It offers an array of gourmet food and live music, as well as a clothing market once a month, which hosts local fashion design talent as well as vintage stalls, with the cutest finds. Their website has more details: City Bowl Market
Next, we headed over to city hall to attend the open design festival. Finding street parking in Cape Town is often an absolute nightmare, and we highly recommend the parkade above the golden acre center if you’re in the CBD and you want to avoid driving in circles and mild road-rage as a result thereof. The parkade is on Adderly Street and offers safe, inexpensive rooftop parking, along with some of the best views of the city.
We thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the exhibitors and becoming acquainted with what it’s truly meant for Cape Town to be the world design capital for 2014, plus, the incredible design projects that have followed as a result of this accolade. The Open Design festival runs until the 23rd Of august, and World Design Capital projects will continue for the remainder of 2014, more information can be found here http://opendesignct.com/
Finally, it was time for some lunch, and where better than Food Lovers Market in Newspaper house, near Greenmarket square. This was no ordinary fruit and veg, folks. With choices like: a steakhouse section, a pizzeria, a pasta bar, a salad bar, a self-serve option for cooked food, a bakery (with a DIY doughnut stand!) a cafe and a large sushi bar, we eventually decided on sushi.
Food Lovers Newspaper House offers half price sushi off the conveyer belt all day on Saturdays, all the sushi is fresh and expertly prepared in the open-kitchen area in the middle of the restaurant. The sushi bar is well lit and ventilated which makes for excellent day-time dining. Take a look at the reviews of their amazing store, here
Our next stop was Royale Eatery on Long Street. After hearing nothing but rave reviews from every blog and buddy, we decided to check it out for ourselves. The Royale eatery has a vintage feel to it, decor wise, and an interesting menu that indeed seems like it’s from another time, in the best way. Since we had already eaten, we opted for their famed milkshakes. With choices like Honeycomb, Milo, mint & avocado, Romany cream, and Smarties, just to mention a few, their milkshake menu is sure to bring out the kid in anyone. Check them out.
After a powernap, a study session, some digestion and a mandatory 5 minute dance party, we decided to grab some dinner at a Narona in Observatory. Narona offers hearty food made with high quality ingredients and affordable prices. We would definitely recommend their pizza as well as their grilled chicken salad.
Cape Town is a remarkable city, whether it’s in terms of, shopping, cuisine, festivals/conventions or just hanging out, it has so much to offer
This is the first of many Candidly Cape Town posts, sharing the amazing memories we’re lucky enough to create in this city.