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April 21, 2016

A Local’s Guide To Cape Town

Photograph by Charu Khosla

Ishay Govender-Ypma, freelance travel, food and culture journalist, blogs, writes and scouts around her city with passion…

Coffee: Espresso Lab Microroasters at The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock has arguably the best coffee in the city. They make no-fuss iced coffees and grind the beans for you to take away too.

Brunch: Hemelhuijs in the city centre combines Chef Jacques Erasmus’ impeccable design aesthetic with his nostalgia for the Afrikaans food of his childhood. Expect the best in-season produce and take home his gorgeous amber jars of spice blends.

Seafood dinner: Harbour House, Kalk Bay — worth the 40-minute drive from the city. Book a table with a view of the waves, a full-circle experience if you order a bottle of bubbly and a seafood platter.

Restaurant: Lauded chef Luke Dale-Roberts’ Pot Luck Club — my top pick to take friends and visitors for the views, the laid-back vibe and most importantly the carefully crafted sharing plates.

Spa: One&Only Spa at the One&Only Cape Town — exceptional therapists, using ESPA products which my skin adores. Once in, you’re ensconced in privacy.

Gallery: SMITH studio — an inner-city art gallery, it’s become a space for emerging artists to help define a new luxury.

Jewellery: Kirsten Goss — high-quality materials, including diamonds, are used for these elegant statement pieces. It’s fun and irreverent.

Boutique: Mungo & Jemima — fresh, easy and classic pieces that flow. Have loved their Long Street store for years.

Chocolate: Honest Chocolate — raw chocolate sweetened with agave and wrapped in artful wrappers, I’ve been taking these as gifts on travels for years. They’ve got a lovely crowdfunded chocolate cafe in Wale Street too.

Cards and Stationery: Lauren Fowler, designer and artist, is one of the city’s most interesting creatives. Her love for flora and fauna shines through her whimsical designs.

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