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Guidebook for City Cool

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Guidebook for City Cool

Essentials
It's a foodie's dream with the widest range options in South Africa. The shopping is an experience, as you explore the modern market layout to buy the ingredients you love.
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Food Lover's Market Roeland Street
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It's a foodie's dream with the widest range options in South Africa. The shopping is an experience, as you explore the modern market layout to buy the ingredients you love.
One stop shop for all your groceries and fresh food.
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Pick n Pay Gardens
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One stop shop for all your groceries and fresh food.
Great fresh produce selection, plus wine
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Woolworths
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Great fresh produce selection, plus wine
Food scene
Review: Beautiful people, beautiful food and great coffee!! Once we discovered the cafe we had 6 days left on our holiday and we spent 4 mornings there for breakfast. The food was incredible, tried something new everyday! Everyone working there is lovely and so helpful. The theme is great, makes for a really great atmosphere!! Highly recommend going at least once because you will definitely go back
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Truth Coffee Roasting
36 Buitenkant St
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Review: Beautiful people, beautiful food and great coffee!! Once we discovered the cafe we had 6 days left on our holiday and we spent 4 mornings there for breakfast. The food was incredible, tried something new everyday! Everyone working there is lovely and so helpful. The theme is great, makes for a really great atmosphere!! Highly recommend going at least once because you will definitely go back
Early birds start the day here with an espresso and a fresh croissant or bagel piled with cream cheese. Or take a tray and stroll past the vast selection of tapas, salad, a variety of cured meats like the kosher pastrami, imported and local charcuterie and smoked salmon to create your own lunch or stock up for a picnic. They have one of the best selections of pickled and cured fish such as chopped herring, rollmops, Danish herring and gefilte fish (fish balls), all made on the premises. Those with a sweet tooth will delight in their traditional Jewish and other pastries, and the cheesecake is to die for. For crunchy preservative and trans fat-free melba toast – take home a bag of their wafer thin bagel chips.
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New York Bagels
44 Harrington St
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Early birds start the day here with an espresso and a fresh croissant or bagel piled with cream cheese. Or take a tray and stroll past the vast selection of tapas, salad, a variety of cured meats like the kosher pastrami, imported and local charcuterie and smoked salmon to create your own lunch or stock up for a picnic. They have one of the best selections of pickled and cured fish such as chopped herring, rollmops, Danish herring and gefilte fish (fish balls), all made on the premises. Those with a sweet tooth will delight in their traditional Jewish and other pastries, and the cheesecake is to die for. For crunchy preservative and trans fat-free melba toast – take home a bag of their wafer thin bagel chips.
Swan Café is Cape Town's only authentic Parisian crêperie specialising in sweet crépes, savoury galettes, fresh salads, delectable vegan options and our own exclusive tea blends and Damn Fine Coffee. Based in the East City Hub of Buitenkant Street near the District Six Museum, the Castle, The Book Lounge and a host of galleries and other attractions.
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Swan Cafe
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Swan Café is Cape Town's only authentic Parisian crêperie specialising in sweet crépes, savoury galettes, fresh salads, delectable vegan options and our own exclusive tea blends and Damn Fine Coffee. Based in the East City Hub of Buitenkant Street near the District Six Museum, the Castle, The Book Lounge and a host of galleries and other attractions.
A true hidden gem located in a quiet part of the CBD. The restaurant has an authentic trattoria feel. Memorabilia and photos adorn the walls of the compact spaces and flickering candles add to the warm ambiance. The restaurant is small and popular so a reservation is important.
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The Cousins Trattoria
3b Barrack St
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A true hidden gem located in a quiet part of the CBD. The restaurant has an authentic trattoria feel. Memorabilia and photos adorn the walls of the compact spaces and flickering candles add to the warm ambiance. The restaurant is small and popular so a reservation is important.
Open only during the day. Great food & set in the historic Company Gardens adjacent to Parliament.
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The Company's Garden Restaurant
15 Queen Victoria St
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Open only during the day. Great food & set in the historic Company Gardens adjacent to Parliament.
Open from 5pm this restaurant has been rated as 5 star by one of my guests. Lively atmosphere, menu was unusual & the service excellent. My favourite restaurant!
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Kloof Street House
30 Kloof St
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Open from 5pm this restaurant has been rated as 5 star by one of my guests. Lively atmosphere, menu was unusual & the service excellent. My favourite restaurant!
This is a real dining experience, many small courses. You need to get there early to get a shared table, as they don't take reservations.
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Chefs Warehouse & Canteen
92 Bree St
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This is a real dining experience, many small courses. You need to get there early to get a shared table, as they don't take reservations.
Parks & Nature
The Company’s Garden is Cape Town’s green lung. This oasis right in the centre of the city is a favourite for both locals and tourists. The site is important historically, and is a thriving urban space where buskers strum guitars while office workers sun themselves over lunch hour.
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The Company's Garden
19 Queen Victoria St
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The Company’s Garden is Cape Town’s green lung. This oasis right in the centre of the city is a favourite for both locals and tourists. The site is important historically, and is a thriving urban space where buskers strum guitars while office workers sun themselves over lunch hour.
Arts & Culture
This is the 2nd oldest building in Cape Town (after the Castle), and was where the slaves were housed in appalling conditions in colonial times. The exhibits give a good insight into the history of slavery in Cape Town, as well as other changing temporary exhibitions.
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Iziko Slave Lodge
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This is the 2nd oldest building in Cape Town (after the Castle), and was where the slaves were housed in appalling conditions in colonial times. The exhibits give a good insight into the history of slavery in Cape Town, as well as other changing temporary exhibitions.
Although we may not have as extensive a collection of art as European galleries, there are some interesting pieces by local artists as well as interesting changing temporary exhibitions
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South African National Gallery
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Although we may not have as extensive a collection of art as European galleries, there are some interesting pieces by local artists as well as interesting changing temporary exhibitions
This museum has some really interesting exhibits, if you are interested in South African fauna, flora and landscapes. The Wildlife photography exhibition is held here every year, and really worthwhile, if you are fortunate enough to catch it!
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Iziko South African Museum
25 Queen Victoria St
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This museum has some really interesting exhibits, if you are interested in South African fauna, flora and landscapes. The Wildlife photography exhibition is held here every year, and really worthwhile, if you are fortunate enough to catch it!
Visitors learn about this once colourful hub for musicians, artists, and ‘good’ and ‘bad’ gangsters, that faced a 20-year long period of demolition and forced removals during the apartheid era. Engage with photographs, recordings and testimonials, which offer further insight into the turbulence of apartheid. In between exhibitions, share in the stories of District Six with engaging and friendly staff members, the majority of whom were displaced residents themselves and have intimate and personal stories to share
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District Six Museum
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Visitors learn about this once colourful hub for musicians, artists, and ‘good’ and ‘bad’ gangsters, that faced a 20-year long period of demolition and forced removals during the apartheid era. Engage with photographs, recordings and testimonials, which offer further insight into the turbulence of apartheid. In between exhibitions, share in the stories of District Six with engaging and friendly staff members, the majority of whom were displaced residents themselves and have intimate and personal stories to share
Built by the Dutch East India Company between 1666 and 1679, the Castle is the oldest existing building in South Africa. It replaced an older fort called the Fort de Goede Hoop which was constructed from clay and timber and built by Jan van Riebeeck upon his arrival at the Cape of Good Hope in 1652.
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Kasteel de Goede Hoop
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Built by the Dutch East India Company between 1666 and 1679, the Castle is the oldest existing building in South Africa. It replaced an older fort called the Fort de Goede Hoop which was constructed from clay and timber and built by Jan van Riebeeck upon his arrival at the Cape of Good Hope in 1652.
Shopping
The Gardens Centre host 86 shops ranging from bookshops and clothes stores to a large Supermarket. There is ample parking for visitors to the centre. Gardens Centre also offers a comprehensive range of stores for daily essentials as well as shops offering everything from kitchenware, DIY, hardware, and stationery to dry cleaning, tailors and business services (from cell phones, copy and print facilities, to a forex bureau, travel and flight booking agent and major local banking. Professional services include an optometrist, pharmacy, general practitioner, dentist, attorney, beautician and hairdressers.
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Gardens Shopping Centre
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The Gardens Centre host 86 shops ranging from bookshops and clothes stores to a large Supermarket. There is ample parking for visitors to the centre. Gardens Centre also offers a comprehensive range of stores for daily essentials as well as shops offering everything from kitchenware, DIY, hardware, and stationery to dry cleaning, tailors and business services (from cell phones, copy and print facilities, to a forex bureau, travel and flight booking agent and major local banking. Professional services include an optometrist, pharmacy, general practitioner, dentist, attorney, beautician and hairdressers.
You cannot visit Cape Town and not visit one of its oldest markets, set on a cobbled square between Short and Longmarket Streets. Greenmarket Square square dates back to 1696, the year when the first Burgher Watch House (Now the Old Town House) was built. This is where Capetonians have been buying their clothing, jewellery, sandals, crafts and nick-nacks for years, and, whilst the face of the market may have changed a little - African curios now predominate - there is still an exciting buzz as well as evidence of the city’s most colourful and eccentric characters.
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Greenmarket Square
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You cannot visit Cape Town and not visit one of its oldest markets, set on a cobbled square between Short and Longmarket Streets. Greenmarket Square square dates back to 1696, the year when the first Burgher Watch House (Now the Old Town House) was built. This is where Capetonians have been buying their clothing, jewellery, sandals, crafts and nick-nacks for years, and, whilst the face of the market may have changed a little - African curios now predominate - there is still an exciting buzz as well as evidence of the city’s most colourful and eccentric characters.