Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Orphanage

Named after the nearby lane, the mixologists here prepare some tempting artisanal libations with curious names including Knicker-Dropper Glory, Dollymop and Daylight Daisy, using ingredients as varied as peanut...

Top ChoiceCoffee in East City, District Six, Woodstock & Observatory

Espressolab Microroasters

Geek out about coffee at this lab staffed with passionate roasters and baristas. Their beans, which come from single farms, estates and co-ops from around the world, are packaged with tasting notes such as those...

Top ChoiceBar in Green Point & ­Waterfront

Bascule

Over 480 varieties of whisky are served at the Grace’s sophisticated, nautical-themed bar, with a few slugs of the 50-year-old Glenfiddich still available (at just R18,000 a tot). Outdoor tables facing the marina...

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Martini Bar

The magnificent pink, lemon, burgundy and teal lounge at the Cellars-Hohenort Hotel specialises in martinis such as the sweet and spicy white-chocolate-and-chilli flavour, with many other cocktails on offer, as...

Top ChoiceBar in Simon's Town & Southern Peninsula

Tiger's Milk

There's a panoramic view of Muizenberg Beach through the floor-to-ceiling window of this hangar-like bar and restaurant. It's open all day for food (good pizza and steaks; mains R110), but is more of a sundowner...

Top ChoiceCoffee in East City, District Six, Woodstock & Observatory

Truth

Truth

This self-described ‘steampunk roastery and coffee bar’, with pressed-tin ceilings, naked hanging bulbs and mad-inventor-style metalwork, is an awe-inspiring space in which to mingle with city slickers. Apart...

Top ChoiceCraft Beer in Southern Suburbs

Banana Jam

Real beer lovers rejoice – this convivial Caribbean restaurant and bar is like manna from heaven, with over 30 beers on draught (including Banana Jam's own brews) and bottled ales from all the top local...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Sea Point to Hout Bay

Leopard Bar

With a dress-circle view over the Atlantic, the Twelve Apostles Hotel's bar is an ideal spot to escape the hoi polloi of nearby Camps Bay for a classy cocktail or – better yet – a deliciously decadent afternoon...

Top ChoiceTeahouse in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Lady Bonin's Tea Bar

A charmingly decorated, relaxing place in which to sample organic and sustainable artisanal teas, fruity and herbal brews, and vegan baked treats. At front is the shop selling all their blends, while the tea room...

Top ChoicePub in East City, District Six, Woodstock & Observatory

Touch of Madness

This long-running bar and restaurant has new management but still offers an eclectic art-house atmosphere and a varied menu of global favourites. There's a good range of craft beer on tap and a variety of events...

Top ChoiceCraft Beer in East City, District Six, Woodstock & Observatory

Brewers Co-op

Some 16 craft beer brewers get to showcase their efforts at this co-op bar. You could have a very entertaining time working your way through their various IPAs, and golden and summer ales (lager and pilsner fans...

Top ChoiceCafe in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Honest Chocolate Cafe

Following a successful crowdfunding campaign, Honest Chocolate launched this homage to fine dark chocolate in liquid, solid, ice-cream and cake form. It's a chocoholic's dream come true, with vegan and...

Top ChoiceBar in Sea Point to Hout Bay

Bungalow

This Euro-chic restaurant and lounge bar is a great place for a long lunch, languorous-afternoon craft beers or sunset mojitos and martinis, overlooked by the Twelve Apostles range. Crash on a daybed under a...

Top ChoiceCoffee in Green Point & ­Waterfront

Shift

Sporting an industrial-chic look with a cosy library corner inside and sheltered, spacious front courtyard outside, this is one of the area's most inviting cafes. Owner Luigi Vigliotti works hard to please...

Top ChoiceLounge in Gardens & Surrounds

Mount Nelson Lounge

Afternoon tea in the lounge or (in good weather) the gardens of the 'Nellie' is pure pleasure. There are two sessions daily, where a piano player provides the background music for a classy selection of cakes,...

Top ChoiceBar in Sea Point to Hout Bay

Dunes

You can hardly get closer to the beach than this – in fact, the front courtyard is the beach. Up on the terrace or from inside the restaurant-bar, you'll get a great view of Hout Bay, along with some decent...

Top ChoiceWine Bar in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Openwine

The motto here is 'wine first, food second', so while there is a short menu, it's the range of 200-plus different wines from across the Western Cape that are the focus. Check out what they have by the glass on...

Top ChoiceBar in Gardens & Surrounds

Yours Truly Cafe & Bar

This place is hopping from early morning to late at night. Travellers mingle with hipster locals, who come for the excellent coffee, craft beer, gourmet sandwiches, thin-crust pizzas and the occasional DJ event.

Top ChoiceDistillery in East City, District Six, Woodstock & Observatory

Woodstock Gin Company

Sample the small-batch premium gins of this company here. Buchu (a local type of fynbos), citrus and lavender flavours feature in the 'wine-base' gin; the 'beer-base' one has a more malty profile, and the High...

Top ChoicePub in Southern Suburbs

Forester’s Arms

'Forries' has been around for well over 150 years. The English-style pub offers a convivial atmosphere in which to enjoy a dozen draught beers (mostly large-brewery, with a few craft), good pub meals (including...