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

Shortmarket Club

Star chef Luke Dale-Roberts' latest venture hides in plain sight on the street it is named after. It's a gorgeous attic space with a wall of paper butterflies and clubby leather chairs and booths. Dishes include sus…
Top Choice Tapas in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Chef's Warehouse & Canteen

Hurry here for a delicious and very generous spread of small plates from chef Liam Tomlin and his talented crew. Flavours zip around the world, from a squid with a tangy Vietnamese salad to comforting Coq au Vin. If…
Top Choice Theatre in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Alexander Bar & Café

Playwright Nicholas Spagnoletti and software engineer Edward van Kuik are the driving duo behind this fun, eccentric space in a gorgeous heritage building. Downstairs is a very popular LGBT-friendly bar while upstai…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Orphanage

Named after the nearby lane, the mixologists here prepare some tempting artisan libations with curious names including Knicker-Dropper Glory, Dollymop and Daylight Daisy, using ingredients as varied as peanut butter…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Africa Nova

One of the most stylish and desirable collections of tribal and contemporary African textiles, arts and crafts. You’ll find potato-print fabrics made by women in Hout Bay, Ronel Jordaan’s handmade felt rock cushions…
Top Choice Indian in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Bombay Brasserie

Far from your average curry house, the Taj Hotel’s main restaurant, hung with glittering chandeliers and mirrors, is darkly luxurious. Chef Harpreet Longani's cooking is creative and delicious, and the presentation …
Top Choice International in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Hemelhuijs

A quirky yet elegantly decorated space – think deer heads with broken crockery and contemporary art – showcases the art and culinary creations of Jacques Erasmus. The inventive food is delicious and includes local i…
Top Choice Teahouse 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 artisan teas, fruity and herbal brews, and vegan baked treats. At front is the shop selling all their blends while the tea room is a …
Top Choice Gardens in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Company’s Garden

These shady green gardens, which started as the vegetable patch for the Dutch East India Company, are a lovely place to relax. They are planted with a fine collection of botanical specimens from South Africa and the…
Top Choice Live Music in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Café Roux

The City Bowl has been crying out for a quality live music venue for a while and it's taken Café Roux (who already run a successful operation in Noordhoek) to provide it. Most nights a different singer or band plays…