There’s a new entrant in Cape Town’s trendy mix: Sea Point. The area along the Atlantic seaboard is a blend of the best of Cape Town’s old and new – the charming and the uber-cool.
When you head to Cape Town on holiday, you’ve probably got a pretty good idea of many of the things you’ll do in the Mother City. You’ll amble through the V&A Waterfront, hit up some wine farms and tread through the trendy City Centre, popping into boutique stores and tasting the latest foodie treats along the way, while gazing at The Mountain at every turn. While the classic feel of old Cape Town remains, the area has seen an influx of trendy restaurants, shops, and bars in recent years.
Sea Point is now the perfect place to appeal to both your grandfather and your teenage daughter and is a hipster’s dream come true. The suburb’s local haunts remain intact, preserving the old charm of the area, but the new batch of trendy shops and restaurants are bringing people from all over, to this characterful suburb. Protea Hotel by Marriott’s Avukile Mabombo lives and works in Sea Point and offers his tips to get you hooked on Sea Point.
- Take the classic tour
Work up an appetite with a walk along the promenade and watch the waves crash against the wall. When you see an Olympic-sized pool, you’re at the famous Sea Point Pavilion. On the other end of the promenade, take a stroll through the maze, play a round of putt-putt and enjoy an ice cream (even in winter, it must be done!). Or simply sit on one of the benches and take in the endless horizon.
- Eat your heart out
Never mind the all-you-can-eat sushi or Asian buffets (although you’ll find many excellent options for these), Sea Point is home to the Mother City’s latest batch of trendy restaurants, as well as some classics that never get old. For belly-busting burgers go to Craft Burger Bar, a cosy local spot where you can build your own perfect burger or choose from a list of carefully crafted creations. If you’d like to dance off your dinner try The Duchess of Wisbeach which has “everything you would expect from a NYC speakeasy or something you might discover in a side street in Paris”. Or if you just fancy straight up rotisserie chicken, concept restaurant The Chicken Shop offers a “boutique takeaway experience” with fresh, real food.
- Meander through the market
The rise in Sea Point’s popularity is perhaps most evident in the opening of the city’s trendiest new market experience. The Mojo Market launched at the end of April 2017, and the city’s foodies and fashionistas are Instagramming their way through what’s on offer. Located beneath the Mojo Hotel on Regent Road, the large food and lifestyle market has a wide variety of food and retail stalls, bars (though it’s currently BYO alcohol), a fresh food section, and a stage for live entertainment. Traders include IYO Burgers, Raclette Grilled Cheese, Deluxe Coffee, Baskin Robbins, Cape Point Bakery, Hokey Poke, and Ilse Malan Jewellery, to name just a few. The market is open Monday to Sunday from 10am to 9pm.
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- Indulge your sweet tooth
Restaurants and cafés that are entirely dedicated to desserts and sweet treats is a global trend, and Sea Point is no different. My Sugar Chocolate and Coffee Bar, for example, make “artisan chocolate, with a pinch of imagination”. But it’s not just about the chocolate; it’s more about the experience. You’ll want to sit down, enjoy the incredible smell of all the delicious chocolates and confectionary on offer and sip on a cup of their own original blend coffee – created to perfectly match their chocolate creations. Don’t leave without trying one of their gourmet doughnuts, though.
You can find Crumbs & Cream by following the queue down Regent Road on most days. Happiness, as they say, is the main ingredient in their ice cream and cookie sandwiches. The fun-loving brand was truly a recipe for success since they launched in Sea Point in 2016, having launched pop-up food carts in both Cavendish Square and the V&A Waterfront. You can pick any two cookies, shmoosh your favourite flavour of ice cream in-between and, just to get extra messy, garnish with extra sauces and sprinkles. You can also order ready-made ice cream sandwiches for events or home kits for dinner parties.
And the best thing about Sea Point? Pretty much everything is in walking distance. So get cracking, Cape Town’s hottest new suburb is waiting for you
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