This list is all about the hottest and latest restaurants, shops, chic new clubs, bars and pubs in Cape Town.
This new alternative club in Sea Point is literally underground, it’s located in a very old basement.
For everyone who grew up with Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and more. Likely the oldest DJ of South-Africa ( Shayne Leith ) entertains you with the classic rock music. Occasionally there is a live band playing. And there also is a whiskey bar and cigar lounge. Before 10pm ladies enter for free and guys pay R30, and after 10pm, entrance cost R50 and R60.
Opening times: Friday and Saturday: 8:30pm – late (in the future, Underworld might open on other evenings too)
120B Main Road | Sea Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 433 2912
Like the name suggests this bar is focused on beer. With 16 taps and 99 bottles they offer you a collection of the world’s oldest and greatest beers. While you are drinking a beer you can enjoy the relaxing, comfortable environment.
Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday: 12pm – late (Beerhouse will start opening on Mondays in the summer months)
223 Long Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 424 3370
The new Mynt café is good news for all Camps Bay-loving locals. Unlike most of the restaurants and bars in Camps Bay, this bar is not focused on the rich tourists. The bar is very reasonably priced and serves healthy food. You can pop in for a breakfast like muesli and fruit, light lunches and very satisfying dinners. The bar also serves cocktails, wines, beers and more. Imagine yourselves on a hot summer day when the doors are open, with a drink in your hand facing the ocean.
Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday: 08:00 – late
31 Victoria Road | Camps Bay | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 437 1765
Cabrito Tequila Bar
This bar doesn’t believe in gaudy distraction, so don’t expect live music, flat-screen televisions showing the sport or quiz nights. Downstairs there is a Mexican restaurant El Burro. While you are enjoying your drink upstairs at Cabrito Tequila bar you can order some snacky bar bites off the El Burro menu, like Chili Rellenos (smoked jalapenos stuffed with cheese). The owner is also responsible for some of Cape Town’s legendary institutions such as the Royale Eatery and The Assembly.
Opening times: Monday – Saturday: 15h00 – late
Ground Floor | Exhibition Building | 81 Main Road | Green Point | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 433 2364
MasterChef SA finalist Shannon Smuts wants to spread pure goodness through food. That is why Pure Good offers healthy, fresh and affordable food ( the most expensive item on the menu is R 35). Homemade Bircher muesli, wholesome spinach-based breakfast wraps, veggie-dominated sandwiches, tasty smoothies and freshly squeezed juices. Everything is sugar- and fat-free. A lot of the products are from local farmers. Pure Good does takeaways and has a fridge filled with pre-packed meals.
Opening times: Monday – Friday: 07:00 – 17:00
21 St John’s Street (below Associated Media Publishing) | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 461 3818
The Butcher Man
If you are looking for something special you can swing by the Butcher Man. Besides the regular options like lambs chops, pork loins and spatchcock chickens, the shop also sells speciality items. Rabbit kebabs, quail and crocodile are some of the speciality items they offer. The Butcher Man opened on Green point’s Main road in early July 2013. As a visitor you can enjoy grilled burgers, sirloin steaks and more.
Opening times: Monday – Saturday: 09:00 – 19:00; Sunday: 09:00 – 18:00
105 Main Road | Green Point | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 434 1111
Andy’s Sushi Bar
Customers are welcome to bring their own booze without extra charge! Because Andy’s Sushi Bar just opened in late June 2013, they are still in the process of securing a liquor license. The large menu includes more than only the standard options, but also some innovative alternatives Andy himself dreamed up. Besides sushi the eatery also serves soups, fish-based salads, noodle- and rice-based dishes and spring rolls.
Opening times: Monday – Sunday: 11:00 – 22:00
315 Main Road | Sea Point | Cape Town | +27 (0) 76 578 6322
Hood Ink Custom Tattoo Studio
This new tattoo shop was started by talented artist Gomez. After many years of painting he decided to explore the world of body art. With his steady hand and good eyes for tiny details he can do a lot from portraiture to striking colour work, tribal emblems and lettering. Do you have old tats that went wrong? Gomez can cover it up. Until the end of August 2013 a 5 x 5 cm tattoo is only R300. After the opening special the tats will be R350.
Opening times: Monday – Saturday: 10:00 – 18:00
537 Albert Road | Salt River | Cape Town | +27 (0) 78 783 5615
The Boardhub opened in July 2013. This shop and online store has one of the biggest assortments of longboarding and skating gear. The owners of the shop are passionate skaters themselves and are willing to give you good advice and information. Drop by to find a Fibretec speedboard, slaloms, sleek wheels, trucks, helmets, or gloves whilst enjoying free wifi and a cup of coffee with the option of customising your own ‘sick’ ride.
Opening times: Monday – Saturday: 10:00 – 18:00
303 Long Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 423 0303
The Foreign Exchange
A mix of many different cultures and countries, that is the new pub in Observatory. In the evening the bar will serve craft beer and wine on tap to tequila-based cocktails and shooters. By day you can enjoy lovely international meals. Every morning at 07:00 the doors open and you are invited in for breakfast. It’s a nice spot to meet people from around the world. Keep an eye on the events like beer pong competitions, live music and move nights.
Opening times: Monday – Thursday: 07:00 – 11:00; Friday: 07:00 – late; Saturday: 12:00 – late
92 – 96 Station Road | Observatory | Cape Town | +27 (0) 76 588 6588