As Agent Cooper knows, nothing can be so life affirming as a perfectly baked piece of pie. People have been known to travel miles just to taste the wares of a baker that has mastered the art of perfect baking. In Cape Town this destination bakery is Jason Bakery. Jason Bakery takes its baking seriously, with all their ingredients ethically, free range, organically minded and sustainably sourced to ensure quality throughout the in-house production process. Fresh is at the forefront of their ethos, they bake daily and all leftovers are donated to a local charity at the end of the day. What started as a hole in the wall take-away has evolved into three fully fledged cafes offering organic wholesome breakfasts, sandwiches and salads along with their now legendary pastries. While their savoury pastries are delightfully moreish it’s with their confectionary and sweet delights that they really shine. From blueberry danishes to grandma’s white chocolate chip brownies to carrot cake cheesecake the menu is designed for temptation. Though their pièce de résistance is the Doughssant. The Doughssant is a croissant-filled doughnut hybrid pastry that tastes way better than it sounds. Each week the flavour changes, it can be anything from the whacky. The Elvis Presley - peanut butter, banana and caramel, to the sublime. The Vovo filled with a white chocolate & coconut custard & cherry jam, topped with white chocolate & cherry ganache, vanilla marshmallow & an iced Vovo biscuit. Doughssants are only available on Saturdays and they so popular most people order them in advance.
Honest Chocolate is what is says on the box, honest and to a fault. Meticulously hand crafted and using only traditional methods, their whole chocolate making process from bean to bar is undertaken in-house. They source only organically grown African ingredients that adhere to strict ethical and environmental standards. Their cacao is sourced from Tanzania through Kokoa Kamili who work exclusively with small scale famers and who are committed to community upliftment and sustainable development. The chocolate itself is enchanting, ranging from the purist 80% Raw to more uniquely South African flavours like Kalahari Salt or Naartjie. They also have seasonal experimental flavours with exquisite wrappers designed by local artists that would make for the perfect gift. In addition to chocolate bars they produce bonbons, cacao nibs, hot chocolate and chocolate spread all made with the same hand crafted attention to detail.
Honest Chocolate also has its own cafe, suitably called The Honest Chocolate Cafe that provides coffees, teas and of course hot chocolates as well as a selection of chocolate truffles, tarts and cakes. In the evening if you feeling even a little more decadent they have a secret gin bar in the courtyard stocked with the ideal libations to chase your chocolate with.
Like the hip swaying, swaggering rock Colossus that the venue name checks, The Jagger Lounge has a whole lot of soul. As you would expect from a venue that was founded and run by musicians, the line-ups here are nothing short of world class. The nightly offerings are a musical smorgasbord from Rock, Hip Hop, Pop, RnB, Jazz, Blues and World Music. The venue itself is stylish and suave and the bar is stocked with a seriously impressive selection of the rock star’s spirits of choice, tequila and whisky, both with and without the e. As well as being one of Cape Town’s finest live music venues, by day it is a chilled coffee spot with great lunch specials when you want a respite from Cape Town’s hot summer days. As the line up is the freshest in the Southern Hemisphere you’ll need to check their website to see whats on when you in Cape Town. Or alternatively just arrive and gamble on what they have that night, with the quality these guys and gals book, the odds are that you’re going to be thoroughly entertained regardless.
Just a short hop from Greenmarket Square down Burg Street, is Church Street, a pretty pedestrianised alley that is chock-full of coffee shops, restaurants, market stalls, antique shops and galleries. At the heart of the street is WORLDART. WORLDART is a small, intimate gallery with a very big global reach. WORLDART is a contemporary art gallery that collaborates with local artists that pursue an urban African aesthetic. Their objective is to build an international platform to introduce local artists' work to a wider international audience.
It is a clean, well lit, welcoming space which is a prefect respite from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town. The staff are very friendly and exceptionally knowledgeable about local artists and the South African art scene in general.
"Techno wasn't designed to be dance music, it was designed to be a futurist statement" Jeff Mills
Techno is the serious, thinking side of dance music and techno clubs are serious about their music. Stark, often minimalistic driving beats are the heartbeat of techno, eschewing the frivolity of house and disco as if in search of a higher purpose. Modular is, for now anyway, the home of techno in Cape Town and they have taken on that mantle with the gravity it deserves. The venue markets itself with angular precise monochromatic design, with nods to Kraftwerk and Bauhaus. The underground venue situated down a nondescript downtown back alley is austere and claustrophobic, creating the archetypical techno dungeon. From the marketing to the space, everything here is geared towards the music, the DJs are front and centre and since opening they have played host to some of the best international techno DJs backed up by the finest local talent.
Taking inspiration from the ultimate techno club Berghain, photography is banned, they want clubbers to be immersed in the experience and the music and not on social media. Unlike Berghain the door people here are less selective, though when you going to a techno club wearing black is pretty much de rigueur anyway. If you like your beats dark, deep and repetitive then Modular is the place to loose yourself in Cape Town. Just remember to wear black.
If you like your BPMs slow, your poison expensive and your clothes designer then COCO is the place for you. Situated at the uber high end of the market, COCO is an elite venue with caters for the beautiful people, the fashionistas and South Africa’s rich and famous. Here models mix with rap stars, music magnates and trendy entrepreneurs who are not shy to flash the cash. The music is a blend of sexy R’n B, house and hip hop and the groove is Urban, with a capital U. Kanye and Kim or Jay-Z or Beyonce would fit right in.
Its opulent and open plan design with a stunning mezzanine offers plenty of opportunities to shake your booty, it is definitely “if you have got it flaunt it” kind of place. Harkening back to the swing clubs of the 20s the accent here is on personalised attention and table service. Book your slot, bring your posse and let the Champagne flow. They only open Fridays and Saturdays and booking in advance for table service is essential.
The Orphanage Cocktail Emporium as the name suggests harks back to more sophisticated times, where the perfectly crafted cocktail was an art form. Taking its inspiration from stylish speakeasies from the prohibition era, it exudes a sophisticated if somewhat insalubrious charm. With quirky decor and anachronistic touches its atmosphere is somewhere between a victorian parlour and a New York Cotton Club, creating an other worldly feel that bizarrely works as the perfect nightscape escape.
Its cocktail menu extends that eccentric theme, you could follow up a Benedict Cucumber Patch with a More Tea Vicar or treat yourself to a Bullet to the Head before ending the night with a Crematorium. It is the kind of place where you could see Sherlock Holmes conspiring with Al Capone and Danny De Vito and you wouldn’t bat an eyelid. The bar staff are a cool, characterful and friendly bunch, it has a great supporting food menu and a wonderful people watching terrace for those balmy Cape Town summer nights.
Kaiseki is a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner with origins as far back as the ninth century Japanese Imperial Court. Kaiseki though is more than a dinner it’s an art form. Where skilled chefs balance the taste, texture, appearance, and colours of food. Dishes are beautifully arranged and garnished to reflect the mood and origin of the food. It is thought that Kaiseki was the inspiration for Nouvelle Cuisine. Only fresh seasonal ingredients are used, so that the dishes will change to reflect the season.
With a policy of using only locally sourced and sustainable ingredients, Tjing Tjing Momiji adds a South African twist while still respecting the traditions that underpin the philosophy of the Kaiseki. Depending on the season and the inspiration of the chef, you may be pleasantly surprised by dishes as varied as West Coast Oysters, Waygu Tongue and Rooibos Ice cream.
Situated in the heart of the Cape Town CBD, this tranquil and meditative space is an oasis of calm and contemplation. It is an experience not to be rushed, instead savouring is the order of the day. Savouring the food, the atmosphere, the creativity and the passion that it takes to bring traditional Japanese fine cuisine to Cape Town and by doing so revitalising ancient customs and of course, your taste buds too.
Afterwards, if the evening desires a suitable nightcap, on the top floor is Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar, a cool and funky Japanese shrine-inspired bar that has a terrace that opens to the stars.
The Grub and Vine is another magical spot on legendary Bree Street. Serving refined bistro-style food created by the amazing Chef Matt Manning (who has worked for celebrity Chef Marcus Wareing in London and here in Cape Town at the epic La Colombe). Chef Manning had a brief stint as a private chef and then ventured into opening the Grub and Vine, our hosts for this years New Years Eve event.
Unlike some of the other Bree Street restaurants, this venue has charm, style and elegance in spades, from the open kitchen to the stunning glass and servingware. The menu is easy to navigate featuring an eclectic mix of outstanding dishes but not so much as to make it difficult to choose.
On the evening of the 31st, you are welcomed to join the Grub & Vine crew for a five-course New Year’s Eve dinner, created with exacting grace and panache and complemented by fine wines. This can either be a “on-the-way” stop off or even your destination to celebrate New Years Eve with some bubbles and some bubbly conversation and ambience.
Bree Street in Cape Town is a trendy and vibrant area of the city and is also the venue of Sotano, a beautiful Mediterranean-living inspired space. A pintxos (northern Spanish finger-food) bar fills the lobby, with bursts of colour and a staircase leading up to the main restaurant, sushi bar and outside deck.
This New Years Eve, sponsored by Tanqueray Gin, and supported by DJ’s and entertainers, Sotano plans on leaning in on the seaside and Summer theme and offering a night you won’t soon forget.
Enjoy cocktails and canapes in a stunning setting while you dance your way towards midnight and the new year that it will bring.
It’s a Mother City tradition to head to the beach for the 1st, it being in the middle of our hot Summers, to dip in, cool off and welcome 2020.