New places to try in Cape Town

2013-11-20 08:29
Heading down to the coast for the December holidays is as South African as braaivleis and tshisa nyama.

While spending a day sunning yourself on the beaches of Camps Bay or sipping award-winning wines in the vineyards of Stellenbosch are always a good way to forget the stresses of the year, Cape Town has a lot more to offer.

New bars, restaurants and delis are always popping up in the city, here is a quick guide to some of the finds that Capetonians have been raving about in 2013.

Bedouin Café & Deli

This darling find, just a stone’s throw away from the perennial favourite Old Biscuit Mill, is one of 2013’s newest residents to the trendy neighbourhood of Woodstock. Selling itself as “putting the amazeballs into Cape-Town’s up-and-coming suburb”, Bedouin Café & Deli – or simply Bedouin to locals – offers bold flavours from the Middle East, delicately balanced with a Cape Town twist.
The signature ingredient to Bedouin’s dishes is labneh cheese (a healthier version of traditional cream cheeses which is wildly popular in countries such as Lebanon and Israel) and it is quickly finding an appreciative audience amongst Capetonians.  If you’re looking for something inexpensive yet unique to take back home with you, Bedouin’s labneh range and other goodies such as chilli jams are specially packaged for retail, so be sure to ask about them when visiting.


If you want to experience the hustle and bustle of a night-out on Long Street, but from a far more refined perch than the usual Long Street bar or club, Beerhouse (note: just “Beerhouse”, not “The Beerhouse”) is just the place you’re looking for. An impossible-to-miss bright yellow double story building, Beerhouse is already a firm favourite amongst Cape Town’s beer intelligentsia and those looking for a more grown-up Long Street experience.

And the beers?

Beerhouse places a great emphasis on both the South African and the worldwide craft beer movement. They house 16 beers on tap, and 99 bottles from around the world, while also showcasing South Africa’s finest craft brews and your trusted favourites such as Castle, Heineken, or Black Label.

Cabrito Tequila Bar

Cabrito Tequila Bar is the latest addition to that old yet much loved Cape Town institution, El Burro. In keeping with its big-sister restaurant philosophy, Cabrito is a chilled Mexican-inspired spot where you can enjoy tequila, craft beers and craft ciders. Situated within walking distance from the Greenpoint stadium, be sure to pop by if you’re lucky enough to be catching a concert or game at the stadium during your stay in Cape Town.    

Pure Good

This is the lovechild of Masterchef SA Season 2 contestant Shannon Smuts. Making good on its slogan of “Healthy Food/Happy People”, Pure Good’s offering of breakfasts, salads, wraps and sandwiches is packed with flavour.

Primarily geared towards those working in the CBD, Pure Good’s meals are an inexpensive alternative to fast food joints. With new additions to its menu for the summer months, Pure Good is the perfect spot to pop by with your family if in the City Bowl and looking for something healthy, but not bank-balance busting.

The Foreign Exchange

Definitely not a provider of financial services, this pub and café is found in the often forgotten gem of Lower Main Rd, Observatory in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs. Close to the University of Cape Town, it serves as an “Obz” student joint during the year. During the holiday period you can look forward to it being a home away from home for many of the international visitors in Cape Town who will be staying in the backpackers and hostels in the area.

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