Shopping, Waterkant style

2011-10-21 08:57

Imagine Nation
13 Hudson Street
021 421 0401

Summer’s here and one sure-fire way of ensuring those dinner parties don’t run out of conversational steam is to spruce up your décor.

With the tasteful – and sometimes downright mesmerising – collection of homeware available here, this shouldn’t be too much of a task, particularly for those with a taste for unusual, luxurious, organic, witty and functional decorative items.

With products sourced from across Africa – as well as Indonesia and India – expect to find everything from banana-leaf sofas and cowhide mats to Buddha lamps and Chinese ancestor figures. Keep an eye out for the most seductive black Eastern tea set. Divine!

28 Hudson Street
021 421 1000

What better way to beat those summer festivity hangovers than with a cup (or three) of delicious coffee. The baristas employed here will make those hangovers slightly more bearable.

The beans used are grown, harvested and processed by growers selected for their “immense passion and dedication to quality”. Caffeine-loving Capetonians will keep coming back for these unique coffees.

Tea lovers are also catered for with the exotic range of Nigiro teas, which can be sampled through special tea
tastings, Taiwanese tea ceremonies or, for the truly curious, tea appreciation courses.

Toro Wine Bar
68 Waterkant Street
021 418 2846

Matteo Conti and Grant Lynott, the owners of this cool establishment, are hoping to change how we see wine through their design-oriented wine bar. Having opened its doors two months ago, this chic new addition to the area is already drawing many who appreciate the fusing of winemaking and art appreciation.

Not only does it boast a clever, quirky, cosy décor but, according to Conti, the wines on offer are “50% from the bigger estates and 50% from boutique estates”.

You can nibble on the sumptuous antipasti (salami and chorizo, a range of cheeses, and pickles and preserves) and enjoy a variety of panini and bruschette – not to mention the mouthwatering desserts.

49 Napier Street, De Waterkant
021 421 9898

This is arguably one of the finer Thai establishments in Cape Town. The quality of the food is matched by the chic and intimate interior, and excellent service.

The superbly prepared and presented traditional dishes – such as green curries and, my personal favourite, Tom Yum soup, to Northern Thai specialities – are complemented well by a range of top-notch South African wines.

For the less thrifty, there is imported Champagne. Once you’ve satiated your hunger, head up to the roof-top pool bar – cocktail in hand, naturally – for truly breathtaking views
of the city.

La Petite Tarte
Cape Quarter, Dixon Street
021 425 9077

Putting a new spin on Marie Antoinette’s famous “let them eat cake” quip is this delightful French eatery. Aside from hearty indulgent breakfasts and quiches, this pavement cafe also serves up flourless Gâteau au Chocolat (chocolate cake, for the less versed), Parisienne Croque Monsieur (a French classic) and what has been called “probably the finest carrot, walnut and pineapple cake in town”.

No mean feat. The fact that one of the almost disarmingly friendly owners is always around adds a welcoming and personal touch. All in all, a great place to pop in for either a long, lazy brunch or that emergency pastry stop before a party.

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