Tuesday, 19 April 2011

apr, 19th - a walk around the city....

day 436 continued....

we had a lovely early morning stroll around the city.....enjoying old favourites and discovering new haunts.....it's so good to be back in the Mother City.

we started in Kloof Street and stopped in at Vida for a coffee. Vida is a South African institution....now a chain of coffee spots...but a chain with soul, the mood, the music, the buzz and the laughter always make my day.

down into Long Street and another long-term favourite, Long Street Cafe, wrapped up in loads of memories (i used to waitress for their sister cafe as a student) and then a brand new contender for my affections....Yours Truly, below. (More about this fabulous new coffee spot in a future post.)

another spot that needs its' own post is the Grand Daddy Hotel further down Long Street. i took A. up onto their roof to check out the Airstream Trailer Park. we struggled to get Limi to leave.......

there were a couple of other shops that i was keen to explore but alas i had forgotten African time and most of them were still closed.....Merchants on Long was one and the other was product designer, Gregor Jenkins. his work is modern and new but with an industrial and raw feel. some of my favourite pieces use widely available, enamelware to make beautifully sculptural light stands. sadly, i had to make do with peering through the windows.....

(ps. in South Africa we call traffic lights, Robots)

and finally, we stopped for some tea at Birds Boutique Cafe.....again, a spot that deserves its' own post space.

what a lovely way to start the day. next stop, Stellenbosch, a picturesque village 40 minutes from Cape Town surrounded by wine estates and dotted with Cape Dutch style buildings.


  1. Hi Dee, we're here and loving it! Thank you so much for all your great tips.
    Today we went through Kalk Bay on our way up to Cape Point. It's great there. Really cool and just what we love. Tomorrow we're going to be around Kloof, Long and all those streets, so we'll definitely pop into all the cafe spots you suggested today, along with your great list of shops. We're going to go to Stellenbosch this week too, so if there's anything special around there that you'd suggest that would be great. Thank you once again for all the tips. Your blog is so great and we really appreciate your good taste!

  2. Oh wow ... Nivaldo and Louise are there, how wonderful.
    I'm so enjoying your tour of your homeland ... it really looks like an amazing place.


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