Hello back everyone,
today I will introduce the fabulous Kloof street to you as the start of my Cape Town series.
Cape Town Intro
I’m still trying to get to know you better, by reading your comments and following which posts have interested you the most so far.
But seriously this one here goes out to all of you.
Cape Town is for the foodie among you, the backpacker and the classy one, the outdoorsy, the hipster and the wine lover. So if any of this sounds like you, lean back and enjoy.
While some of you are dreaming about South Africa already, I’m sure that a few of you are still wondering.
Well, I’m telling you it’s a place like paradise. The nature will leave you breathless and the food is to die for.
The people are really friendly and stylish, and yet relaxed, a combination I’ve always appreciated.
You’ll find the hippest and most elegant places and still they will be affordable.
So this series isn’t questioning whether you should go to Cape Town, it just helps you to decide where exactly. And that leads us to Kloof Street today.
Long street is already pretty known, so I decided to write about the extension of it – Kloof Street.
It’s the perfect location to stroll around as you find beautiful boutiques, excellent restaurants and hip cafés to get your dose of people watching. At night you can enjoy live music at several places.
It’s lively and yet not too crowded.
Purple blossomed trees will give you an instant- vacation feel, when you walk down the street.
And if you’re in need of any vibes from home, you can relax.
You’ll never feel lost as pretty much every place offers free wifi.
Cafés on Kloof
You could spend all your day having coffee, since there are so many nice cafés on Kloof Street.
My favourite is Yours Truly.
You can sit outside at the big wooden tables and enjoy their fabulous coffee in the shade.
It’s a great place for people watching, as it attracts backpackers as well as locals. You’ll find them working or catching up with friends by a Delicious Monster, which I highly recommend.
Make sure you stop by at night, as they often feature some kind of event.
This year I’ve also discovered Molten Toffee, a small coffee shop and juice bar. You can take a seat outside facing Kloof Street. Or you enjoy the minimalist interior and grab a stool inside, that looks like a button.
Whether your pick is the toasted Avo Pesto Sandwich or one of the gluten free choices, it’s the perfect spot for a snack or even a beer.
Mustacchio is right at the corner, where Long Street turns into Kloof. They say that money can’t buy you happiness but it can buy you coffee, and that is kind of the same thing. Thumbs up for Mustacchio, I can only agree.
After indulging the Black Panther, a burger with a charcoal bun, you can pick your kind of happiness, as they proudly serve Italian and South African blends.
Boutiques and Style
I really like the stores on Kloof Street. You’ll find little boutiques rather than big chains and they are perfect to stroll. The Lot is a place I already enjoyed last year.
They have a nice selection of sunglasses, cute tank tops and stylish dresses for your next night out.
I can also recommend A- List.
The store offers beautiful dressy pieces as well as that grey soft basic tee I had to take home. A little more on the exclusive side, it’s definity worth it to check out their sale.
Dark Paradise is perfect to shop bohemian skirts and flowery blouses. They also offer the cutest swimwear, I love the crocheted pieces.
And then of course you have Shana. If you wanna take the high- fashion road or let’s say walk down the aisle, check out her couture. The designer’s garnments are made locally.
And if high fashion is out of your league you can still go to Scar for an instant feel good experience. They all do such nice job at this salon and the head massage is to die for.
Hey foodie, I hope you’re still reading this.
I want you to treat yourself at Saigon. Enjoy the superb vietnamese menu with japanese influences and make sure you save some room as the desserts are excellent. Try the baked banana or deep-fried ice cream. If you’re lucky you’ll see the tablecloth “pouring” over Table Mountain.
Da Vincis is right next door.
Don’t be fooled by the Cezanne or yummy Picasso pizza. Named after great artists they certainly don’t cost a fortune. But they taste so well.
It’s an easy going place and good for families, too. If you’re coming with kids, they’ll probably get busy with the crayons.
I’m not usually the type to skip dinner. Yet another way to solve the dinner question is to go to Mount Nelson Hotel for their famous high tea.
So make a reservation for the classy treat that includes more than tea and scones and put on a nice dress.
Think of the traditional pastries as well as sandwiches and hearty snacks, while a musician plays the piano. My advice is to choose the later afternoon seating. Probably you won’t be wondering about dinner that night.
Not all those who wander are lost
If you’re backpacking or travelling by yourself please check out the hostel Once. It’s not only this beautiful writing about travelling on their walls that grabbed my attention.
They are also right next door of Yours Truly.
So you can fall out of bed to find the most perfect breakfast.
The location there on Kloof Street is pretty perfect so I thought I’d let you know.
And whether you’re the outdoorsy backpacker or the rather classy one, please tell me which places of the post interest you the most.
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