Get the scoop on the city from these three Capetonians.
Restaurant entrepreneur and co-owner of the House of Machines
“On summer mornings you can find me catching surf breaks at Horse Trails, near Big Bay, before returning to town for a bacon croissant and fruit salad at Jason Bakery. My family and I often pack up the car and go swimming in the rock pools at Bakeoven Beach, probably Cape Town’s best-kept secret. I love to watch the lights come up on Table Mountain at dusk. For the greatest view, head to Tjing Tjing, one of the city’s few rooftop bars, and order a negroni.”
Food blogger at foodandthefabulous.com
“For a sneaky weekday brunch, I go to Hemelhuijs ($$), where chef Jacques Erasmus combines seasonal and classic ingredients like salmon with daikon radish. The freshly squeezed fruit juices served in tall jars are a must. Kalk Bay is a wonderful place to bring out-of-towners; be sure to have lunch at Harbour House ($$$), which looks out over the waterfront. The Orphanage cocktail emporium is a favorite for late-night drinks; the tapas are equally outstanding.”
Head sommelier at the One&Only Cape Town hotel
“After an early run along the seafront, I recharge with breakfast at Giovanni’s Deliworld (103 Main Rd.; 27-21/434-6893); get the ham-and-cheese ciabatta sandwich with a cappuccino. On my days off, I’ll put the top down on my convertible and drive out toward Stellenbosch to visit small but quality wineries such as Bizoe Wines, Grangehurst Winery, and Rainbow’s End. Along the way, I recommend stopping for a bite at Terroir ($$) at Kleine Zalze farm, known for its Shiraz.”