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Viewing Cape Town's Art Scene

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Cape Town's grassroots art and design movement is growing with the help of design conferences and art collectives. Gallery hop and explore the city's emerging aesthetic.

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Destinations: Cape Town · City Center · Woodstock · Green Point

Inspired by: Cape Town's Rising Art Scene — by Maria Shollenbarger, Published Jun. 2009

Hotels (4)

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    Grand Daddy Hotel

    Blending the work of contemporary local designers, the Grand Daddy Hotel is best known for its rooftop trailer park: seven vintage Airstream traile

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    One&Only Cape Town

    This resort, which opened in 2009 on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, features 131 spacious, high-tech rooms and a knockout first impression: the

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    Daddy Long Legs

    Thirteen artists were each given the same budget to decorate the rooms at Daddy Long Legs. Guests are taken on a tour of the unoccupied “exhibition

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    Cape Grace

    A movable pedestrian bascule bridge provides access from the bustling waterfront to this quiet, mansard-roofed hotel on its own private quay. The s

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Restaurants (4)

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    Societi Bistro

    Located in a restored Georgian-style house, Societi Bistro evokes a homelike atmosphere with exposed brick walls, worn wooden floors, and a bustlin

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    Haiku

    Often lauded as the city’s best pan-Asian restaurant, Haiku serves a wide variety of tapas with Japanese, Chinese, and Thai influences. Located jus

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    Birds Boutique Café

    Stop into this favorite spot for coffee or a quick lunch: the Namibian owners, a mother and her two daughters, prepare all-organic baked goods; the

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    95 Keerom

     

    Charming chef/owner Giorgio Nava is everywhere at this svelte Italian restaurant set in a 17th-century former stable house. You’ll find him tabl

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Activities (7)

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    Whatiftheworld Gallery

    Whatiftheworld’s mandate is to cultivate a community among Cape Town’s young furniture-, product-, and fashion designers and aspiring collectors. I

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    Neighbourgoods Market

    You’ll want to defend your espresso from the sudden swipe of a passing baguette at this thriving Saturday morning community market (open from 9 a.m

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    Missibaba Workshop

    Make sure to pick up a souvenir from their line of belts, bags, and clutches.

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    Clementina Ceramics

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    Caveau Wine Bar & Deli

    Caveau’s wine list is an enjoyable departure from the red, white, and sparkling norm; it’s divided into Easy Drinkers (try the superb Pierre Jourda

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    Brewers & Union

    This beer bar–charcuterie opened in January 2009 by the people behind Vida e Caffé, a slick, mini-chain coffee bar with a zealous fan base. Brewers

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    Africa Nova

     

    Modern African design is showcased beautifully at this high-end gallery, which fills its well-lit split-level space with an eclectic collection

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