Being a not-so-hidden gem along the Southern Peninsula, Simon’s Town has everything to offer. Thinking of taking a break from busy city life? Want any excuse to spend time holding onto that holiday feeling? Well, here it is. With many accommodation options this historic town is the perfect spot for a weekend retreat. Or simply spend a day filled with history, food and nature.

On the foodie scene, this small town boasts many restaurants and cafes. A few that make our top hits are The Sweetest Thing, Saveur, and the ice cream store!

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Rock ‘n Toast is a contemporary beer bakery in the Foreshore that opened on the 1st of August 2017. They serve GOOOOD food and are reasonably priced with R80-R100 being spent per visit.

Two friends, Jaco and Francois, met at a market in Stellenbosch. Now Jaco and Francois aren’t just two normal okes. Jaco has a law degree and is furthering his studies in the economics field while Francois was a finalist in South African Masterchef 2014. Francois has many culinary achievements such as running the best coffee shop in SA 2016 as well as working at the Spier Farm bakery. Literally a match made in heaven!

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Summer time can get a little bit sticky, exceedingly hot AND dining at a typical indoor restaurant can be quite boring and predictable. Imagine dining while watching the sunset, sipping some gin while being hit by a cool sea breeze or better yet – enjoying your favourite meal while relaxing on a beach lounge chair. That would be AMAZING, wouldn’t it? Well, we here to tell you that you can eat and unwind all at the same spot! Below is a list of restaurants and eateries that will give you that desired outdoorsy summer vibe, just keep reading.

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As little children, we play pretend a lot of the time; we pretend to be firemen, ballerinas, nurses, and aliens – the potential we hold at that age is virtually unlimited. As we mature into adults, we no longer enjoy that luxury, your identity is determined by and becomes the property of those around you, every one of whom expecting something different from you. What if we told you that there is a place you can go and become whomever you choose to be? A haven for hard-working Capetonians and tourists alike, where the only identity that is important is the one you portray. At Incognito, the name says it all; come as yourself and become anyone…or just settle in with some good friends and have a cold beer, whichever most tickles your fancy.

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By Josie Mooi

How To Start & End Your Week With These Crazy Food Specials:

Monday Madness: Trenchtown

We all know how Mondays can be stressful and tiring, the start of a new work week – argh! But now we can say YAY to Mondays and goodbye to Monday blues because Trenchtown in trendy observatory aka Obs have a crazy Monday madness special that we absolutely love, besides who doesn’t need a bit of madness in their lives.

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The Cape’s Top Ramen & Izakaya Bar:

Oishi! Oishi! Oishi! For those who aren’t fluent in Japanese, “Oishi” (美味しい) refers to a colloquially used adjective for tasty food. Normally paired with the eye-closing, lip-smacking gastronomical euphoria induced by well-made Japanese food. As fans of the culture seeking a state of perpetual food Zen, we sought out to find the best spot in Cape Town to quench our thirst for the oriental beauty of Japanese cuisine, that doesn’t feel too far from home. Cut-cue to the Three Wise Monkeys Izakaya & Ramen bar, a spunky yet quaint little gem hidden at 77 Regent Rd, Sea Point.

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Cape Town is most famous for its beauty and oh so vibrant nightlife. Are we surprised it’s got some of the best cocktail bars in the country? Uh, no. It’s the Mother City after all. From swanky, sophisticated bars to outdoor rooftop bars and sand-between-your-toes venues, you are sure to pick and choose where exactly you want to go this festive because really, there’s just so many options! They say, “cocktails don’t solve any problems, but then again – neither does water” So just sit back and enjoy the ride while we take you through Cape Town’s coolest cocktail spots!

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Looking for a reason to leave the house this weekend? Try these four social spaces this weekend.

1. Yours Truly (Kloof and Loop)

You have probably seen the trendy coffee shop’s branding on your Cape Town Instagram stories.   YT on Kloof is a coffee shop by day and becomes an over 21 bar at night. If you’re looking for an IG friendly spot or a place to have your pre-drinks (as it closes at 11pm). Then YT kloof’s upstairs section is the place to go for a good time as they have DJs coming in on Fridays and Saturdays. Get there early, to avoid standing the night away.  YT Kloof is the perfect spot if you are looking for a chilled and early night. But if you’re thinking of being out and about then head on to the YT on Loop. Take walk through the famous Long Street and also try the places below.

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With the water crisis now come and gone, so is our apparent thirst for water. Capetonians have never needed an excuse to hydrate, and with the festive season looming ahead of us, we are not surprised to see water bottles being traded for cold beers and yummy cocktails. Needless to say that happy hour looks a lot more, well, happier. With after work drinks, pre-dinner drinks and just plain ol’ drinks – our local watering holes are becoming a bit crowded. So we took to the streets of Cape Town to find you four sundowner spots to check out this summer. You’re welcome!

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A quiet spot amongst the craziness of Woodstock: Flatmountain Coffee Roasters. We’re telling you a little more about this coffee spot you should not miss!

Come on in…

A simple, yet intriguing exterior invites you in (the aromas of good coffee would be hard to ignore). Situated on just on the corner of two roads, looking out onto the street, you wouldn’t dare resist a sneaky look inside. You walk into a stylishly minimalist, at-home-feeling space. A giant turquoise couch grabs your attention, calling you to sit down and enjoy a good cuppa. Potted indoor plants and framed pictures surround you, it feels like a cooler version of comfort (with WiFi!).

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An intriguing yellow framed door outlines the room in which the coffee is brewed. This on site brewing makes Flatmountain Coffee Roasters a unique experience. Being able to see the process behind what’s in your cup allows you to appreciate the quality and craft.

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It has been extremely hot in Cape Town lately! Due to the hot weather we’ve been experiencing – we have decided to fill you in on a couple of places in and around Cape Town that you should consider visiting to keep you cool this summer. Here they are:

1. Skinny Juice Co: Woodstock

The first place to check out is the Skinny juice co in Woodstock. This place sells fresh pressed organic juices to quench any thirst. The ambiance is great too and you are sure to leave hydrated and feeling cooler than when you walked in. Their juice come in a wide variety of flavors and are nice and crisp on the tongue. These guys come in 500ml bottles and are also a very healthy alternative to staying cool instead of opting for things like gassy cold drinks. If you don’t know what to have try having “Crumble” it has pear as it’s core ingredient and tastes divine.


Address: The Masons Press, 7 Ravenscraig Road, Woodstock, Cape Town

2. Crumbs and Cream: Sea Point

The second place is crumbs and cream. Come on you didn’t seriously think we’d compile a list of this nature and not include ice cream. Ice cream without summer is like Dumbleodre without a beard, Ron without Hermione and crab without Goyle; it just doesn’t make sense!

Crumbs and cream is really a place to visit. Although for us it’s a bit on the sweet sweet side it’s so delicious it’s still worth mentioning and visiting. I mean it’s ICE CREAM SURROUNDED BY COOKIES!! What’s there not to love! You are given the choice of having two different cookies with your ice cream and the portions are very reasonable. We particularly enjoyed the hazelnut Chocolate ice cream nursed in a brownie cookie. Honestly guys we don’t know what more to say it’s cookies with ice cream! Go check them out and tell us about your experience.

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Address: V&A Watershed, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town AND Waterfront, 16 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town

3. Nourish’d: Kloof Street

And lastly we’ve decided to add a good smoothie on this list. These are so convenient as they are are blend of both worlds like juice, “mylk” and fruit! If you are looking for something with weight but still feels just right then head to Nourish’d. There smoothies are organic and have a high nutritional value. They are also served in 500ml glass jars tre chic! Plus super environmentally friendly)that are really filling. These jars btw if you into snapping like we are your Instagram feed will be looking like you visited Bali with the way they are so aesthetically pleasing.

Nourish’d flavors are not only organic but super refreshing. A suggestion from us is to give the Magic Maginto a try, this is a smoothie with array of fruits like mango (yum!), pineapple cucumber and passion fruit.

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Address: 177 Kloof Street,, Gardens, Cape Town

And that is Summer as easy as 123…

We’d love to know if you’ve visited any of these spots in Cape Town? Or will you be visiting any of these cool spots during summer? Let us know in the comments below!

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We know it is always difficult to choose where to spend some quality time with your “liefie.” This is what inspired us to create a TOP 5 DATE IDEAS and share it with you. We all know that indecisiveness is not the best – especially when both of you are hungry. This article will be all about great OUTINGS in Cape Town, Paarl, Hout Bay, Kalk Bay and Somerset West area.

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