Shimmy Beach Club Opulence à la mer

Taking the concept of a day down by the seaside and giving it a hardcore haute overhaul, Shimmy Beach Club is staking its claim as Cape Town’s premier location for oceanside excellence. A jack-of-all-high-grade-trades, Shimmy’s lengthy list of luxury facilities includes a private beach, infinity pool, separate champagne and whiskey bars, and a hydraulic staging area, whatever that means. It’s the beautiful, chandelier-bedecked restaurant, though, that’s been making the most waves.

Under the guidance of lauded chef Seelan Sundoo, the kitchen serves up a menu geared heavily towards fresh seafood, operates its own sushi bar and also cooks up inventive lip-smacking pizzas in its authentic stone oven. And once your belly’s full, the sun’s down and the couture cocktails are flowing, you can head to Shimmy’s lounge where their resident DJs pump out house tunes onto the monster decking space and beyond.

&Union Beer shrine

The philosophy behind &Union is simple: provide easy access to hand-crafted, artisan beers for Capetonians long-accustomed to mass-produced and unremarkable beer. Situated in the beautiful St Stephen’s Church development, just off Heritage Square, the interior has been as lovingly crafted as the beers, with counters wrapped around the interior and barstools taking the place of traditional tables, and a lovely outdoor area on the cobblestones.

Your ale of choice comes with complimentary tapas of either olives or nachos, but you can also choose a number of “plates” to accompany your drink: a spread of charcuterie from local farmers, gemsbok, tuna or butterfish carpaccio, or a selection of delectable spicy sausages and cheeses. Live music has also been added to the mix for the summer months.

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