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.

Whatiftheworld Exchange on a higher level featured

When Whatiftheword moved to new premises in Woodstock they began a trend of galleries leaving the inner city for the burgeoining new art precinct in the area. Founded in 2005 by Justin Rhodes and Cameron Munro, Whatiftheworld began with a small exhibition space and quickly established itself as a much-needed platform for young and emerging artists. This resulted in a diverse programme of frequently sold-out shows of contemporary art in all media, and also gave rise to workshops and other collaborative initiatives for the art and design community.

Selected in 2007 by Contemporary Magazine (London) as one of the Top 50 Emerging Galleries from Around the World, this fast-rising young gallery represents a new generation of multi-disciplinary emerging South African artists whose focus on themes of identity, culture, the urban experience and popular iconography creates a continuous dialogue with both the local and global community. By giving voice to new talents, the gallery intends to grow public dialogue within the local contemporary art community, and provide an alternative to the traditional art structures and institutions.

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