POD Camp's Bay class featured

When Cape Town’s in-crowd need a break from the bustle they head to Camp’s Bay. And when they need a place to lay their head in the South African capital’s swishest suburb, they make a beeline for POD. Nestled between the grey peaks of Table Mountain and the deep blue of the Atlantic ocean, you’d think that this intimate, 15-room, luxury boutique hotel would have some trouble standing out against such scenery. Not a chance. The ultra-slick facade of plate-glass and African timber is more than a match for Mother Nature’s big-hitting beauty spots.

There’s more of the same inside, too. The entirety of the interior is a lesson in deluxe cutting-edge design—fusing function, fashion and comfort with flawless precision. In the lobby and communal areas, marbled stone and yet more glass are offset by natural woods and comfortable couches.

This motif then continues into the bedrooms, with the cloud-like beds ensconced in warm wooden cubby holes, elevated slightly from the polished floors and set back from the huge, panoramic windows. And the views out across the bay and the mountain range behind? You could search for a lifetime and still fail to find better.

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.

Deluxe Coffeeworks Caffeine cool featured

We often tend to forget that all you really need from a coffee shop is a mind blowing cup of coffee. A croissant or poached eggs? Sure, why not, but too many establishments have forgotten that the core of a good coffee shop is the actual coffee.

Deluxe Coffeeworks not only supplies some of the best coffee spots in Cape Town with their roasted beans, but has three coffee roasteries where you can pick up some beans to take home for yourself. They’re one of the few establishments that could justifiably claim that they make the best cup in town—although they don’t, because they’re cool like that.

Hi-Five Music and Clothing For DJ's and fashionistas alike featured

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Hi-Five opened its doors in Kloof Street in 2002 as a retail outlet for Kurse Music Distribution, who exclusively represent a carefully selected range of music labels from !K7 and Compost’s electronic stylings, to underground hip hop like Def Jux and Rapster, the deep house of Freerange and a host of nu-jazz, broken beat, soul and funk rarities and must-haves.

If the vinyl and CD’s adorning the shelves isn’t your bag they also stock a range of cool street wear from labels like Butan, Rock Star Threads, Moss and Magents, a range of DVD’s and more accessories – caps, belts, badges and bags – than you’ll ever need.

Beluga Seafood temptations featured

A beautiful 100 year old red brick building in Green Point that once housed a metal works is home to Beluga, a stylish restaurant serving some of the most memorable seafood dishes in Cape Town. Fresh, fusion style cooking is the order of the day, from perfectly grilled tuna to tasting plates of spring rolls and satays to great sushi.

In addition to the restaurant Beluga boasts a suspended wine cellar, a cocktail bar and a café area that serves light meals, sushi and coffee from midday till late at night. It’s a popular spot with locals and tourists alike, and can get very busy at cocktail hour.

Vista Bar Laidback cool featured

In the somewhat garish new plaything of hotel magnate Sol Kerzner, The One and Only Hotel, you can find Vista, a lounge bar with incredible panoramic views of Table Mountain. Serving breakfasts, light snacks and a huge assortment of teas during the day, at night it is transformed into a sophisticated cocktail lounge.

As guests savour their cocktails, which take inspiration from the ancient spice routes around the Cape of Good Hope, resident DJs take to the decks to enhance the evening ambience with the best of chill out, lounge and deep house.

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