When you mention Madame Zingara to anyone in Cape Town, the idea of colours, fur and all out funkiness comes to mind. A family of restaurants and shops, their aim is to entertain with quality…
Branding can go further than the idea you want to sell. It can be a creation that assists in your community buying into what it has to offer, enhancing a sort of pride and ownership…
De Waal Park is a serene antidote to frenetic daily life. It is an important part of Cape Town’s city landscape and has a long history. History: 1877 sees the start of this tale as…
Capetonian coffee shops never seem to rest. Before most of the proletariat trundle into their offices to start the day, these coffee parlours are already wide awake. They are filled with whizzing, hissing, clinking noises…
In the last few years, a global trend has emerged which favours the hand-made, the organic, the free-range, and the artisanal. Cape Town has embraced this trend, with the result that craft markets have popped…
Little Camissa’s Bombay Bicycle Club introduces sneaky afternoon special….. Two for one drinks can not only be enjoyed after 10pm but now also between 4pm and 6pm, the perfect opportunity for an after work drink…
The historic Camissa water source has inspired Capetonians through the ages. Creative locals Jon Cherry and Heinrich Hattingh have harnessed its power in a bike brand. Get ready to roll with Cape Town’s own Camissa Bicycles.
Camissa is the ancient Khoi name for Cape Town, meaning “the place of sweet waters’. And Reclaim Camissa is a non-profit trust established to reconnect Cape Town to its historic roots with water.
Little Camissa locals are, for the most part, avid walkers. The close proximity of the hood to the rest of the city and to cool urban spots is all the more reason to get some fresh air and explore!
Where do Little Camissa locals go when they’re nursing a thirst second to none?
Cape Town’s original inhabitants were known as the Quena, and for centuries, possibly millennia, their life in the shadow of Table Mountain depended on access to a river network that flowed from its lower slopes. They called this area Camissa meaning Place of Sweet Waters. The area is just a small part of where many Camissa fountains from Cape Town burst into the open – providing clean water. Hence the name Little Camissa, which came out of the Name Your Hood campaign.
These days Little Camissa is a rich vein of cuisine, art and décor, feeding a vintage leafy suburb where gardens surround stately homes. Upper Kloof Street serves as the spine of the area, merging the vintage with the modern.
Legendary deli Melissa’s on Kloof has extra-wide windows making people-watching a breeze. Opened in 1996 by the couple who still own it, it’s the original store of what is now a retail favourite of the Western Cape.
If you want something on the indulgence side, try Cocoa Oola and get your hands on an ample serving of home made cake with coffee – ask for a loyalty card too. (They also have amazing pizzas and burgers so lunch and dinner are sorted).
There’s Loft Living & LIM, both amazing interior suppliers.
Madame Zingara rules the upper reaches of Kloof Street, with her offspring rooted along its pavements. Starting with Café Paradiso, this gorgeous restaurant’s space has the most romantic outside atmosphere, offering its patrons a rustic farmhouse charm accompanied by earthy, home-styled food that is like no other.
If you’re in need of Party Kak and Paraphernalia, head to This Is Not A Post Office – easily spotted by the big red post box just outside its door. Enter and find yourself surrounded by the epitome of the Zingara world, one of sparkles, fur and crazy accessories.
Another family member is the famous Bombay Bicycle Club.
With three generations making up this team of Hair Tamer Extraordinaires, The Fox & Vixen ensures a quaint blend of the old and new. Having been around since the 60s, it’s old school with a modern twist and loved greatly by all who spend time in the chair.
Eating with consciousness improves your quality of life – so is the motto that Asoka’s food is created with. Sit along-side the ancient olive tree, Dharma, in the ridiculously beautiful courtyard.
Welcome to the Mother City’s first art bar, The Blah Blah Bar – where talk is cheap. It is a welcoming extension of the renowned Erdmann Contemporary Gallery which has relocated from Shortmarket Street to set up shop in the renovated Victorian-styled double storey. Upstairs intends to play host to the same names – local & international artists in the form of the gallery, while downstairs aims to bring together the like mindedness of the art world in a space that invites conversation in a bar setting. Its aim is sophistication, without the pretention, for an older crowd with every drink named after a featured artist.