Cape Town in 6 stops: what culture vultures need to see

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Take a day to load up on art and culture in Cape Town, South Africa, Africa’s design capital

Take a day to load up on art and culture in Cape Town, South Africa, Africa’s design capital (our colourful featured image is by Paul Mannix):

Haas, 67 Rose Street, Bo-Kaap, Cape Town
Haas, 67 Rose Street, Bo-Kaap, Cape Town. Photo courtesy of Haas
 Haas coffee, Bo-Kaap, Cape Town
Haas coffee, Bo-Kaap, Cape Town. Photo by Dieter Losken

Stop 1: Kick off with breakfast at Haas (67 Rose Street, Bo-Kaap, +27 21 422 4413), a design store with a groovy little café attached.

You could end up losing yourself while browsing the artworks on display and sipping one of the eight in-house coffee blends. The Haas Gallery is directly across the road.

Bo-Kaap Museum, 71 Wale Street, Cape Town
Bo-Kaap Museum, 71 Wale Street, Cape Town. Photo courtesy of www.iziko.org.za

Stop 2: Bo-Kaap’s famous for its cobbled streets and rows of candy-coloured Georgian houses, which make for a great picture. It’s also known for being the place where the descendants of the free slaves settled after emancipation. Learn about their story at the Bo-Kaap Museum (71 Wale Street, +27 21 481 3939).

Stop 3: From Bo-Kaap, follow Wale Street down into the city and browse the galleries and boutiques on Long, Loop and Bree streets. Be sure to dip in and out of the little laneways that link these three parallel arteries.

With its wide array of work by new and established artists BRUNDYN + GONSALVES (formerly iArt) (71 Loop Street, +27 21 424 5150) is one of the best.

Café Mozart, 37 Church Street, Cape Town
Café Mozart, 37 Church Street, Cape Town. Photo courtesy of www.themozart.co.za

Stop 4: This part of town has a few cool places to grab lunch; we recommend Café Mozart (37 Church Street, +27 861 623 263) – its tables spill onto the pedestrian walkway between the casual antique and vintage market stalls on Church Street. Church Street itself is packed with galleries and African arts and crafts stores.

Stop 5: The Woodstock district has got countless galleries and his home to a number of creatives. In many ways it’s similar to Williamsburg (New York) or Shoreditch (London), except it hasn’t yet been gentrified. Negotiate a rate with a taxi for the afternoon and ask the ferry you around.

Goodman Gallery, Cape Town
Goodman Gallery. Photo courtesy of www.goodman-gallery.com

Don’t miss the Goodman Gallery (3rd Floor, Fairweather House, 176 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, +27 21 462 7573) or Stevenson (Buchanan Building, 160 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, +27 21 462 1500), both of which exhibit work by the country’s finest working artists.

Meanwhile, for newer, emergent artists, there’s Whatiftheworld / Gallery (1 Argyle Street, Woodstock, +27 21 448 1438). It’s built on imaginative curatorship, so chances are you’ll see something edgy and unexpected.

The Old Biscuit Mill, Cape Town
The Old Biscuit Mill, Cape Town. Photo by nickgraywfu
The Old Biscuit Mill, Cape Town, South Africa
Some of the goodies on sale at The Old Biscuit Mill. Photo by Lanalou Style

Stop 6: The Old Biscuit Mill (373–375 Albert Road, Woodstock, +27 21 447 8194), is one of the trendiest hangouts in the city, not least on Saturday mornings when it hosts a superb “neighbourhood” style food market.

The Old Biscuit Mill, Cape Town, South Africa
The Old Biscuit Mill, Cape Town, South Africa. Photo by julebs

Most of the converted factory site is home to high-end boutiques selling great clothes, antiques and arts and crafts. It’s a great place to bring a long, culture-filled day to an end.

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Cape Town in 6 stops: what culture vultures need to see was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Brett Ackroyd
Author: Brett Ackroyd (631 posts)

Brett hopes to one day reach the shores of far-flung Tristan da Cunha, the most remote of all the inhabited archipelagos on Earth…as to what he’ll do when he gets there, he hasn’t a clue. Over the last 10 years, London, New York, Cape Town and Pondicherry have all proudly been referred to as home. Now it’s Copenhagen’s turn, where he lends his travel expertise to momondo.com.