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You can also get a great contemporary perspective on life here, because Cape Town is the place to see really interesting modern African art. I’d head to Gallery Momo, close to Long Street, as well as the Blank Projects, WhatIfTheWorld and Smac galleries in Woodstock. Igshaan Adams, represented by Blank Projects, makes incredible woven tapestry pieces and prayer mats inspired by his Muslim-Cape Malay heritage.
Culture Club Cheese is also on Bree Street, but could not be more different: an emporium dedicated to sourcing and selling the best cheeses in the country. They also have a great menu of raclette, goat’s cheese salads and croque-monsieurs. Bacon on Bree is similarly single-minded in its offering, serving bacon butties and BLTs with craft beers.
If you’re in the mood for shopping, there are some interesting South African fashion designers I stock in my concept store, Merchants on Long. Sindiso Khumalo makes womenswear in strong, graphic prints, while MaXhosa by Laduma is the Missoni of South Africa, producing Xhosa-inspired knitwear in covetable geometric prints. My friend Tammy Frazer makes amazing perfumes in pretty glass bottles and her atelier near De Waterkant, Frazer Parfum, is worth a visit for unique souvenirs. She themes her scents around her travels – I wear one inspired by Namibia. There are also some very talented ceramicists working in Cape Town, including Astrid Dahl, who sells her delicate, sinuous work through Southern Guild in Woodstock. For those looking for original jewellery, it’s worth seeking out art and artefacts store Quagga Rare Books and Art in Kalk Bay. I buy antique tribal decorative pieces and customise them to wear as jewellery. Capetonians are nothing if not inventive.
Restaurants that are interesting:
- The Test Kitchen: Shop 104A, The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa (+2721-447 2337; www.thetestkitchen.co.za).
- – Outrage of Modesty,88 Shortmarket St, 8000 (+2721-422 2902; www.anoutrage.com), cocktails about £4.
- Nap Living: Shop 001, Cape Quarter, De Waterkant, Cape Town (+2721-4216 482; www.napliving.co.za).
- Namji dolls from Cameroon at Neo, One&Only Resort, Dock Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town 8001 (+2721-431 5195; capetown.oneandonlyresorts.com)
- Zeitz Mocaa and Pavilion, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town 8002 (+2721-418 7855).
- Shark fishing in Namibia: