”What is the world’s most creative city right now? And where are the creative class of 2016 spending their time?
It’s no surprise that the answers to these questions change often, but How I Travel has dug deep to discover where the world’s creatives are congregating in 2016.
And the winner of The 9 Most Creative Cities of 2016 is … Cape Town.
It’s a mecca for anyone even slightly creatively-minded. In 2014, while designated the World Design Capital, the city actively began a design programme, not to attract tourists, but to make Cape Town a better place. How’s that for design thinking?
Before you arrive, definitely find out if you’ll be in town at the same time as the awe-inspiring Design Inbaba Festival, Cape Town’s premier display of local artists’ work, and check out some of the local ceramicists at Imiso Ceramics as well.
Just so you know, Cape Insights organises an Art, Craft & Design Tour in February to dovetail with this event, as well as the Cape Town Art Fair, and takes you to Andile Dyalvane’s studio amongst others.
Once your stomach starts speaking up, our featured traveler Gareth Pon, a native South African himself, would tell you to grab the French toast at Clarke’s or a bacon and banana burger at The Dogs Bollocks.
Cape Town is full of interesting cafés and creative spaces such as the Department of Coffee (DOC), a quirky and colourful number worth experiencing just for the creative personalities behind the counter. Still, the real show-stopper of all eateries in Cape Town has to be the delightful Truth Coffee. Totally fitted out with a steampunk interior, it’s a place that has to be seen to be believed; once you settle into a seat, you’ll see that the novelty doesn’t end with the interior – this place is just damn good fun”.
Image called Leadersheep is courtesy South African Artist Ann Gadd, where her quirky sense of humour emerges in her works as in the Ambitious Sheep series, Art for Ewe.
Acknowledgement: How I Travel for their article and list of the 9 global cities that make up the most creative cities in the world in 2016.