Why Cape Town is the new … Brooklyn / London

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Cape Town’s Shortmarket Street has fast become the centre of attention, with new bars and eateries popping up on its cobbled road.
Venture down this unassuming ‘side alley’ to see exactly why Shortmarket is the new Bree; why sometimes it feels like you’re in Brooklyn rather than Cape Town, Japan rather than Cape Town, London rather than Cape Town – all while being distinctively local.

For fine dining
Joining the crowded pond of Cape Town’s culinary scene, The Shortmarket Club has piqued the interest of enthusiastic diners and made a keen first impression – and not without merit.
Luke Dale-Roberts, of The Test Kitchen and The Pot Luck Club fame, along with chef Wesley Randles and manager Simon Widdison, has succeeded in opening a precise, chic and impeccably executed eatery. 

For cocktails with class
‘Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.’ This is the anecdote you receive upon entering Outrage of Modesty, a chic and oozingly sophisticated cocktail bar, a bar that has taken it upon itself to redefine Cape Town’s cocktail culture.
Relax in the intimate Asian-inspired setting, and expose your senses to something entirely unconventional: cocktails that smoke, smell and taste entirely remarkable.

For something a little different
The newest addition to Shortmarket Street, The Sneaky Sausage brings a modern take on the German beerhall. TSS is your casual excuse to gather with friends, enjoy no-fuss no-frills dining at an affordable price. Serving &UNION beer (on tap or in bottle) as well as a well-curated wine selection, consider your thirst well quenched. 

For local wares with flare
SAM is a curated selection of wares all by local designers. The open-plan space is filled with fashion ranges, stationery, illustrations, accessories, furniture and homeware. Perfect for visitors intent on taking beautifully crafted goods home, or for locals intent on supporting local.

For contemporary art at an affordable price
StateoftheART proudly claims to be South Africa’s first ‘bricks and clicks’ gallery – one that aims to bring something unique to the art buying world – where contemporary art is more affordable and accessible. Art need not be this ‘higher than though’ mentality; rather, it’s something everyone can enjoy. It’s both an online gallery and platform to support emerging and established South African artists. Certainly worth your perusal when traversing the CBD’s bustling streets.

Courtesy Lisa Wallace THE COOL CLUB: Condé Nast House & Garden

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