A Concierge’s Guide to the Best of Cape Town

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Apr 11, 2017

Make the most of your next Cape Town holiday with these insider gems around the city, as recommended by Chris Noone, concierge at One&Only.

When my friends are in town, I take them for a drink at...

Asoka in the city centre. There’s a great vibe and live music under an olive tree.

A restaurant that’s really popular with locals is...

Kloof Street House. It’s like a Pandora’s box; you walk through and see the garden lit up with fairy lights, the library and quirky interiors, all tucked behind a magnificent Victorian façade.

SEE ALSO: The Ultimate Guide to Eating and Drinking in Cape Town

For a business meeting, I book...

The stylish Vista Bar & Lounge at One&Only Cape Town. It offers the most gorgeous views of Table Mountain. If your meeting is later in the day, enjoy the wonderful afternoon tea.

TBest place to do business in Cape TownDo business with Table Mountain views at the Vista Bar & Lounge, One&Only

If you want to party, go to...

Orphanage Cocktail Emporium. You can’t go wrong with its super-talented mixologists, a chic vintage interior and amazing music. This local haunt is a must.

My favourite breakfast place is...

Hemelhuijs in the heart of Cape Town. It’s clear they have a passion for food. And there are always whimsical displays of fresh flowers and objets d’art.

And for best coffee, I go to...

Truth Coffee on Buitenkant Street. I like its steampunk look and feel.

Truth Coffee for the best coffee in Cape TownHead to Truth Coffee for the best coffee in Cape Town, says concierge Chris Noone

For a market experience, visit...

Root44 Market, held in the beautiful town of Stellenbosch, just outside of Cape Town. It takes place every Saturday and Sunday and you can pick up everything, from locally made jewellery
and furniture to craft beer and slow food. If you’re visiting with your family, there’s a lovely play area for the young ones to enjoy.

Designer fashion can be found at...

V&A Waterfront. The main mall houses international labels, while the Watershed section is where you can pick up pieces from local designers.

And for vintage shopping, I recommend...

Kalk Bay. This sleepy seaside village is lined with vintage shops selling curios, jewellery, furniture and more. And it’s where locals go. The picturesque town is perfect for snapping that #wishyouwerehere selfie.

If it’s raining, visit...

Two Oceans Aquarium to meet the rockhopper penguins; Bubbles is my favourite.

The best daytrip is to...

The Cape Winelands region, which is about an hour’s drive east of the city. Walk around the vineyards, try award-winning wines and then enjoy lunch at Delaire Graff Restaurant (pictured at top) or Vergelegen. It’s a great way to take in the beauty of the area.

SEE ALSO: Neil Perry's Favourite Wineries near Cape Town

And for a safari experience, head to...

Inverdoorn Game Reserve in the middle of the Karoo Desert, about two hours’ drive from Cape Town. You can spot the Big Five and visit the cheetah rehabilitation centre.

SEE ALSO: Our First-timer's Guide to Cape Town