Coffee and Cocktails in Cape Town

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Dec 04, 2017

by AKASH ARORA, Features Editor

Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Symphony docks in South Africa this month. The ship’s concierge, Junaid Sheik, shares the secrets of its port city with Akash Arora.

Where should I go to stretch my legs?

Sea Point Promenade is the locals’ favourite spot. They go there to watch the sun set, enjoy the ocean breeze and walk, cycle or jog. You can also just relax on the grass next to the Green Point Lighthouse at Mouille Point on the Atlantic coast.

Where can I get a decent coffee?

Espresso Lab Microroasters in the trendy Old Biscuit Mill precinct in Woodstock. If you go on Saturday when the Neighbourgoods food market is on, be prepared for a crowd.

What’s a great place to go for lunch?

Bohemian Long Street in the city centre is full of good establishments, from Cape Malay and African eateries to contemporary restaurants. Mama Africa and Royale Eatery are popular; the latter does the best burgers and milkshakes in town.

And for shopping?

Greenmarket Square is where all the small local boutiques are. It’s a great place to buy African clothing, art and crafts – and everything’s negotiable.

Where do you recommend going for a drink?

The Piano Bar is perfect for kicking back and enjoying live music most nights of the week. It serves craft beers, cocktails and an ever-changing selection of local wines.

SEE ALSO: First-timer’s Guide to Cape Town