(based loosely off of the Kardashian’s reality show, ‘Kourtney and Kim Take Miami’)
I’ve mentioned Saznin and PK before—they’re two of my awesome intern friends. They are both going to be seniors at Johns Hopkins University and came to Cape Town through a JHU Public Health program. Between classes and homework, interning at UBA, volunteer work in the community, and weekend trips and homestays, they have also managed to visit nearly every notable eating and drinking establishment in this city. If you’ve got a free night, look no further: from Long Street to the Waterfront, Saz and PK will tell you where to go and what to get, no matter the occasion. Click below to read the full interview!
1. Best place to go your first night in Cape Town:
SAZ: Neighbourhood on Long Street. They have pool and foozball…
PK: Agreed. They have awesome burgers, good happy hour prices, and you can wander around Long Street. The balcony is clutch.
SAZ: Yeah, and the crowd is great.
2. Best place to go with a big group of friends:
SAZ: Fat Cactus, definitely. Mexican and margaritas!
PK: Yeah, for sure.
3. Best place to go with a small group of friends:
SAZ: Beluga or Bombay Bicycle Club or Anatoli, the Turkish place.
PK: Asoka or Addis in Cape, the Ethiopian place.
4. Best place to go with your parents:
SAZ: Tea at Mount Nelson Hotel.
PK: Yes, done! Or Anatoli.
5. Best place to go if your parents are paying:
6. Best place to have a fun dinner before going out on the town:
PK: Or Lyra’s—they have a really good happy hour special.
7. Best happy hour:
SAZ: Julep, for quality. It’s small and classy.
PK: Agreed. The margarita pitchers at Fat Cactus are decent value.
8. Best cocktails, period.:
SAZ: Planet Bar at Mount Nelson Hotel.
9. Best ‘cheap eat’:
SAZ: Lyra’s or Doyu for Chinese in Rondebosch—you can write on the walls. Col’Caccacio has really good pizza.
PK: Yeah, and Doyu is BYOB. Nando’s is everywhere—definitely the best cheap eat.
SAZ: Or, if you want to do cheap tapas you can go to Café Sofias. They have awesome sangria. And Eastern Bazaar has awesome Indian food.
10. Best place to go on a first date dinner:
SAZ: Beluga. Definitely. It’s upscale enough to be nice but chill enough that you don’t feel super uncomfortable. Or Bombay Bicycle Club—it’s really quirky and fun and the staff is…strange, to say the least. It’s a good crowd.
PK: Asoka would be a good first date place. It’s classy. Good ambiance. Good cocktails.
11. Best club to go if you want to rage!:
SAZ and PK, at the same time: CHROME! Especially on student night on Wednesdays.
SAZ: or Marvel, if you want to have a smaller rage.
PK: condensed rage.
12. Best bar/club to go if you want a chill night:
SAZ: Waiting Room.
PK: Yeah, Waiting Room’s really chill. Or Neighborhood.
13. Best dessert:
SAZ: Anatoli. Or if you want really cheap ice cream and froyo, Marcel’s.
PK: Yeah, Anatoli had ridiculous desserts.
14. Best Cape Town extreme activity:
SAZ: Bungee jumping off the Bloukrans Bridge
PK: Shark cage diving.
15. Best day trip:
SAZ: Cape Point was awesome.
PK: The Wine Country—either Fraunchook or Stellenbosch. Cliffton Beach is also really nice.
16. Best post-going-out food:
SAZ: Food Inn…slash McDonald’s on Long Street.
PK: Food Inn.
17. Best club if you want American/Western music:
SAZ: Chrome plays a lot of American music. Also Tiger Tiger in Claremont and Marvel.
PK: Basically all the places that we’ve been.
18. Best brunch place:
SAZ: Buzz on Kloof Street. The food is awesome, the ambiance is great, and they basically played my entire iPod.
19. Best ethnic food:
SAZ: Addis in Cape (Ethiopian), Anatoli (Turkish), Masala Dosa on Long Street is alright.
20. Best place to go your last night in Cape Town:
PK: All of the above. Our last night I want to go to Neighborhood and Julep for sure.
To find out where all of these hot spots are located, click below.
Appendix A: Where’s Everything?
Addis in Cape: Long Street
Asoka: Kloof Street
Assembly: 5 minute cab ride from Long Street
Beluga: V&A Waterfront
Bombay Bicycle Club: Kloof Street
Buzz: Kloof Street
Café Sofias: Rondebosch, or Gardens
Chrome: Long Street
Eastern Bazaar: downtown City Center
Fat Cactus: Mulberry or Gardens
Food Inn: Long Street
Julep: on the street before Dubliner’s, on Long Street.
Marcel’s: all over the place, including Rondebosch.
Marvel: Long Street
Masala Dosa: Long Street
McDonald’s: everywhere, and at the top of Long Street
Mount Nelson Hotel and the Planet Bar: right across from Company Gardens
Nando’s: everywhere. Literally.
Neighborhood: Long Street
Waiting Room: Long Street