cape town

Cape Town City Guide!

boy does this post need an exclamation mark!

i’ve been promising the Cape Town City Guide for ages now – to people on twitter, via email, on facebook… you guys have been hounding me, i tells ya. but no one wanted it finished more than i did, and i’m so excited to share it with you. in fact, it’s not even finished yet! it will continue to grow and expand… as cities themselves tend to do.

this started as a humble post on the blog which i edited and re-edited for weeks and weeks until one day i accidentally hit publish. and for some stupid reason even if you delete it, it’s forever burned into your rss reader. so for those of you who bookmarked the now deleted post in your readers – don’t bother. this is way better! this is an actual real life website. that is why it has taken a bit longer to get to you.

so now you can easily browse my favourite places in town using handy categories like eating & shopping (those two go hand-in-hand). whether you’re spending a few days in cape town, or possibly planning a longer sojourn, i hope that this guide will help you along the way.

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Pichulik

Katherine-Mary Pichulik is a multi-talented local lass from Cape Town – she trained as a pastry chef, dabbled in the art world, worked on organic farms from Barcelona to Granada… then she started making jewellery after a backpacking trip to India. says Kat,

From a young age I have always been rather crafty assembling random objects together to adorn my chest. Now from a mere hobby it as refined into a 7 somewhat collection-excuding a few wildcards reserved for jewish grannies and other eccentrics alike.

this is her debut collection, shot by blog favourite Alix-Rose Cowie. you can find Pichulik at Mr & Mrs, Take Care and The Fringe Arts all on Kloof street.

Photography: Alix-Rose Cowie / Styling: Stephanie Ana /Model: Tessa Brits /Jewels: PICHULIK

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Stuff Lately

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left: did you know pineapples grow like this? well, i didn’t. seen in the greenhouse at babylonstoren. right: we had the most amazing margaritas, empanadas, pork tacos and tres leches cake at orinoco in bree street

finally got to check out the beautifully styled tamboers winkel (de lorentz street, just off kloof). we indulged in a poached pear and blackforest ham sarmie and cauliflower & vanilla soup (yummo)

visited my favourite furniture shop space for life

…and was really tempted to buy this guy (left) which would have been perfect to house my new plant (right)

got some cool gifts lately – sandals from A.P.C. (dreamy) and a personalised marmite bottle (rad)

anton got this wooden chandelier from david krynauw & (unrelated) we made fruit balloons for amy’s 30th

other than that it’s been cold and rainy at times, which calls for lots of tea.

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Clarke’s

i get a surprising number of emails from people around the world telling me they’re about to travel to cape town / south africa and do i have any tips, or “please can you make a cape town city guide post” – etc. well, truth is i don’t actually live in cape town. if you want to know the ins-and-outs of a sleepy town in the winelands, i’m your gal! that said i will be moving to the mother city one of these days (months) and i already spend a fair amount of time there – so that guide might be coming your way soonish.

in the meantime if you’re in the fairest town of the cape make your way to clarke’s bar and dining room on 133 bree street (a couple of doors down from birds and diagonally across the road from &union – you can’t miss it). we popped in there the week that they had opened and unfortunately there was no table for us (even though the kind hostess offered to send us a text in case anything opened). i admired the light fittings and was sad that i couldn’t partake in their “yum fries”. i will be dropping in there again soon, hopefully they will have a burger ready for me. HINT HINT guys!

they also have a facebook page if you’re into that. all the nice photos were taken by alexia webster.

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House Wellington 7B & 7C

another thing i have been doing a lot of in anticipation of moving soon, apart from browsing etsy, is actually looking for a new place to stay.* which is a frustrating process, at best. so when i get sick of looking at dingy, overpriced flats i start looking for things that actually inspire me – like these two flats in Cape Town’s CBD designed by architects Wolf & Wolf.

We designed a new penthouse loft apartment in the historic Fruit Growers Building in Cape Town. We explored the concept of re-fabrication, using as much of the existing timber on site and re-working it. The result is our take on what a “Cape Town” style loft apartment is. House Wellington 7C is a compact version of 7B. Here we explore the idea of compact Urban Living. The total area is 50m²

* may as well take this opportunity to appeal to people in the cape town area who are reading this – if you have a flat or know of a flat in cape town that is becoming available next year please email me! that’s the smell of desperation, friends.

House Wellington 7B:

House Wellington 7c:

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Bygone Cape Town

i have long been an avid follower of Etienne du Plessis‘ flickr stream, where he shares many vintage photographs including old shots of Cape Town. please click on the images to be taken to the original & for more information.

- Posing at the Sea Point pool, 1960

- Clifton, 1967

- The Little Blue Train, Mouille Point, 1961

- Sea Point ,1963

- The Gardens, 1978

- Wednesday morning on the Parade, 1974

- Pleasure boats, Muizenberg circa 1960

- Muizenberg beach, 1953

- Fish Hoek, 1958

- Ready for the office, circa 1960

- Wedding in District Six, 1960

- Silverstream Buttress, 1975

- District Six, 1960

- Simonstown, 1969

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