Joining the likes of Topshop, Zara and River Island, H&M has landed on Cape Town shores. The much anticipated (and long anticipated) arrival of H&M has been welcomed by a glitzy double storey flagship store in the Waterfront. The Waterfront has been bustling with unusually high volumes of human traffic since the official opening on 17 October, so I’ve steered away from all the commotion until today. The store boasts an upstairs and downstairs floor, the one ladieswear and other menswear, including an activewear, kids and accessories department amongst others. Just in time for summer, H&M is yet another addition to the Waterfront’s choice of A list stores.
Situated next to the food market and Aquarium in the V & A Waterfront, The Watershed is Cape Town’s newest addition open plan shop block that provides a market experience. With a wide range of different stock from African curios to quirkier locally designed jewellery, clothing and accessories, The Watershed has taken a pop up store feeling and made it into a more sustainable and updated market place. Some of the stand out favourites for me were the whimsical art pieces at Vestibull, the stationery and cushions at QuirkyMe & Flick Inc, the jewellery by Famke, and the fashion at Adriaan Kuiters, Lo, Mungo & Jemima and Hannah Collection. The beautiful wooden satchels at Indalo Design are truly inspiring and unique local designs whilst Wolf & Maiden also have a beautiful display of handmade artisan leather goods. Go and check it out for yourself.
A treasure chest of crafty designs lies in Palmhof Centre just off Kloof Street. Milame and friends is a creative workshop and store that stocks a few hand crafted designer brands from quirky socks, to leather bags and unique jewellery. Feat bamboo and nylon socks caught my eye with their quirky fox print design, while the Ikat print and leather bags by Titch made it onto my wishlist. Between the beautifully bright journals, pieces of art, fabric shoes, woven neckpieces and quirky cat rings, I was really impressed by the selection of items curated by Emma Atkinson in her store. Pop down and take a look for yourself.
Shop 21, The Palmhof Centre, Union Street, Cape Town.
Whilst shooting in Stellenbosch I was really impressed by what I saw in terms of unique and creative restaurants offering delicious and healthy food. I don’t want to compare it to town, but a few places had a kind of Kloof Street trendiness to them, whilst maintaining a unique and unpretentious feeling at the same time.
Maraki was one eatery that tops my list. From the outside it pulls you in with its clean cut lines and minimal quirk. From paint dipped chair backs and table legs to a large custom made trestle shelf displaying the treats of the day, wine and preserves, this eatery is effortlessly on trend. The the fridges are stocked with the latest selection of craft beers while the pristine white tiled wall and gold leaf branding are just a few signs of attention to detail that display an attitude of quality.
On the menu, owner Corlandi has a selection of tasty and well thought out breakfast and lunch delights. The fresh juices caught my attention and I grabbed a delicious Mrs Beetlemint (beetroot, apple and mint) that instantly rejuvenated me. The quinoa burger with sweet potato fries and aioli was possibly the best veggie burger I’ve had yet. The delicious combo of fresh, health and tasty food really made me feel uplifted after I ate it.
Her concept of minimalism paired with quality food and drink is proof of a winning combo. Her presence and personal input into Meraki is evidently what makes it a success, as the passion and inspiration has not been lost or handed down. Well priced, delicious and visually on the mark, this is one place worth driving out to visit.
42 Ryneveld St, Stellenbosch
021 887 7703
After being open for only a few days, all the cool kids are flocking there. Yourstruly has opened it’s doors in Kloof Street, sharing the love of a coffee shop meets eatery meets bar combo. Having established itself in Long Street, the second Yourstruly has taken over the courtyard area next to Saasveld Lodge, bringing an open plan, urban and artisan feel into trendy Kloof Street. With a cool mix of premium coffee, DIY pizzas, craft beer, pastries, sandwiches and art on offer, it’s bound to be a new city hotspot.
74 Kloof Street
021 426 2587
Capetonians can welcome yet another great addition to the trendy restaurant and bar list, La Parada. This new Spanish tapas heaven boasts a beautiful open plan interior, with a view stretching through the big glass windows from the outside and expanding inside to look over an open plan counter top to the kitchen on one side, and a bar on the other. The decor comprises of a combo of wood, glass and metal, with details such as tarnished copper clipboard menus, wine barrels hanging from the roof, stained glass panels and a large gold bull’s head hanging on the wall. The restaurant is split into two, with sit down tables and leather booths in the restaurant and large wooden share tables in the bar half, perfect for bookings or a spontaneous pop in drink and snack. The stained glass roof feature and glass floor panel add special artisan touches to the restaurant whilst distressed walls and a Spanish movie poster wall collage add an old world edge. It’s no surprise that La Parada has a sister restaurant in Kalk Bay, as the decor suggests that these guys are experts at bringing old world Spanish appeal and contemporary twists together with an artisan feel. A club is planned to open below the restaurant to fully utilize this amazing space.
The tapas were delicious. We ordered a bottle of Groote Post: The Old Man’s Blend red wine and sampled a selection of mouth watering bits. The tapas come in small and large portions and are reasonably priced ranging from R15-R45 depending what size and type of tapas you order. The mouth watering prawn croquettes and calamari with salsa verde were my favourites. My friend raved about the oxtail canneloni. We shared a portion of Patatas Bravas which also hit the spot and topped it off with tasty rice pudding. They have a great selection of wines, craft beers and cocktails to compliment the tapas menu.
All in all a treat for the senses, La Parada offers a great combo of delicious tapas and drinks with updated old world Spanish charm.
Address: 107 Bree Street, Cape Town. Open 12am until late, Monday to Sunday.
Continuing on from the magic of Muizenberg market, I walked around and came across a stall that was more like a treasure chest. White Rabbit Days. It’s a collection of beautiful laser cut leather accessories, as well as lace accessories and beautiful plaited ribbon neckpieces. From art deco inspired shapes to beautiful intricate floral patterns and chandeliers, there’s something for everyone. I was drawn to the beautiful punchy yet controlled colour palate from beautiful neon coral to shiny bronze and crisp white.
Helen Andrews, Capetonian designer and creator of White Rabbit Days, has been designing jewellery for the last 10 years. Here’s what she has to say… “The concept began as a way to explore new cities, you chase the signs, follow the white rabbit and see where it takes you, what treasures you find, who you meet and where you end up. The same goes for creating jewellery – take bits and pieces, mix them together, take them apart, add and subtract until you have something beautiful and BOOM, White Rabbit Days was born.”
Her ranges consist of lace, leather and ribbon. “The limited edition lace earrings and necklaces are all hand crafted using crocheted lace, silver trimmings, beads and fresh water pearls. They’ve got the large style glamour of big drop earrings and are super light so will be kind to the old earlobes. The leather accessories add pops of colour for Spring – from sophisticated gold owls to bri-i-ight coral statement earrings – all leather jewellery is on sterling silver chain and hooks. The ribbon range consists of chunky statement necklaces – hand woven from ribbons – these babies will add some WOW to any outfit.”
So if your outfit needs an instant pick me up, a touch of crafted beauty or some bespoke glamour, just follow the white rabbit to a place where accessories shine.
Follow White Rabbit Days on Facebook at this link or browse the designs in person at one of the following stockists: The Fringe Arts, Haas, Coco Li, Utique, Tintswalo Atlantic and The Wild Orchid Boutique.