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14 July2017

by Greg Cooke

Diversity From Dawn to Dusk

Cape Town is a myriad of experiences waiting to be had by those willing to explore the city’s nooks and crannies. Winter’s recent encroachment, warmly welcomed by all in light of the current drought, has brought with it the annual hibernation for all bar a few of the city’s more gregarious dwellers. While the crisp mornings certainly make early starts a strain, the delayed daybreak is a spectacle worth pursuing, the perfect kick-start to your day.

The beauty of Cape Town is its amalgamation of cultures, natural beauty, art, design, and gastronomic diversity. Here we explore a handful of the seemingly endless delights our beautiful city has to offer.

Getting up at 6am on your weekend morning may not be at the top of your to do list. Plan ahead, don your warmest jacket, and ride out your day in felicity after the invigorating winter air as spectacular scenes set your mood for the day. Lion’s Head is the perfect way to start your dawn patrol and offers 360 degree views over Cape Town, the Atlantic Ocean, and Camps Bay. Cloud cover usually lifts to gift a magnificent silver lining at the top.

Distance: 5.26km circuit.
Time: 1-2.5 hours (up and down, depending on fitness levels)
Sunrise: 07:45am (as of 19 July)

The Cape Town epicurean scene has been going from strength to strength over the last few years. Food markets, fine dining, cafes, bistros, pubs, bars and casual eateries abound in the Mother City. This culinary charm is complemented by an abundance of brunch spots. You’ll find anything from banting friendly Eggs Benedict to beguiling bakery bonne bouches.

An early escapade demands some satisfying sustenance. Capetonians are spoilt for choice when it comes to fresh food markets. The Biscuit Mill’s Neighbourgoods Market in Woodstock is one of the originals and has an abundance of delicious offerings to please any palate. Let your senses guide you from store to store, your choice of meal will be the hardest decision of your day.

Images courtesy of Neighbourgoods Market.

Woodstock has adopted design and art  as one of its defining characteristics. WHATIFTHEWORLD, Stevenson Gallery, and the smac gallery are some of the more established galleries and definitely worth visiting. One of Africa’s rising contemporary artists, Pierre Carl Vermeulen, who features prominently at The Silo Hotel with his unique “Sweat Prints” is currently being showcased at the smac gallery. His first solo exhibition runs until 19 August 2017.

Zeitz MOCAA, Africa’s largest contemporary art museum, situated below The Silo Hotel, is set to open in September and will be a remarkable addition to the global art scene. Read more about Zeitz MOCAA here.

Image courtesy of smac gallery and Pierre Carl Vermeulen.

By this stage of the day you may start to tire. If you’re going to wash away those weary eyes with a freshly brewed coffee, why not do so with the strongest coffee in the world? Head over to Shift Espresso Bar on Sea point Main Road for some Black Insomnia Coffee. You may even feel the need to try one of their cold brews. Be warned, this is strong, unadulterated, coffee. Forget that afternoon nap, it’s time to explore.

Image courtesy of Black Insomnia Coffee.

Weather permitting, make the most of your caffeine kick by hiring a bike from Up Cycles and take a leisurely cruise along the Seapoint promenade. Work up an appetite as you meander along the coast, absorbing the fresh sea air and vibrant surroundings.

As the sun begins to dip below the horizon, head over to the V&A Waterfront and take a moment to give thanks to the day while enjoying a typical South African sunset drink known as a ‘sundowner’. On a crisp winter’s day there’s no finer spot than The Silo Rooftop. This is however, weather dependent, but well worth the gamble. If the weather doesn’t play ball, head down to the cosy comfort of the Willaston Bar.

You can read about The Silo Hotel’s dining experience and download our new menus here.

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By now you’ll be borderline ravenous. Fortunately you’re not far from Cape Town’s many culinary offerings. Choose from our list of the Best Restaurants in Cape Town and end your day sampling some of the finest cuisine in the world.

Not bad for a mid-winter’s day.

Images courtesy of David East, Matt Dix and Greg Cooke.

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