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Exploring Cape Town Beyond the V&A Waterfront: Unique Hotel Experiences

Cape Town, South Africa, is a vibrant and diverse city that offers a multitude of attractions and experiences for travellers. While the V&A Waterfront is undoubtedly a popular destination, staying at hotels outside this bustling area can offer a different perspective and provide unique opportunities to explore lesser-known gems.  We delve into the reasons why you should consider staying at hotels beyond the V&A Waterfront and suggest some exceptional accommodations for your next visit to Cape Town.

1. Authentic Local Experiences

One of the main advantages of staying outside the V&A Waterfront is the chance to immerse yourself in the local culture and communities. By venturing beyond the tourist hub, you can discover hidden gems, interact with locals, and gain a deeper understanding of Cape Town’s vibrant spirit. Places like Bo-Kaap, Tamboerskloof, or De Waterkant offer a taste of Cape Town’s diverse cultural heritage, colorful houses, and picturesque streets. Staying in these areas allows you to interact with locals, discover hidden gems, and truly embrace the essence of Cape Town.

Accommodation we recommend: The Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel in Tamboerskloof, a luxury Victorian-style hotel that captures the essence of the neighborhood’s history while offering modern comforts.

Our Favourite Eating & Drinking Spots on Kloof Street:

Perfect eatery spots for a date night, dinner with friends, all meals of the day, and variety of cuisine. These are some of our favourite spots:

• Blondie – lunchtime paloma, delicious Israeli food, a bar at night.
• Black Sheep – from comfort food to blackboard specials, adventurous and conceptual dishes.
• Cafe Paradiso – a large garden serving country-style dishes with a Mediterranean touch.
• The Conscious Kitchen – a plant-based juice bar & café.
• The Dark Horse Bar – great cocktails & comfort food.
• Hudsons – the Burger Joint.
• ditto – Ice Cream & Waffle House.
• ëlgr Restaurant – elegant and innately urban restaurant, opens for lunch and dinner times only.
• Kloof Street House – Victorian house with a bar, and eclectic cuisine.
• Unframed – “#1 ice cream in the world” – Big7 Travel
Our Local – hearty home-style food, cocktails with a Mediterranean flair.
• Nourish’d Café & Juicery – a plant-based cafe.
• Rick’s Cafe American – Casablanca movie-themed restaurant with Moroccan/Med/US menu.
• Tamboers Winkel – offers an all-day cafe menu, including wine & draft beer.
• Thali Restaurant – a contemporary Indian restaurant.
• Upper Union Restaurant – family-style dining at its finest.

In this article
  • Cape Town Beyond the iconic V&A Waterfront
  • 1. Authentic Local Experiences
  • Eats & Drinks Spots:

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