As you’ve probably heard, Japanese sport-fashion brand Onitsuka Tiger teamed up with local photographer and cinematographer Motheo Moeng to launch the local ‘My Town My Tracks’ campaign, showing off the spaces and places that inspire creativity in Johannesburg. Last week Motheo shared some more of his favourite Jozi hangouts in a Joburg City Guide. Originally from Cape Town, Motheo’s work is also influenced by his hometown and here he shares a guide to some of his favourite places in the Mother City to eat, drink, grab a coffee, shop, explore:
GRAB A BITE
Owned and run by Karen Dudley, The Kitchen is a homey deli and sandwich shop in Woodstock, home of arguably the most delicious and definitely the most interesting salads in Cape Town and the legendary Love Sandwiches which are made with their secret recipe pestos, mayos, dressings and a whole lot of love.
Find them at 111 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town.
Open Monday to Friday from 8am – 3:30pm. Closed on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays, but find them at the Neighbourgoods Market.
Dear Me is a brasserie and pantry just off Long Street with a serious sense of style. Here head chef Vanessa Marx makes sure everything they serve is fresh and seasonal, ethically sourced, perfectly prepared and beautifully plated, so whatever you order will be as beautiful as it is delicious.
165 Longmarket Street, Cape Town. Open Monday to Friday for Breakfast from 7am – 11am and Lunch 12pm – 3pm.
GO FOR COFFEE
Max Bagels is owned and run by Andrew Kai and Matthew Freemantle, the same duo that brought authentic Spanish cuisine to the Mother City. Their latest venture opened on Bree Street last month and it’s all about celebrating, you guessed it, New York style bagels. They’re serious about quality produce, so whether you order the salted beef, pickles and mustard on a sesame seed bagel or grilled fennel and leeks on a poppy seed bagel (or both!), you’ll definitely be back for more. They also pour a mean cup of Rosetta Roasters‘ coffee and press fresh juices on order, making this a great spot for an on-the-go breakfast or lunch and a cup of coffee.
Visit them at 120 Bree Street, Monday to Friday from 7am – 4pm and Saturday from 8am – 2pm.
At the brand new Flatmountain Roasters in Woodstock coffee is more than just a cup of caffeine and Brad, the owner and barista, ensures that every batch of their single-origin beans is hand roasted to perfection. They serve just about any style of coffee using a variety of methods and they believe that drinking coffee is all about a sense of community, so if you’re not an expert Brad will happily explain the difference to you.
SHOP LOCAL DESIGN
Established in 2008, Bantu Wear is an African lifestyle and clothing brand that pays tribute to its heritage. Using only the best and most interesting wax print textiles sourced from across Africa, the team creates traditional and modern garments for all shapes and sizes. They also have a popular accessories range, which includes jewellery, bags, scarves and hats – all of which is made inside their shop/studio in town.
Smith&Abrahams is a nostalgic mens outfitter and general dealer in Woodstock that pays tribute to what was the mainstay of retail spaces in the area early in the 20th century. They make an effort to source the most interesting local and international brands and they stock the kind of clothing, shoes, hats, bags and frames you only ever see online. Here it’s about finding something of quality and value that you’ll look back onto fondly and cherish in the future – an experience they call future nostalgia.
Head to 103 Sir Lowry Road to shop.
Not in town? Visit the Smith&Abrahams website to shop online.
DRINKS WITH FRIENDS
The House of Machines:
The House of Machines is probably one of the most versatile spaces in town, acting as a café, a bar, a custom bike workshop and a fine purveyor of menswear and accessories. During the day they serve Evil Twin coffee, sell classically modern men’s apparel and offer once-off custom jobs on all kinds of bikes and after 5pm they pour a range of hand selected small batch spirits and craft beers.
Open Monday and Tuesday from 7am – 4pm, Wednesday to Friday from 7am – late, Saturday frim 9am – late and Sunday from 9am – 2pm.
Orphanage is a specialist emporium serving artisan cocktails, elixirs and ales, where everything is poured with a hint of 1920s class, charm and humour. This beautifully decorated space has a bar area, a stoep, a courtyard and now a dining room too – offering all kinds of unexpected yet delicious concoctions.
Corner Orphan and Bree Street, open Tuesday to Thursday from 5pm – 2am, Friday from 3pm – 2am and Saturday from 5pm – 2am.
SEE THE CITY
Known for its beautifully bright strips of houses, narrow cobble stone roads and grand mosques, the Bo-Kaap has a rich history. The residents of Bo-Kaap are mostly descended from skilled craftsmen, artisans, famous scholars, political exiles, convicts, and religious leaders who were slaves brought to the Cape during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Skills and talents passed down from generation to generation accompanied them to the Cape and are still prevalent in the craftsmanship and food in the Bo-Kaap.
Wale Street, Rose Street and Chiappini Street are a few of the beautiful roads in the Bo-Kaap.
Formerly a neglected industrial/residential area, Woodstock is now a hotspot for creatives. With art galleries, studios and eateries mushrooming on Albert Road and Victoria Road, many of the walls around the area have had a facelift and there’s an interesting mix between old and new here that’s fascinating and intriguing.
Drive down Albert Road and up Victoria Road to see some of the murals and public art installations in the area.
Keen to explore the city some more? Here are a few bonus spots: Loading Bay in de Waterkant, Neighbourhood on Long Street, Deluxe and The Dog’s Bollocks in Roodehek Street and Manna Epicure on Kloof Street.