Table Bay Hotel
Credit: Janice Tozer

 

When I crawl out of bed at the Table Bay Hotel and open my curtains, there before my eyes lies Table Mountain, majestic and sun bathed, providing me with an amazing backdrop to the stunning V&A Waterfront.

As the morning sun peaks out over the harbour, I have to pinch myself to ensure that I’m really here.

Cape Town: it is just so beautiful here.  

With a tour of the wine lands scheduled for tomorrow, I decide to discover Bree Street.

Over the past number of years a revitalization of Cape Town’s inner city has slowly transformed Bree Street into a culinary hotspot — an urban Mecca that’s dotted with high-end fashion boutiques, design stores and creative restaurants. It’s best explored on foot, so if you are planning to spend an afternoon, do some research and plan out your route. There are so many amazing shops and restaurants to discover, but here are a few of my favourites:

Missibaba  

This local handbag label produces beautifully exotic, handmade bags and leather accessories. If you are looking to purchase something that is uniquely South African, look no further, as the bags are amazing—but don’t forget to take your credit card as you won’t have a hard time spending a small fortune.


SAM
 

Stop by SAM to discover the remarkable range of South African–made products by local designers.  There you can find designs by local brand Handmade By Me and Margot Molyneux. Offering everything from pillow shams and kitchen accessories to clothing, you definitely won’t find these types of souvenirs at a local roadside stand.   


Culture Club Cheese

This is Cape Town's first boutique artisan cheese hub, and 80 percent of its produce is locally produced. This shop is the perfect spot to pick up some cheese to accompany some delicious South African wine.

 

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