Sometimes you need to visit a place again in order to realize how much you actually miss it. Cape Town is and will always be one of the most magical places for me. Table mountain with its cloud cloth, lions head and in general this soft soft light. Of course the people, the coffee, the food..
But see for yourself. A (not so) quick summary of my short, but well needed trip to Cape Town, South Africa. Prepare for A LOT of photos! Mostly landscapes and food. Good food. And even meat!
After long flights I need to stretch and move! My dear friend Emma (check out her blog www.mylifeinpink.co.za) joined me for a hot Power Yoga session at the YogaLife studio. I’ve probably done Yoga a million times and probably in 5 different countries, but nothing compares to this studio. If you have a chance try them out!
Go out, breathe, walk, eat
One thing is for sure: you don’t spend much time indoors once you get here. A scenic walk along the Seapoint promenade is a must! My wonderful friend Natalia and I went to check out a new Vegan place that had recently opened up. Scheckters RAW! Honestly, I can’t believe I didn’t go there more often. Everything looked so good and what I tried was incredibly delicious!
The service is slow, but that’s South Africa, no one’s in a rush here 😉 Anyways, I chose the Thai red curry served with a side of red & white quinoa and Natalia had the BVB (best vegan burger) – I don’t really like burgers, but this one… O M G. I’d go back for this one. And the sweet potato fries with vegan aioli… Still dreaming about this, haha.
A gourmet health food café, serving innovative and delicious food – not everything is raw ;).
98 Regent Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8060, South Africa
Open evey day
Camps Bay is where you want to watch sunsets. No where does the sun kiss the ocean more beautifully. But during the daytime the beaches are crowded and luckily when I went it wasn’t too windy. The wind is the one thing that can quickly ruin a perfect beach day..
I’m not the best blogger. Sometimes I forget to take photos of the restaurant, sometimes of the food. Sometimes I have all of it, but never sit down to actually write a blog post. For the following restaurant I forgot to take a photo of the entrance with the actual name. It’s called NV-80 and it’s in Seapoint. The inside and exterior are adorable and the food was extraordinarily good. I managed to capture all dishes the team I worked with that day ordered. Lots of meat, some seafood and veggies. Definitely recommend checking it out.
Traditional South African grill house, offering flavour steaks, seafood and veggies, vintage wines & decadent desserts
76 Regent Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8060, South Africa
open daily, but always closed between 2:30-6:30pm !
On the first Thursday of every month you can explore numerous art galleries around Cape Town. The streets are filled with exciting people, catchy music and vibrant city lights. And me wearing my fluffy Zara slippers.
Because eating out is cheaper..
..than cooking at home. Another beautiful morning I went to NÜ in Seapoint, an amazing place for juices, smoothies and breakfasts. There I met up with @JolieJanine and we chatted in the morning sun. Coffee and a green smoothie were the perfect start into the day. We decided to go to a Barre class that afternoon! I wanted to try out this workout for a while now and was positively surprised on how exhausting it actually was! We sweat soooo much and we knew we would be sore for days! Definitely doing this again in NYC!
For dinner we chose to go to Tasha’s at the Waterfront, and guess what: we’re both obsessed with their butternut squash salad! They have an amazing brunch menu, various salads, muffins and cakes.
Beautiful food. Stunning environment. Engagingly delivered.
7117, Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre, Breakwater Blvd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
open every day
Staying with my friends Emma and Justin made my Cape Town trip even more special. The two are such warm, genuine and welcoming people, they made leaving so much harder. Falling asleep with their dog sleeping next to me and waking up with a view of table mountain made me feel like I am at a retreat.
After almost 3 years I ate meat again
I used to live in Cape Town for several months over the last couple years and used to love meat. I enjoyed the Lumberjack sandwich from Skinny Legs Luxury Cafe so much! Since I don’t like restricting myself when I crave something, after almost 3 years of not eating meat I decided to try this sandwich again. I told the waitress I’m not a big meat eater, hoping she would get the hint and give me more avocado and greens than chicken – but nope, I’ve never had more chicken on my sandwich than that day, haha.
Sadly, I was disappointed. In my memory it tasted so much better. The chicken was stringy and dry, and overall not as flavorful as I remembered it. The chocolate smoothie on the other hand was very good. Also, they serve coffee with almond milk, and that -unfortunately- is still hard to find in Cape Town. Emma’s kale salad was very delicious, and their sweet breakfasts always hit the spot.
Inventive cafe fare, sweet treats & coffee offered in a chill, minimalist space with an arty vibe.
70 Loop St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
Closed on Sundays
Emma – I love you so much!
Ok, guys, honestly I’m not sure if any of you are still reading this. This is by far the longest blog post ever. Is this a thing? Do you like it? Or not? Give me feedback please. It’s been hours I’ve been working on this post, editing photos,.. and I thought I might do the same for the Bali trip I did last October. Yay or nay? – I need to know 😉 Thank you!
On we go. Another day, more blue skies, views and food.
So many new vegan places opened in Cape Town but way too little time to explore and try them all out! I’m glad I got to go to Hungry Herbivore on Orphan Street though! So Jules and Janine met me there for breakfast the day I had to leave to the airport. The granola looks a bit plain but trust me it is so flavorful! And the chocolate covered waffle Jules had was as incredible as it looks Also, the iced coffee is definitely something everyone should order! They know what they’re doing
Artisanal plant-based restaurant and snack manufacturer, bridging the gap between healthy and comfort food
11 Orphan St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
Closed on Mondays!
And finally we got a green goddess smoothie, because some extra greens never hurt nobody 😉
I am so grateful for my friends and excited to make new ones, thankful for the travels I get to live through my job, experiences and memories I make along the way. It is so beautiful to nurture relationships and support each other, learn from others and see one another grow. As beautiful it is to connect to places and people all over the world, it is bittersweet to say good bye again.
I am going to miss you.