east city district: out and about in harrington street

Toby Murphy

Cape Town’s hip and happening Harrington Precinct is breathing new life into the burgeoning East City district. Here’s our selection of must-visit spots for food, shopping and entertainment.

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East City Boxing

Modelled on an old-school sparring gym, East City Boxing offers boxing classes for strength and conditioning. People of all experience and fitness levels are welcome to work out or pop in to learn more about the sport. 104 Harrington St,  021-461-5957

Harringtons Cocktail Lounge

Colourful suede couches, antique-style chandeliers and cosy booths create a sophisticated ambience at Harringtons, while expert cocktail-making by skilled bartenders will keep you coming back for more. Open from noon until late, the venue also serves light meals along with a decent variety of wines and beers. 61 Harrington St, 021-461-2276,

Kamili Coffee

Start off your day with a caffeine boost at the newest branch of this cosy café, which boasts coffee sourced from countries including Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Malawi. Enjoy a fresh-off-the-press cuppa and a light meal before buying some beans to take home. 48 Harrington St,

Tiny Empire

Housed in a 100-year-old tea warehouse, Tiny Empire is a co-working space that has been expertly designed to create a focused working environment. Expect individual work stations, communal tables for meetings or brainstorming, a boardroom for presentations and a relaxed lounge for impromptu powwows. 37 Buitenkant St, 021-286-2117,

Lekker Vegan

This casual eatery serves vegan junk food that is so delicious, it may convert even the most carnivorous. The menu is simple – think burgers, ‘chicken’ nuggets and chips – but the portions are  massive and the flavour combinations incredible. There’s even vegan soft serve on offer. Cnr Barrack and Harrington streets,

Nude Foods

Supportive of the movement towards conscious living, Nude Foods prides itself on being Cape Town’s first plastic-free grocery store, allowing customers to bring their own containers to stock up on wholefoods and earth-friendly products. 5 Constitution St, 021-437-3003,

Barnet Fair Barber Shop

‘Gentlemen’s club’ best describes this urban barbershop. It’s decidedly masculine: the walls are all red, the furniture dark wood and the barber stations black. Have a hot-towel shave, haircut or beard trim while enjoying a strong whisky and good conversation. 59 Harrington St, 021-461-5340,

Just Like Papa

Before you head out on your next outdoor adventure, visit Just Like Papa to gear up. The outlet stocks every cool tool you can think of – from camping accessories and emergency kits to hiking supplies. 73 Harrington St, 021-286-4374,

Swan Café

This traditional French crêperie offers sweet crêpes, savoury galettes and exclusive tea blends. Rose-gold birdcage lights are suspended from the ceiling, bespoke blue-and-white tiles line the floors, and huge artworks adorn the walls, thanks to the interior design skills of Haldane Martin Iconic Design. Cnr Buitenkant and Barrack streets, 079-454-4758,

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