Inspired by our March issue’s vibrant emphasis on print and pattern (subscribe for monthly issues here), we explore seven Cape Town eateries known for their designer interiors.
The Stack is a member’s club for Cape Town’s culinary-inclined that features eye-catching design elements. Here, interior expert Sarah Ord has mixed classic oak floors, chandeliers and pressed ceilings with contemporary touches such as linear wallpaper in the Brasserie restaurant and maximalist jewel tones in the bar. This dining destination offers a surprise in every room of the renovated historical house.
The La Parada brand is a group of three restaurants that brings simple, Spanish-style fare to city folks. Situated on Bree Street, the Camps Bay strip and Constantia Nek, each eatery includes beautifully patterned tiles inspired by the Balearic Islands juxtaposed against screed concrete floors and streamlined wooden furniture. Every La Parada eatery has a similar clean Catalan aesthetic, resulting in a consistent feel across all branches.
the raptor room
A veritable riot of colour and pattern, the Jurassically titled Raptor Room on Roeland Street is all palm leaves and neon signage. The space is small, but packs a big punch, giving diners plenty to look at while they enjoy the diner’s playful, unpretentious offerings.
mulberry & prince
Mulberry & Prince is immediately recognisable for its chic New York-inspired interiors and minimalist feel. Located in a charcoal-grey building with a dusty pink door, it was designed by Atelier Interiors and features work by South African artist Kurt Pio. The restaurant, which is loved for its fine-dining menu and Sunday brunch, is full of Instagram appeal.
Found on Mouille Point’s Golden Mile, Lily’s is a refined space that invites diners to sample a range of comfort foods as well as updated favourites. The interiors consist of a neutral palette of beige and muted gold, and are immediately recognisable by their large floral motif.
Anatoli is a Cape Town institution that was established in the mid-’80s. Guests are encouraged to take a culinary journey of authentic Turkish food, while taking in an incredible array of exotic decorations. From the Moorish lamps to handpainted tiles and elaborate tapestries, dinner at Anatoli transports guests into an Arabian Nights-like fantasy with a twist.
Appealing to fans of stark Scandi design, ASH restaurant on Church Street is all dark wood, leather, creamy marble and muted lighting. Studio Simal is behind the interiors, which have become known for the striking ceramic tiles in emerald, black and white that make up the backdrop of the kitchen. Geometric in shape and adding an unexpected pop of colour, the tiles set the stage as owner/chef Ash Heeger and her team cook for diners on the restaurant’s Josper grill.