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Compiled by Sven Alberding Text Vicki Sleet Production Retha Erichsen Photographs Inge Prins Chic Sleeps 2inn1 Kensington is the new overnight star in the restful City Bowl suburb of  Oranjezicht. Trendsetting guests relish the contemporary luxe surrounds of this boutique guesthouse and its combination of privacy and proximity to the city buzz. Spend time soaking up the sun beside the 10-metre pool or enjoy a summer sundowner in the Jacuzzi. The dedicated inhouse massage and beauty service (offering everything from pedis to Swedish massage) means you won’t have to go far for some in between beach and shopping beautification time. 2inn1 Kensington, 21 Kensington Crescent, Oranjezicht, 2inn1.com, 021-423-1707.  Urban Escape The Grand Daddy is the four-star sibling to budget boutique hotel Daddy Long Legs. This new kid on the Long Street block is a combination of artistic energy and affordable luxury. And with rooms (refurbed by artist Tracy Lynch) under R1 000 a night and amenities such as the Airstream Penthouse Park on the roof, the Pink Flamingo open-air ‘bioscope’ and Daddy Cool bar (with the blingest interiors in town), it’s bound to be one of the city’s most popular social hotspots this summer. The Grand Daddy, 38 Long Street, daddylonglegs.co.za, 021-424-7247. My Cape Town - Joonji Mdyogolo Absolute urbanite, gal-about-town and wordsmith My favourite Cape Town haunt for Sunday brunch with my girlfriends is Manna Epicure (021-426-2413). I recently discovered the seaside views atop the rocks at Llandudno beach – it’s breathtaking – though walking up takes a bit of doing.  My current secret shopping spot is Antiques On Kloof (021-423-6280) at the top  of Kloof Street. I usually get there too late, so I end up with my nose pasted on the window, which is probably for the best – I’m a nervous shopper. I like to buy flowers from the Adderley Street flower sellers. For after-work drinks I meet friends at Caveau Wine Bar & Deli on Bree Street (021-422-1367). It has an extensive wine list and I love the food: the menu changes often, which keeps you guessing. My favourite place for reading the weekend papers is on the lawns in The Company’s Gardens. I stroll down the avenue and then sit there till noon. Five-Star Style The award-winning Cape Grace hotel has recently completed a comprehensive floor-byfloor refurbishment. This much-loved five-star establishment now boasts a stylish mix of contemporary and Cape Dutch interior details by local decor whizz Kathi Weixelbaumer of Weixelbaumer Design, which makes the most of local craft and design, and luxury fabrics and finishes. The new restaurant Signal – under the leadership of chef Christophe Chabanel – showcases a globally inspired menu that celebrates the city’s position as a cultural melting pot over the centuries. Cape Grace, West Quay Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, capegrace.com, 021-410-7100. Let's Play Castaway Hidden away under Chapman’s Peak, just past Hout Bay, with uninterrupted views of the Atlantic, just-opened luxe lodge Tintswalo Atlantic is where the monied set books time-out to play Robinson Crusoe. Each of the 10 suites has been inspired by an island: choose the Lamu Island Suite for laid-back Swahili style or if you’re feeling flush, the Presidential Suite with its French-country-meets-Corsica decor and uninterrupted views is suitably seductive. Guests are able to shrug off the stresses of their city lives, in the lap of luxury. With a top-notch restaurant situated on site who’d want to venture out anyway? Tintswalo Atlantic, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay, tintswalo.com, 086-184-6879. Comfort & Luxe Euro-chic style comes to Cape Town at the all-suite luxury Cape Royale hotel. Perfectly placed for socialising on the Green Point bar and restaurant strip (and even more so when the FIFA 2010 World Cup kicks off), the one-to-four-bedroomed contemporary-styled suites come with all the mod cons – think wireless Internet, and VOIP for well-priced international conference calls.  Guests get to choose whether they’ll fend for themselves in their state-of-the-art in-room kitchens or opt for dining at chef Conrad Gallagher’s swanky grillroom 1800°. Cape Royale, 47 Main Road, Green Point, caperoyale.co.za, 021-430-0500. Tea Time Serving up the Revolution tea brand (imported from the US) in all-white surrounds, Oolong Café is based at The New Space Theatre complex and is the perfect pit stop while exploring Long Street or for enjoying a breather in between shows. Take a seat at a counter and order from a mouth-watering menu of tea refreshments – we love the dulcet tones of the White Pear, smoky flavours of the Dragon Eye Oolong and the variety of local Red Teas. Oolong Café, The New Space Theatre, 44 Long Street, Cape Town, revolutiontea.co.za, 021-424-1175 Cool Waters City stalwart Sea Point Pavilion sees it all – from the 7am serious swim squad to the septuagenarians still flirting with each other after all of these years. It’s also where visiting models hang out in between castings and families meet for a dip in the salt-water Olympic-sized pool before heading home after a long day. And at R13 a ticket for adults and R7 for children, it’s probably one of the most cost-effective forms of family entertainment in the city. Sea Point Pavilion, Beach Road, Sea Point, 021-434-3341. Art's Cool Contemporary local art + sexy monochromatic space = Salon 91, the oh-so-cool resting place for upcoming artists and sculptors on Kloof Street. 17 December to 14 January sees the ink drawings and oil paintings of newcomer Hendrik Gericke gracing the walls of this cutting-edge art spot with his exhibition Recollections. Owner Monique du Preez, a fine arts and sculpture graduate herself, is passionate about sharing her fellow artists’ work and visitors can expect an ever-changing array of names-to-note. Salon 91, 91 Kloof Street, Gardens, salon91art.co.za, 021-424-6930. My Cape Town - Shirley Fintz Talented ceramicist and sushi enthusiast At Minato Sushi Restaurant I always order the Rocket Roll and the Crying Roll, which is so laced with wasabi it really does make you cry. They won’t let you in without a booking (the restaurant seats fewer than 40 people) so the best time to go for impromptu sushi is before 7.30pm (021- 423-4712). When I’m at the Neighbourgoods Market I head for Charles‘ stall at the back on the right-hand side. He sells collectables and has a great eye – I often find vintage toys there (which I love). My favourite yoga spot is Aromaspa (021-424-6610). I head there whenever I can fit in a class. I enjoy walking up and down Long Street. There’s always something old or freshly designed and made in SA that inspires me. Class Acts The relaunch of struggle icon The Space, now known as The New Space Theatre, marks the rebirth of serious theatre in the city. Aside from a dedicated theatre space, the building is home to an art-house cinema, a restaurant, jazz bar and rooftop bar venue – and is certainly the place to be for a shot of culture this season. The New Space Theatre, 44 Long Street, Cape Town, 021-462-7384. Mountain High A hit with locals and visitors alike, the guided Hoerikwaggo trails offer guests various options for exploring Table Mountain National Park. The Table Mountain Trail is a three-day catered hike that’s perfect for slackpackers … you won’t even need to carry your bags, and you’ll bed down in fully serviced huts along the way! It starts in the city, making its way up Table Mountain and finishing in Kirstenbosch Gardens. Visit sanparks.org or hoerikwaggotrails.co.za for more info on this and the other three Hoerikwaggo trails, which take in other parts of the park including Silvermine, Orange Kloof, and Cape Point. Sundowner We agree that the sunset from the top of Table Mountain can be exquisite and Camps Bay beach at day’s end breathtaking, but our favourite sunset view can be had at the public bench, halfway between Bantry Bay and Camps Bay on Kloof Road (at the bottom of Nettleton Road). See you there. This article was originally featured in January 2009 House and Leisure Issue.