From March to May, cool temperatures and postcard-perfect scenery signal the beginning of Cape Town’s autumn. It’s an ideal time to stroll out from Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel and discover the vibrant city.
Let us guide you through the must-see avenues, beginning with the ever-fashionable Kloof Street. Its superb mix of arts, crafts, fashion and interior design stores is complemented by friendly local cafes, making this a stroll to really savour.
Start by climbing the gentle slope up towards Lion’s Head, or take a shuttle up the hill and saunter down. Either way, don't miss the popular café, Manna Epicure, which is where this route starts.
A Flavourful Start
A stalwart of the local food scene, Manna Epicure (No 151) has repeatedly come up trumps as a favourite local breakfast spot. Offering an imaginative combination of morning staples and delicatessen delights, it’s the perfect way to prepare for a day of exploration.
Arts and Crafts
Mr and Mrs (No 98) is a wonderful store featuring works from local designers. The perfect place to pick up an unusual, yet intrinsically South African memento.
Cape Town on a Plate
If South Africa is a world in one country, then Melissa’s (No 94) is its food in one shop. This clever concept store took local baking, jam-making and cooking skills and re-imagined them into a slick emporium offering the best local delicacies.
Open a South African décor magazine, and beautiful items from LIM (No 86a) are almost certain to appear. Short for "less is more", Pauline Mutlow’s shop has been inspiring stylists and decorators for over a decade and continues be a source of must-have design pieces today.
At this point in your walk, the numbers may appear confusing. Due to an old system, the odd numbers (on your right, heading into the city) overtake the even numbers. Pay no attention and simply continue to stroll down Kloof Street.
Cutting-Edge Contemporary Art
A dynamic art gallery, Salon 91 (No 91) offers an inspiring glimpse into South Africa’s vibrant contemporary art scene. Exhibitions change regularly.
Let the irresistible aroma of warming dough beckon you into Vovo Telo (No 60B), a fresh and vibrant bakery that uses the best artisanal produce to create mouthwatering baked goods. From fresh brioche and tartlets to ‘sarmies’ brimming with local ingredients, pick up something now to enjoy later in the day.
Backed by a team of highly-skilled artisans, Klooftique (No 87) by Marianna Furman presents affordable contemporary leather and hide furniture that is as gorgeous as it is well made.
Lifestyle on Kloof
This hub of quality stores (No 50), conveniently close to the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, includes a supermarket, excellent book store and fantastic health shop. It also offers indulgent boutiques such as Wine Concepts, stocking the best of the Cape Winelands under one roof; Baroque, a sparkling treasure trove of costume jewellery, and Blue Collar White Collar, which sells one-of-a-kind shirts by local designer Paul van der Spuy.
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Fashions then and now
The Lot (No 42), a cool and stylish clothing store, sells vintage finds for men and women alongside pieces by of some of Cape Town’s top fashion designers.
Cape Town Cool
As you return to Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, stop off for a drink in The Bombay Bicycle Club (No 158). A colourful and eclectic Cape Town institution, this Bohemian hub offers a wide selection of libations and tasty dishes. Take a seat, soak up the playful atmosphere and let the fun-loving staff remind you that life shouldn’t be taken too seriously.
You’ve reached the end of the route but, if you’re not too laden with bags, cross the intersection on Orange Street to Cape Town’s landmark Turkish Baths. This is the beginning of another adventure: a walk along Long Street… Keep an eye out on future issues of Belmond NOW for more recommended walks in the Mother City.