An Insiders scoop of the top half of Kloof Street, Cape Town
Cape Town’s Kloof Street has an iconic outlook of Table Mountain, but is also a hub of activity come rain or shine. Having lived in Cape Town for the past seven years, Kloof street became one of my favourite/ go-to places.
Easy to walk to, with the convenience of restaurants, antique stores, artisanal stores, clothing shops, grocery shops hairdressers, views and more.
Here is my list of favourite spots, starting from the top of Kloof Street
1. Bombay Bicycle Club
Looking for something a little quirky? This is definitely the place to go! Bombay Bicycle makes by far the best ribs I have ever eaten, and their chocolate chili steak is not to be frowned upon.
2. Antiques on Kloof
A treasure trove of antiquities and nick-nacks! Spending hours in this store is easy. Looking to bring back an interesting South African artifact, a retro phone perhaps, or that silver cutlery set? You will find it here!
Antiques on Kloof Website
3. Gardens Continental Butchery
Having grown up in Johannesburg, where there are multiple butcheries, I was at a bit of a loss as to where to get my monthly dose of biltong. Then I found Gardens Continental Butchery. Uwe Hansen, a German master butcher offers a selection of beef, pork and lamb cuts that are beautifully crafted. Uwe also has an interesting collection of German-style charcuterie and imported delicatessen treats.
4. Stock Exchange
A vintage clothing collectors hidden gem. Owned by Uta Brummer, 30 years ago, Stock Exchange is well-known amongst the Cape Town fashionistas. Uta has an eye for high-end vintage pieces and together wit her assistant, Val Flower, they have a nack for sourcing.
5. Orange Eleven / Scar
Need those beautiful locks trimmed or coloured? Well Kloof Street has two amazing hair salons one at the top of Kloof Street, Orange Eleven, and one at the bottom of Kloof Street, Scar. Both are equally amazing.
6. Manna Epicure
This little bistro has one of the yummiest eggs Benedicts I have eaten in Cape Town. Soft, runny yolks, blending with the hollandaise that creates something heavenly.
7. Café Paradiso
One of the Madame Zingara restaurants, Café Paradiso is a sanctuary. When you walk through the street entrance, it opens up into a beautiful garden. Fairy lights and ribbons hang from the trees, creating a whimsical effect for dinner parties.
8. Arabesque Interior Store
A treasure trove of goodies. This store has everything from beautiful handmade furniture pieces, bespoke jewelry and hand bags, to clothing imported from India. Arabesque is the perfect spot to find gifts, or souvenirs to fill your home with.
9. Toni’s on Kloof
For you peri peri fix. Toni’s on Kloof offers fantastic Mozambican-Portuguese food. Think calamari, peri peri chicken, Prawn rissoles and more.
Lim has some of the most modern and unique furniture I have come across. Specializing in modern designs, meandering through the store is like venturing into your dream house.
Feature Image: The Inside Guide
Image 1: The Bombab Bicycle CLub
Image 2: Orange Eleven on Kloof
Image 3: Manna Epicure
Image 4: Cafe Paradiso
Image 5: Arabesque
Image 6: Toni’s on Kloof
Image 7: Lim Interiors