When have you done a nice walk by foot in Cape Town´s city bowl the last time?
If it was last time with the Worldcup 2010, then I have a recommendation for you. Walk the fanwalk again, you will be surprised how much has changed.
The “Neue Züricher Zeitung“, a very well reknown Swiss newspaper, had recently an article saying that Cape Town is becoming a city for pedestrians and they are right.
This week I walked from our office in Loop Street to the Cape Royale Hotel. First place to recommend is the Marcelino’s bakery (http://www.marcelinothebakery.com/). Actually it is just opposite of our office.
Despite the Italian name it is very German, so the bread is very good and the have great cakes and pastry.
Next you will see Tommy’s Sports Bar Next and the Pepper Club Hotel (http://www.pepperclub.co.za/). I found the number of little Tuck shops amazing, smallish business that offer all kind of stuff and seem to survive pretty well.
At 70 Loop Street you will see a cafe called Skinny Legs & All and I can really recommend it. Check out their 1 page website at http://www.skinnylegsandall.co.za/. So sweet. The next place is the Valora Restaurant. Looks promising, but I have never tested it. http://www.valora.co.za/
Check out the nice old buildings and the new galleries that are opening everywhere. By now you should have crossed Wale Street and Strand Street and you turn left into the fan walk. A restaurant that is easily overseen, but highly recommended is KEENWÄ, the only Peruvian restaurant in Cape Town. Great food, lovely service. http://www.keenwa.co.za/
Now walk over the bridge that crosses Buitengracht. From there you have a great view towards Table Mountain. When you walk down keep right and follow Somerset road. You will see the Truth Coffee at the Prestwich Memorial. Great place to sit and to watch people. http://www.truthcoffee.com/
The next on your walk will be the Cape Town Harley Davidson Dealer (http://www.harley-davidson-capetown.com/). When you reach the new Cape Quarter with its great Spar Market there will be plenty of Bars and Restaurants along your way towards the stadium.
One that is on my “to do list” is Kaprinos restaurant (http://www.kaprinos.co.za/). I know so many places and restaurants in town, but this was not on my list so far. One reason more to test it soon. Let me know if you know it and if you can recommend it.
Before you reach the Cape Royale Hotel (http://www.caperoyale.co.za/) you will walk along some apartment blocks and finally reach the hotel.
I had to walk the distance twice this week and it was great to explore the city by foot. Will do this now more often as it is really worth it.
And the “Neue Züricher Zeitung” is quite right: Cape Town has a lot to offer for pedestrians.
Let me know where you walk and let me know your secret spots in the city bowl.
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