The Mother City is no stranger to famous streets, but none is more well-known than vibrant Long Street. Without a doubt one of the main arteries of the city, it’s been likened to both Camden and Melville simply because of its undeniable energy. Loved by locals and tourists alike, Long Street has it all, so here’s the only guide you’ll need to get acquainted with this popular Cape Town spot.
Every main street in a city is bound to have a few amazing places to graze and Long Street is no exception. The foodie culture in Cape Town is a rapidly growing one with new, exciting restaurants opening their doors all the time. Here are a few of our picks for when you find yourself in this part of town:
Get on the tapas train - Fork. Who doesn’t love to order a bunch of small dishes which then get shared amongst friends? Enjoy delicious “Pinchos” (with a dash of South African flavour) at this contemporary eatery that takes the meaning of tapas to a whole new level. Try the artichoke and pecorino salad, deep-fried goats cheese & the Moroccan meatballs.
Burger ‘n shake all the way – Royale Eatery. With over 50 different burgers to choose from, Royale is a staple in the Capetonian burger lover’s life. The portions are generous, burgers juicy and the milkshakes are out of this world. The retro American diner feel creates the coolest of environments too.
Suuuuushi – Obi Restaurant. The former owner of sushi restaurant Takumi, the legendary Papa San, recently opened the doors of his new establishment, much to the relief of all those devastated over Takumi’s closing. With authentic Japanese ramen and tempura dishes also on the menu, those with a hankering for East Asian cuisine are in for a treat.
Also worth mentioning:
- Lola’s Café – variety of light and gourmet meals.
- Tiger’s Milk – modern, delicious food with a great vibe.
- Long Street Café – a Long Street institution perfect for any meal of the day. Easy eating and yummy cocktails (try their famous Long Street Iced Tea).
- South China Dim Sum – for an authentic Asian dining experience. Reasonable and tasty. Relaxed setting.
- Mama Africa – for a real taste of African hospitality and flavours (plus awesome live music).
Long Street offers a unique and exclusive shopping experience with a selection of designer stores, boutiques and retailers. If you’re looking to find one-off, interesting pieces as well as antique gems, then this is definitely a good place to get some quality retail therapy done.
Vintage and retro pieces – So You, Second Time Around and Afraid of Mice. If you’re in the mood for some major treasure hunting and rail dancing, then Long Street’s second hand stores will be just up your alley. With some patience and deft hunting skills, you’re bound to walk away with some amazing pieces. (Afraid of Mice stocks a range of European and US designer items that anyone would be happy to add to their collection. Think the likes of Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta…)
A celebration of Africa – Merchants on Long. Featuring a collection of designers and brands from across the African continent, expect a celebration of diverse design that is distinctly African. Each product is either made or sourced in Africa. Home to ethical African luxury handbag and accessory line Okapi.
Proudly South African - Mungo & Jemima. This flagship store opened its doors in 2008 and has since then stocked a beautiful range of SA designers, from I Love Leroy to Coppelia, GOOD and many more. Handpicked accessories are also available so this is definitely the place to visit if you’re looking for an outfit from top to toe that will turn heads.
Bits from bygone days – The Long Street Antique Arcade. Antique lovers will love wandering through this arcade made up of 12 individually-run antique stores catering to a variety of different tastes. You’ll find specialties such as jewellery, books prints and vintage clothing – a treasure trove for both serious collectors and casual browsers.
Also check out:
- Clarke’s Bookshop
- Glitterati Vintage Clothing
- Henry Clothing
- Me Me Me
Whether it’s a night cap or refreshing lunchtime fruit juice you’re after, Long Street’s got it...
Lady Bonin’s Tea Bar – Calling all those who love a cuppa: introducing the country’s first dedicated tea store. Sample imported and locally-sourced fair-trade, ethically produced and organic loose-leaf teas in a variety of heady flavours. You’ll find the likes of Tumeric Golden Milk, Hojicha Black Sesame Seed Chino and Rooibos Choc Chilli Chai Latte, to name but a few. A traditional tea ceremony room is coming soon, giving you the opportunity to learn more about the leafy brews while tasting.
Orchard on Long – Perfect for all those juicing junkies, this cold-pressing heavyweight is nothing short of an “urban oasis”. Using the best juicers in the world, a dedicated team ensures you get your liquid nutrient fix, while at the same time refreshing and reenergising. Our favourites: the Beetroot Buzz, Exuberance and the always interesting, Black Magik (featuring activated charcoal!)
Beerhouse – For an authentic beer hall experience. Try a selection of craft beer brands, as well as a number of local and international brews. Knowledgeable staff share interesting beer facts with you while pouring your ice-cold draft.
Rcaffé – Great coffee. Need we say more?
Waiting Room – Cosy and unpretentious, this trendy spot is hip, cool and laid-back. Retro chairs and dim lighting set the mood, with live music and DJs adding some extra spice. The roof deck is ideal for hanging out on balmy, summer nights. Pop up here for a drink after grabbing a burger at Royale donwstairs.
We also love:
- Grand Daddy Hotel Sky Bar
- Long Street Café
Our reservations guru Angelo recently enjoyed an overnight stay at the gorgeous Long Street Boutique Hotel. Stylish, modern rooms meet rustic wooden floors and vintage-inspired bathrooms to create a space that exudes both Victorian charm as well as an urban energy. Enjoy a cup of coffee on the balcony as you watch vibrant Long Street life pass by below, or just relax in the comfort of your room.
The hotel’s information desk provides all you’ll need to know for during your stay and being in the heart of the city centre, it’s the ideal base for business and leisure travellers alike and perfect for exploring all the places we mentioned here.
In our own words…
“With professional staff to assist where ever possible, Long Street Boutique Hotel is certainly a perfect destination for a busy bee who loves the hustle and bustle of the Mother City.” – Angelo.
Experience the energy of Long Street in both the day and night and discover why it’s one of the most special places in Cape Town.
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