The inner-city suburb of Gardens is located just to the south of the city centre, in the higher elevations of the “City Bowl”. It nestles directly beneath Table Mountain and Lion’s Head, and is home to an increasing number of young professionals, as well as being something of a hub for the city’s creative industry!
The Mount Nelson Hotel
This historic and rather iconic hotel opened in 1899, and is quintessentially Cape Town. Nestled in a beautiful spot with a mountain backdrop, it exudes a stately, comfortable colonial grandeur, with lush manicured grounds and elegant interiors. The Nelly, as it is affectionately known by Capetonians, is the place to indulge in Afternoon, or even Morning Tea, (taken ideally on the terrace!), or a cocktail or two.
76 Orange Street, Cape Town
Tel: 021 483 1000
Gardens is in close proximity to two of the city’s most verdant spaces.
The Company’s Garden is a park and heritage site, originally created in the 1650s by the first European settlers, providing fertile ground in which to grow fresh produce to replenish ships rounding the Cape. It is watered from the Molteno Dam, which uses water from the springs on the lower slopes of Table Mountain. Adjacent to the South African Parliament, it is a lush and tranquil spot to enjoy a gentle stroll and today houses a plethora of different things including the oldest cultivated pear tree in South Africa, (from circa 1652), a rose garden, an aviary, a herb garden and a number of valuable species of tree. It also has its own restaurant, the Garden Tea Room. For a cultural treat, enjoy the Iziko South African Museum, and the Iziko National Gallery.
19 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town, 8000
De Waal Park
De Waal Park, a beautiful, green open space, was Cape Town’s first and largest public park, after the Company’s Gardens, when it was opened in 1895.
Today it welcomes dog walkers, picnickers, yoga enthusiasts, slackliners, and lively children. It is also home to a season of open air summer concerts. www.dewaalpark.co.za
Camp Street, Cape Town, 8001
Gardens is fast becoming a shopping mecca, offering a truly viable alternative to the V&A.
The Gardens Centre, a bright, airy and lively shopping mall in Mill Street, houses an impressive variety of stores arranged in an accessible manner over two floors. It goes without saying that we at Engel & Volkers delight in our bright, corner office at the main entrance, and welcome you in any time for a coffee and a chat, whatever your property requirements.
Beyond that, every shopping need is easily and pleasurably met, whether it be homewear, (@Home, Linen and Glass), groceries, (Woollies, PiknPay), headache pills, (Clicks), health food, (Wellness Warehouse), the latest in hiking gear for your mountain treks, (Cape Union Mart), specialist gin, (the Bottle Store), a new paperback, a gift for your mum/son/girlfriend/granny, a toolset…the list is endless…. your every requirement is satisfied! When your feet and wallet need sustenance, there is no shortage of eateries, including Raith, Cassis and Vida, or banks, and parking is reasonably priced and highly convenient. For a full list of shops and opening hours, www.gardensshoppingcentre.co.za
Gardens is bisected by Kloof Street, a veritable hive of creative buzz and eclectic style.
Lifestyle on Kloof – a manageable mall situated at the bottom of Kloof – is home to the city’s largest branch of Wellness Warehouse, (www.wellnesswarehouse.com),
for all health and holistic needs, as well as a Woollies and a number of smaller boutiques and outlets including designer Alexandra Hojer. Along Kloof, Take Care, (takecareclothing.com), and AdriaanKuiters, (adriaankuiters.com), offer trendy and original clothing for both men and women under one roof, and a gentle meander up the hill leads to more boutiques, as well as coffee houses and restaurants.
EAT AND DRINK
Every palate is catered for in this busy metropolitan area, so much so that it is difficult to be selective. Here, however, is a cross section:
Situated in a tranquil garden, but equally convivial in mid-winter, this family restaurant offers fresh, wholesome food in a wonderful setting.
110 Kloof Street Tel: 021 423 8653
A family run, Greek/Mediterranean ‘taverna’, with a modern edge. Great service and food, and plentiful parking in Dunkley Square.
31 Barnett Street, Dunkley Square Tel: 021 461 3333
Da Vinci’s on Kloof
Sister restaurant to the original Da Vinci’s in Harfield Village, it is famous for its thin -based pizzas. Enjoy other fare including juicy burgers and tasty salads, in a relaxed setting. Take away service available.
70 Kloof Street Tel: 021 424 7504
This award- winning restaurant, open for nearly twenty years, offers a fine dining experience. Housed in the 1830 home of the first Chief Justice of the Cape, it is an elegant and refined haven in both winter and summer, offering beautifully prepared food, European/South African with a hint of Asian, and an excellent choice of wines.
39 Barnet Street Tel: 021 465 5909
Bombay Bicycle Club
This zany bar/eatery/club is Madame Zingara’s ‘home’, which says it all! The menu features all-time favourites, and there is a positive expectation that fun will be had by all! (Visit its little sister venue, the Sidewalk Café, in Vredehoek).
Bombay – 158 Kloof Street Tel: 021 423 6805
Sidewalk Café – 38 Derry Street Tel: 021 461 2839
SAPS Cape Town Central
c/o Buitenkant and Albertus Streets
Tel:+27 21 467 8000/1/2
Cape Town Mediclinic
21 Hof Street, Oranjezicht, Cape Town, 8001
P O Box 12199, Mill Street, Cape Town, 8010
Tel: 021 464 5500
24 Hour Emergency Centre
+27 21 464 5555
169 Buitenkant Street
Tel: 021 465 6222
Fax: 021 465 6296
021-447-4444/0861 – 24 hour call centre
MiCitiBus – Route 101- Vredehoek-Gardens-Civic Centre
General numbers/info – Cape Town
Netcare 911 – 082 911
Doctors Direct – 072 137 1363
Cape Town Medi-Clinic – 021 464 5555
Cape Town Weather – 082 234 6390
MiCItiBus – 0800 65 64 63
You need a Myconnect card loaded with money for travel, available from MyCiTi stations and selected retailer. www.myciti.org.za or 0800 65 64 63
Article by Carrie Turner, Marketing & Relationship Manager at Engel & Völkers Sea Point