Stalker alert! ELLE’s Jenna McArthur and Chesk Liackman pick the best spots for celeb spotting in Cape Town, Durban and Jo’burg

Cape town


227 Bree Street, corner of Bree and Orphan Streets, 021 424 2004;

This new kid on the block is a Victorian drinking den meets speakeasy with a spy hole on the front door and skeleton key chandelier dangling from the low ceiling. Expect a mix of ddep house, indie electro and old school vinyl beats.

Spotted The gorgeous Jo-Ann Strauss and Liezel van der Westhuizen

What to wear Go for understated glamour, keeping it stylish and sophisticated. You’ll fit right in wearing sequins and leather.

When to go It’s open Saturday to Thursday from 5pm to 2am and from 3pm to 2am on Friday. Sunday is ‘Sunday Bloody Mary Sunday’- a half-price Dirty Mary (their take on the classic cocktail) and food special.

Your order Try the Rack & Ruin – deliciously fancy, made with bubbles, pear air and strawberry caviar balls; or More Tea Vicar – vanilla vodka, rooibos syrup, cranberry and lemon served in a rose-patterned tea cup. Enjoy with truffle chips or cheese, charcuterie and mezze ‘sharing platters.’

What not to do There are ‘house rules’ that include no cheating, no shouting, cursing or profanities, no musical requests, no doggie bags (even if you have a dog).

Nobu at the ONE&ONLY

Dock Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, 021 431 4511

Description: Nobu at The One&Only

Nobu at The One&Only

This world-famous Japanese restaurant has a number of global outlets including LA, New York, London and Milan, so A-listers feel right at home.

Spotted The list is long and includes Jonathan Rhys Meyers, the Kings of Leon boys, Denzel Washington, Keri Hilson, Chris Martin, Sharon Stone, Matt Damon, Ryan Reynolds, Janet Jackson and Robert De Niro.

What to wear Your lobster ceviche will set you back R115, so why should you dress down?

When to go Sundays for the sushi special (R150 for 14 pieces) that runs from 6pm to 9pm.

Your order The award-winning new executive chef, Fred Faucheux, is a master of fusion Japanese cuisine. Save up for the Winter Bento Box (a selection of cold appetisers and warm signatures from the Nobu kitchen) from R275 per head. Linger over their sake selection, such as the famed Nobu Saketini.

What not to do Forget about trying to het in without booking.

Societi Bistro & Brasserie

50 Orange Street, 021 424 2100;

Description: Societi Bistro

Societi Bistro

The ELLE team’s home away from home, and we can vouch that celebrities also enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and bistro-style food. We love the fireplace in The Snug (their charming and cosy bar) and the owner Peter Weetman will treat you like a star no matter who you are!

Spotted Coldplay, Sienna Miller, Annie Lennox, Jared Leto and Colin Farrell. Local celebs include Lindiwe Mazibuko, Freshlyground, Helen Zille, Tammy-Ann Fortuin, Randall Abrahams and Justin Bonello.

What to wear Stay comfortable in designer jeans and a luxury sweater.

When to go Mondays and Tuesdays are best.

Your order Try the decadent Chocolate Nemesis – a flourless chocolate cake that melts in your mouth. A carefully selected wine list complements a small seasonal menu.

What not to do There’s nothing you can’t do at Societi Bistro.

The Bungalow

3 Victoria Road, Clifton; 021 434 2018

Description: The Bungalow

The Bungalow

The Bungalow Restaurant & Lounge opened with plenty of pretty people in attendance. It joins The Cove and Parange on restaurateur Paul Kovensky’s portfolio and guarantees spectacular views of the ocean with all the bells and whistles for a sea-front soirée, including a saxophonist setting the perfect mood.

Spotted Local and international film stars and socialites including Chelsy Davy and Christina Storm. We’ve also seen designer Gavin Rajah relaxing in the outdoor lounge.

What to wear A cocktail dress, towering heels and bold lips. Tailored pants are best if you’re headed for the outdoor lounge.

When to go Whenever you’re in the mood to kick back with sushi, bubbly and spectacular views of the ocean.

Your order The sushi is delicious and so are the gourmet burgers.

What not to do The splash pool is for looking at or dipping your toes in – diving in is not cool.

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