The Grand Café And Beach, Granger Bay

Beach Road, Granger Bay, 021 425 0551;

Private beach meets Parisian charm. This is where the cool kids hang out, so the atmosphere is hip and happening.

Spotted If it’s good enough Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy, then it’s good enough for us. Also spotte: Charlize Theron, Ryan Gosling, Ryan Reynolds, Denzel Washington, Akon, Mick Jagger, Kristen Bell, Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon and John Cleese. Local luminaries include Anneline Kriel-Bacon, Jo-Ann Strauss, Ryk Neethling, Desmond Tutu, Jeannie D, Tracy McGregor, Helen Zille, Patricia De Lille and Sol Kerzner.

What to wear Pack heels and flats and make sure you’ve had a pedicure for when the heels come off.

When to go Friday and Saturday nights include entertainment by 3 Tons of Fun, Goldfish, Coda and several top DJs.

Your order The Grand Mojito is a favourite, as well as the Viento Grand Pink Bubbly. To eat, we love their thin-based crispy pizzas or the sugared salmon. If you’re feeling flashy go for the seafood platter.

What not to do Even though you’re on the beach, swimwear is a no-no.

Café Caprice

37 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, 021 438 8315;

Description: Café Caprice

Café Caprice

Chef Guy Theunissen is turning this popular bar-with-a-view into a food destination, but it’s still popular for sundowners.

Spotted Leonardo DiCaprio, Zac Efron, Orlando Bloom, Robbie Williams, Justin Bieber, Paris Hilton, and just about every international rugby team. Local regulars include Roxy Louw, Mark Boucher, Graeme Smith and too many models to mention.

What to wear In anything body-con if you’re brave enough.

When to go Sunday night is party night – DJ Sox has been the resident Sunday night DJ for 10 years. For a younger crowd Fridays and Saturdays are good.

Your order Try their delicious burgers – there’s a two-for-one winter special from 12pm to 10pm Monday to Thursday. Wash it down with a Pink Passion cocktail. Shots come with the teeritory – remember to call a cab.

What not to do Don’t leave your sunglasses at home. Take note: you may want to wear them the next day too.

The Mount Nelson Hotel

76 Orange Street, 021 483 1948;

Description: The Mount Nelson Hotel

The Mount Nelson Hotel

The Pink Lady needs no introduction. She’s a Cape Town institution for afternoon tea in the conservatory or elegant lounge; pre-dinner champagne in Planet Bar or fine dining at Planet Restaurant. The guests are as famous as the hotel.

Spotted Sting, John Cleese, Morgan Freeman, Robbie Williams, Oprah and Colin Farrell. If you want to go way back, John Lennon and Winston Churchill have also graced the Pink Lady with their presence.

What to wear Got any Chanel? A twinset wouldn’t be out of place. Think modern classics and good tailoring, and do have your hair done.

When to go Peak hour for celeb spotting is during after-work drinks at the Planet Bar. If you want to mingle with the guests, book The Epicure winter special, on until end-October at R1 500 per person sharing. It includes an aperitif in Planet Bar followed by a five-course dinner with wine pairings at Planet Restaurant, as well as a night’s stay and breakfast in the conservatory. Or try other winter accommodation specials, The Suite Life and The Spicy Life!

Your order The tea menu is extensive, but if you’re not into that we suggest a Bombay Sapphire martini or a glass of champers.

What not to do Don’t arrive underdressed.


The Foundry, Prestwich Street, Green Point, 021 418 2948;

Description: Beluga


Trendy and chic, with an outdoor courtyard made for long, lazy summer lunches. Outdoor heaters mean it’s cosy in winter too.

Spotted Pierce Brosnan, Tiger Woods, Bill Clinton, Kiefer Sutherland, Celine Dion, Sting, Prince Harry, Ryan Reynolds, The Eagles, Rod Stewart, U2, Charlize Theron and Josh Groban. Local famous faces include Roxy Louw, Jo-Ann Strauss, Jeannie D, Loyiso Bala and Gavin Rajah.

What to wear Look effortlessly glam. A LBD with a leather jacket and wedges will do nicely.

When to go Enjoy half price sushi, dim sum and cocktails from 12pm to 7pm Monday to Saturday and all day and night on Sundays.

Your order Delicious sushi and cocktails.

What not to do Hold that bad attitude or it’ll end up on a blog.

Evol At Hectic On Hope

69 Hope Street, Gardens; 021 465 4918

Evol isn’t a place but an event: featuring the best in indie, electro, garage rock, alternate rock, punk and DJs every Friday night.

Spotted Yvan Rodic aka Swiss street style blogger Face Hunter and model Kate Moss.

What to wear This is hipster central, come as you are.

When to go Friday nights. Don’t say we didn’t warn you, this is a late-night underground party.

Your order There’s anything and everything behind the bar.

What not to do It’s all been done already.

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