We discovered James Costello living the high life at The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa and asked for his top five picks for things do in Cape Town when he wasn’t with us!
1. Sun, sea and sand at Sandy Bay
Sandy Bay lies nestled between the über-chic village of Llandudno & the harbour town of Hout Bay. This simply unspoiled, picturesque & naturally vibrant beach has the advantage of being (unofficially) clothing optional; hence the Loooong Walk to Freedom from the Car park!
You will meet surfers, picnickers, families, daytrippers, locals, nearby residents, serious sun-worshippers & even solitary bookreaders. But DO remember…sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen…or be prepared to suffer a particularly painful recuperation!
2. Cocktails at Julep
Julep Bar is tucked away in a tiny side street called Vredenburg Lane at the top of Long St. This miniscule hideaway can seat a maximum of 40+ hipsters, most of whom are decidedly not 40+!
The cocktails are simply divine…Watermelon-infused libations, Appletinis with a twist, decadent shooters….and a very “cool” vibe. Their license extends until 2am, but come WAY earlier to bags a spot, especially if they have live music that night (the only time there’s a Door Charge).
And pop next door to Bamboo Chinese if you’re peckish for awesome Sizzling Beef, sesame Chicken & sushi…mmmm….sushi…
3. Discover something off the beaten track Baz Bus Peninsula Day Tour (R550)
This is def a great idea to see as much as possible in a short time..
Everything is included-even the bicycle hire in Cape Point Nature Reserve, a snacky lunch, all transport, a very clued-in guide and a funky driver! (only option-highly recommended Seal Island 60min cruise-R65)! You’ll meet backpackers, SA tourists, volunteer students & locals all whilst making new friends & having a whale of a time watching whales have..ummm….a human of a time?!
You may even find your porpoise in life…
4. An evening meal at Ferryman’s Tavern
Even those, like me, who “dig” Ferryman’s will be surprised to know it has an often overlooked upstairs Ski-lodge-like Dining Room with killer Table Mountain & harbour views. I love the 500g T-Bone steak, married to a delectably light & creamy garlic sauce, with crispy fresh veg….boom! The service is impeccable, the atmosphere more steakhouse than “pub”-like, and the cheesecake is simply stupendous!
And when you’re done, saunter downstairs to catch live music (Thurs-Sun), meet upmarket locals & swop jokes with your sparky waiters…PS they are all on facebook, Instagram, foursquare & Twitter…’nuff said?!
5. Shopping at Greenmarket Square Flea Market, Shortmarket St
This is one of those rare spaces on the planet where you can actually buy the art directly from the artist themselves….can you say “social responsibility”?! And the best part is, with Cape Town being a crucible of nations, especially Francophonic ones, your active economic interaction contributes to a sustainable & vibrant social demographic!
So, your exquisitely colourful & painstakingly crafted scarf/wrap/shirt or intricately-carved totem purchase will be actively supporting, ennobling, exalting & affirming a dedicated professional craftsperson & entrepreneur.
How’s that for “retail therapy”?!
James Robert Hogan Costello II was born in Johannesburg, spending at least 6 months of every year in the First Class lifestyle of his CEO parents; mostly in Switzerland, the UK, East Coast USA & France. He believes in the canon of Service Excellence, breaking “stuffy” boundaries & in writing his own Bio in the 3rd person. He is available during Visiting Hours or on twitter @jamescapetown.