Living loud with Liezel: The sights and sounds of Kloof and Long

Living loud with Liezel: The sights and sounds of Kloof and Long

Liezel-Van-Der-Westhuizen By Liezel Van Der Westhuizen

Have you ever spent time exploring Kloof and Long Street at night? Both streets have a selection of local arts, curios, markets and fashionable restaurants. On Friday night I headed out to explore. I often head out on my own; I love walking into places and bumping into old friends, or making new ones.

Picture yourself on a rooftop in Cape Town: seven vintage Airstream trailers glint in the spectacular sunset, you’re kicking back on a wooden deck and enjoying the view in your own deckchair – all from the comfort and protection of a Bedouin tent. This is how our evening started at The Skybar on the roof of Grand Daddy Hotel
Then we headed to dinner at Royale Eatery. This hipster hangout is all about the gourmet burger, with over 50 varieties to choose from, as well as a wide selection of vegetarian and vegan options.
Another perfect dinner spot is Mama Africa’s.

It’s one of the city’s leading African eateries and offers a truly unique sensory introduction to the wonders of African hospitality.
There are so many great pubs along the way that offer great live music as well. Check out The Dubliner; Fiction; Zula Sound Bar; The Purple Turtle; and Neighbourhood.
Heading further up Long street, into Kloof I discovered the restaurant named after the local legend of Van Hunks, who got into a smoking contest with the devil and lost – thus causing the misty “smoke” around the mountains. It’s charming and relaxed, with two fireplaces and a deck for warmer days.

The menu is a South African celebration – with everything from peri-peri chicken livers and rump steak to Cape Malay bobotie and springbok shank. Also stop off at Asoka Restaurant and Bar; Hudson’s Burger Joint; and Gourmet Boerie
The best way to explore Long and Kloof Street is to start at the bottom end, eat and drink your way up and take in the energy as well as the beauty of this city.

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