Living loud with Liezel: Hidden gems in the city

Living loud with Liezel: Hidden gems in the city
By Liezel Van Der Westhuizen

By Liezel Van Der Westhuizen

I love exploring Cape Town’s hidden gems. This week I decided to stop and enjoy all the curious places that I have passed by when driving around the Mother City.
My first stop was at Luvey ‘n Rose on 21 Rose Street in Cape Town, a salon trading in artworks by SA masters and contemporary artists as well as antique and collectable furniture and objects. Here I enjoyed the art and furniture at my own leisure in one of the several sitting areas on the ground and first floors. There’s a lovely selection of sandwiches and coffee from Deluxe Coffeeworks, as well as spring water and fruit juices and teas from TWG Tea Company.

The top floor houses a studio where established and emerging artists can show of their art. I just loved this little hideaway.
Another place I discovered whilst coming from the station in Rondebosch, having recently caught the train to visit a friend, is a homely restaurant called Cargills. It is situated right opposite the station at 20 Station Road. I was blown away.
It’s intimate, romantic and sophisticated, specialising in contemporary French cuisine.
It is an ideal venue for a memorable meal. Fresh flowers adorn each candle-lit table in the elegant dining room/gallery where local artists also exhibit their work.

Delicious smells waft from the tiny kitchen as Chef/Patron Joszka Nagy prepares every meal with care, using only the highest quality fresh ingredients. With a maximum of eight tables Joszka along with his wife Vicki ensure that their guests receive excellent service on every level and the utmost attention to detail.
So next time you drive down a street anywhere in Cape Town, why not stop at that interesting looking shop or store and see what is on offer. You might be pleasantly surprised.

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