We knew/loved stylist Laurel Pantin way back when she was a New York-based fashion editor (um, last year), and these days, she’s based in Cape Town, South Africa. Naturally, her take on the best possible places to visit was required.
The Labia Theater
The Labia has the worst name ever, but is without a doubt the coolest movie theater I’ve ever been to. It’s the oldest independent cinema in South Africa (opened in 1949), and it’s incredibly old school, and pretty rough around the edges. But they show great films, have a full bar, and you can even get a Slush Puppie spiked with vodka or gin to bring in to the theater. It’s just the best.
Second Time Around Vintage
I love vintage, and Second Time Around is reliably great. The shop itself is neat, and there are usually two dogs snoozing on the couch, and I never walk out of there empty handed. Added bonus, it’s really reasonably priced.
Merchants on Long
Merchants on Long is kind of hard to explain—the store sells only luxury items designed and produced in Africa, and the offerings are amazing. I bought a MaxHosa by Laduma cardigan there that I love. The building itself is worth a visit—the terra-cotta facade was built in England in the 1800’s and shipped to Cape Town in 1903. It’s a great place to buy gifts or clothing, but it’s on the more expensive side for Cape Town.
Maison Mara is probably the only store in Cape Town to carry high end international designers for women. They have an amazing range, from JW Anderson to Araks, Kenzo, Petit Bateau, and Acne, and all housed within a gorgeously designed shop.
Glitterati is another amazing vintage store. It’s in the Long Street Antiques Arcade, which is generally worth a visit, but this place is packed with insane pieces, also super reasonably priced. I have a feeling I’m going to go back to New York with a pretty serious vintage collection.
Hallelujah is reliably delicious, and reliably crowded. The menu is heavily asian influenced, though their lobster roll is killer. I love the wall-paper and the vibe in there is just super cool.
The Power and the Glory
Have a drink at The Power and the Glory while you wait for your table at Hallelujah! This coffee shop/bar/pretzel dog place is kind of the hipster hangout in Cape Town, but it somehow manages not to feel pretentious or weird. I dig it
Black Sheep is just so delicious, I can’t handle it. The bar snacks are insane, and the menu itself is delicious and changes all the time, but if they have them, definitely order the crispy asparagus parmesan things as a starter. My advice: take it easy on the drinks because you’ll want to save as much room as possible to cram more tasty food down your gullet.