Gardens is a popular suburb of Cape Town and home to the artsy Labia Theatre and the five-star Mount Nelson Hotel. In this unmissable pink Victorian building, you can book a decadent high tea experience, or visit its Planet Bar for cocktails. The neighborhood is also host to a number of vibrant restaurants and bars, many of which line Kloof Street.
Workspaces include a branch of Workshop 17, as well as Craft+Graft, which has two coworking spaces in the Gardens. If you’d prefer to work from a café, Molten Toffee (although small and situated on the busier, lower-end of Kloof Street) has good WiFi and coffee. Like many other work-friendly cafes it has a long table up against the window that’s slightly raised and perfect for working at. Liquorice and Lime, situated higher up Kloof Street, near a park, has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and a similar laptop-friendly table at the window which looks out directly at Table Mountain. Our Local is another option that has a restaurant with antique furnishings and a gorgeous indoor terrarium. The spot gives you the feeling of being in someone’s living room during a tea party. The main area is typically filled with people socializing, remote workers can be found in the adjoining room where there’s a little less joviality.
For more extraordinary views while you’re working, head up the steep Kloof Nek Road to the lower cable station at the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, then catch a cable car and work from the WiFi Lounge and Deli on top. When you’re done for the day, you can take the cable car back down and order a craft beer or cocktail at the new bar, TAP. For a spot of dinner and nightlife, head to Kloof Street where Yindees serves authentic Thai food and you can also find Vietnamese cuisine at Saigon. The eclectic Bombay Bicycle Club, with its quirky and bohemian decor, serves an array of tasty meals including steaks, pasta, and vegan Buddha bowls.
Kloof Street House provides a more serious dining experience in a Victorian building where each room’s decor exudes a unique charm. For drinks and casual dining, try Rick’s American Café, The Wolf House, or Yours Truly, which serves pizza and sandwiches at tables beneath cascading greenery and its upstairs bar Up Yours has well-priced drinks. If you’re health-conscious, both the plant-based Nourish’d Café and the Poke Bowl Co have delicious and fresh fare. For another trendy bar and restaurant combination, you should also try Blondie or I Love The Dough.
Elise is a freelance travel writer living in Cape Town who has written about topics as diverse as diving the Sardine Run off South Africa’s Wild Coast to sipping tea in Taiwan
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