Zonnebloem, also known as the East City Precinct, has an eclectic mix of semi-industrial and Victorian buildings. Coworking spaces in Zonnebloem include Roam Work and Cape Town Office and from either of these workspaces, it’s a short walk to the District Six Museum and the historic Castle of Good Hope (the oldest building in South Africa). The area is known for its creative edge and along with the City Bowl, it hosts monthly First Thursdays—where you can wander between galleries, museums, restaurants, and shops that stay open late.
For a brilliant cup of coffee in an eye-catching setting with steampunk decor, head to Truth Coffee. This space, like the nearby and equally popular Bootlegger Coffee Company, has dark interiors that provide a cocoon-like environment in which to work. If you want healthy snacks or drinks while you work, visit The Electric and for an unusual work-friendly space try the crêpes at the Parisian-inspired Swan Café where the waiters are dressed in Breton stripes. The menu includes French pastries, crêpes, and savory galettes (including gluten-free options), along with a selection of teas and coffee.
A superb dining option for meat lovers is Belly of the Beast, with its tasting menu featuring locally sourced dishes. For vegans and vegetarians, try Wild Eatery, while the popular Dias Tavern serves delicious Portuguese food in a very informal setting with plastic seating. For live music, cocktails and food, head to Harrington’s Cocktail Lounge or try Downtown Ramen for Japanese broth-and-noodle dishes and homemade mochi.
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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