Kalkies crowned ‘quintessential’ Cape Town hangout PLUS 10 quirky spots to need to see


Cape Town - The iconic fresh fish hub of the Cape - Kalkies - has been named as a 'quintessential' Cape Town attraction in the recent Conde Nast Traveler list of Reader's Choice Best Cities in the World. 

Cape Town, unsurprisingly, features at number 16 on the acclaimed list. The beautiful city of Florence in Italy was voted the Reader's Choice Best City on the globe

In the reasoning for listing Cape Town as one of the best cities on earth, Conde Nast Traveler writes that the Mother City is "South Africa’s most cosmopolitan city, famous for her majestic beaches, design influencers, and breathtaking Table Mountain.

"To get a sense of what’s new in the city, make for South Africa’s nearby wine country, or shop along Bree Street—dubbed Cape Town’s “Hippest Block”—for novel gifts. Looking for quintessential Cape Town fare? Try fish-and-chips at Kalky’s in nearby Kalk Bay," they advise. 

While we agree that Kalkies is a Cape institution, there are a few Mother City hideouts these guys don't know about. Here are Traveller24's Top 10 quirky Cape Town finds: 

10. Kalkies - Kalk Bay Harbour 

Kalkies is a classic, we can't disagree. You'll get the full Kalkies experience on a busy Saturday afternoon when fishing boats come into the harbour with their catch - and the Kalkies' ordering line stretches a full 10 metres out of the shop with people looking for a taste of the freshest catch-of-the-day available. 

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9. Stable - Loop street 

This unique and proudly South African outlet stocks work from up-and-coming and established South African designers. If you're looking for a signature South African piece - this should be your go-to place.

ALSO READ: 12 Places locals love in the Cape Town CBD

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8. Two Oceans Aquarium - V&A Waterfront 

Yup, these guys have the usual marine creatures you'd expect at any good aquarium. But they are also home to the quirkiest sea creatures of them all - mantis shrimp! You can also take a quirky animal road trip around SA if you're interested in seeing all the quirky creatures in the country. 

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7. The Fugard Theatre  - District Six

The coolest thing about the Fugard is that you get to dress up for certain shows. When the world-famous Rocky Horror Picture Show was on the planks, for example, the crowd dressed as their favourite characters and got to participate in the theatrics. 

6. Skinny Legs & All - Loop Street 

Named after the famous book of the same title, this quaint cafe is lovely because of its free design and how chefs are able to interact with guests. A must visit if you're looking for an alternative, arty lunch option. 

5. The Dog's Bollocks - Roodehek street 

This no-nonsense dive is 'the dog's bollocks' because of two things - their epic, messy, marvelous burgers and the Deluxe Coffeeworks bar and roastery that sits neatly behind it. From the outside, it looks like someone's garage, but once you go inside you know this is a joint loved by locals. 

4. Daddy Long Legs - Long street 

Need a quirky stay-over? Right in the heart of Long Street, Daddy Long Legs Art Hotel has 13 individually decorated rooms, where you could end up sleeping in The Emergency room, complete with nurses outfit, or beneath a wall papered with gorgeous sunset photographs.

Check out Six quirky destinations to check out in Cape Town for info on the coolest quirky accommodation options in and around Cape Town. 

3. The Book Lounge  - Roeland street 

Need to sit back and immerse yourself in Cape Town culture? You need to head to The Book Lounge in Roeland street in the old District Six. 

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2. Alexander Bar, Cafe & Theatre - Strand street 

Probably the coolest bar in Cape Town as you get to dial the bar on vintage telephones to order your drink! They also host amazing live bands, comedy shows and have intimate theatre evenings. 

1. Bree Street 

This street has it all. Not only did it play host to the first ever Cape Town CBD Open Streets, it's also lined with cafes, quirky hangouts and things to do for travellers of all ages, interests and backgrounds. 

Check out: Taking back the streets

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