Where to Get Amazing Wine (and Great Souvenirs) in Cape Town
The only bad part about the fact that Bernice Kelly’s sister lives in Cape Town, South Africa? The 15-hour flight to get there from Bernice’s Brooklyn studio, where she turns out elliptical, swooping cuffs and rings for her line Macha. The best part? Once she gets there, there’s affordable, delicious wine and epic nature everywhere she turns—so we asked the jeweler to show us the way.
“This is the place to go for an end of day drink, which locals call ‘a sundowner’. "It's the kind of historic South African bar you see in old movies where you can watch the sunset over ocean views with a rugged mountain range towering behind."
“Set in a cozy Victorian house behind a tropical garden, Kloof Street House has an awesome cocktail bar and bistro-style food. You can sit among palm trees at a bar crafted from vintage suitcases and surround yourself with old Jazz Age decor. Expect some good laughs from your bartender.”
“The Old Biscuit Mill marketplace is where all the action is on a Saturday. Grab yourself a glass of wine on arrival (South African wine is really good and really inexpensive!), listen to a local band, or have a wander through market stalls, workshops, and designer stores and restaurants (like The Potluck Club and The Test Kitchen)—all within view of the mountains.”
“You can bike or hike the wilderness trails on Cape Town's majestic landmark or travel up to the summit in a cable car like visitors have been doing for nearly 90 years and get an awesome panoramic view of the city from above.”
“You can't visit Cape Town and not come back with some good knowledge about the wine! We took a trip out of town for a day or two along this picturesque route and stopped off at a handful of wineries along the way. A tasting will set you back about $3, and Hamilton Russell has a particularly picturesque setting set on a lake behind the old fishing village with traditional stone houses.”