30 January 2013 by Denise Slabbert

Ten funky places to hang out

One person’s funky is another’s passé. But who cares ... we’ve found a few places that beg you to pull up a chair, order a cocktail and shoot the breeze for an hour or two.

The Bungalow in Clifton – funky and fabulous. Image courtesy The Bungalow

Not enough can be said about some serious chilling out. So, find a fun place to people-watch, grab a coffee, a cocktail or a light meal, and watch the world around you. Here are some funky places to spend your down time:

Khayelitsha's Department of Coffee: The coolest place in Cape Town. Sip a latte in this township coffee spot and observe real life go by.

The rooftop beach in Braamfontein: Many a Jo'burger will tell you the only thing that Cape Town has on us is the beach. So the guys at Play Braamfontein have created a rooftop beach with views of Nelson Mandela Bridge.

Neil Roake's Freedom Café: This restaurant that lives in a converted shipping container is one of the funkiest places in Durban. Even funkier is the new Concierge boutique hotel alongside it.

Shimmy Beach Club: Cape Town's funky new beach bar at the V&A Waterfront is a great spot to have a few cocktails and to, well, shimmy.

The Bungalow Restaurant & Lounge: Another place for Capetonians to brag about, located in Clifton.


The Beach in Braamfontein. Image courtesy Play Braamfontein The Beach in Braamfontein. Image courtesy Play Braamfontein


The Neighbourgoods Markets: Both in Cape Town (Old Biscuit Mill) and Braamfontein. We're talking lots of incredible produce to buy and a great place to hang out on any given Saturday morning.

The Maboneng Precinct: This funky portion of real estate around Arts on Main in Johannesburg just gets cooler and cooler.

Hemelhuijs: One of the trendiest restaurants in the Cape Town CBD. Funky design with a sense of humour and a delicious menu. This restaurant was one of the winners of the Boschendal Style Award for 2012 (DSTV Eat Out Awards).

Tashas le Parc: Fabulously funky Tashas le Parc in Hyde Park, Johannesburg, is a great place for coffee and a catch-up. It's a new interpretation of a French patisserie.

Pop-up cocktail bars/restaurants/pubs: These are not permanent fixtures in any city, but if you find out where to go for a good pop-up experience, good times come guaranteed. (For those who don't know: pop-up restaurants started as supper clubs in the United States and are now very popular in the UK and Canada, and here. These temporary restaurants are set up at a certain location – in a warehouse, outside under the trees, in an aeroplane hangar, wherever – and you'll usually find out about them via Facebook or Twitter.)


Shimmy Beach Club, Cape Town. Image courtesy Shimmy Beach Club Shimmy Beach Club, Cape Town. Image courtesy Shimmy Beach Club

Category: Food & Wine

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