ask Brett about
cocktail bars • viewpoints • african food • dive bars • beer gardens • swimming pools • vintage
What are the Cape Town spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Simple things are what I like, go to the promenade and take a walk. Go to Clifton and have a COLD swim. Go to the Sea Point pools. Go up Lions Head. if you're wealthy, go to the Shortmarket Club (book in advance).
Do’s and don’ts in Cape Town: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):
Tip 15% if your waiter is good, if not ... 10%. Public transport is good, get a myciti bus pass and use that. Tip car guards R5 and more if you're there at night. Watch out for pickpockets, avoid dark alleyways, be polite.
What do you do and why do you do it?
Hmmm, I socialise thats my drug, so I tend to try see people as often as possible without breaking the bank.
How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?
F*CK ... too much, its annoying. but you can probably get away with R300 if you are careful with what you drink, and order cheap food.
Which Cape Town shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?
For new I go old, I trawl the second hand vintage stores in Observatory.
Your all-time favorite musicians:
ALL TIME... THATS SO HARD!! Radiohead, Rome Fortune, Kendrick, Jay Rock, most hip hop from the lats 10 years and the 90's, ghost poet, Jonwayne, Moderat, Jorja Smith.
Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?
Daytime: Sea Point. Nighttime: Observatory.
What’s the area in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
I don't count anywhere outside of the city as Cape Town (this is not unusual) so therefore ... I never go to the V+A waterfront, though I understand its useful for tourists.
What’s the one place in Cape Town you think is underrated?
Location: Observatory. Place: Cafe Ganesh.
Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?
I'd go to the Labia for a movie (and a little drink beforehand) and then I'd pop over to Societi bistro afterwards for a nice chilled dinner in a dark lit room. Another option is the planetarium, it's a super romantic vibe to sit in the darkness and watch stars. Hell yeah!
Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Cape Town?
NY pizza slice!!!
It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?
Ok, the best thing to do is to be indoors... So I'd go find a fireplace, most likely at a place like Kloof Street House.
Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?
Outrage of Modesty is a first choice, then perhaps to Shortmarket Club, but thats only if the company are paying ;) Otherwise, I'd suggest going to Postocino for a nice meal, followed by drinks at The Vue.
Your go-to brunch spots:
BOOM BRUNCH! Clarkes is the main spot, though busy, it's very cool.
Which local creators do you admire?
Sol Sol, SASH, Hannah Lavery, Jenevieve Lyons, Manthe Ribane, Lo ghost.
Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:
Beta beach has THE best views, go there.
Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:
Eastern Food Bazaar, THIS IS CHEAP and generous. So good. I often buy from there after work, have dinner and then have the rest for lunch (and I'm a big dude).
Tomorrow’s your last day in Cape Town. How do you spend it?
I'd wake up and walk along the prominade till I reach Saunders tidal pool and go for a dip, have a quick brunch at Clarkes with a bloody mary. I'll pop down to Beta Beach with friends and lay in the sun, dipping into the water to cool down from time to time. I'd probably have lunch on the beach and we'd (I'm with mates obviously) go to Ukhamba Beerworx for a few predrinks before heading to Obz (Observatory) to eat at Ganesh... before the WILD dancing takes us late into the night. Then me and whoever is with me till the end will go to Franky's to have fun chatting with the night people at sea point... and wake up to a gorgeous sunset.
You’re meeting the mayor of Cape Town - what constructive criticism would you give them?
Ban cars from the city centre. CT drivers are of the worst in the world, the gridlock doesnt help