Work has brought me to the Mother City – and, as always, I ain’t unhappy about that! Any reason to visit South Africa is good. Cape Town is still hopping from the Christmas visitors, and the city is lookin’ better than ever. The Mount Nelson is getting fierce competition from some new hotels in town, namely 15 on Orange, a fabulous, high-tech place with a spa to beat on the top floor. In the old properties of the Reserve Bank and the BOE at the top of Adderly Street, The Taj Cape Town has added, almost out of view, a 17-story tower behind. It’s modern, but a bit colonial. Around the corner is the best new coffeeshop in town (comparable with anything in America), Deluxe Coffeeworks, at 25 Church Street. It’s part of a move back into the city. And what with the new walkway being added down Somerset Road to the Soccer Stadium, with the new Cape Quarter along the way – with tons of great shops, restaurants, and Lazari’s new eatery/bar – you can almost walk to Sea Point now, with attractions, shopping and eateries all the way.
Archives for February 2010
If people ask me what they should see in New York City, I tell them that there are two routes you can take…
The route I suggest skips out Times Square and lots of lower Broadway (too many T-shirt shops) and Chinatown (nightmare crowds), although there are probably elements in all three places that are worth seeing – just to say you’ve been there. But here’s a couple of places to go and things to do that might not always be apparent. Bryant Park (42nd and Sixth Avenue): Just go hang out there, buy a coffee from wichcraft and people-watch. The Staten Island Ferry: It comes free with your Metrocard (another essential, either daily or weekly) and is best taken across to Staten Island and back, viewing the Statue of Liberty along the way. The small coffee shops: 9th Street Espresso, Joe, Gimme!, Third Rail (Google them for addresses). Rent a bicycle at Columbus Circle and go through Central Park (it’s a six-mile loop in total) or along the Hudson River. Check tripadvisor.com for cheaper hotels. Get some takeout lunch at Whole Foods, the wholesome supermarket, and go sit and eat it in a nearby park. For a couple of my local favorite cheap eateries: Gazala Place (Middle Eastern, Hell’s Kitchen), Sapporo East (East Village), El Paso Taco (Mexican, East Harlem). And that’s a start!