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.
About Ted Botha
Ted grew up between Washington D.C. and Pretoria. He has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, and was an editor for Reuters in Manhattan. His books include 'The Girl with the Crooked Nose' and 'Flat/White,' about living in a crazy tenement in Manhattan. His latest book is a true story of murder and movie mayhem in the 1920s that takes place in Johannesburg, London, Paris and New York. Read more at tedbotha.com