WIND­HOEK: YOUR CITY GUIDE

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Here’s a se­lec­tion of the best sun­downer spots, plus a list of great restau­rants, and cul­tural and out­door ac­tiv­i­ties in and around the cap­i­tal

Wind­hoek is a friendly, cos­mopoli­tan city that can keep you busy for days. Here’s your guide to the best of ev­ery­thing, from sun­set spots and restau­rants to ac­tiv­i­ties.

With fewer than 350 000 res­i­dents and a mod­est city cen­tre, Wind­hoek can’t help but feel like a dorp. No mat­ter where you’re go­ing, it’s rarely more than a 15-minute drive to your des­ti­na­tion.

It’s a cos­mopoli­tan mix: Afrikaans, Ger­man, English, Herero and many other lan­guages co-ex­ist on the street. One night, at the Ware­house Theatre, while I waited for the ka­pana I’d or­dered – a lo­cal meat dish – an Ovambo waiter walked past singing along to Bok van Blerk’s song “Vodka en OJ”...

The Chi­nese in­flu­ence in Wind­hoek is also clear: a sign in Sam Nu­joma Av­enue near the Yang Tze restau­rant ad­ver­tises karate lessons with sen­sei Theo de Kock.

The street names draw my at­ten­tion: In the sub­urb of Katu­tura I see a Bei­jing Street; there’s a Beethoven Strasse else­where. But my favourite has to be the in­ter­sec­tion of Rugby and Netbal streets.

This guide cov­ers the best spots in Wind­hoek to watch a sun­set, grab a meal, stretch your legs and en­joy some lo­cal cul­tural events.

CITYSCAPE. From the Hil­ton Wind­hoek Skybar, you can see the Chris­tuskirche (1), Zoo Park (2), the Supreme Court (3), the new In­de­pen­dence Me­mo­rial Mu­seum build­ing (4) and the old Ger­man fort Alte Feste (5).

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