OUR MAN IN CAPE TOWN

South African-Cana­dian artist Ben John­ston takes us to his favourite spots.

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1 YOURS TRULY ON

This is my buddy Daniel’s bar. The space brings the out­doors in with plants and trees ev­ery­where, and it’s a great place to get a Cape Town beer like Ci­ti­zen. This lo­ca­tion is also be­side a back­pack­ers’ lodge, so it cre­ates a cool vibe with both out-of-town­ers and lo­cals who are into surf­ing and skate­board­ing.

2 BETA BEACH /

Peo­ple will of­ten head to this beach to lounge in the sand or play vol­ley­ball af­ter work. I like it be­cause it’s hid­den, and though the water may be cold, it’s crys­tal­clear blue. You can swim be­tween big boul­ders near the shore, tan and en­joy a great view of Lion’s Head moun­tain.

3 THE OLD BIS­CUIT MILL

On Satur­day morn­ings, we go to this mar­ket for brunch and sit on the hay bales out front drink­ing mo­ji­tos from the makeshift cock­tail bar. Walk through the food stalls on one side of the in­door-out­door com­plex, then check out the se­lec­tion of up-and-com­ing South African mak­ers, like jew­ellery de­signer Famke, on the other side.

4 SA­LON NINETY ONE

This is a lit­tle con­tem­po­rary gallery where you can dis­cover new artists – owner Monique du Preez is good at find­ing unique peo­ple.

I’ve shown my own work in a ty­po­graphic ex­hi­bi­tion, in­clud­ing a laser-cut wood skate­board and water­colour prints. Re­cently, I saw Lin­sey Leven­dall’s in­tri­cate and graphic paint­ings – he’s an­other South African artist who’s now liv­ing in Canada.

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