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World Travel Magazine - - Feature Emma Jane Menteath -

With over 10 years of ex­pe­ri­ence mod­el­ling for iconic mag­a­zines such as Vogue, Elle, and Marie Claire, in­ter­na­tional in­flu­encer and stylist

Emma Jane Menteath now man­ages her own dig­i­tal con­tent agency and cu­rated fash­ion blog, My Life in Pink. Stylish glo­be­trot­ter tells us where to get the best buys and in­sider eats in her home city of Cape Town.

Where have you just come back from?

I re­cently trav­elled to Bo­drum, Turkey for a few days. Part work, part play!

What are your travel must-haves?

A good novel to get lost in. I re­cently fin­ished Sally Rooney’s Nor­mal Peo­ple and ab­so­lute adored it so I am now read­ing her first novel - Con­ver­sa­tions with Friends. Be­sides a book my travel must-haves in­clude my silk Slip eye-mask, Beauty Chef’s Cleanse Beauty Pow­der to make sure I get enough green nu­tri­ents while I am trav­el­ing and lastly my ever so trusty Ad­vanced Night Serum from Estée Lauder.

Favourite ho­tel/ho­tels in Cape Town?

Ear­lier this year I stayed at the Silo Ho­tel in Cape Town and loved ev­ery se­cond of my stay. It’s per­fectly lo­cated in the the cen­tre of the city right above the Zeitz MOCCA gallery and sur­rounded by both sea and moun­tain views, im­pec­ca­ble decor which makes for a very ‘in­sta­gram­able’ set­ting and un­be­liev­able ser­vice.

When’s the best time to visit Cape Town?

I adore March-may in Cape Town. Most of the tourists have left, the wind has died down and so has the heat. Don’t get me wrong, still ex­pect weather in the 30’s – but the air has the most pleas­ant at­mos­phere to it.

What are the best res­tau­rants in Cape Town? One of my all-time favourites is Chef’s Ware­house, they have a few lo­ca­tions in and just out­side the city. World class shar­ing plates with­out

the price tag. For any­one who’s a bit more ad­ven­tur­ous I highly rec­om­mend La Tête on Bree Street, they of­fer a nose to tail din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Make sure you or­der the freshly baked madeleines for dessert. If you are look­ing for a din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence you won’t for­get soon The Test Kitchen in Wood­stock will of­fer you just that, just make sure you book a spot weeks in ad­vance.

Favourite bars in Cape Town and why? For wine lovers look no fur­ther than Pub­lik Wine Bar just off Kloof Street. A cu­rated neigh­bour­hood wine bar of­fer­ing lo­cal and sus­tain­able wines. It’s a place to dis­cover lesser-known wines thanks to its ever chang­ing menu.

Just up­stairs from Pub­lik is a new lo­cal hang­out, The Move­able Feast, part restau­rant, part bar. The place has a great am­biance and an even bet­ter playlist. Check them out on in­sta­gram to see what event’s they have planned for the week ahead, be it a ca­lypso event or bring your own records, you guar­an­teed to have a good time.

Your favourite fash­ion bou­tiques? Con­cept Store Mai­sion Mara in De Waterkant is pretty much the only place I shop when I am in Cape Town. A beau­ti­ful 3 story con­cept store which in­cludes a floor to ceil­ing mar­ble bath­room. They of­fer a se­lec­tion of wom­enswear, ac­ces­sories and cos­met­ics and are also home to one of my favourite cafes in town to grab a late break­fast or a healthy lunch - Skinny Legs at Mai­son Mara. Ex­pect to find brands like Proenza Schouler and JW An­der­son along with lo­cal favourites like Pichu­lik and House of Goz­dawa.

For the men try Bastille on the cor­ner of Loop and De Waterkant Street which of­fer a se­lec­tion of bou­tique French brands like Mai­son Kit­sune, Cer­dan, Veja, Com­mune de Paris and Bleu de Paname.

What about must-visit art gal­leries?

One of my favourite gal­leries in the newly opened No­val Foun­da­tion which cel­e­brates 20th and 21st-cen­tury visual art from South Africa and be­yond. They have an out­door sculp­ture gar­den so make sure you set aside enough time to take a re­lax­ing stroll around the gar­dens which are sur­rounded by the moun­tains.

The Zeitz MOCAA is a must see if you adore ar­chi­tec­ture and would like to get to know African art a lit­tle bet­ter. One of my favourite smaller gal­leries to visit is Smith Stu­dio which is a con­tem­po­rary art stu­dio si­t­u­ated in Church Street.

What are some must-buys from Cape Town?

Def­i­nitely wine. Cape Town pro­duces some of the best wine in the world for a frac­tion of the price you would pay in Europe.

Most of the wine farms of­fer door to door de­liv­ery so you don’t even have to has­sle with it at the air­port.

Make sure to visit the Wa­ter­shed at the V&A Water­front for beau­ti­ful hand­crafted African goods. Ev­ery­thing from chil­dren’s play toys to cus­tomised jew­ellery.

For some­thing more modern The Strangers Club Mar­ket in Green Point which is open ev­ery Satur­day has a range of lo­cal de­sign­ers sell­ing their goods. Ex­pect to find unique ceram­ics, dainty lin­gerie and del­i­cate jewels along­side linens and min­i­mal swimwear.

Favourite win­ery stays nearby?

Whether you plan on spend­ing the night out of town or not Baby­lon­storen is a must for any­one vis­it­ing Cape Town for the first time. A wine farm with the most phe­nom­e­nal gar­dens di­vided into sec­tions that com­prise of fruit and veg­eta­bles, indige­nous plants, bee hives and free range chick­ens to name a few. The farm is also home to a con­tem­po­rary ho­tel and spa com­plete with a Hi­malayan salt grotto.

It’s the per­fect week­end es­cape and only a 45min drive from Cape Town.

Be­sides Baby­lon­storen, Ma­jeka House in Stel­len­bosch makes for a lovely get-

away. Per­fect af­ter a day of wine tast­ing in Stel­len­bosch. It re­cently won The Best De­sign Ho­tel by Condé Nast Jo­hansens 2017 awards. They serve a mouth­wa­ter­ing break­fast spread that can be en­joyed out on the Moroc­can in­spired Ter­rance in the morn­ing sun.

Favourite view?

One of my favourite hikes in Cape Town also of­fers one of my favourite views of the city of Cape Town, Lions Head. It’s a 360 de­gree hike that takes around 45min to reach the peak and is to­tally worth the sweat. Pack a back­pack with snacks to en­joy once you reach the top.

If hik­ing isn’t your thing take a drive along the coast to Cape Point via Chap­man’s Peak or for some­thing a lit­tle closer to town head up to sig­nal hill to watch the sun­set/sun­rise. Day trips from Cape Town?

A favourite amongst all tourists is Boul­ders Beach in Si­mon’s Town where one gets the chance to get up close and per­sonal with African pen­guins. Be­fore head­ing back make sure you get some ‘slap’ chips at The Salty Sea Dog and then take a sun­set drive back into town along Chap­man’s Peak for a breath-tak­ing coastal view.

An­other great day trip from Cape Town is to any of the nearby wine towns such as Stel­len­bosch, Fran­schhoek or Con­stan­tia for wine tast­ing. Each vine­yard prom­ises a beau­ti­ful set­ting.

There’s a beau­ti­ful long stretch of beach out in No­ord­hoek where you can en­joy an hour-long horse-rid­ing sa­fari, there’s some­thing en­chant­ing about gal­lop­ing along the wa­ter’s edge while watch­ing the sun­set. Fin­ish off with din­ner at The Food Barn.

Fi­nally, where should cou­ples go for a ro­man­tic break?

There’s a rus­tic lit­tle treehouse out in

Grey­ton that I love to stay at when­ever I man­age to get a book­ing. Don’t ex­pect any­thing fancy but rather a quaint lit­tle hide­away com­plete with an out­door shower and a princess bath. It re­ally does make for the per­fect ro­man­tic get­away.

An­other unique ro­man­tic get­away is Kol Kol Moun­tain Lodge in El­gin. Nine cab­ins tucked away along the moun­tain­side in

Ko­gel­berg Bio­sphere re­serve. Each cabin comes with its own rus­tic hot tub that needs to be heated by a log fire. Grab a bot­tle of cham­pagne and get busy stargaz­ing.

Emma Jane Menteath

La Petite Ferme’s vine­yards, Fran­schhoek

Ma­jeka House in Stel­len­bosch

The Test Kitchen - Light Room

The Zeitz MOCAA

Baby­lon­storen Cot­tages

Kol Kol Moun­tain Lodge

Ter­roir at Kleine Zalze, a quiet vine­yard set­ting over­look­ing the moun­tains of Stel­len­bosch

Baby­lon­storen Cot­tages

Treehouse in Grey­ton

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