"Cape Town"

Yourstruly Café

Yourstruly Café

Cape Town, South Africa

A wooden fence separating a sheltered garden from the street, only a few wooden benches, a row of birthday-style multicolour lights, a menu of beers and super thin pizzas: this place has all the right ingredients to be the perfect spot for gatherings after the sunset. All the hipsters and good-looking youngsters from Cape Town meet here. Inside, there’s a minimal bakery/take away with international magazines and a hostel that is well worth a stay (Once in Cape Town). Same time tomorrow!

South China Dim Sum Bar

South China Dim Sum Bar

Cape Town, South Africa

Right at the beginning of the busy commercial Long Street, there’s a small and authentic Chinese dim sum restaurant that you will love. Impossible to resist the temptation to order plenty of prawn, meat and vegetable dim sum, and handmade black sesame and caramel ice cream to finish off.

Loading Bay

Loading Bay

Cape Town, South Africa

Café, comfort food, apparel. It’s so good to know that you can spend a few hours in a “shop” that sells all the things you love in one place…

Superette

Superette

Cape Town, South Africa

Saturday morning in Cape Town is the perfect time to spend a few hours at the Woodstock Neighbourgoods Market. A retro-looking young lady on an old fashion caravan serves red tea and homemade lemonade. All around, more than a hundred stalls sell a variety of goods, from emerging casual brands to food from all around the world. It’s the image of a Cape Town where two oceans meet and seven languages blend. Before or after visiting the market, stop at Superette, a super cool bar for all day breakfast or a long brunch with friends. And although you’re not on the ocean, you can recognize its presence. It’s in the air and in the lifestyle of the crowd gathering here: a few surf boards lying around, Kokedama pot-free plants hanging from the ceiling, avocado and eggs on toast.

Bread & Wine

Bread & Wine

Franschhoek, South Africa

During summer, for a lazy lunch, a wedding in the countryside or simply to taste the best bread, charcuterie and wine: Moreson Wine Farm is located at the end of the aptly named Happy Valley Road. The outdoor tables have pastel colour chairs and you sit under vine trellis and lemon trees…

Traveler’s Picks

Traveler’s Picks

by Kobus van der Merwe

Poetic and delicately daring, chef Kobus serves seasons in a plate. You would think his inspiration comes from Northern Europe, yet Kobus lives in a fishermen’s village on South Africa West Coast. His neo-bistro is a small garden, wild and authentic at the same time, just like him. The only access is from the small family souvenir shop…

Nature loves to hide

Nature loves to hide

Meraviglia Paper Video #2

Close your eyes, stop, breath in all the air that you need. Beauty loves to hide. Go travelling. Collect smells, inspirations, lights and skies. Wonder is everywhere…

EPIC GREEN

EPIC GREEN

Franschhoek, South Africa

Crossing the whitewashed gate of Babylonstoren is like stepping into wonderland for an imprecise space of time, just as much as you need to make this farm your favourite country place in the world. Never before we’ve tried a more perfect combination of roasted fruit and vegetables from the kitchen garden. Everything is served with ultimate elegance…

Mount Nelson Hotel

Mount Nelson Hotel

Cape Town, South Africa

Back in 1890, it was built to match the style and elegance of the most exclusive hotels in London and welcome First class passengers from the Castle cruise lines. It was painted in a unique shade of pink to celebrate the end of the First World War. That pink became so popular in Europe that a “Mount Nelson pink” pantone…

EDITOR’S PICKS

EDITOR’S PICKS

by Paola Corini

Paola loves the sun when it’s not too strong, the smell of herbs, the colour combination of Botswana’s Lilac-breasted Roller, freshly baked bread, mountain air, people who smile, words and summer fruit. Up to one year ago writing and traveling were the extraordinary, yet in 2013 she founded Meraviglia Paper together with Laura and became a self-assured Travel Editor. She keeps thinking that traveling in this world is extraordinary, magical, and essential.

Babylonstoren

Babylonstoren

Cape Winelands, South Africa

At the beginning of every autumn, when the air gets cool and the light grows dim, we look on Google for Babylonstoren. Our eyes long to see once again the pure white Dutch façade, the white courtyard geese, the immense bright green vegetable garden, the light and the clear shadows of a South African summer. This is the kind of farm a globetrotter and foodie mum would draw for her daughter’s most beautiful dreams. In Cape Winelands, that is in paradise.

Welgelegen Guest House

Welgelegen Guest House

Cape Town, South Africa

Set in the very central and quiet neighborhood of Garden, this idyllic two-floor house from the XIX century is characterized by sloping roof, blue indigo external walls, a living room and a white staircase taking to the bedrooms on the first floor. Our room had green olive walls, a four poster-bed and linen curtains. Breakfast was unforgettable.

Royale Eatery

Royale Eatery

Cape Town, South Africa

Long Street is the heart of Cape Town. To get there, you go downhill through Kloof Nek Road (streets in Cape Town go up and down). For dinner, enjoy a real hamburger and a delicious milkshake in a very young and cool atmosphere that reminds of the 50s. Its slogan is: “Royale is a restaurant. We serve burgers. Not just any burgers – burgers that make your soul tingle and your dreams come true.”

Imaginary Names

Imaginary Names

Western Cape, South Africa

Cape Town is a place without references. It’s not a city. It’s the way up to Table Mountain, an access to the freezing ocean, a place to come back to from different worlds and a multitude of adventures that you would only expect to experience in your dreams…