"South Africa"

TRAVELER’S PICKS

TRAVELER’S PICKS

by Karin Wickberg Taylar

As Chief Marketing Officer for the Hästens Group, Karin Wickberg oversees the company’s global marketing efforts. She is also responsible for the brand’s retail concept and communications, driving for a unique and consistent consumer experience in all stores and 36 markets. With a creative approach and a drive to challenge status quo, she is an enthusiastic leader and holds a track record of creating results for international brands. Wickberg began her professional career at British Airways, then she went on to work for Turner Broadcasting, Linklaters, and The Body Shop. Her retail experience also stems from having owned a furniture store in Stockholm. Wickberg received her Master of Business Administration from Lancaster University in 2002. She also holds a BA in Sales & Marketing from Berghs School of Communication.

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.

Traveler’s Picks

Traveler’s Picks

by Jean-Christophe Lalanne

Born in 1964 in Marmande (near Bordeaux), a former tennis teacher, Jean-Christophe started his career in the fashion industry in Paris in 1992 and he is still in the fashion management. A few years ago he (together with François) bought a big peaceful land in Portugal and built Villa Extramuros, a modern haven in the Alentejo countryside. Jean-Christophe and François are sublimely taking care of it and of their four awesome in-house 4 cats, Mr Toto, Ms Lulu, Mr Riri e Ms Mila.

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…

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…

Oep ve Koep

Oep ve Koep

Paternoster, South Africa

You will probably get here after a morning in the West Coast National Park, a few hours northwest of Cape Town. You cross the National Park gate and drive surrounded only by low vegetation, white dunes and birds until you reach the Langebaan Lagoon, an expanse of azure blue water battered by strong winds; groups of surfers from a hippie dream gliding over the water. You cross the door of the dim lit Oep ve Koep shop first, then a second door opening onto the sunny inner garden; you leave the sound of the ocean behind and stop for a gourmet break…

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…

STAFF PICKS

STAFF PICKS

by Luca De Santis

Luca loves traveling to discover wonders. He loves to give space to diversity. Luca loves to stay. He loves everything that becomes ritual and is handed down from father to son. (Luca, Meraviglia Paper Creative Director is also art director, photographer and video maker).

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.

The French Corner

The French Corner

Wine Route, South Africa

Everyone should spend a weekend in the French neighborhood of Franschoek. Less than one hour away from Cape Town, right on the wine route, it counts many awarded chefs and wines. The vineyards lie at the foot of a tall mountain and benefit from its shade at sunset. The wine and food knowledge of this small town is impressive: the balance of flavors and the combination of fine wines are something unique. This is true throughout the whole of South Africa but here it comes with a slow pace and an utterly epicurean sense of time.

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