Vineyard Hotel: Cape Town’s Urban oasis

Vineyard Hotel exterior

Vineyard Hotel, a Cape Town gem.

Since the late-1700s Cape Town’s present-day Vineyard Hotel has been famous as a bucolic city escape for the lucky few. Originally the country house of Lady Anne Barnard, a society figure and one of the early diarists of the Cape colony, for over a century this idyllic hotel in the leafy suburb of Newlands has been a popular escape from the bustling city streets. Today the 207-roomed property looks out over a remarkable seven-acre garden with breathtaking views of…
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Myoga Restaurant

Myoga Restaurant - Mushroom (LR)

Truffle Chawanmushi (Japanese egg custard).

Could I have stumbled across the most comfortable restaurant in Cape Town? Perhaps ‘comfortable’ conjures images of slouchy couches and diner-style food, but Myoga is streets away from this. On the ‘plush’ side of comfortable, it offers roomy tables and poised armchairs. We were there on a rain-sogged mid-week evening and even though the restaurant was buzzing, we could still hold an easy conversation without having to shout above the noise. On the (dare I say it?) more romantic side…
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