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Best Hidden Gems in Cape Town

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Baraka Gifts and Decor

The name Baraka comes from a Swahili word which roughly translates to blessing. The shop was started in July 2007 and has gained a lot of fame. This shop has an overwhelming range of décor, jewelry, crafts, gift items, vintage items and more. Most of their pieces are made of recycled materials. These pieces are predominantly sourced from small, local and independent craftsmen of South Africa. The shop has been garnered with lavish accolades and has won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015.

Cape Town, South Africa
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Aces 'n' Spades

Edgy, funky and trendy; Aces 'n' Spades is a lively after hours hang out for those craving the Rock n Roll lifestyle. Warm woods and leather, skulls and cross bones, black and white posters of Rock legends and punky accents lend the bar a unique vibe. A great place to have a drink with friends, rock out with the DJ or check out the latest bands. With a constantly changing repertoire of performances, and featuring up and coming DJ's on Friday and Saturday evenings, it's a local hot spot and a good place to check out if you enjoy craft beers along with your Rock n Roll.

Cape Town, South Africa
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Afraid of Mice

Afraid of Mice is a quintessential women’s clothing store that stocks all the clothes that you’ve wished your mom had set aside for you. The store is located on Long Street at the corner of Longmarket in Cape Town, South Africa. It is known for its unique collection of second hand and vintage clothes that are handpicked by Simone and Bianca Brandi: the owners of the store.

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Second Time Around

Second Time Around is a store that sells vintage clothing. Located in the heart of the city, this store has the best trends for all sorts of occasions. When you step through the doors of this store you are surrounded by pieces that just never went out of style. The shop has a wide array of garments that are both affordable and trendy.

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Merry Pop Ins

Merry Pop Ins is both kid and environment friendly. The store sells an extensive selection of second hand clothes that are well washed, well loved and ready to be purchased. The ideal of this store to reuse provides customers the opportunity to get great clothes at great rates while preventing harm to the environment caused by wastage. This store also has a play area and arts and crafts area to keep visiting children entertained.

Cape Town, South Africa
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Straight No Chaser

The Mahogany Room is the latest addition to the growing list of Jazz Clubs in Cape Town. Located on Buitenkant Street in the central part of the city, the club is simple in its décor and focuses solely on its music. Recently renamed Straight No Chaser, a name that closely reflects its philosophy, it stuns its patrons with its beautifully tuned Grand Piano and chemical-free drinks. The musicians are surprisingly well payed and thereby extremely happy with the shambling venue.

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Ways of Wellness

The Ways of Wellness can be found on Park Road in Cape Town in South Africa. The beauty salon is completely organic and is the first of its kind in the city. Inviting both men and women, the salon gets exponentially more popular with its natural treatments and affordable prices. Some of the preferred brands of usage are Esse, Allo Nature and Issahra. Ways of Wellness aims to keep the skin healthy and help it to revert to its natural neutrality.

Cape Town, South Africa
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GuruRamDas

GuruRamDas is a Yoga Studio located in Cape Town in South Africa. The studio caters to a variety of different interests, including Flow, Kundalini and Sound Therapy. On Sunday morning they host a Sadhana session that is open to everyone. The studio hosts several workshops and performances: the proceeds are forwarded to a related charity. It is also famous for Rosie’s Kitchen. The studio also holds intensive and emotional training courses for teachers, through the year. The days and hours vary depending on the sessions, remember to check the schedule before you decide to visit.

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The Shala

The Shala yoga studio is located at Gardens in Cape Town in South Africa. Apart from the regular Vinyasa classes, the studio hosts a variety of workshops through the year, including the Forest Master Class, Cell Power and Revitalize Reborn. The instructors are passionate and well-trained. The ambiance is peaceful and positive: the studio is within a Heritage building. The adjacent Café Shala offers healthy and organic food and drinks and has a zero-waste policy.

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Whatiftheworld Gallery

Originally a tiny gallery in Cape Town’s City Centre, the WhatiftheWorld Gallery has since moved to bigger premises in what is becoming the rising creative neighborhood of Woodstock. Selected in 2007 by Contemporary Magazine in London as one of the Top 50 Emerging Galleries from Around the World, the gallery has become a hot platform of emerging contemporary South African artists. As a big supporter of local talent the gallery has launched the careers of several young artists and hosts regular critically-acclaimed solo and group exhibitions. It is one of the hottest galleries on the Cape Town arts scene and ideal for scouting out the local scene.

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Mooi Hair & Beauty Salon

Mooi Hair Salon is located on Upper Orange Street in the city. Originally run by a pair of talented sisters, the salon is fashioned to a vintage décor. In 2015, the name of the salon was changed to Smoothe Beauty Boutique, along with the shift in ownership. Apart from the hair and beauty treatments, the quirky salon also retails products from various beauty brands including L’Oreal, Tangle Teezer, Pureology and Essie.

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