Cape Town’s newest design-led hotel is turning heads in the innercity.
Opened in May 2019, just off the bustling St Georges Mall precinct, this gorgeous designer café gets top marks for style! The minute you step out of the lift onto the restaurant’s sixth-floor landing, you’re transported to a super-cool hotspot in Istanbul, Marrakech or Barcelona, where up-to-the-minute design, top-notch tipples, excellent service and great food await.
The “Hello, Gorgeous!” welcome from the friendly hostess as you enter tees you up for an evening of fun. And if it doesn’t, order one of mixologist Jody Rahme’s tropical-inspired cocktails immediately!
Situated on the sixth-floor rooftop of the super-cool new hotel, Gorgeous George (one of 300 privately owned hotels worldwide in the Design Hotels stable), this chic 80-seater watering hole has been exquisitely renovated, refurbed and decorated, with a curated selection of the city’s hottest design talents adding their creative mark to the heritage building. Award-winning designer Tristan du Plessis is responsible for the plush, contemporary-African interior design, with lighting and furniture by David Krynauw, Gregor Jenkin, Studio 19 and Douglas&Co. Lucie de Moyencourt’s Delft-esque table tiles are simply gorgeous!
Outside, an emerald-green glass-panelled swimming pool, and views of whitewashed heritage buildings give the wooden and terracotta-tiled pool deck a slick design edge, but the vibe here is easy and laidback, with lots of noise and chatter – the odd family can even be spotted among the hip city slickers.
Executive chef Guy Bennett, who plied his trade at Buitenverwachting, Reuben’s at One&Only Cape Town, and Delaire Graff, has created a series of brunch dishes that cater to hotel guests and innercity slickers alike.
Brunch will be served on the last Sunday of every month, from 11am until 3pm. Guests can expect everything from fresh oysters to braaied baby chicken and churros – all of which are best enjoyed with slick beats and heavenly cocktails (created by resident mixologist, Jody Rahme).
“The main idea is to create a relaxed, unhurried dining experience by offering waves of food to be picked at and enjoyed at one’s own pace,” says Guy.
And, if you’re still not ready to leave at 3pm, settle in for the sundowner set, when local DJs play laidback beats from 2pm till 8pm. May we recommend the mac ’n’ cheese for dinner? Heaven with a capital H!
Dine, drink and dip
And then there’s the bar, where In-house mixologist Jody Rahme’s wild, tiki-inspired cocktails will hit the spot. “They’re infused with playful, exotic flavours,” says Jody, “and served in an adventurous but super-chic, elegant way.
“The heart of Gigi is community. It’s where a melting pot of well-travelled, storied creatives meet with local powerhouses to have fun. It’s a rich blend of art, culture, romance and intrigue, so it’s only natural that our cocktail menu reflects that adventurous, playful colour, vibrancy and truly global craftsmanship.”
Open to the public from 7.30am until late, Gigi Rooftop is a one-stop destination for (design-savvy) diners seeking top-drawer fun with dollops of edge. Be it for a pre-work breakfast, light lunch, late-afternoon cocktail or a celebratory dinner, this cosy café provides a delicious escape away from the hustle of downtown Cape Town – from sunrise to sunset.