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.
Dine, drink and dip
It’s easy to work your way through executive chef Guy Bennett’s concise menu of modern classics. Guy plied his trade at Buitenverwachting, Reuben’s at One&Only Cape Town and Delaire Graff, and has created a series of dishes that reflect his experience, while also catering to hotel guests and innercity slickers, looking for edgy – yet delicious – versions of the classics. The Mac & 3 Cheese is heaven with a capital H! And so are the Spicy Lamb Ribs. As for the Chocolate Fondant and Milk & Honey Creme – perfection.
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.