Keep your eyes open, you’re sure to catch sight of a sports star or two while sipping your cappuccino. Its close proximity to excellent schools has made this centrally located suburb a highly sought-after area to work, live and play in. These are our Top 10 reasons to visit Newlands.
1. Sushi Box
What is it A sushi outlet tucked in the corner of the Cardiff Castle Building on bustling Kildare Road.
Who goes there University students, families, casual diners, sports stars and Newlands hipsters flock to this unpretentious hole-in-the-wall for takeaway or eat-there sushi.
Why we love it The friendly, mostly Zimbabwean staff; the (usually) quick service means you’ll be out in a jiffy if you’re heading to a movie at Cav; the recently extended gazebo is good for outdoor seating and, in winter, heaters and knee rugs keep you warm.
Don’t leave without tasting the crunchy salmon or tuna rolls.
Contact 021 674 0820, firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Gogo’s Meat & Biltong Deli
What is it A mom-and-pop operation that sells the best grass-fed organic biltong in the province! Its other meats, droëwors, free-range eggs and organic vegetables are pretty good too.
Who goes there Everybody and anybody who’s into healthy, conscious eating. It’s a favourite among locals and we’ve even spotted Sea Point housewives, who trekked over the mountain, for the droëwors.
Why we love it It’s easily accessible, and you can grab a quick cappuccino next door at Cassis. Parking is usually convenient, except on big match days.
Don’t leave without buying a stick of wet biltong, sliced the way you want it. Its oversized free-range eggs are delicious (note: if you use them for baking, one Gogo’s egg is the equivalent of two large eggs).
Contact 021 671 0573, email@example.com
What is it One of a handful of “cool” eateries in the ’burbs that serves excellent food, wine and craft beer.
Who goes there Friends, families, couples looking for a romantic dinner, and anyone who appreciates good food, stylish decor and excellent service.
Why we love it The complimentary buttered and salted popcorn, served in a big basket, that comes with any order of drinks is scrumptious, not to mention moreish. Plus, the free Wi-Fi makes it one of the few spots in Newlands and, in fact, the city, where you can do some work or have a business meeting, without having to hassle with temperamental 3G.
Don’t leave without trying the seared sirloin tagliata with olive oil, garlic, chilli and herbs. Superb!
Contact 021 671 9705, firstname.lastname@example.org
4. The Creamery Cafe
What is it A gelateria with a difference. Owner Kate Schrire prides herself on using only natural ice cream with seasonal, sustainably produced ingredients that mostly come from local family farms.
Who goes there Close to four major schools and UCT, it’s not surprising that you’ll find
hungry learners with sweet cravings perched on the pavement counter.
Why we love it Apart from artisanal ice cream in a range of inventive flavours (sea-salt caramel, lavender and honey, chocolate seville marmalade, and so on), you can also enjoy sundaes, shakes, waffles and hot-chocolate pudding (for the very sweet-toothed).
Don’t leave without buying a pint or two for your freezer.
Contact 021 686 3975, email@example.com
5. Scusi on Dean
What is it A coffeeshop and café by day, serving decent coffees, wood-fired pizzas and light meals, and a fine-dining spot after 6pm, when chef Andrea Volpe prepares authentic Italian dishes.
Who goes there Shoppers, office workers, sports stars and Italians!
Why we love it It’s in a shopping arcade (not a mall!), so there’s underground parking, which means you stay dry in winter.
Don’t leave without ordering the three-course dinner menu (R139), which includes a salad or soup for starters, chicken, fish or lasagne for mains, followed by vanilla ice cream and hot BarOne chocolate sauce.
Contact 021 823 2525, firstname.lastname@example.org
6. Mamma Roma
What is it? A typical Italian restaurant run by hands-on and hospitable owners Romano and Christina that specialises in authentic northern Italian cuisine.
Who goes there Regulars (some of whom live on the Atlantic seaboard) keep coming back for the consistently good food, homely atmosphere and efficient service – not to mention the generous portion sizes.
Why we love it It’s comfortable and familiar – Christina greets regulars by name. And the food is superb.
Don’t leave without trying the tagliatelle marinara (seafood pasta) that’s full of delicious bite-sized morsels of prawn, calamari, mussels, line fish, and more. In fact, all the food is delicious…
Contact 021 685 2051, email@example.com
What is it A bistro-style eatery on Kildare Road Circle that’s well-known for its pizzas.
Who goes there At lunchtime, you’ll find students, office workers and ladies who lunch taking advantage of its value-for-money specials. In the evenings, there’s a mix of couples, families, friends and students.
Why we love it The food’s good and the service professional and friendly. In summer ask to sit on the upstairs balcony; in winter downstairs at the back of the restaurant is the best spot to take advantage of the overhead heater.
Don’t leave without trying a Pisa pizza, made with smoked salmon, asparagus and fresh tomato in a wood-fired oven. The warm salads are also tasty.
Contact 021 683 5989, firstname.lastname@example.org
8. Barristers Restaurant
What is it A neighbourhood steakhouse (that’s been around for ages) with a revamped sports bar and outdoor deck. It’s where locals gather before and after a big match.
Who goes there On rugby days, fans gather and spill onto the street to chat, drink and celebrate. On Sunday evenings, live musicians provide a festive yet relaxed vibe, so you’ll find a mixed bunch. The weekday lunch specials attract varsity students, business people and anyone who’s in the market for a hearty, affordable pub lunch.
Why we love it On Fridays before a big game, you may just see the Newlands Brewery horse and cart delivering barrels of draught beer for the big game.
Don’t leave without One of their steaks, basted to perfection in a secret, age-old marinade.
Contact 021 671 7907, email@example.com
9. Bihari Indian Restaurant
What is it A sprawling restaurant in the Newlands Sun Hotel that serves delicious North Indian cuisine.
Who goes there International visitors and hotel residents, sports fans after the cricket or rugby, and locals.
Why we love it The extensive menu caters for everyone – curries are from mild to Indian hot. Vegetarians can choose from over 11 dishes and there’s one entire page on the menu devoted to naan and roti (bread) choices.
Don’t leave without your doggie bag.
Contact 021 683 6562, firstname.lastname@example.org
10. The Toad & Josephine
What is it A laidback pub and eatery next to Newlands Station overlooking the Liesbeek River.
Who goes there Rugby fans before a big game and business folk who pop in for a drink before heading home for dinner. It’s not a gourmet-dining kind of place.
Why we love it Evening parking is easy when there’s no game on, making it convenient for a a quick drink or casual bite.
Contact 021 686 1437, email@example.com, thetoad.wozaonline.co.za