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Live Like A Local – Lalimalu’s Guide To Cape Town, South Africa

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Lisa-Marie Schneider is a South African model and actress, but it’s her crystal jewelry and bag designs that are also catching eyes.

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Lisa-Marie Schneider; Image Courtesy of Photographer Grit Siwonia

Lisa’s Cape Town-made creations, made under her Lalimalu label, are earthy and unique while capturing the feel-good spirit and organic beauty of her homeland.

Cape Town is one of the world’s top travel destinations, a spot Lisa and NewsWhistle can’t recommend enough.

Below are some of Lisa’s recommendations and tips for travelers visiting this mountain-shadowed and ocean-bordered paradise.

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NEIGHBORHOODS TO VISIT

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Lion’s Head Mountain; Quality Master / Shutterstock.com 

My neighbourhood Tamboerskloof is nestled at the foot of Lion’s Head mountain, and is shielded by old oak trees that line the streets near quaint Chelsea-style homes.

It’s the perfect neighborhood. Hipster bar and cafes are backdropped by the beauty of a majestic mountain — plus it’s only a few minutes walk from the center of Cape Town.

Noordhoek, another neighborhood, is probably something you could  imagine being straight out of Lord of the Rings. Mix very artistic and bohemian people with organic markets and one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and you get this completely mystical and magical world. I lived here once and used to have wild peacocks fly onto my windowsill many days of the week. Bliss…..

Next is Woodstock. Five years back this was purely an industrial district. Now, it’s fast becoming one of the hippest neighbourhoods in town. From trendy bars and eateries, to my favourite raw vegan restaurant, Raw And Roxy, to some very cool vintage shopping, this little neighbourhood is turning into the Williamsburg of Cape Town.

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HOTELS

Babylonstoren

As their website states, “Babylonstoren is one of the best preserved werfs (farm yards) in the Cape Dutch tradition. Not only the manor house from 1777, but pioneer structures all the way back to the founding of the farm in 1690.”

They have  a spectacular 200 hectares farm that is filled with organic fruit and veggies that you can stroll through and even pick your own salad for lunch or enjoy some of the best food and wine at their organic restaurant. This is truly one of the most magical places to retreat to, anytime of the year.

Mount Nelson

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Courtesy of Belmond.com

This is probably the most famous luxury hotel in Cape Town. It has a nostalgic, bygone era feel to it. The hotel is also my secret hangout for meetings, and where I go to relax by the pool in summer and to have a late-night hot chocolate in winter.

The 12 Apostles Hotel

This five-star has one of my favourite views in the whole of Cape Town. It also houses one of my favourite spas. Its remote location, superb ocean view, leopard lounge, and friendly staff makes The 12 Apostles a firm favorite, plus I always feel like I’m visiting Cape Town for the first time when I go there. A strange and wonderful feeling.

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NIGHTLIFE

I’m not a big nightclub goer; I’m an outdoor music festival kind of a gal. The best time to travel to Cape Town is between the months of November and March when the outdoor music festivals are in full flow. You get to taste the music varieties of both local and international acts whilst taking in the sublime scenery that Cape Town has to offer.

Also, ecstatic dance is bursting out of the woodworks here in Cape Town.

I am a hardcore ecstatic dancer, and have been dancing on some of the very first esctatic dance floors of Berkley, where it all began. This is my nightclub – a sober dance party basically, with long lasting therapeutic benefits.

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RESTAURANTS

The first and fully raw vegan kitchen of Raw and Roxy is constantly satisfying my appetite for high vibrational food. It’s a different frequency all together. A total mind-altering ( all legal – I promise haaa ) experience.

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Courtesy of www.kloofstreethouse.co.za

Kloof Street House has to be my absolute favourite restaurant and bar, day and night, It has an eclectic bohemian feel, amazing atmosphere and delicious food. It’s another one of my meeting places, a happy place.

Blue Cafe, a few minutes walk from my abode, has a Dutch and French feel to it. The restaurant is both comfortable and a quaint, and serves up some scrumptious vegan/vegetarian fare. It’s my second kitchen away from home.

Haiku is probably my favourite Asian restaurant serving up the best black cod in town… and it has some super sultry ambience to boot.

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GENERAL TIPS

For sightseeing, visit Cape Point (to see the suited penguins); drop by the V+A waterfont (stunning); hike Table Mountain; and explore Franschoek, Stellenbsoch and the other exquisite areas of wine country . Our wine route is the longest wine route in the world!!!!

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Photo Courtesy of Groot Constantia

Transportation is not first world, but there are plenty of buses and also Ubers here. Walking around on foot is possibly the best way to really take in all of Cape Town’s beauty.

Meanwhile, gratuity is not included at restaurants, but generally a 15 percent is standard. And you are as safe as you are streetwise… xxx

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For more information about Lisa and her exciting designs, please visit her official site, www.Lalimalu.com.

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Image Courtesy of Tony Campbell / Shutterstock