If you pass by Shortmarket Street, you’re missing out on some lovely surprises. Tucked between Loop and Bree is a burst of creative inspiration.
Mosey on down Loop heading towards the harbour and hang a left into this buzzing lane. Your first stop has to be House of Machines ( http://thehouseofmachines.com). It is home to…yes, you’ve got it! Amazing machines.
Super-sexy customised motorbikes that will make you drool even if you only ever tricycled down your parents driveway. More than that you can grab a cup of Evil Twin (who are THEY?) coffee or, if the time is right, indulge in a cold craft beer and yummy hotdog.
Take your time. Chill on the deck-chairs outside. The people in this part of town are worth watching. Pretend you’re Spielberg, they’re on your movie set.
After all that strain, you can take 5 long steps across the road and you’re in State of the Art ( www.stateoftheart-gallery.com). This gallery space accomplishes the incredible trick of having art that you can buy for under R1,000.
Of course, for those with trust funds there are the more expensive pieces but either way browsing is free. You’ll leave inspired by South Africa’s great creative talent.
Right next door is Blackwood Brothers, home to SA designed Turkish woven denim wear, indestructible Red Wing boots and provocatively named Naked and Famous.
To wrap off your day take a few steps back across the road, head up the stairs to Outrage of Modesty ( http://anoutrage.com) a cocktail bar unlike many others. Where else other than Shortmarket Street are you going to drink an Apple-Miso or a Fallen Fruit, with "flavours of poached pear, curry leaf, burnt sugar and vanilla"?
The mind boggles.
In 20 metres and 2 hours, you’re guaranteed to think you’ve stepped through The Looking Glass into another world filled with creativity, tastes and cool Cape Town-ness. Take a break and head down to Shortmarket Street today.