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10 places to eat at the Waterfront’s new Silo District

Inside The Silo Hotel. Photo supplied.

The Zeitz MOCAA Gallery, Africa’s largest museum of contemporary art, has brought with it the rapid development of the surrounding Silo District. According to V&A Waterfront, the goal with the food offering was variety. “We wanted the food offering to complement the uniqueness of this newly developed mixed-use precinct,” explains retail executive Alex Kalablin. “Our objective was to launch brand new food concepts specifically for this location for a diverse mix of users and visitors with accessibility, quality and variety in mind.” The adjacent Clock Tower Precinct is also set to gain a new food option, when the first Western Cape branch of Lupa Osteria opens there, in November 2017. Exciting stuff!

From the elegant offerings at the Silo Hotel, to the quirkier eatery options around it, here’s where to eat when visiting Cape Town’s incredible new addition.

The Silo Hotel

The Granary Café
This more accessible sixth floor spot in the historic Silo Hotel offers a comfortable yet contemporary menu offering with gorgeous interiors and cityscape views. Head here for breakfast with classic options like eggs Benedict; lunch with grill-house favourites like steak frites; or a post-museum visit Royal Tea, with dainty teatime treats. There are also champagne and carving trolleys that add even more elegance to the experience. Reservations are required.

A dessert at The Granary Cafe. Photo supplied.

The Willaston Bar
Also on the sixth floor of the hotel is this swanky aqua-hued bar. No reservations are required but the space fills up quickly thanks to the cosy vibe and glorious views. Access into the hotel itself is also subject to availability and current occupation. Order a classic cocktail or two, or enjoy sipping on an impressive range of wines. Light bar snacks – including cheese and charcuterie – are available.

Inside the handsome Willaston Bar. Photo supplied.

The Silo Rooftop
This popular space on the rooftop of the hotel offers incredible 360-degree views of the city. The reclined seating is ideal for lazy weekends in the sun while the tempura bar, fresh oysters and flowing bubbles will keep locals and tourists satisfied until sundown. The rooftop location is for hotel guests, but is open to the public by prior reservation.

The Silo Rooftop Bar. Photo supplied.

Silo 1

Now Now
Woolworths-owned NOW NOW offers a fast, healthy and locally sourced solution to a speedy midweek lunch. Breakfasts range from oat, muesli, and flapjack pots to egg buns and toasties, while lunches feature soups, hearty bowls, burgers, wraps and mash pots.

A bowl featuring oak-smoked trout and avo. Photo supplied.

Silo 2

Lindt Chocolate Studio
Visit the new location for the Lindt Studio to buy your favourite chocolate bar or Lindt balls in bulk. Alternatively, hand-pick your choice of pralines from the glass display case. You’ll also find macarons with chocolate ganache fillings made from the Excellence Lindt range, as well as nougat, hand-made chocolate and Lindt hot chocolate. The studio runs chocolate courses that range from basic to professional and they also stock all the tools of the trade, from moulds to transfer sheets.

Silo 4

The Yard
You’ll find this stylish new drinks-and-dinner spot in the Zeitz MOCAA’s shadow. The space offers a concept store, to-go food, and sit-down dining with a menu that features Mediterranean, Indian, Oriental and Middle Eastern influences. The sociable platter-style food makes for a good after-work drinks spot with some reasonably priced wines and beers from Spice Route and CBC. Also peruse retail items from local producers.

A dish at The Yard. Photo supplied.

Silo 5

Si! Cantina-Sociale
At this stylish tapas spot, you’ll find wholesome pub grub with a broad selection of grills, whole vegetables, fish, meat, flatbreads and colourful vegan dishes. The sharing-style offering – which caters for many dietary requirements – makes this a great option for drinks and eats with a group. Plus there are televisions for sport games and a large bar for those lingering evenings.

A breakfast at Si! Cantina Sociale. Photo supplied.

Sushi Box
The trendy concept store for the Sushi Box is housed near office spaces in the Silo District. The grab-and-go and sit-down spot features a brand new menu with an exciting selection of fresh and healthy options including poké bowls, signature sashimi plates, and winning box combos.

Silo 6

RED Roof at Radisson RED Hotel
Another stylish rooftop offering in the area, this casual spot atop the new Radisson RED Hotel is an ideal spot for all-day summer sippers by the pool. The deli counter features morning bites like croissants and flapjacks, while afternoons and evenings will see some cheeky bites like mac ’n cheese, burgers, pizzas, and meat-and-cheese boards. Wash it all down with craft beers from the bright red truck bar.

The Red Roof boasts panoramic views of the city, mountain, and The Silo Hotel. Photo supplied.

OUIBar + KTHCN at Radisson RED Hotel
The ground floor dining option at the hotel offers a similar menu to the rooftop bar, with a few extra options to choose from. Expect dishes like toasty broccoli brooms with sesame and garlic; prawn boxes with chilli, ginger and noodles; and sirloin with baked new potatoes and cowboy butter. There’s also an impressive beverage list with some trendy local labels.

Inside the restaurant. Photo supplied.

Resident pooch Baxter is around to remind you that this spot also caters for furry friends, with a menu of Hill’s Science pet food and healthy treats.

Resident dog, Baxter. Photo supplied.

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