This Wednesday the Mother City welcomes legendary band Foo Fighters to her humble shores. The fan walk, which links the city centre to Green Point, is the quintessential pre-concert experience – a right of passage, if you will – where excited fans stream through the streets on their way to the stadium. And while the concert only starts at 6.30pm, the festivities tend to kick off a little earlier.
Whether you’re looking for a leisurely lunch to line your stomach or a celebratory cocktail (or both), we’ve pulled together a list of some of our favourite spots positioned along the fan walk.
Situated on the Piazza in the trendy Cape Quarter, Andiamo serves up traditional Italian fare ranging from salads and antipasti to pizza, pasta, meat and seafood. They also have a decent cocktail and shooter menu featuring all the usual suspects along with a Pimm’s No. 1 jug – the ideal refreshment to combat the heat. This is a great choice for those who want to enjoy a late lunch and a crisp beverage before the concert, but remember to book in advance.
This unapologetically camp and vibey burger bar and cocktail lounge is something of an institution in Green Point, making it perfect for a pre-concert bash. Grab one of their legendary Beefcakes burgers or sip an icy cocktail or milkshake from the extensive drinks menu. On Wednesday they will be setting up an outdoor beer and tequila bar for thirsty passers by, so be sure to pop in for a quick tipple before the show.
While it’s technically not on the fan walk, Beluga can be found one road down from Somerset, at The Foundry. Best book in advance as this restaurant buzzes with activity from noon until late, due in part to their half-price dim sum and cocktail specials that run from 12pm to 7pm. If you’re not lucky enough to snag a table, you can still enjoy drinks at the bar.
Green Point’s quintessential Mexican hotspot, El Burro, is fully booked from 2pm onwards this Wednesday, but the restaurant’s younger sibling, Cabrito, is open for business and ready to accommodate thirsty concertgoers. Located below El Burro, this small bar serves a selection of craft beers, wine and, of course, lots of tequila. You can also munch on a few snack items such as chilli poppers, nachos, droëwors and peanuts.
The perfect spot if you prefer to take things slower, Café Extrablatt’s large shaded balcony is great for a late lunch and chilled cocktail before hitting the stadium. To complement their vast cocktail menu, they’re running a number of summer specials, including a Californian chicken wrap with summer greens, French fries, a pineapple dipping sauce and a cold Hunters Dry for R75.
This Cuban cocktail bar and cigar lounge buzzes with activity until the late, making it the perfect place to get the party started. Come Wednesday, Cubaña will offer a reduced menu packed with their most popular cocktails and eats so you can enjoy a quick bite before heading to the stadium.
Hudson’s is a firm favourite with those who enjoy beefy burgers paired with frothy craft beer. Concertgoers can grab a meal from a special menu – a limited menu to cater to a larger crowd – or take advantage of some of great drinks specials. On the day of the Foos concert you can buy a bottle of spirits and receive five shots of tequila on the house or buy five limited edition Black Label Cobalts and get one free.
Located at the beginning of the fan walk in De Waterkant, Keenwä offers authentic Peruvian eats in a chic yet comfortable environment. They serve lunch from 12.30pm to 3pm and dinner from 6pm to 10pm, so if you’re early to the concert (or incredibly late) then this is a great venue to enjoy some tapas-style snacks and a crisp cocktail before the show.
One of our favourite spots for salads, wraps and great lunch specials, Lunchworks is also staying open late to offer a barbecue and cocktails. Pay R25 for a boerie roll, or grab a sandwich or wrap to fill you up before the show. Raspberry cocktails are going for R20 each and there’s a selection of craft beers too.
Located at the Prestwich Memorial, this tranquil coffee shop offers signature Truth coffee blends complemented by a small selection of sandwiches, snacks and pastries. If you’re more of a coffee drinker than a cocktail sipper, then Truth is the perfect spot to grab a hot beverage en route to the stadium. Take a seat inside or sit under the umbrellas outside and watch the crowds stream by.