Feature image courtesy of Alistair van Wyk
The V&A Waterfront opened as a shopping centre in 1992. Ever since the area has been expanding as a commercial hub, and the Silo District is one of the recent additions to the area. It offers something for everyone. From contemporary art, to sophisticated shopping, to exquisite fine dining.
The Zeitz MOCAA (Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Modern African Art) draws together the area, a striking central feature. It’s a world first, showcasing Africa and its diaspora’s amazing artistic abilities. The actual building itself is part of the artistic appeal of the museum. An old grain silo dating back to the 1920’s was innovatively revamped into this internationally acclaimed museum.
There are dining options galore here! Pop up to the Silo Hotel’s rooftop for champagne and oysters, or try some craft beer with a platter at The Yard. Grab lunch at the Now Now café (Woolworths) and top it off with dessert at the Lindt Chocolate Studio. The chocolate classes are a first of its kind worldwide for Lindt, hosted at the Cape Town and Johannesburg shops.
But wait, there’s more! Try the delectable delicious tapas of Si! Cantina-Sociale, or visit the Granary Café in the Silo hotel for breakfast/lunch. The Radisson RED hotel has the RED Roof and OUIBar + KTHCN to enjoy, with both light deli meals and serious dining options. Last, but not least, the Willaston Bar at the Silo hotel can kick-start your evening with sundowners and a charcuterie board.
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The Imbizo dining table by @chumamweni in situ at our gallery, made for our SGX exhibition in celebration of Southern Guild's 10th anniversary. Also featured are Hare Leaning on Stool by @p2340755, Haywire chandelier by @davidkrynauwontwerp, Behd by @heferporky, Loves Me Loves Me Note table by @vogel_furnituredesign, Miss Fishy chair by @mishakahn, and on the table is Scared Bear by @ferdibdick. #gallery #designgallery #southernguild #africandesign
The sophisticated architecture of the Silo District has made a few local designers sit up and take notice of the inspiring location. Pop in at Kirsten Goss’s studio for exquisite jewellery, with a personal touch. Kat van Duinen focuses on luxurious fashion items and leather goods. Opus is a botanical florist with unique plants and flowers.
History Kept Intact
The Silo District revolves around the revamped old grain silo. Back in the day, it was the tallest African building. Its main purpose was to store grain next to the harbour. And in the 1920’s it was the industrial hub of the city. The restaurants and museum strive to pay tribute to the area’s history.
Between the striking Silo Hotel and eclectic Radisson RED, you are spoilt for choice in the Silo District. Both hotels feature epic views over the harbour and city and have state-of-the-art amenities. It’s a hard choice between the two, you might have to split your stay! Round off your trip with a session at the local Virgin Active gym.
The Silo District hosts special contemporary and classical music concerts from December to February. Concerts are scheduled for Friday afternoons, from 7pm with free entry. Click here for more information.
Plus, the Silo Market is a great addition to the local markets scene. It takes place on the last Saturday of every month from 10am to 3pm, with free entry. The unique creative market experience has two partners, Cape Craft and the Design Institute. They strive to create a platform for young talented artists to showcase their innovative products.
It’s also a great way to get direct feedback from the public. It’s very exclusive, offering exceptional products not widely available. While you are browsing, up-and-coming young performers will keep you entertained with background music.
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