Day-tripping Cape Town: The Waterfront's trendy Silo District

2018-03-27 21:00 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town - If you've not yet had the opportunity to visit the trendy new Silo District, there is plenty to plan your visit around.

Along with the new concept Radisson Red Hotel, the District is home to eateries such as Woolworths’ NOW NOW, Sushi Box, the Granary Café and the Willaston Bar located within the prestigious Silo Hotel, as well as a Virgin Active Classic Club.

From lifestyle design eateries such as the Yard to ultra-luxurious stays at the Silo Hotel- the arty urban space is worthy of a lazy Sunday morning brunch or even a chilled weekday of spoils packed with self-care.  

DON'T MISS: Also,  on Friday, 6 April the last of autumn’s free V&A Waterfront Silo District Concerts will be taking place between 6.30pm and 8pm with the big, bold sound of Mike Campbell’s Big Band. 

The dynamic musicians in the 20-piece band will introduce the audience to the foot-tapping, finger-clicking big band sound of classic swing, jazz, Latin American, contemporary and local favourites, with arrangements by Professor Campbell. 

Here are some of the highlights to check out in the endlessly cool Silo District: 
  • Zeitz MOCAA Museum

The jaw-dropping Zeitz MOCAA is an experience on the list of any self-respecting contemporary art lover right now.   

A geometric marvel in its own right, the museum structure is a seamless collaboration where architecture and art meet.  Yet it is unique in combining the usual white walls we see in art galleries with the raw concrete of the silo. 

  • Exhibit: Click here to see the full programme.
  • Tickets: Daily admission - R180 per adult.
  • Online tickets: Tickets available at Webtickets. Tickets are valid for 7-days and are non-refundable.
  • Under 18: Enter free. To ensure access for all, children under the age of 18 years can visit the museum and enjoy cutting-edge art from Africa and the Diaspora free of charge.
  • Wednesdays: Free entry for South Africans and African citizens, between 10 am – 1 pm.
  • First Fridays: Half price admission between 4 pm – 9 pm every first Friday of the month.

This 450-square-metre flagship design destination in the Silo District is a multi-faceted venue that includes a concept store, an in-house studio range of furniture, and the new Southern Guild Gallery. They host regular exhibitions, so be sure to plan accordingly.  

  • Si Cantina Sociale

Inspired and influenced by the Mediterranean, Si Cantina Sociale is the place to pop into for a light, if not varied selection of tasty tapas and delectable cocktails.    

  • The Yard

Designed to be a fluid space that easily allows for fine-dining, formal dinners to on-the-go deli brunches - you can choose from a variety of Indian to Asian to Mediterranean and South African inspired cuisine. 

Don't Miss: Sunday Brunch with live jazz.  

  • The Silo Rooftop

This walk-around roof offers spectacular views of the some of the most beautiful parts of Cape Town. While the Silo Rooftop is for hotel guests and it is open to the public by reservation only.

This unisex salon allows for all the pampering and grooming, along with pedi-spa grooming in their custom, industrial chill-zone. While all the bells are on offer, their service offering includes eyelash extensions, 6D microblading, and an extensive range of hair treatments.

  • LINDT Chocolate Studio

Perfect for some school holiday spoiling. Head over to the LINDT Boutique for chocolate making classes, tasting and pairing Click here to book your experience.  

  • Kirsten Goss

If you're into unique and handcrafted jewellery design, then you have to stop in here. Goss has a degree in Fine Arts degree in Jewellery Design and over 15 years in meticulous to detail experience which evidently shows in her craftmanship. 

The Silo square is rounded off with a beautiful boutique flower shop specialising in hanging, flowers and plant related design. Stop in to check out their interesting botanical related gifts as well as unique installations. 
  • Radisson RED Hotel

The millennial-centric hotel has lived up to its promises with a unique focus on attention to detail and exciting amenities. Spending a night in the new and funky hotel has left us wanting to set up shop as the new ‘residents’ of the Radisson RED. And from the outside looking in, entrenching the hotel’s philosophy on providing synergy in the implementation of customer services, a casual approach, and innovation must have been no small feat. 

REVIEW: Radisson officially paints Cape Town's trendy Silo District RED