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Dressed to impress

The Naked Kitchen & Coffee Bar, a new addition to Morningside Shopping Centre in Johannesburg, is an extension of the Naked Coffee brand by Shaun Els and Victor Barbosa. Tristan du Plessis from Studio A, who’s known for his edgy, high-end spaces, designed the deli. The brand is about celebrating an artisanal product, so Tristan focused on custom-designed details from handmade emerald green tiles to leather and brass light fittings. 011 883 0291

In good taste

The newly revamped MCC Krone Tasting Deck and Tasting Room in Tulbagh, part of the Twee Jonge Gezellen homestead, was sensitively restored by siblings Abigail and Sven Rands, and is a celebration of contemporary art, sculpture and collectible design. Project director Tracy Lynch of Studio Lee Lynch focused on South African furniture and design for visitors to enjoy pieces by the likes of Gregor Jenkin, Wiid Design and Meyer Von Wielligh. Sample complimentary tastings of Krone’s one-vintage-only MCC on the raised deck with views over the picturesque valley to Winterhoek, Witzenberg and the Obiqua Mountains, or inside the Tasting Room with its dramatic picture window onto the cellar.

Sacred space

Rare Earth’s latest hotel, The Old Rectory in Plettenberg Bay, dates back to 1777, making it the oldest building in the coastal town. The national monument has been restored in line with Cape Dutch architecture (one of many eras it’s lived through), with existing features such as yellowwood floors and trusses giving it a unique charm. The 18 suites are grouped in three blocks separate to the original heritage building, which houses the reception and restaurant areas. Interior designer Merylle Legh chose a flora and fauna theme inspired by the hotel’s location and beautiful Garden Route vegetation. She combined traditional furniture and contemporary fabrics to bridge the past and the present, and raise it to the level of a five-star hotel. It’s exclusiveuse restaurant and spa will ensure that guests don’t go far for refreshment and relaxation.

Fine food fast

Feel like a quick lunch or dinner prepared by internationally renowned chef Jenny Ward? It’s easy: check out Chefs in Cape Town’s website, order from their delicious three-course menu, which is updated daily, then pop in for your tailor-made fine dining experience. We did. And we highly recommend the hearty lamb stew, paired with a glass of Malbec Cab Franc from Stellenbosch, and the crunchiest, creamiest crème brûlée to finish things off.

Text: Julia Freemantle, Debbie Loots
Photographs: Adriaan Louw, supplied

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