The Cape Quarter extension on the block of Somerset/Napier/Dixon/Jarvis Roads in De Waterkant in Cape Town will become a focal point of Cape Town entertainment, and of decor and design shopping, especially as the nearby V & A Waterfront is turning more and more shoppers off with its exorbitant parking fees and its lack of airconditioning for the next month in half of Victoria Wharf. It also will be on the route of 2010 World Cup soccer fans walking to the new Cape Town Stadium from the city center transport and parking hub. It opened at the beginning of the month.
An extension to the original Cape Quarter design and decor center across the road, the new extension has been developed on a far larger and grander scale, with 10 000 sq. meters of retail space and 8 700 sq. meters of office space, reports the Weekend Argus. Deloitte’s have already taken 5 000 sq. meters of office space.
Impressively a modern building has been built against the facades of beautiful historic buildings which are erstwhile industrial buildings and warehouses, on Somerset Road, which have been spruced up and repainted. The center offers 1 000 parking bays, an important requirement due to the shortage of parking in De Waterkant in general. Currently parking is free of charge.
A collection of non-franchised restaurants has been signed up, and includes Cru Cafe (see separate review to come on this blog) and Voila, which have opened already. Vanilla will be the largest and grandest restaurant in the centre, on two levels, and opens at the end of the month. It is being set up by the owners of Tuscany Beach in Camps Bay. Other restaurants to open are Kuzina – Greekooking, LAZARI, and BICCCS (Bread, Ice Cream, Cakes, Coffee, Croissants, Sandwiches). Andiamo, which has a large presence in the original Cape Quarter, has a coffee shop Espresso at the entrance.
The star of the centre at the moment is the most amazing Spar Gourmet Food Store at the entrance, with 1 600 sq. meters. The retail outlet stuns with its fresh look, large variety of products stocked, including wines, and its fresh foods and bakery products.
Furniture and decor shops to open include Gonsenhauser’s Fine Rugs, Victorian Bathrooms, Bank’s Kitchen Boutique, EuroCasa, Pierre Cronje, and homeware shops. It will have a Hilton Spa, a gym, hairdresser, a range of 15 fashion shops, 4 arts and curio shops, a Tops liquor store, and a pet shop.
A programme of live entertainmnet is planned from November.
Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com