Hanneli Rupert’s Cape Town

Insider’s Guide


Hanneli Rupert is the founder of South African luxury bag and accessories brand, Okapi, and the brains behind Merchants on Long, Cape Town’s original Hip boutique. Here she gives Hip Africa the lowdown on her home city.



Why do you love Cape Town and what would you like people to know about the city?


I love Cape Town not only because it is the most beautiful city in the world but also for the relaxed lifestyle, creativity, spontaneity and respect for nature and mankind that it embodies. I would like people to know that you don’t need to just visit the most popular destinations in Cape Town, the smaller towns and off the beaten track restaurants are just as beautiful and exciting.



What is your favourite Cape Town vibe for a night out?


Cape Town is a very spontaneous city, it is best not to try and schedule anything because your plans will change 1000 times over. Good weather is often an indicator for a good night out, which at best rolls from one place (the beach) to the next (beach bar) and on to a fun dance spot (aces and spades) in town.


Best meal in Cape Town?


Some of my favourite restaurants in Cape Town are Del Mar for Mexican in Camps Bay, La Perla for great seafood in Sea Point, La Colombe for a long lazy lunch and Pot Luck Club or Charanga for cocktails and tapas.


Best place to shop (other than Merchants on Long)?


I normally start on Long Street at Merchants on Long and wander up past all the small antique and bric a brac shops cutting across to Bree, near the top around Wale Street. Everything changes so frequently and there are always new and interesting things to see. I also like De Waterkant, where you must be sure to stop at Maison Mara. Quagga books in Kalk Bay has always been a favourite.


Where do you like to go when you need to decompress?


I get out of the city (although it isn’t a city that makes you need to decompress from that much) to the west coast (Paternorster or Church Haven) or to Hermanus.


What common misconception about Cape Town would you like to clear up?


I think Cape Town is becoming well known for its quality and so that is no longer a misconception luckily. I think that it would be nice if people realised the city has a wonderful vibrance and unique spirit that make it so much more than a beach holiday destination, and whilst the summer is the best, winters in the Western Cape can be wonderful too.

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