Cape Town is rising, as Africa’s most exciting city for culture, food and shopping.

In March 2017, the city unveils a truly exciting new hotel: The Silo, above the V&A Waterfront, designed by the darling of the London design scene, Thomas Heatherwick. It occupies the elevator house and the adjacent storage annex of the historic grain silo complex above the new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) — a contemporary art museum opening in March 2017 to rival the likes of the Tate Modern in London, MoMA in New York and Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid. Throw in the burst of new restaurants — our local favorites easily justifies a three-night pause at the beginning or end of your Southern African journey. And that is before you’ve made time for the shopping. Cape Town is one of the great retail capitals of the world, measured not by size, but the good taste of its boutiques. We can provide the inside track on the city’s contemporary style, from Merchants on Long for leopard-print Swasu sneakers, Frazer Parfum scents and Okapi bags, to Africa Nova and Halstead for exceptional homewares including Ardmore ceramics, and Ali Lamu bags. Artist studios can also be visited by appointment. Call ROAR AFRICA for more.