Historic cities uphold magnificent and unique indoor space that visitor often miss. Some are behind very well-known exteriors, often passed by, some have a more humble facade. Here are some of those worth to be delayed at:

The Old City Hall concert space, which is called The Grand Hall, is the home of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.

The hall went through an expensive renovation and restoration process about two years ago which brought it back to its well-deserved architectural glory. Every aspect of the venue was rebuilt or attended to, including the Pipe Organ that dominates the back of the stage.

If you would like to experience the space’s full potential, look out for the Philharmonic Dress rehearsals, usually a day before or the daytime of the scheduled concert. You can watch the rehearsal for a nominal fee.

A virtual visit to the Old City Hall is available on the Cape Town Municipality website.

The Center for the Book in Cape Town is an Edwardian style rotunda. The building is located across the Company’s Garden on Queen Victoria Street.

The building belongs to national Libraries of SA and usually hosts book related events.

Another gem under the same subject is The Book Lounge. A privately owned book store on 71 Roeland Street, packed with books from floor to ceiling.

The passionate staff will gladly help with any enquiry, advice and information about local literature.

Not far, on 36 Buitenkant Street, the Truth Coffee Artisanal roastery, world-class café, steampunk inspired space is located.

On the culinary side, Truth Coffee Roasting has specialised in selecting and roasting the world’s most exclusive coffees and has been voted the world’s best coffee shop by The Daily Telegraph for two years in a row.

This is definitely the place to make your coffee break amazing.

For a late, into the night experience, with music, beautiful people and a local vibe try Harringtons Cocktail Lounge. Although a very humble entrance, a staircase will lead you into a second floor of old elegance with wooden floors, a looooong bar and velvety sitting niche.

Harringtons, a classic cocktail lounge, restaurant and boutique bar, evokes a feeling of otherworldly opulence and style. Harry is home on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 4pm and on Saturdays from 6pm until late.

Along the beach you can’t miss the firm presence of the Green Point Lighthouse. It was first lit on 12 April 1824. It was the first solid lighthouse structure on the South African coast and is the oldest operational lighthouse in the country.

The lighthouse was designed by the German architect Herman Shutte. Building commenced in 1821 and was completed in 1823. In 1865 the building was extended to its present height.

The Green point lighthouse is a national heritage site and is open to the public for a fee and is always a great first time experience for both young and old.


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