Cape Town has become a twilight zone of storybook quaintness. Everywhere you turn, there's a street or square filled with the kind of dangling magic you'd expect to find in a children's book. Painters brushing African strokes of Table Mountain, antique stores with collectors' teddy bears and breakfast restaurants serving homemade yoghurt, speckled with freshly crunched muesli. Little Chelsea, in Wynberg, could very well work as a backdrop to a Brothers Grimm tale with its white houses with green front doors and bicycles carrying pink baskets with bread and flowers. Here are some of the reasons we're in love with this village.

1) It’s home to Cape Town’s best Thai restaurant

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If the sweet spiciness of Satay Gai and crispy duck has your taste buds erupting in Beethoven’s final symphony, join the queue outside Erawan. A Buddha statue and two waitresses dressed in long traditional gold dresses bridge the gap between the unassuming entrance and an exotic haven of scents and flavours. The colour scheme (orange, red and white) delivers calm comfort to groups and couples sharing baskets of prawn, bamboo and chestnut dumplings alongside rice noodles with black bean sauce. If Thai is what you’re after, Little Chelsea has all your reasons.
15 Wolfe Street, Wynberg, +27 21 797 5000


2) It has a spa

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Going for beauty and relaxation treatments is as much about the therapy as the surroundings. Spa’s and salons have to be sanctuaries of glamour and luxury. Chelsea Aesthetic Centre is a decadent daydream of silver velvet, Venetian mirrors, starlight lamps and heavy golden drapes. You’ll have a vitamin peel underneath a black and white chandelier and a hot stone massage next to the soothing sound of a gentle water fountain. They also offer serious anti-aging services such as electrolysis, micro-needling and non-surgical face lifts.
51A Waterloo Road, Wynberg, +27 21 797 5001


3) It’s where the designers go décor and furniture shopping

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When it comes to interior finishes and touches, uniqueness is the name of the game. Having the same dining room table or cherry Chesterfield as one’s neighbour is simply not the most Architectural Digest thing to do. Little Chelsea has built up a formidable reputation as a furniture and design shopping destination and we selected our preferred stores: Pierre Cronje has mastered the domain of signature solid wood furniture. Artistic coffee table creations and French oak servers are some of his classic showroom pieces. Then there’s Chelsea Garden & Home, where an assembly of the most exclusive and coveted brand names of fabrics, rugs, garden furniture and lighting features are represented and displayed.

Pierre Cronje, 1 ½ Wolfe Street, Wynberg, + 27 21 761 4534
Chelsea Garden & Home, 1 Durban Road, Wynberg, +27 21 762 0071


4) It’s where we can splash out on art

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Pablo Picasso once said that “art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”. We find that sort of cleansing inspiration at In.Fin.Art gallery and framing shop. It beams and radiates the work of David Kuijers, Ros Walters, Debbie Field and Gillian Key as well as other richly talented sketchers and painters. Shopping and browsing here is like floating between Monet’s water lilies and peering through van Gogh’s sunflowers. It’s a room only seen through rose-tinted glasses.
9 Wolfe Street, Wynberg, +27 21 761 2816


5) It’s where we can watch Shakespeare in the park

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There’s something about going to an open-air theatre. Especially when the play is straight from the pages of a Shakespearian tragedy. Artscape brings a William Shakespeare classic to the Maynardville Open Air Theatre every summer. It may not be the right time of the year yet, but we want to make sure you’re ahead of the pack when tickets become available.
Corner of Wolfe and Church Street, +27 21 421 7695

By Suzette Leal

Suzette only stays at home to watch Orange Is The New Black. She limits her fluid intake to water, wine and champagne and she absolutely doesn't get the selfie trend. Burma is next on her to-do list. That, and salmon fishing in Iceland.