Whichever way the compass spins, you’ll find a wealth of places to eat, drink and make merry in the Cape Town CBD. That said, it’s no surprise that the East City is the latest district to attract the attention of the well-heeled and well-travelled.

Home of Cape Town’s famous Charly’s Bakery, this industrial-commercial area is fast emerging as the new place to be for great eats and good times with a range of offbeat pubs and restaurants to choose from. Here are our top picks:

Belly of The Beast

Unexpectedly exclusive, this pre-booking-online-only restaurant caters for just 20 patrons at a time. If you’re lucky enough to secure a seat, you’ll get to enjoy 5 courses, a palate cleanser, bread, wines and a dessert all served by the chefs themselves.

What’s on the menu? It’s a secret and depends on the whims of chef Neil Swart, previously of the popular Arugula Bistro, and his business partner – Anouchka Horn.

Dust and Dynamite

Swing open the saloon doors of this rocking venue and immerse yourself in days gone by. Swig on a beer and sway to the tunes emitted from the honky-tonk piano in this old-style space overflowing with Wild West paraphernalia and charm.

The Electric

If healthier pursuits are more your thing, head for The Electric. The bright yellow exterior hints at the fresh and wholesome delights to be found inside. Brightly coloured juices fresh from the source, nut milks and light, healthy meals are all on offer within.

The name is all that remains of this once auto-electrical shop where you can also enjoy a chill session upstairs or catch up on some work.

Harrington’s Cocktail Lounge

Head for Harrington’s to join the after-work-drinks crowd for some of the best cocktails in Cape Town. Ornate and sophisticated, this upmarket venue features velvet booths, crystal chandeliers and a handsome L-shaped bar that takes up half the space. Feeling peckish? Order some tapas to go with your drink.

Familiar Favourites

Wherever you go in town, you’re bound to find a coffee shop or two and the East City is no exception. Look out for familiar brands like Truth and the Haas Collective, or try something new at Kamili Coffee on Harrington Street.

Wherever you roam, fine food and fabulous times await when you book Cape Town self-catering accommodation for your stay in the Mother City. Get in touch today and book your place at the table.