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Places of interest and things to do in Claremont

1 Eat

The Larder is the realisation of owner Sonja Edridge’s vision to have a ­neighbourhood ­community cafe. “It’s turned into a ­version of Cheers. Surrounding office workers gather for pre-work coffees and chin wags and pop back for lunch,” she says. “Everyone knows everyone. We are renovating soon, so we can make more space for ready-to-eat items.” 021 671 1958.

2 Drink 

Behind the baristas at Kahvé Road in Cavendish Square are shelves to the ceiling, filled with beans and pods from its range of five distinct signature blends. Whether you want something subtle, or prefer it bold and strong like your men, decaf or even rooibos, Kahvé – “black liquid” in Turkish – has your perfect match. 021 671 1607.

3 Stay 

The Vineyard was built in 1799 for Lady Anne Barnard. Today it is a 211-room luxury hotel set in a riverside garden estate. There are four restaurants on the property (five in ­summer) and an on-site spa and gym. The Vineyard is a certified member of Fair Trade Tourism. 021 651 4500.

I grew up in Claremont and now live minutes away from my old school, Groote Schuur. I seemed to have gravitated right back to my beginnings. Sharing my childhood rituals with my children is so comforting. Seeing the lush shadows of the mountain every morning on the way to school is such a treat – we pinch ourselves every day. – Resident Sonja Edrige Picture: Supplied

4 Shop

Cavendish Square (021 657 5600) is a destination experience with dozens of shops as well as cinemas, fast food outlets, premium restaurants and coffee shops. Behind it in Cavendish Close is a row of pretty shops, including Habits Fashion Boutique (021 671 7330) with its classic garments in the best quality fabrics. Storm in A-G Cup (021 674 6629) specialises in giving women free personal advice on the ­correct fitting of their bras, underwear and ­swimwear.

5 Read 

From its beginnings as a stall at Green Point flea market in the early 1990s, Readers Den Comic Shop moved to fixed premises as it grew. Now located in Stadium On Main, the specialist store is owned and managed by brothers Nizar and Mahdi Abrahams. Readers Den Comic Shop specialises in the latest imported comics, graphic novels, manga, comic supplies, back issue comics, action figures, statues and  posters, as well as a vast array of pop culture products and merchandise.  021 671 9551.

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