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Insider: Sea Point with Rashiq Fataar

Founder of Our Future Cities shares his favourite places in the neighbourhood

Cape Town born and bred, Rashiq prefers public transport to driving and loves a good cup of coffee. These are two of many reasons why Sea Point became his neighbourhood of choice.

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Rashiq in his Sea Point apartment

For a good cup of coffee, Rashiq recommends a new cafe called Kleinsky's (95 Regent Rd) which has just opened in the end of Sea Point.  "They have this beautiful timber bar made of little pieces of wood and some art on the wall, too", he says. "My friend Lucie exhibited her sketches of Atlantic Seaboard there". Bootlegger (39-41 Regent) is a favourite when it comes to breakfasts. "I go there every second or third Sunday. The only thing I don't like about this place is its service — sometimes they have more staff than people". 

Sea Point Promenade is the area's main artery. Rashiq likes the little market by Sea Point pool. On some days he will cycle the length of the promenade all the way to Saunders beach. It's the last one before the turn up to Bantry Bay. "Because of a high wall it's very quiet", Rashiq says. "I go there to read a book or watch the sunset. They are amazing that side". 

Vibrant Main road hosts three of Rashiq's favourite spots, all next door from each other. Andy's Sushi (315 Main Road) and right next to it is Shwarma Express (315 Main Road, www.shawarmaexpress.com). "No one admits going there, but everyone does!", he laughs. And then, Kushi (315 Main Road)". Rashiq thinks it is the best Indian in Cape Town. "Their veg biryani is R60 and can feed four people".  

The only thing that's missing in the area, in Rashiq's opinion, is a good bakery. "There is a place called Denise's Delights, just after St Johns Piazza, but I haven't been inside", he says. Fortunately, there is a Spar on Main road with a Lindt chocolate counter which makes up for the absence of freshly baked pastries. Myog (76 Regent Road) at the Point centre is his favourite frozen yoghurt spot. "It's a great place to bump into friends after dinner, with new flavours every month".

At night, Rashiq goes out for pizza at Posticino (323 Main Road, www.posticino.co.za) or burgers at Engruna (343 Main road, http://www.engruna.co.za/) where he'll have his favourite ostrich or jalapenjo option. He prefers relaxed nice dinners to crazy nights out. "I don't think Sea Point is a big going out area", he says. "It is perfect for drinks with friends though". We couldn't agree more.

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Author Ksenia Mardina
Date 18 March 2015

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