There's no denying that the Mother City is any aesthete's mecca - it's a visual diary just waiting to be explored, meticulously curated, and documented.

While I do always acknowledge that my Instagram page was way more colourful when I lived in Cape Town, I think perhaps I took for granted how easily I could create IG content when I was there versus now... in this grey concrete jungle that seems like it can only be garnished by our own colourful clothes. 

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I was reminded of this the minute I checked in at The Onyx Hotel and Luxury Apartments in up-and-coming business district, The Foreshore, when I visited CT for work recently.

I mean, the bottle green velvet couch by the lobby demands that you drape your limbs over it with more leisurely than a cashmere throw. 

Or at least, pose close enough to it...

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tuesday ????‍?? ?? : @xx_niquita_xx ?

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And you'll be glad to know that the couches in the suites are just as inviting too, especially if you're a Netflix champion like me. 

And if you're someone who never misses an opportunity to take a mirror selfie, The Onyx is just the place for you to do so given the interior decor of each suite:

Okay, besides the furniture, this new hotel really has quite a charm to it - the views, darling. The views. 

The Onyx â?? a dramatic repurposing of the iconic

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Doing what needed to be done.

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And the picture-ready spots thanks to the fact that their fourth floor features a bar, a lounge and relaxation area, top-class gym facilities, an indoor-outdoor swimming pool with views of Cape Town and Table Mountain, and a spa managed by Sanctuary Signature Spas.

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Last week was lit?

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Sapphire

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I've always said Cape Town does food better, and many more will agree with me when I say that the Mother City is indeed known for its thriving foodie scene, as it offers some of the most diverse and world-class restaurants enjoyed by both international tourists and local crowds. Honestly, take it from someone who dined at both The Onyx restaurants - Asian tapas restaurant YU for dinner, and MRKT for lunch before I headed back to Jozi. 

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Inspired by growing interest in unique culinary experiences and travel, global food trends have shifted towards the informal, with shared plates and a more relaxed attitude to dining out. I also think this is one of Cape Town's biggest selling points when it comes to dining at CT spots - the sentiment of kinship that sharing various dishes inspires. 

Menu highlights for my friends and I included Beef Short Rib Bao and a selection of unusual sushi dishes like the Marinated Seared Salmon with burnt spicy mayo and crispy bits. Oh, and not forgetting the salted Edamame beans. 

YU restaurant

YU opening hours: Mondays to Saturdays, 12pm – 11pm

But enough about my 'One Night in the Mother City' memoirs - here are some other popular trendy spots loved by content creators both in Cape Town and Joburg (expect a few multiple nominees in both cities): 

Cape Town 

For the views 

Radisson Red

Cloud 9 Hotel 

For nature's backdrops

Babylonstoren and the winelands

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A day out to @laborieestate #fixtribe ??

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For interior design appreciation

Gorgeous George, The Silo and Bobo's Brasserie

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Hello Hi #homeofclassics

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For the art

The Silo, Clod 9 Boutique Hotel, and Gorgeous George


For the white robe aesthetic

Radisson Red and Romney Park Luxury Apartments

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Joburg 

For the perfect backdrop

The Whippet and Keyes Art Mile

Everard Gallery

For the art

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa, Keyes Art Mile, and Maboneng

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waiting for godot ??: @3rdeyetwiceshy

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Or you could just be the art...

For the ideal bedroom aesthetic

Craftmanship, Maboneng

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