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What to see and do in the new Silo District

There’s no question that the new Silo District, just outside the V & A Waterfront, is going to be the place to be and be seen this summer season.

Billions of Rands later, what was once an area of bare, cement grain silos, is now home to some of the most prestigious brands and names in the country. We’ve put together a list of our top things to do and see in the new Silo District.

Lindt Chocolate Boutique

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Having moved from their old home in Green Point, the new Lindt Chocolate Boutique & Studio has opened in the Silo district of the Waterfront, and is, well, heaven. The only retail store with a studio attached outside of Switzerland, Capetonians can feel pretty special that this chocolate oasis is in our back yard. Apart from all sorts of chocolate classes, there is a small cafe counter, where you can order coffee and Lindt hot chocolate, as well as create your own customised chocolate bar. This takes 8 minutes and allows you to choose from a selection of extraordinary toppings – a fantastic gift idea. Oh, and there’s also a gelato counter, just in case your sweet tooth wasn’t already in overdrive.

Radisson RED

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Situated next to the Zeitz MOCAA, Radisson RED out-bid more than 60 hotels for this coveted spot. A short walk to the Waterfront and in the hub of the new Silo district, the hotel is inspired by art, music and fashion, with so many unique, quirky features that we can’t even begin to share them all here. If you’re looking for a hotel out of the ordinary, you will certainly find it at Radisson RED –  with coffee cups designed by local artists, BMW motorbikes that will take you to work or a meeting if you’re running late, and a rescued Boston Terrier mascot, Baxter, who encourages you to help other four-legged friends in need. Their roof-top pool deck also deserves special mention, and it sure to be a hotspot for sundowners as we head into season.

Zeitz MOCAA

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Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) could be said to be the founding name of the Silo District, as we now know it. A contemporary art museum that is set to open this Heritage Day weekend, you can find twenty-first century art from Africa and its Diaspora spread over one hundred galleries and nine floors. Tickets are available here.

Kirsten Goss

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Having studied at the University of Stellenbosch where she obtained a Fine Arts degree in Jewellery Design, Kirsten Goss has been creating beautiful pieces for over 15 years – with her most recent store opening in the Silo District. Working in a number of metals with precious and semi-precious stones, her jewellery is entirely hand finished, with the most seemingly insignificant aspects of every piece meticulously laboured until perfect.