In search of my current addiction for brunch (Doppio’s meze calamari in cajun cream – come on it’s officially winter, so I need comfort food) we park the car on Long Street and en route to St George’s Mall, just two short blocks away, pass a parade of Cape Town cool.


Mungo and Jemima  had just unpacked winter brogues.

A sideglance takes in the David West and Dokter and Misses boutique where fashion, furniture and homewares share floorspace.

What is it about yellow these days?

The Church Street traders and my addled brain has forgotten her name but this trader is the source of my much loved vintage briefcase and Michael’s 50s Nikon camera bag.

Mpumie Silimga whose Woodstock studio I mean to visit soon has a rush on boots and leather jackets.


Budding fashionistas and and PR students Lunga Makayi and Tholofelu Makgalare check out the wares for the second day in a row.

 Mishkaah Gabier is a freelance stylist, adding to her wardrobe.

 Even the SAPS in the City look stylish. Nomsa Toleni is HR manager for the South African Police Services (SAPS).

And the lawyers were not going to be outdone either – Robert Siddle and Ross McKernan outside Deluxe Coffee.

It’s Thursday so I get to see the earthfair foodmarket on Upper St Georges Mall. It’s a relatively small market but the offerings are good – cheeses, sausages, flowers, fruits and veggies and plenty of cooked take-aways to grab for lunch. It seems pretty popular too and adds a great vibe to this section of the mall.


It’s a great place to bump into people you know.

Tina Smith of the D6 Museum looking for lunch.

Educationist Clive Roos and  his China-based fashion designer daughter Catherine (below) are on the hunt for vegetarian dishes.

Upper Church Street on a Thursday is a great place to people-watch too.

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