Tables at restaurants and bars on the ‘Camps Bay Strip’ are probably the most in-demand in the city during tourist season. It’s where the beautiful people come out to play in one of the city’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, set between Table Mountain and a beautiful beach lapped by the Atlantic. At its peak, the place is generally wall-to-wall models, supercars and thundershowers of money. It’s not a criticism – it’s just the scene, and Camps Bay owns its bling, unapologetically.
Chinchilla is a relatively new rooftop bar on the strip, part of the Kove Collection which owns several restaurants there. There’s nothing blingy about it – the tones are muted, the décor stylish but simple and the music, chilled – but it’s still bound to draw in the cocktail jet-set because of its pristine see-and-be-seen location.
Tables at the railing overlooking the beachfront are snapped up pretty quickly, but an advance reservation could nab you one. There are plenty of comfortable couch set-ups too, for bigger groups looking to settle in for the afternoon and work their way through the cocktail menu as the flotilla of resident DJ’s provide a vibe that ramps up as the sun sets and then maintain an aura of sophisticated sounds as the night elongates.
The cocktail menu is bound to have something on it to please everyone, with a focus on crisp flavours and interesting variations on classics. Margaritas upgrade with the introduction of vanilla, orange and pomegranate; G&T’s come in watermelon & mint, peach & sage and litchi & basil iterations and the Purple Haze of vodka, coconut milk, litchi juice & ginger is served in an iced alchemist’s bowl.
The Strip is the home of bling, so there’s the option to buy your whiskey, gin ,vodka and tequila by the flash bottle, while there’s a decent champagne, MCC and wine list, with decent by-the-glass options.
Chinchilla is definitely the kind of spot where you settle in for the long haul with a group of friends, so thankfully the food menu stands up to the cocktail offering, from bar snacks (antipasti) to sandwiches (roast beef and a killer grilled cheese); light bites (oysters, prawns, beef carpaccio) to mains (prawns, crayfish, rib eye) and a dessert menu topped by a Hennessy-infused chocolate extravaganza with coffee ice cream.
Keep an eye on their ‘What’s On’ page for updates on DJ sets – you’ll catch some of SA’s top names at their weekend ‘Sunset Sessions’ during summer, and you can book a spot via the site to catch them.
Shop 120, Second Floor,The Promenade Building,
Victoria Road, Camps Bay.