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Extra Virgin -  March 2010

If the predictions are accurate, Cape Town is going to be overrun during the World Cup, with the V&A Waterfront likely to be as frantic as a kicked anthill. But there will be spots where it all seems like somebody else's problem, says Mother City native Arthur Christopher.
Cape to Cuba Kalk Bay
Kalk Bay has a theatre, several restaurants and a couple of decent beaches, but the main attraction is its plethora of eclectic second hand shops selling everything from local craftwork to antiques. About half an hour's drive from Cape Town's CBD it makes the perfect half-day trip. There is no shortage of eateries, but it's all about where you go - the famous Brass Bell restaurant has great views of the sea and a vibrant terrace but despite being inches from the ocean its calamari tastes like shoelaces. Harbour House, on the other hand, has Kalk Bay's best seafood while Olympia Cafe is known for its breakfast. For lunch, you could do a lot worse than the beautifully decorated Cape to Cuba.
Noordhoek Noordhoek
Fifteen years ago it was only surfers and families who dressed their children in hessian sacks who lived in Noordhoek. These days, Noordhoek is a bit like Knysna was; there are mansions on the hills overlooking Long Beach, which stretches for miles from Chapman's Peak to Kommetjie, but if the village is less remote it is no less charming. And with the money has come several good restaurants and cafes to replace the beach cafe, which pre-1990 would sell chip rolls, Fanta grape and stale biltong. One of these restaurants, The Nag's Head, is owned by Bobby Skinstad, a fairly new Noordhoek resident. The spectacular Chapman's Peak drive is open again after a long closure - taking the road will make the journey just as memorable as the destination.

The Old Biscuit Mill Woodstock
Long tipped to be Cape Town's trendiest new postcode - much like NYC's Meat Packing District or London's East End - Woodstock is beginning to deliver on that promise. The Saturday market at the Old Biscuit Mill is a favourite for Cape Town residents and tourists in the know, with over 100 food stalls in the 'Neighbourgoods' market. Superette deli is open all week and has the best lunch in the area and its owners also curate at the nearby Whatiftheworld gallery, home to some of Cape Town's best new art. Most nights, the Albert Hall puts on regular musical and artistic events. Just 10 minutes from the city centre (and far enough from anything World Cup related) it makes the perfect escape when soccer-phobia sets in.