What is it about Cape Town? There’s a kind of magic that infuses every part of her. From the moment I peek over Sir Lowry’s Pass or at the first site of MY Table Mountain, its ethereal allure grabs me in a way that I just can’t get enough of. The Mother City is the perfect place for writers and other creatives to stay inspired, even when inspiration is sorely lacking and motivation follows closely behind it. As a work-from-home writer, Cape Town gives me my creativity boost. A littl inspire-injection.
I’ve put together a list of Cape Town-based places I’ve gone and things I’ve done, as well as those I haven’t, that may just give others the kind of inspiration kick-start they need:
The Drawing Room Café and Gallery
I can’t wait to try this quirky spot out. As a self-described ‘social space’, this coffee shop and meeting spot sounds ideal for those wanting to break the mould and enjoy something new. The gallery showcases stunning design work by locals and the coffee shop and restaurant encourages creativity in every way. There are even colouring-in books. For adults. Adults that can pay for their own coffee get to colour in. #LoveIt
SUP on the Waterfront Canals
I learnt to SUP in Mauritius, motivated to stay on my board by the 30cm spines of the urchins that lay in wait for my untouched tootsies. That was not inspiring. That was scary. Exploring the canals on a SUP at the V & A Waterfront, though, will be something memorable for all the right reasons. A short lesson and all of the necessary equipment are provided. After spending time on the water with views of Table Mountain and the warm South African sunshine on your back, your mind will be cleared, ready to dive right back into work.
Experiencing other cultures can be incredibly special. Their customs, music, language and hospitality can reboot the mind and spirit, casting old thoughts and feelings aside and opening your eyes to new possibilities. What more could a stagnant creative project need? There are many tour operators in Cape Town that offer trips into the massive informal settlements and townships around the city. Many of these include a visit to a shebeen, restaurant, and school; and traditional song and dance performances.
Yoga and Hike Combo
Yes, yes, yes. This is the perfect combination of exercise and relaxation to get the juices flowing and the sparks flying. Inmotion offers a combo package that involves a hike (the length depends on the package you choose), finished off with a yoga sesh atop the mountain and, if you’d like, a glass of wine while watching the sunset. Good for your mind and body. Bliss.
One of the best ways to clean the cobwebs and awaken new pathways is to try something new. Take a class for something unrelated to your work; like cooking, kitesurfing, beading, or writing. Cape Town is brimming with courses and classes. These are also great places to network with corporate folk and to meet other work-from-homers.