Our stay at Curiocity was the second accommodation of our Sisters Trip to Cape Town but I am so excited to share our experience with you, that it’s the first thing I am blogging about since our staycation ended. It is a beautiful apartment building on Main Street, Greenpoint, very quirky and artsy even from the outside.
THE ACCOMMODATION + PARKING AREA
A huge thank you to Lungile who arranged our two-day/ one-night stay and the amazing itinerary she set up before we even arrived. We parked our car in a cute little secured area which I find is always an issue with more off-street parking than anything else, in the city. I’m not too great with judging my car yet, as it’s bigger than the car I had before, so having a spacious parking area is always a plus!
We were greeted by the wonderful Idah who gave us our room key, garage remote control and generously offered to carry our bags. The sanitising stations all over the apartment made us feel incredibly safe and they also had a very clean and fresh aroma in the reception area and especially in our room.
I don’t even know where to start when it comes to the room, it’s so modern and picturesque. A great accommodation space for working, a quick staycation and I’ve recently learnt that they are starting to look at longer stays as well. I think this would be an amazing option to relocate to Cape Town and had I known sooner, I think I would have opted for this. If they were pet friendly, I think I would have made some lifestyle changes real quick!
The colours and style of the studio apartment was perfect for Nadia and I and they offered us experiences we didn’t even know we needed!
THE SUNSET CYCLE ON THE PROMENADE
When we arrived I was feeling a little under the weather, been feeling queazy after the long drive down to Cape Town from Joburg but on our itinerary, we had a 16:00 sunset cycle and it was only in about an hour, as we arrived just before 15:00. It also seemed a little overcast with some light drizzles but we had a hot cup of tea with a great view of the GreenPoint stadium and then put on some win-breakers and headed down to meet our guide, Carol, who was already prepping and sanitizing our bicycles.
Not sure how many of you know this, but I’m pretty short and my bike was definitely made for someone taller, we hadn’t rode a bike in a good couple of years but we were certainly up for a challenge!
Carol is quite honestly one of the most genuinely happy-chaps I’ve met in Cape Town. He has an infectious laugh that I cannot wait for you guys to hear, once the vlog is up on YouTube! We laughed the entire way. Think he was thoroughly entertained but the fact that both Nadia and I were trying to catch our balance with our rather tall bikes but once we took off it was a dream! The weather cleared and we started cycling across the road from the Curiocity apartment building which was through the park and leading to a massive lighthouse.
There is a an awesome walkway leading all the way down from the park to the end of the SeaPoint promenade. We stopped along the way a few times, for some photo-ops and Carol took some REALLY great photoshoot worthy pics! He has a really good eye for capturing moments.
Speaking about moments…the three of us shared the MOST INCREDIBLE MOMENT along our cycle. We stopped to take in the ocean breeze and the fact that we just ‘cruised’ our way down the entire promenade; then we spotted some seagulls nose-diving straight into the water and as we were looking, we spotted about 100 seals! They were swimming in little colonies and the longer we watched them, the more we saw. We spotted some dolphins and even a WHALE! Right there on the SeaPoint promenade. At first it was just the three of us but with all the commotion and excitement we exuded, the more people stopped and took our their cameras and phones to also capture the moment.
The whale (s) were circling the seals and it was like a dance between them. We probably spent about 45minutes to an hour just watching the ocean and its inhabitants. When we were ready to head back, the sun was just about set. It was such a beautiful experience and would love to cycle the promenade again.
KLOOF STREET HOUSE
After our cycle, we had a quick freshen-up and hailed an Uber to head to our dinner reservation at the gorgeous medieval restaurant that was also set up for us by Idah and Lungile.
We had some fish dishes at this luxurious dining house as they’re not halaal. When travelling, we ensure that the fish is not contaminated with any other products or cooked with alcohol so that we feel safe eating at restaurants. When we arrived the garden was beautifully lit and incredibly inviting. There was load-shedding scheduled that evening so they lit candles EVERYWHERE, the ambience was indescribable, and should we not have seen the place lit the way we had, we wouldn’t even have missed it. The entire restaurant was lit in a golden hue and our meals were delicious, to say the least. After dinner, we headed back to our room where we downloaded our content and charged the camera batteries for our early morning adventure.
TABLE MOUNTAIN HIKE – KLOOF CORNER
We woke early, headed down to reception where Idah and Carol arranged our Uber driver and gave us some water and off we went. The landscapes of Cape Town will always be my favorite sight ever! There were a couple people hiking and the weather was perfect. We were so pumped to see the city the way that we have been. Carol shared some information about the different landmarks and sites we could see from along our hike, we climbed up and when we reached the top, we could see the cable-cart neatly tucked into the top of Table Mountain, also a really stunning view of Lions Head Mountain. We sat up there taking in the sites for a little while before heading back down. Carol took a few dozen photos of us along the way again and then it was off to breakfast.
CUSHTY NEIGHBOURHOOD DELI – GREENPOINT
There is something special about hidden places in any city where not too many tourists go. And although we were tourists, Curiocity planned our cute little breakfast, after our hike, to be at this hidden little gem! Will definitely head back there again very soon. They played some classic oldies like La vie en Rose, which is like my go-to song for showcasing pretty places and food so it just felt so cozy being there.
We had a few more items on our itinerary but our morning ran a little late as we had already booked for another activity that was about a two hour drive away from Greenpoint. We went to say our goodbyes and collected out bags from the room and headed to our next adventure.
CONCLUSION + GRATITUDE
I think Curiocity has such a beautiful vision of what a perfect lifestyle would be. From the spacious design, the friendly staff and the incredible experiences we’ve had. I would want to do a long-term stay with them. It’s hard to find all that in one place and yet they make it seem easy! There were skateboards and some dope clothing and other well thought out finishing touches in the common areas and they hosted braai’s and get-togethers with the residents as well, so it’s like one huge, grown-up house where a bunch of your mates live and you just go on adventures and chill together! Well…that’s what it felt like.
HUUUUGE Thank You to the incredible staff at Curiocity for arranging this wonderful stay for my sister and me, I cannot express enough the gratitude and the fun we had during our short little stay. The hospitality was greatly appreciated and we’ll hopefully head back soon for a little staycation or adventure again.