Concierge.com's insider take:
For Capetonians wanting to live in the city, Gardens is a sought-after address (one shared by the five-star Mount Nelson Hotel). It's a leafy neighborhood close to the buzz of the city center, and home to a great mix of trendy bars, shops, and restaurants—most of them lining Kloof Street. A leisurely stroll here will introduce you to antiques and vintage boutiques, as well fine food and wine shops. Melissa's Food Shop is where locals lunch, and Heartworks across the streets sells southern African crafts. Look out for Magda van der Vloed's handbags and wire brooches, as well as embroidered teddy bears made by a women's collective. If you're seeking great finds for the home, step into Lim for cutting-edge local design, including weathered wood sculptures, crocheted mohair, and leather ottomans. Continue down Kloof Street and you'll eventually hit Long Street, which is crowded with bars, clubs, and restaurants as well as book, music, and fashion stores.