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The Royal Fischer Hotel

October 20, 2017
The Royal Fischer Hotel • Cool Spots

The Royal Fischer Hotel 65 Kameeldoring Drive, Woodland Hills Wildlife Estate, Bloemfontein royalfischer.com Where history and contemporary chic hospitality meet. Located in a quiet cul-de-sac in one of the city’s hippest areas, the 5-star Royal Fischer Hotel is Bloemfontein’s latest swanky hot spot. Named after one of South Africa’s greatest historical figures, Bram Fischer, the original homestead was built in the 1800’s by Abraham Fischer (Prime Minister of the Orange Free State and Bram Fischer’s grandfather) and was recently renovated into a luxury boutique-style hotel with 5 exclusive suites and bucketloads of modern style. The combination of a gorgeous historic…

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El’ Jefe Cantina

September 27, 2017
Cool Spots • El' Jefe Cantina

El’ Jefe Cantina The Walk Shopping Centre, Langenhoven Park, Bloemfontein El’ Jefe Cantina on Facebook When it comes to flavourful food, spicy Mexican-inspired feasts sit pretty high up on our list! If a dish is filled or topped with cheese, chilli or smoky meat and then fried or baked, we’re in. Don’t forget the freshly made salsa, guacamole and lashings of sour cream, or the zingy ceviche that pairs so perfectly with jugs of frozen margaritas or tots of tequila. Located at the The Walk Shopping Centre in Langenhovenpark is Mexican delight El’ Jefe Cantina, Bloemfontein’s latest hot spot. Serving great…

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Prague • Czech Republic

August 31, 2017
Cool Spots • Prague Czech Republic

Prague Czech Republic, Europe prague.eu Why we love Prague How can you not love a city that is the equal to Paris in terms of beauty? A city who’s intricate and mystical history goes back a millennium? Where local pastries are dreamy and delicious? AND where you can order a beer without speaking, simply by placing a beer mat on the table? If you never did you should. These things are fun, and fun is good – Dr. Seuss  A European Hotspot The 1989 Velvet Revolution that freed the Czechs from communism gave to Europe a gem of a city…

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The Vrystaat Kunstefees • Arts Festival

July 19, 2017
Cool Spots • Vrystaat Kunstefees / Arts Festival

Vrystaat Kunstefees / Arts Festival / Tsa-Botjhaba Bloemfontein campus of the University of the Free State vrystaatkunstefees.co.za There is nothing better to conquer the cold Free Sate winter than the Vrystaat Kunstefees in Bloemfontein, a marvelously fantastic arts festival with one-of-a-kind hospitality. Drama, comedy, musical theatre, visual arts, dance theatre and entertainment for the kids. These are just a few of the highlights which festival goers can look forward to at the Vrystaat Kunstefees every year. This year is certainly no exception. One festival. Many stories Bloemfontein is wonderfully central and boasts some of the best theatres in the country…

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Graaff-Reinet • The gem of the Karoo

June 29, 2017
Cool Spots • Graaff-Reinet, Reinet house

Graaff-Reinet Eastern Cape, South Africa graaffreinet.co.za Where history and Karoo Hospitality meet. One of the Smart Team’s absolute favourite things to do is travel. Yes, we love experiencing the wonders to be found abroad BUT we also ADORE the vibrant and charming gems of our very own beautiful country, South Africa. At the top of our MUST-see beloved local gems is Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape.   Set in a curl of the Sundays River, the Karoo town of Graaff-Reinet is the fourth oldest settlement in South Africa and has seen more than two centuries of travellers, adventurers and prospectors…

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Jack and Jill Food co • Loch Logan Waterfront

May 23, 2017
Jack and Jill Food co. Loch Logan Waterfront

Jack and Jill Food co. Shop UG 8, Loch Logan Waterfront, Bloemfontein, Free State Jack and Jill Food co. on Facebook One of the Smart Team’s absolute favourite local hang-outs have moved! The fresh funky and all-round YUM deliciousness that is Jack and Jill Food co. can now be found at their NEW swanky address at the Loch Logan Waterfront in Bloemfontein. The charming Jill Nowers is the culinary delight behind Jack and Jill Food co. – Jill’s food philosophy is somewhat simple. The better quality the ingredient, the more delicious the end result. That’s why she believes in preparing delicious,…

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The Silo Hotel • Cape Town

April 23, 2017
The Silo Hotel Cape Town

The Silo Hotel Silo Square, V&A Waterfront, 8001 http://www.theroyalportfolio.com/the-silo/overview/ While visiting Cape Town last week for the Two Oceans marathon, the Smart Team had the pleasure of enjoying celebratory drinks after our run at Cape Town’s latest swanky spot The Silo Hotel. Towering above the V&A Waterfront, The Silo Hotel was built in the grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo complex. Surrounded by the natural wonder of the Mother City, this dashing space occupies six floors above what will become the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA). The grain silo was the tallest building in Sub-Saharan Africa…

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The OFS Smart Box

March 27, 2017
Cool Spots • The OFS Smart Box

The OFS Smart Box Toyota Free State Stadium, Att Horak St, Bloemfontein ofssmartrepair.co.za Located at the Toyota Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, the OFS Smart Box is the super cool rugby suite of OFS Smart Repair. With it’s funky industrial interior designed by Petri Coertzen of Visual Studio (the brilliant interior designer behind the Mystic Boer and the revamp of the famous Ramblers club), watching a rugby match at this trendy venue is quite the sporting experience! Originally opened in 1952, the Free State Stadium underwent a complete rebuilt before the 1995 Rugby World Cup, and was also one of…

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The Kitchen

February 21, 2017
Cool Spots • The Kitchen at Warm Karoo

The Kitchen 16 Du Preez Avenue, Bloemfontein warmkaroo.com Located at the Warm Karoo estate, The Kitchen is a contemporary cool new addition to the dining scene in Bloemfontein. With it’s beautiful sprawling green lawns and chic interior, dining at this trendy venue is nothing short of the heavenly Cape wine lands right here in the Free State. Drinks With over 200 wines from 70 wine estates, The Kitchen is home to the most extensive wine cellar in the Free State and Northern Cape. From Klein Constantia to Kanonkop and Roodeberg to Rupert & Rothschild, iconic gems and super quaffers alike…

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