Hip City Guide: Cape Town by David East
Around the world and back again. Filmmaker David East takes us on a journey through his old stomping ground: Cape Town.
Words: Tshiamo Seape
Throughout his life filmmaker David East has called many places home, but for our Hip City Guide travel series, David is out to give us the full impression of the Mother City. Between the stunning landscapes and effervescent nightlife, Cape Town is a treasure trove of gems just waiting to be discovered.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Leeds, in the UK.
Where do you currently live in Cape Town?
I spend a lot of time in London, but when I’m in Cape Town I live in the CBD.
What can’t you travel without?
My phone and my camera.
What’s your favourite thing to do on a Sunday Afternoon?
Probably go for a drink at Yours Truly or watch the sunset at Llandudno.
If you could choose one person to show you “their Cape Town” who would it be?
I’d have to say my homie Keke Mahlebe.
What are your favourite Cape Town restaurants, and what do you get when you o there?
Jerry’s! The Jack D burger is unreal.
What are your go-to spots for drinks?
Yours Truly, obviously, and The Power and the Glory.
What are some of your under the radar must-do recommendations for anyone visiting the city?
The water tunnels under the Castle of Good Hope.
What are some of your favourite Cape Town shops?
Coats for Africa is number 1
What music are you listening to these days?
Little Cub, Jagwar Ma and Haai’s new latest single DaDaDa. I’m also very into Songhoy Blues from Mali.
What song would you consider your personal soundtrack to Cape Town?
Boss Zonke by Riky Rick – I love that tune! It’s like what Skepta’s Shutdown is to London, but the South African version.
When you think of Cape Town are there any particular memories that come to mind?
The people and the nights. There are amazing events and DJs that play. Summer time in Cape Town is just too good. The Search festival is up there as one of my favourite festivals in the world.
What subcultures do you find intriguing?
There are just so many. The country is so diverse. Going on solo photo missions is always so great, and I love the mix of cultures.
Where are the young creatives spending their time?
YT (Yours Truly on Kloof Street)