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A sublime renovation has turned the loft-like space beneath the wooden rafters of an early 19th-century house into one of the most attractive bars in Cape Town. This is a sexy hangout for the after-work crowd, with every cool grownup in town trying to get in on the weekends. Styled after the owners' fascination with Japan—one wall is covered in wallpaper incorporating their own holiday snaps from Tokyo, and the bar itself looks a bit like a red-lacquered Shinto shrine—Tjing Tjing is intimate and shapely, with comfortable, elegant seating for the backsides of a smart crowd. A well-selected wine list features some interesting and special Cape vintages, many of which are available by the glass. The cocktail selection (try the Japanese-inspired "Ginger Ninja"a double shot of vodka mixed with ginger, lime, and bitters), compact food menu (skewers of sticky Asian pork belly; beer-battered angelfish and chips; Cape Malay-style chicken), and personally selected soundtrack make the place feel well-loved. You can shuffle out onto the alfresco rooftop area to survey the city from an unexpected angle—or enjoy a drink beneath the stars.