The Hill, constructed in what was once a prison courtyard, has transformed a once bleakly depressing tuckshop into a stylish restaurant and cafe. Constructed from recycled wood and sitting lightly in what is a heritage space the structure cleverly incorporates a garden complete with built-in chess tables, a ping pong table and other spaces destined to make you want to stay longer than planned.
A long bar emblazoned with inspiring quotes from former political prisoners and struggle leaders stretches along the length of the white cube-like cafe structure and there is also a choice of tables inside Constitution Hill's 125 year old Fort building itself. The cafe's indoor tables occupy what was once the prison warden's office, a space that has been cleverly redecorated to become a light and airy hangout with a regularly changing collection of local artworks (these are for sale) hanging on the walls and shelves stacked with board games and a small selection of souvenirs.
Don't be surprised to find neighbouring tables occupied by constitutional clerks and lawyers, journalists and the occasional visiting protestor. South Africa's Constitutional Court is just around the corner, an inspiring contemporary building that is definitely worth visiting before or after lunch to admire its ever-changing collection of contemporary South African art.