Cape Town has everything for every kind of traveler. That’s right; the perfect weather all year round together with unique beaches, good shopping, nice nightlife, incredible scenery, exquisite cuisine and interesting history that will make you want to move to the city. In this article I will tell the Top 10 Things to Do in Cape Town that will make you want to book the next flight!
1 // GO ALL THE WAY UP TO TABLE MOUNTAIN
I was impressed with the views from Table Mountain. There are few places in the world like that where from one place you can spot most areas of the city. The name comes from the flat top shape mountain and its part of Table Mountain National Park together with Cape of Good Hope.
You can get up there by foot – several good hiking trails are possible but the quickest way is by Cable Car.
Cost: The round trip on the cable car costs R255. I strongly recommend you to buy the tickets online in advance to avoid massive queues. You can read more information about it here. There is also a cost to hike up the mountain and depends on the route you choose (you can check it here).
2 // LEARN ABOUT SOUTH AFRICAN’S HISTORY IN DISTRICT 6 MUSEUM
A visit to this museum will make you understand better South Africa’s period of apartheid when in 1966 the government declared District Six area ‘whites only’ and more than 60,000 residents were forced to move from their homes.
Cost: R30 for self-guided entrance and R45 for a guided tour with an ex-resident/guide. See more information here.
3 // EAT DELICIOUS FOOD
South Africa is probably one of the best countries I have ever eaten! In Cape Town you will find so many places from the simple street food van to the most expensive restaurants, everything is rich in flavour and worth the try.
My favourites during my visit were Mama Africa that had meat in huge portions and Marco’s African Place with the best peri-peri shrimps. In both places there was live music that just enriched the experience. I also loved the seafood at Willoughby & Co at the V&A Waterfront.
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4 // GO TO THE BEACH
There are several beaches within minutes from the city centre. Sunbathing, swimming, surfing there are so many things to do. Visit some of my favourites Camps Bay, Muizenberg and Boulder’s Beach for some rocky hippie vibes.
5 // HAVE A COCKTAIL IN LONG STREET
Long Street is the place for partying. You will find several cosy and retro bars there with awesome cocktails that will make you want to dance all night long! The best spot for me are was Zula Sound Bar and Café.
6 // DISCOVER THE BEAUTIFUL COLOURS OF BO-KAAP
Bo-Kaap formerly known as the Malay Quarter, is a multicultural area full of coloured houses that make the area a must go for all the photography lovers!
There is a little museum there where you can find more about the history of the area.
I opted to stay there because it’s very well located in the middle of the city. La Rose Bed & Breakfast was the perfect place for my time in Cape Town. Breakfast was perfectly cooked every morning with fresh fruit and the owners gave us lots of advice on where to go and see in the city.
7 // STROLL AROUND V&A WATERFRONT
V&A waterfront was named after Queen Victoria and her son Alfred and it remains till this days a beautiful harbour full of art work.
Although this area is mainly for food or shopping, there are more things to do. You can go for a boat tour around the waterfront to see the seals or Robben Island.
8 // BECAME ONE WITH NATURE AT KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDENS
Unique flowers species can be found here with the impressive Table Mountain on the background. The gardens are beautiful and filled with trees that are specific from the African continent.
Cost: R55 for an adult ticket.
9 // GET INSPIRED BY AFRICAN ART WORK
Even if you’re not into art and don’t want to walk around shops, believe me, you will most certainly bring something from Cape Town. It’s just irresistible the amount of good art work around and hand crafted objects you see everywhere! The Pan African Market and the Greenmarket Square offer great variety. If you want to experience something different, head over to Woodstock to see the many art galleries that are quickly giving the area a very trendy vibe.
10 // VISIT ROBBEN ISLAND
From V&A waterfront you can take a boat to Robben Island which was a former island prison for people against the Apartheid regime. One famous name was Nelson Mandela that spent 18 years in the island. The tour is two and half hours and you will learn more about this period of South Africa’s history.
Cost: R190 – R340, check more here.