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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!

Top 10 things to do Cape Town

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.

View from Table Mountain
View from Table Mountain

Related: Driving the Cape Peninsula: The Scenic Route

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).

View from Table Mountain
View from Table Mountain

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.

District 6 Museum, Cape Town

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.

Related: The Vineyards of Franschhoek Valley



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.

Beach in Cape Town

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.

Bo-Kaap, Cape Town

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.

V&A waterfront in Cape Town

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.

Seals in V&A waterfront in Cape Town
V&A waterfront in Cape Town
V&A waterfront in Cape Town

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.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town

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.

Cape Town markets
Cape Town markets

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 more than 2 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.

TOP 10 Things TO DO in Cape Town

Have you done any of my Top 10 Things to Do in Cape Town? Tell me your favourite thing to do in the city!

 

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31 Comments

  1. Hi Amalia! Pics are sending my thoughs back to november 2015 when i visited cape town. It is indeed a wonderfull city. I would like to go there again 😁. We visited Robbenisland and it was very impressive… Nelson Mandela was there for 28 years! I saw in your comment along the picture you wrote 2 years, i think you forgot to type the 8 😁. For Mandela though it would have been a huge difference 😊. Tomorrow we are leaving for a trip to Uganda, including chimp and gorillatracking. I saw your adventure on your blog. Looks amazing!

  2. I have friends in Cape Town who have invited me to visit for ages.These photos are very inspiring and I plan to visit some day.

    1. Hi Melanie, to see the Table Mountain is really easy by Cable Car, but I do agree the beaches are a must go and the food you would be crazy, I think I put on some weight over there!

  3. Oh my Gosh Cape Town look so beautiful!! It has always been in my bucket list but looking at your photos I just wish I could teleport there right now! Lovely post 🙂

  4. Wow what a diverse list of things to do. I would love to visit Cape Town and South Africa in general one day. Seems like an amazing place! I love your pictures, they’re really beautiful.

    1. Sona maybe including it on a long trip itinerary? Doing a couple of weeks in Africa? I did about 3 weeks and loved it!

  5. Even though I have wanted to visit for a long time, I still haven’t made it to the African continent as yet. But I will get there! This post has just added to many I have read, together with wonderful photos that are compelling me more and more to make this my next holiday. Such a great list of things to do and experience.

    1. It was one of my favourite areas and I went there every night, it’s full of people having a good time and the food is incredible!

    1. Yes Megan, I think the beautiful blue skies are similar to Norway! You should go, things in there are really affordable, x Amalia

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