Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is and always will be my favourite city in the world. The love affair started with wonderful childhood family holidays to Cape Town visiting Boulders beach, V&A Waterfront, Robben Island and Groot Constantia. Along with many of my friends, I chose Cape Town for university and after UCT, I completed a year at Red & Yellow which only embedded my love for Cape Town and enabled me to secure my first job in the mother city. Cape Town is a place where I made the best of friends, met my husband, got married and have memories to last a lifetime – here are some of my recommendations to enjoy one of the world’s greatest.

Things to do

  • Robben Island
  • Simons town and visiting the penguins at Boulders beach
  • Kalk Bay for fish and chips and walk from Muizenberg to St James, Harbour House Brass Bell is always a good lunch stop
  • Chapmans peak drive for spectacular views as you hug the coastline
  • Hop on hop off bus – a great way to see Cape Town and they even do some of the Constantia wine farms
  • Table mountain – would recommend buying tickets online before you go and check the weather. The other option is to hike up – this is still on my to do list. A great route is called ‘Pipe track’ or starting at Kirstenbosch.
  • Lion’s Head – a great hike to start the day
  • Zeitz Mocca museum – largest museum of African contemporary art (visit the Silo hotel rooftop for drinks)
  • Kirstenbosch botanical gardens (worth seeing if they have any concerts on)
  • V&A Waterfront for shopping (visit the Watershed market too)
  • Cape Point and Cape Agulhas (for the Southernmost tip of Africa and where the Atlantic and Indian Ocean meet)
  • Walk along Sea Point promenade (or hire bikes)
  • Bo Kaap area to see all the colourful houses (Cape Malay area) – grab a bite at Harvest Deli
  • Hout Bay village
  • Noordhoek – and visit the Foodbarn for something to eat
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Bo-Kaap area

Markets

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Oranjezicht market

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Restaurants

Some of my favourites;

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A scene from our wedding at The Lawns

Bars

Wine tasting

Some of my favourites;

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Boschendal

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Babylonstoren

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Best beaches

  • Llandudno
  • Camps Bay
  • Clifton 4th beach
  • Bakoven

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Bakoven
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Phil and his brother Jamie on Llandudno

Getting around

Uber
Excite taxis -+27 (0)21 448 4444

Helpful guides

Venturing beyond Cape Town

If you have longer, there are many places to visit from Cape Town including; Franschoek, Greyton and Hermanus. There is also the magnificent West coast with some of my favourite places being Eilands Bay (for surf) and Paternoster. Die Strandloper is a must visit – a casual restaurant on the beach serving up fresh seafood and a relaxing, chilled atmosphere to enjoy the setting with your feet in the sand.

Knysna

  • Belvidere for pub lunch at the Bell (200m from my Dad’s home)
  • Île de Païn – breakfast (love this place)
  • East Head Cafe for great views (also breakfast)
  • Check out the Waterfront area for eateries and shopping
  • Walk around Knysna Heads
  • Pembreys for dinner (a family favourite)
  • Take an cruise with Knysna Charters
  • Visit the Wild Oats famers market in Sedgefield every Saturday
  • Thesen Island for cafes, restaurants and shops (also a great place to stay)
  • Butterfly Blu restaurant, Brenton on Sea
  • Shop for clothes and gifts at Two on Toast
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Oyster tour with Knysna Charters

Plett

  • Cornutis (Great for pizzas and a bit of an institution)
  • Wine tasting at Lodestone, Newstead, Katy & Monty and/or Bramon wines (great lunches)
  • Robberg beach and walk to Robberg head (a great half day/full day hike – lots of great walks in Knysna/Plett area)
  • Visit Old Nick Village for shopping and eateries – the Mungo shop and mill is worth a stop

One Comment Add yours

  1. linhutch says:

    Fantastic!

    Linda Hutchison

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