Three months in Cape Town and we've visited quite the number of streets, districts, must-see places and restaurants, both in and around the city. Below is a non-exhaustive list of our favourite spots in The Mother City.
Sunset at Sea Point
From the waterfront, walk along the ocean, passing through Green Point until you reach the outdoor swimming pool at Sea Point. Look at the horizon and enjoy an amazing sunset.
Picnic at Signal Hill
You can either climb Signal Hill or just drive all the way up there. From the top, you'll have a 360° view of Cape Town - from Camp Bay all the way to Table Mountain.
Hike Table Mountain
The quickest way to reach the top of Table Mountain is to take the aerial cableway which offers an amazing views on your way to the top. Make sure to book your tickets in advance to avoid the queue. But if you want to experience the wilderness, hike onto Table Mountain. You’ll be rewarded with a good workout and bragging rights to say you conquered one of the Seven New Wonders of the World. Locals told us that you should hike as group of 3 people as it might be dangerous - especially after the sunset.
Enjoy the Various Dining Options
You might think that the only food you can enjoy in Cape Town will be African but you have that wrong. Cape Town is home to some of the most known chefs in the world and with them plenty of dining options. Amongst our favourites is Addis in Cape, a unique Ethiopian place, Kloof Street House, an intimist but truly yummy restaurant, the well-known Mama Africa - all located in the CBD. While in Woodstock, try the Pot Luck Club or the Test Kitchen. It's highly recommended to book in advance.
Sip on a Cocktail (or two) at the Waterfront
No need to mention that we spend much of our time at the Waterfront for two main reasons: it's one of the safest districts in Cape Town and home to many co-working places. Look around you and pick your favourite coffee and restaurant. Amongst our favourites are the rooftop of the Silo Hotel, the terrace of the Cape Grace hotel for the view on Table Mountain or Life Grand Cafe to watch sea lions diving in the marina. Cheers!
Spend a Sunny Sunday Afternoon at Kirstenbosch Botanic Garden
Situated along the slopes of Cape Town's towering Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Gardens is one of the most pristine botanical gardens on the planet. According to South African Tourism, Kirstenbosch Gardens is home to approximately 7,000 plants species. It’s also part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visit Robben Island
On a sunny day, catch the boat to Robben Island for a half-day Robben Island tour. You'll visit the place which once held prisoners of the Apartheid regime in South Africa – Nelson Mandela is the most famous among them.
Robben Island became a National Monument in 1996 and is protected as a National Heritage Site up to one mile into the ocean surrounding it. In 1999, it was also declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
You'll not be able to just visit it by yourself and wander around, so make to book your tickets either online or directly at the V&A Waterfront.
Enjoy a Saturday morning at the Old Biscuit Mill Market
Here is my favourite place ever in Cape Town on a Saturday morning. At the weekly market held every Saturday from 10am to 4pm, you will meet some of South Africa’s most talented artists, designers, and connoisseurs of fine taste. Forget about your homemade breakfast and experience some of the amazing food at the market. These stalls serve up anything from Cape Malay cuisine, Greek kebabs to organic local foods, Ostrich burgers to French food. If I'm being totally honest with you here… try the Mac&Cheese truffle and mushrooms balls!
Take Colourful Pictures at Boo Kaap
Yes, let's admit it. Boo Kaap is probably one of the most Insta-worthy spot in Cape Town and one of the most distinct and recognisable areas in the world. Brightly coloured homes line the cobblestone streets, and charismatic locals as well as fragrant foods complete the picture.
Discover African Modern Artists at the Zeitz Museum
Located in the V&A Waterfront and opened in 2017, the site of Zeitz MOCAA is an old grain silos which has been turned into a stunning exhibition of African art legacy. You'll be either amazed by the building or the great African arts as it quickly became the biggest contemporary art museum in Africa.