What to Eat, See and Do in Cape Town

Caught between a windswept white shoreline and cloud-clung Table Mountain, cosmopolitan Cape Town deserves a spot on every millennial’s must-visit list. Table Mountain may dominate the natural scenery but The Mother City isn’t one to be left dwindling in its shadow, boasting design-savvy boutiques, local art galleries, colourful inner-city suburbs and world-renowned restaurants alongside an inspiringly sobering rich cultural heritage. Better yet, its easy to experience on a relative budget thanks to the continued strength of the pound against the rand. With so much on offer, the only question is where to start – here’s #TeamCoco’s guide to what to eat see and do in this super-cool South African city.

EAT (and drink, of course)

  • Bree Street: The hip place to drink in town
  • The Secret Gin Bar: Go up to the door of a small confectionery called Honest Chocolate on Wale Street and the security will let you in.
  • The Harbour House Restaurant: The prettiest seaside restaurant in Kalk Bay with some of the best seafood we’ve ever had (also has  a branch at the V & A Waterfront
  • The Test Kitchen: Chef Luke Dale Robert’s restaurant has been voted among the best in the Southern Hemisphere and doesn’t disappoint –The Pot Luck Club is their sister restaurant if you struggle to get a booking.
  • Beau Constantia: For wine tasting and sensational views overlooking False Bay close to town.
  • Kloof Street House: A fairy-lit garden, eclectic interiors in an old Victorian house at the foot of vibrant Kloof Street.
  • Reverie Social Table: Social dining around an 18 seat table in the quirky neighbourhood of Observatory.
  • Mzolis: An open-air authentic braai (South African BBQ) located in Gugulethu, a vibrant township 11 miles from Cape Town.
  • The Codfather: A stellar seafood restaurant in Camps Bay where you pick your fish fresh from the counter.
  • The Hussar Grill: For unbelievable steak, if you’re having your own braai you can also buy it here.
  • Company’s Garden: A great spot for lunch in South Africa’s oldest park.

SEE

  • Boulders Beach: where you can paddle with penguins!  #TeamCoco top tip – don’t pay for entry to the park, there are penguins on the surrounding beaches too and you won’t have to do battle with selfie sticks to see them.
  • Camps Bay: The perfect place for sundowners overlooking the beach with views of the Twelve Apostles.
  • Bakoven Beach: A secret local beach hidden away near Camps Bay.
  • Kalk Bay: for seaside cafes and unbelievable seafood
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens: Beautiful botanical gardens right under Table Mountain – they also host summer concerts.
  • V & A Waterfront: Touristy, but a great place to shop.
  • Private Galleries: Check out some of the private galleries in town – exhibition openings with free drinks are usually on Wednesday evenings. 
  • Cape Point National Park: Just an hour’s drive from Cape Town, this nature reserve boasts buck, Cape mountain zebra and baboons.
  • Bo-Kaap: A wonderfully colourful Cape Malay neighbourhood to be explored.

DO

  • Take a trip to the nearby Winelands: Constantia is the closest in the heart of the city
  • Visit Robben Island: One of South Africa’s most important historical sights, the island prison where political prisoners were formerly incarcerated including Nelson Mandela.
  • Climb Table Mountain: A 3-hour hike up Kasteelsport will bring you to the summit on foot (word of warning, this is gruelling but worth it for the views!) – there’s also the option to take the cable car.
  • Hike Little Lions Head: The perfect place to watch the sun rise or set, or simply paraglide off the top – there’s no better way to see the city.
  • Respect water restrictions: The city has recently suffered from the worst drought in its history and water restrictions are still very much in place. While tourists make up a very small percentage of the usage – make sure to respect the restrictions and use water sparingly.
  • Explore Woodstock: The hipster capital of Cape Town – perfect for craft beer or coffee and some cool street art.
  • Visit District 6 Museum: An insight into the Apartheid era

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