Summer in Cape Town is magical. Soak up the sun on pristine beaches, hike Table Mountain for breathtaking views, indulge in delicious cuisine, and explore the vibrant culture. Thrilling activities, rich history, and unforgettable memories await.
Chapmans Peak Drive
WHERE TO STAY?
While Cape Town officially spreads out quiet a bit, the actual part you use as a tourist is pretty small. If you visit Cape Town for the first time, we would recommend to either stay in Camps Bay for the beach feeling (can be pretty windy) or our favorite location is close to the city's coolest street called Kloof Street. (with lots of cute cafés and restaurants)
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These are some of the best spots in Cape Town. Amazing food, great drinks and breathtaking sunsets.
The Lawns At The Roundhouse
This is the perfect spot for a drink watching the sun go down. After an afternoon at the beach (Clifton) you drive up Kloof Rd. to find this cute restaurant with stunning views over the ocean and the 12 Apostels mountain range.
Camps Bay, Cape Town
Belly Of The Beast
You have restaurants where everything is just amazing. The food, the service, the wine. There are no menu options just a selection of what they deem local and seasonal. As the name would suggest, Belly of the Beast is carnivore-friendly, with all meat from sustainably farmed animals.
110 Harrington St.
City Centre, Cape Town
This place is an institution in Cape Town. If you need amazing fresh Italian food for an afternoon at the beach, go here. Salads, sandwiches, all from the best quality with a flair of old school Italian deli vibes. LOVE IT!!
103 Main Rd.
Green Point, Cape Town
Pot Luck Club
Up in the tower at the Old Biscuit Mill you find one of the best restaurants in South Africa. The restaurant spans the entire top floor, serving panoramic views across Cape Town, and small plates of Asian-inspired bites.
The Silo, Old Biscuit Mill
Woodstock, Cape Town
BABEL AT BABYLONSTOREN
This restaurant is about 1,5 hour drive from Cape Town, but it is all worth it. Make it a full day and explore the amazing gardens of this winery before enjoying the fresh food at the "farm- to table" restaurant.
Simondium Rd, Klapmuts
Paarl, South Africa
LOADING BAY CAFÉ
Stylish concept store & café with fresh, healthy food. Great for breakfast and lunch.
30 Hudson St
De Waterkant, Cape Town
TRUTH COFFEE ROASTING
This renowned steampunk-themed coffee shop offers award-winning specility coffee and takes you into a phantasy world with an amazing love for details.
36 Buitenkant St.
City Centre, Cape Town
A brunch lover's paradise. The food is fresh, flavorful and locally-sourced wiht outstanding dishes like avo-toast and fluffy pan cakes.
90 Regent Rd
Sea Point, Cape Town
BETWEEN US RESTAURANT
A hidden gem with cozy ambiance, delicious food and exceptional service. The menu offers a fusion of flavours, including plant-based options.
176 Bree St
City Centre, Cape Town
THINGS TO DO
CLIMB TABLE MOUNTAIN
Table Mountain is the heart of the city and no visit to Cape Town is complete without getting on top of this amazing mountain. Our favourite hike is the Skeleton Gorge route via the Kirstenbosch botanical garden. It's a scenic hike with beautiful flora and fauna, and it's less crowded than Platteklip Gorge. More info here
CHAPMANS PEAK DRIVE
Chapman's Peak Drive is a renowned coastal road offering spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean, Hout Bay, and the surrounding mountains. It's a popular route for a scenic drive, and there are several viewpoints where you can pull over and take in the panoramic vistas. The road is well-maintained and offers numerous photo opportunities along the way.
OLD BISCUIT MILL
Saturdays are the busiest and most popular days to visit the Old Biscuit Mill, as this is when the main market takes place. The market is open from morning till late afternoon and features a wide array of stalls selling local produce, crafts, fashion, and more. There are also live music performances, food vendors, and a lively atmosphere.
VISIT THE TOWNSHIP
We highly recommend to visit the townships. We promise it won't be "looking at poverty zoo tour". You will meet so many energetic, creative and lovely people that you will return inpired and filled with love. Uthando, which means love, is a non profit organization working in the townships of Cape Town, providing a unique view into communities through responsible tourism. The aim of Uthando first and foremost is to raise funds and provide additional assistance for community development projects in Cape Town. Find out more
The botanical garden "Kirstenbosch" is organsing each summer (Nov-April) a series of sunset outdoor concerts. Take a blanket, some food and good wine and enjoy local bands with the stunning Cape Town view in the background. Tickets via Webtickets
WINE TASTING & LUNCH AT THE KRAAL
The Kraal at Joostenberg is a hidden gem in Stellenbosch (30 min from Cape Town) The accommodation is luxurious and well-appointed, with stunning views of vineyards and mountains. The farm-to-table restaurant serves delicious meals crafted from locally sourced ingredients, and wine tasting experiences are a highlight. Highly recommended for a serene and indulgent getaway. Find more here
THINGS TO KNOW
We never had any problems in Cape Town, but like any other city, it's important to take standard safety precautions. Be aware of your surroundings, avoid displaying expensive jewelry or belongings, use reputable transportation, and be cautious in unfamiliar or poorly lit areas, especially at night.
We normally hire a car at the airport. But if driving on the left side is a bit too adventures for you, you can easily do most things in the city by Uber/ taxi. They are very affordable and the drivers are great. Many of the drivers are not local and come from other African countries. Especially Zimbabwe. If you make the effort to talk to them you will discover some amazing life storeis. Give it a try : )
Different to poor areas in other countries (i.e. Favelas in Brazil), townships did not originate from pure poverty but from the apartheid system. The population was divided into black, coloured and white and each group had to live by law in it's delegated area. So it did not matter if you were a richer or pooper black person, you had to live in the township.
Today everybody can live where they want, but some better off and well educated people who grew up in the townships might decided to stay there since they feel it is their neighborhood and the place where their friends & family are. This means that todays townships (while still with many more problems than the traditional white areas) are changing and hosting a well educated middle class.
We highly recommend to visit the townships. We promise it won't be "looking at poverty zoo tour". You will meet so many energetic, creative and lovely people that you will return inpired and filled with love. Uthando, which means love, is a non profit organization working in the townships of Cape Town, providing a unique view into communities through responsible tourism. The aim of Uthando first and foremost is to raise funds and provide additional assistance for community development projects in Cape Town. Find more here
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