Wow, it’s been already a month since I came back to Germany. Time is just flying and I am back in my old routine. But sometimes, I still miss South Africa’s colors, its enthusiasm and friendliness, the sand between my toes and the music and the sound of the waves and the Xhosa language…
And of course I would like to present you my “Must Sees” in Cape Town! My flatmates and I have been brainstorming on the balcony before I left for Germany, so these tips are tested and “capetonian approved”. You should definitely see and do these top 10 things if you are visiting the Cape.
1. Lion’s Head.
If you haven’t been on top of Lion’s Head, you haven’t been to Cape Town. At least that’s what the Capetonians say. I don’t wanna lie to you – It’s exhausting to climb up there. But the view is one hundred times worth the effort.
Just a little tip: There’s an easy and a difficult way to get up to the top. If you’re really afraid of heights or have a real bad fitness (due to illness for example) just chose the easy way. You have to climb when you take the difficult one.
2. Table Mountain
You can’t get about Table Mountain when visiting the Mother City. No wonder – you can see it from everywhere. Just take the time to either hike up there (around 3 hours) or take the Cable Car (around 20 €) and enjoy the spectacular view over the city and the ocean. Wanna have a little preview? Click here.
Just a little tip: The weather is changing fast in Cape Town and sometimes the Cable Car is closed due to wind or clouds. Before going there, you can check here if it’s open.
3. Cape of Good Hope
If you have some more time to spend in Cape Town, you should definitely take a trip to the Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. There are guided tours, but it’s more fun to just rent a car and take the whole day to discover the huge Table Mountain National Park around the Cape.
Just a little tip: There is a 1.5 hours hiking path from the Cape to the Cape Point. You pass by a beautiful empty beach if you take that way.
4. Boulders Beach
I told you about Boulders Beach in this post. When you are in Cape Town, it’s almost mandatory to go see the penguins. I would recommend you also take a stop at Simon’s Town and Kalk Bay in the same run. There are a lot of nice little cafés and vintage and second hand shops.
Just a little tip: One your way back, you can have another stop in Muizenberg, get a cup of coffee at the “Blonde & Beard” and watch the surfers looking for the perfect wave.
5. Camps Bay
The beach of one of Cape Town’s most exclusive living areas is one of the most beautiful ones in the area in my opinion. It doesn’t matter for me, that tourists think that too. Camps Bay is different from Clifton for example and you can easily spend the whole day there, watch the rich Capetonians in their expensive cars, drink a coffee or have dinner and a sundowner in one of the nice restaurants.
Just a little tip: If you walk to the end of the beach you will find a nice rock formation. It’s normally not so crowded there and you can take nice pictures with Chapman’s Peak in the background. Well… if course you can also drive along Chapman’s Peak at sunset. It’s really beautiful (toll is around 3 €)
Stellenbosch is another daytrip possibility – just like driving to the Cape. The Winelands in the area are almost more beautiful than Cape Town itself. But it’s not only the landscape that’s worth seeing – South African wine is also worth a try. Around Stellenbosch and Franschhoek you can have wine tastings at different wineries (6-10 € for 3-5 different wines).
Just a little tip: Most wineries close around 4 pm. So I would recommend you start your day with a brunch in Stellenbosch and then go on with the winetasting. Delaire Graff Estate and Boschendal are quite nice places.
7. Hout Bay Market
There is a variety of markets in and around Cape Town. The Bay Harbour Market is the best in my opinion. You should go there on a Saturday morning. The market is close to the ocean and offers a nice view over the bay and Chapman’s Peak. You can buy handiwork, crafts work and clothes and there is also food and live music.
Just a little tip: Buy a pizza with feta cheese and avocado and bacon. You’re gonna love it
8. Harbour House
If you want to try real good sea food, you should go to the Harbour House at the V&A Waterfront. It’s exclusive but still affordable. And the food is delicious!
Just a little tip: The Waterfront is a real tourist hotspot. Nevertheless you can go shopping for souvenirs before having your dinner and you can enjoy the view on Table Mountain and traditional Dutch architecture.
9. Rick’s Café // Alexander Bar
These are places where the real locals go. In Alexander Bar you have free live jazz every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 to 11 – be there early. Rick’s Café is a real nice place for after work drinks with Moroccan design and Casablanca atmosphere.
Deep at heart, I am a Rock’n’Roll kind of girl. So it comes as no surprise that I liked this club best! It’s close to Long Street and after having a warm up in some bar there, you can dance the night away in this little club. The music? The Pixies, the Strokes, AC/DC and Nirvana!
Just a little tip: The place is small and gets packed pretty soon, especially because it’s also free entry. Just be there early (which means around 11 at the latest).