When in Cape Town, do as the Capetonians do! Whether it is your first visit to Cape Town or your tenth, it can be tricky to find the best things to see and do beyond the obvious. It is absolutely worth visiting Robben Island and Boulder’s Beach and there is no doubt that the view from the top of Table Mountain is breath-taking, but if you have seen and done these before or are looking to “do as the locals do” then you have come to the right place.
With our team of Travel Experts based in Cape Town, who better to ask for recommendations;
“I love taking my kids to Muizenberg Beach to surf at the weekend and the colourful beach huts make this one of Cape Town’s most picturesque beaches. Another gorgeous beach is Llandudno – go for sunset as it is spectacular!” –Nicki Malherbe Wray
“On a Saturday or Sunday late afternoon, personally one of my favourite things to do with my son and husband, is to head to More-ish Ice Cream at Eden on the Bay. From here you can stroll along the walk way which leads onto the sandy beach. This leads to Blouberg Beach where you can capture the famous ocean and Table Mountain shot.
Woodstock is a really cool and trendy neighbourhood, with art galleries, restaurants, breweries, gin bars etc. It has really cool street and there is a great buzz usually around Albert Road where the Old Biscuit Mill and Woodstock Exchange is located. On Saturdays the Old Biscuit Mill has the popular Neighbourhoods Market where one can enjoy traditional or artisan foods, craft beer, locally designed clothing, pottery, art etc – a really popular hangout for locals. Monique Van Eeden
“As a total foodie I can confidently recommend some of the best restaurants and wineries in the Cape Region. Try Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West for a great wine and nougat pairing and Fairview Wine Estate in Paarl offers a great wine and cheese pairing. Vergelegen Wine Estate’s gardens are out of this world and the estate is very relaxed. They have a great kiddies play area and a very good wine list!” Bjorn Van Huyssteen
“In the summer months, visit Kirstenbosch Open Air Cinema to view old classic films in the most picturesque setting. Another favourite for warm, summer evenings is a drive to Kalk Bay Harbour for the best fish and chips served in enamel plates. For those looking to get off the tourist trail and eat as the locals do this is perfect! Caroline Groeneveldt
“My wife and myself love taking a late afternoon boat trip to see the Cape Fur seal, after pop into the ever vibrant Hout Bay Harbour Market which is open from Friday to Sunday. Great live bands on the go, good food and an amazing vibe. Sometimes we will go next door to visit Hout Bay breweries with a group of friends for some amazing craft beers.
Achrobranch is open most weekends and one of our children’s favourite spots. They’re also a big fan of kayaking and the downhill scooter tours.” Steve Meinhold