I’ve been getting quite a lot of enquiries from people coming to Cape Town, asking me what I would advise them to check out while they’re here…

So I thought, hey, why not put together a page of my top picks* in case other people have been wondering about the same thing.

I’m starting small, and will probably build to the list as I think of more things, but here goes:

Things to do/see in Cape Town:

  • Take a cableway ride up onto Table Mountain  (and in summer, do a sunset cableway ride instead, it’s half price from 6pm)
  • Climb Lion’s Head – it should take approx 40 to 60min to get up and another 30min to get back down.  The views from up there are incredible, so try hit it at sunset or sunrise.  There are some photos over here to show you what I mean.
  • Hit the beach – my favourites are Camps Bay & Clifton (any one of the 4 beaches there)
  • Walk/run/cycle the Sea Point promenade – ocean views, happy doggies everywhere, an outdoor fitness area, casual games of soccer, ice cream stands, bike rentals, weird & wonderful leaning wind blown trees, and a pretty great public pool complex.  You can see all of this here.
  • Visit the V&A Waterfront – this is a hot spot for shopping, eating, drinking, and more.  Take a little boat trip, book a helicopter ride, watch a movie, there are lots of options here.  Kids will also love the Two Oceans Aquarium.
  • Market exploring:  So many to choose from!  Capetonians really do love their markets.  Some I can recommend are: Earth Fair Market in St Georges Mall (every Thu); Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill (every Sat);  City Bowl Market in Hope St (every Thu eve & Sat), the V&A Market on the Wharf (open Mon – Sun) and then for these last 2 you have to head out of town, but they’re both a must:  The Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay (every Fri eve, Sat & Sun) & the Slow Market in Stellenbosch (every Sat)
  • Constantia winelands touring – yup, you don’t necessarily have to drive out to Stellenbosch or Franschhoek (although those are amazing outings to do), the Constantia wine route is a quick 20min from the centre of town and there’s plenty of great places to visit.  There’s a route map and full list of the farms (just click on Vineyards, then Farms) over here.  Some of my personal favourites are:
    Constantia Glen:  Great wines and the best cheese & charcuterie platter you’ll ever eat (more info here)
    Eagles Nest:  Relaxed garden setting & a Shiraz that won the title of world’s best (more info here)
    Beau Constantia:  Also a great selection of wines, incredible views & canapé and wine pairings (more info here)
    Of course, drinking & driving is never a good idea.  So maybe look into a tour company like this one:  The Constantia Wine Tour
  • Then for a bit of local vibe, shopping, strolling, eating and general merriment, hit Long Street, either by day or night.  There are lots of cool boutiques, eateries and bars to choose from here.  Just watch out for pickpockets, I’ve heard about a lot of petty crime here.
  • Pop into our very own Newlands Brewery and get a tour of the place with a beer tasting and some complimentary pints.  All info over here.
  • The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum in the V&A Waterfront is a must for sports fans young & old.

Where to eat:

  • For a culinary treat, you have to try a good tasting menu.  Two of my favourites are offered by La Mouette in Sea Point (6 or 7 courses and their tasting menu changes every month – check out one of my reviews here) and Myoga in Newlands (7 courses and their menu changes seasonally – check out my review here)
  • For a fun cook your own meat experience, I love taking people to Galbi just off Long Street.  I can highly recommend their Safari Set (which serves 2).  Hop on over to my Galbi review here.
  • For a meal right on the sand, The Grand Cafe & Beach is where you need to be.
  • Join the gourmet burger revolution – my picks would be either Jerry’s Burger Bar, Royale Eatery or Hudsons.
  • For meat lovers, a great steak can be had at The Hussar Grill. (there’s a few branches around town, I recommend the Camps Bay one)

Where to drink:

  • For a cool, trendy cocktail bar, look no further than Orphanage Cocktail Emporium in Bree St.
  • Another top Bree St spot for great craft beer and a unique wine selection is Weinhaus & Biergarten (formerly known as &Union). They have live music some nights and their food’s pretty awesome too.  Oh and get this, they do FREE wine tasting sessions ever Tue & Thu at 6pm.  Booking is essential though, but just drop them a mail to:  ewan@gabrielcollective.com
  • Café Caprice – a Cape Town institution and the most popular beach side drinking spot.  Many a celeb has been spotted hanging out here and the busiest night by far is a Sunday eve (especially good after a long day on the beach).

Where to grab a good cuppa:

  • Deluxe Coffee Works – either in Church St or Roodehek St (they also provide coffee to many other Cape Town coffee spots)
  • Truth Coffee HQ in Buitenkant St.  This place was recently named the best coffee shop in the world for it’s cool steampunk design.  Definitely worth a look.
  • Yours Truly’s new spot in Kloof St – garden setting out front, great vibe and Deluxe coffee is served. Nuff said.

How to get around: 

  • Meter taxis:  Out of all the taxi companies here in Cape Town, I’ve always felt that Excite Taxis are the most affordable.  They just get quite busy at times, so if there’s time pressure, always call ahead and book a taxi for a specific time.  Call them on: 021 448 4444
  • MyCiti busses:  This new bus system really is great.  I recently went from town to Camps bay and back for only R14.40 – check out how I did that over here.  I also use their airport bus service regularly and it’s fantastically easy.  For all their route info and more, check out the MyCiti website.  The key thing is that you’ll need to get yourself a MyCiti card at one of the MyCiti stations and then load money onto that. You can’t use cash on the busses.
  • Download & install the Uber app onto your smartphone and use the UberX option (which is far cheaper than the UberBlack option)

Services of interest:

  • Need some laundry done?  Pop in at I  ♥ My Laundry and let them sort it out for you.  Oh and while you’re there, why not grab some tasty dim sum and a glass of wine.
  • In need of a tan?  Contact my girl Tam from Glow Cape Town.  She does the best spray tan in town (in my humble opinion).
  • In need of a massage, facial, wax, mani or pedi?  Why not bring the spa to you with Beauty Direct Mobile Spa.
  • Need some work done around the house or office?  FixForward’s got you covered.  They’ll connect you with an expert tradesman, guaranteeing quality workmanship at a fair price.  They do everything from carpentry and tiling, to painting and paving.

* I will update this page from time to time with any new discoveries that I feel deserve a top pick mention.

Happy exploring everyone. 🙂