Blessed with vibrant neighbourhoods, beautiful natural scenery, and a buzzing foodie scene, Cape Town really does have it all. Spend your morning visiting world-class museums and galleries, before heading to some of the world’s finest beaches in the afternoon. Alternatively hike to the top of Table Mountain for stunning vistas, or enjoy a sophisticated wine tour in the Constantia vineyards. Whatever you choose to do in this multi-faceted city, you’ll find genuine warmth and welcome from the people of the Rainbow Nation.
When to go
Cape Town’s climate is temperate, and you’ll find the warmest, driest conditions from October to April. If you’re heading here for the beach-life, temperatures peak between December and February, although the notorious south-easter wind can still blow hard until the end of February. Visit from September to November, and you’ll be graced with the stunning beauty and colour of the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens in full bloom.
Food & Drink
South Africa’s rich and diverse history has blessed Cape Town with a vibrant and varied food scene. Enjoy the excellent seafood on Camps Bay, especially at The Codfather, which serves a daily-changing menu of fresh sushi. In the historic centre, British-born chef Luke Dale-Roberts serves up an exciting twist on Cape Malay cuisine at The Short Market Club. For very special meals, La Colombe, nestled in the Constantia vineyards, is widely considered one of the best restaurants in the country. Of course, no trip to Cape Town would be complete without at least one braai (barbecue).
Not to miss
Immerse yourself in the country’s cultural scene at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (MOCAA). The impressive contemporary façade holds works by some of the continent’s boldest and brightest artists.
Night owls will be well-served by the city’s rich collection of bars and clubs. The majority are centred around Kloof, Long and Bree streets, all within a short walk of one another. Hopheads will enjoy the staggering collection of craft ales and lagers at Beerhouse; or keep an eye out for Julep, hidden just off of Long Street, for their signature eponymous cocktails. If laid-back beachfront cocktails are more your vibe, join the city’s jet-setters on the Camps Bay strip. Head to Bungalow for stunning sunsets, before dancing the night away to the tunes of a top DJ.
Where to stay in Cape Town
The Gardens area is popular with locals, and offers an authentic vibe, just a short distance from the bars and boutiques of Kloof Street. Camps Bay, close to the Clifton Beaches, is the place to go if you’re looking for sun, sand and surf. For a rural getaway, head to the Constantia vineyards just a short drive from the city centre, a peaceful and historic district. The leafy area of Higgovale is good for those looking for peace, nestled in the shadow of Table Mountain.
How to get there
Cape Town is served by Cape Town International Airport, a short drive from the city centre. We recommend hiring taxis to get around the city.
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