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World's Best Trip: Cape Town

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Cape Town is sometimes labeled the least african of African cities—which, depending on who’s doing the labeling, is said with enthusiasm or disparagement. But whatever you think of the must-see destination, post–World Cup Cape Town radiates a palpable hum of cool thanks to the rise of local, cutting-edge artists. The city’s finest style hour takes place every Saturday morning at Woodstock’s Neighbourgoods Market, where stands sell silk-and-leather sandals, biltong (Afrikaans beef jerky), and chèvre frais cheeses from Franschhoek. The trio behind the shopping epicenter also opened Whatiftheworld Design Studio, a retail space in East City and a gallery in Woodstock that showcase designs by young South African talents. The studio is close to Heritage Square, where you’ll find Caveau Wine Bar & Deli, whose menu spotlights regional dishes (dukkah-rubbed ostrich) and global fare (seared tuna in citrus sauce). Whether you have two days or two weeks, you’ll want to augment Cape Town’s under-the-radar spots with luxury services, such as those at Table Bay hotel, on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, or the renovated Cape Grace: either can arrange yacht tours, wildlife excursions, and strolls to the beaches of the Cape of Good Hope reserve.

Cape Town Affordable Tip: The best hotel for visitors looking for a design immersion is the 33-room Grand Daddy. On its leafy rooftop are seven suites set in converted Airstream trailers. Doubles from $174.

Cape Town Family Tip: The KidsOnly program at One&Only Cape Town offers place-specific activities ranging from ostrich-egg painting to African dance performances. For teens, there are chaperoned movie screenings at the nearby Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Doubles from $735, kids’ club complimentary for children and teens.

Cape Town: World’s Best Scorecard

No. 6 city overall
No. 1 city in Africa + Middle East

Hotels

Cape Grace 92.35
Mount Nelson Hotel
91.12
One&Only Cape Town
88.91
Table Bay
88.00

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