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Things to do in Cape Town

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Cape Town. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Cape Town attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Cape Town to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Cape Town.

  • Africa Nova

      Modern African design is showcased beautifully at this high-end gallery, which fills its well-lit split-level space with an eclectic collection ... More
  • Atlantic Beaches

    The water may be colder on the Atlantic side of the Cape peninsula, but the beaches are definitely hotter. An upmarket and well-toned crowd gathers... More
  • AVA Gallery

    This nonprofit multimedia gallery in historic quarters gives special attention to Western Cape artists. More
  • Bergwater Vineyards

    Surrounded by wide expanses and the desert-like terrain of the Great Karoo, Bergwater Vineyards has been open since 1999 and is the only vineyard i... More
  • Boplaas Family Vineyards

    Visit the winery, established in 1880, for a tasting of ruby and tawny ports. More
  • Brewers & Union

    This beer bar–charcuterie opened in January 2009 by the people behind Vida e Caffé, a slick, mini-chain coffee bar with a zealous fan base. Brewers... More
  • Café Caprice

    Directly opposite Camps Bay Beach on a road with heavy foot traffic, Caprice is one of the most popular spots for sundowners on the Atlantic coast.... More
  • Cape Point

    An hour’s drive from Cape Town, the Point is the most breathtaking spot at the Cape Point Reserve (a place of buckling, fynbos-covered hills, troop... More
  • Caveau Wine Bar & Deli

    Caveau’s wine list is an enjoyable departure from the red, white, and sparkling norm; it’s divided into Easy Drinkers (try the superb Pierre Jourda... More
  • City Art Walk

    Many of Cape Town’s best contemporary galleries are in easy walking distance of one another in the city center. Begin at the AVA Gallery, a nonprof... More
  • Clementina Ceramics

    Housed inside the Old Biscuit Mill, a red brick building dating from the 19th century, this ceramics shop is the showroom of Clementina van der Wal... More
  • Clifton Beaches

    What to Expect: The four small white-sand beaches that face the Atlantic Ocean on the west side of town are often called the South Beach of South A... More
  • Day Trip Through the Cape Winelands

    Many of the Cape’s verdant winelands date back to the late 1700s, when Dutch settlers tasked escaping French Huguenots with making wine to supply p... More
  • District Six Museum

    The area known simply as District Six was a vibrant, multiracial, working-class neighborhood on the city’s eastern fringe until 1966, when the apar... More

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