Cape Town Travel Guide
Cape Town’s nightlife spans everything from live theatre at the Baxter to cocktails at Planet bar at the Mount Nelson Hotel. For an equally unique experience a little off the beaten track, step outside the city to the Oude Libertas Ampitheatre, an open-air amphitheater in the Stellenbosch vineyards. Here you can see music, dance and theatre, all under South Africa’s bright starry skies, just under an hour outside of Cape Town.
If you’re looking for things to do in Cape Town proper, try the Cape Town Good Food & Wine Show. There, gourmet cuisine, fine wines, and top chefs, vintners and restaurateurs vie for your attention and delight, offering tastings, workshops, and one-on-one cooking lessons.
Whatever your plans for the day, get started with a champagne breakfast at Mount Nelson’s Oasis Restaurant, set amidst sparkling pools and lush gardens, before heading into Cape Town to explore. Go to Bo-Kaap, the old Malay Quarter, for spices from South-East Asia, or check out the independent bookshops along Kloof Street. With such an eclectic mix of cultures and experiences, it won’t be hard to find things to do in Cape Town – you may even plan a return visit to take it all in.
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, troops of baboons, buck, and Cape Mountain zebra).
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 Walt, a local artist whose designs are inspired by the various landscapes of Africa.
This winery is located on the Cluver family’s De Rust Estate, a nearly 6,000-acre property that includes fruit orchards, a concert amphitheatre, and a restaurant serving fresh produce from an on-site garden.
Part of a developing network of overnight hiking trails within Table Mountain National Park, the Table Mountain Trail is a three-day, two-night portaged, catered, and guided walk that weaves city history together with the mountain’s natural wonders, like oversize king proteas, ancient ferns, and
This nonprofit multimedia gallery in historic quarters gives special attention to Western Cape artists.
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.
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 in the Prince Albert Valley. Bordered by a nature preserve, the area around Bergwater is untouched by development.
You’ll want to defend your espresso from the sudden swipe of a passing baguette at this thriving Saturday morning community market (open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) in the easterly district of Woodstock.
A drive along the westerly, warmer-watered side of the peninsula brings you through quaint villages and laid-back surfer communities.
The area known simply as District Six was a vibrant, multiracial, working-class neighborhood on the city’s eastern fringe until 1966, when the apartheid government declared it a whites-only area.
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 Jourdan Brut), Discoveries, Food Friendlies, Vintage Reserves, Rarities (like small lots from inner city winery Signal Hill), and Giants.
The expansive modern space is geared toward serious collectors, representing both well-established and up-and-coming talents.
From its 3,500-foot summit, this flat-topped mountain that looms above Cape Town offers truly mind-blowing views: the entire city peninsula, including the Atlantic coast, False Bay, and the easterly valleys of Winelands, all stretch out shimmering below as far as the eye can see.
Behind the red-brick façade of a Bo-Kaap office building, the bright yellow showroom of Monkeybiz is packed with colorful beaded objects made by craftswomen in some of South Africa’s most disadvantaged communities.