Cape Town is, by all accounts, a really special city. Blessed with incredible mountain and ocean views, glorious winelands and an impeccable coastline in the seductive Cape Peninsula, the Mother City offers locals and travellers alike a wealth of travel experiences to enjoy. If you’ve already booked your tickets, then don’t forget to check out this list of hotels in Cape Town.
Here are some of the best things to enjoy in beautiful Cape Town:
Hiking mania: Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and more
While Table Mountain’s Platteklip Gorge and Lion’s Head are undoubtedly the go-to for most hikers (especially for their Instagram-worthiness), there are plenty of other easy to moderate but oh-so-stunning hiking trails to cover in the Mother City.
The fact that Table Mountain National Park is so vast – spanning across some 221 km2 – really enhances this. And best of all, there are some truly incredible hiking trails, for newbies and pros alike, to enjoy.
While the City of Cape Town recommends taking the necessary precautions (hiking in large groups, not hiking in risky weather, notifying people of where you are going in advance), there is no reason not to tackle these awesome hikes when you’re in the Mother City.
Best hikes in and around the CBD: Lion’s Head, Platteklip Gorge, Indian Venster, Pipe Track, Kloof Nek and Tranquillity Cracks.
Dining in the city: Foods, flavours and eateries to suit everyone
While many will tell you that the Mother City isn’t cheap when it comes to dining out, no one can argue about the quality. In the city centre and surrounds alone there are an incredible number of high-quality restaurants, filled with local and internationally award-winning chefs and which serve all kinds of amazing food.
The restaurant interiors are jaw-dropping in nature, whimsical and entirely chic. Each space is unique and no two restaurants or cafes are the same.
Whether you are looking for sushi, Indian cuisine, contemporary or even vegan and vegetarian-heavy menus, you will find something of everything to satisfy your stomach – and if you are careful, you can do it without breaking the bank.
And what’s more, the Cape Winelands offer some amazing restaurants and cafes too!
Top restaurants to try (for all budgets): Homespun, Indian Chapter, Greenhouse, Chef’s Warehouse at Beau Constantia, De Grendel Restaurant, Devils Peak De Oude, La Paris Bistro, Saltwater Grill and La Mouette.
Wonderful winelands: From Stellenbosch to Franschhoek to Durbanville and beyond!
Cape Town – and the Western Cape – is renowned for its world-famous winelands and once you have visited them, it isn’t hard to see why!
Even if you have lived in the city for many years, chances are you still won’t have explored or even heard of every estate or boutique winery – but one thing is certain: you will love every one you do encounter!
With family-friendly spaces and activities, wine trams, horse rides or Segway tours through the vineyards, wildlife encounters and outstanding eateries, complete with glorious wines and top-class food, the Winelands are a truly magical and fun part of Cape Town and its surrounds… Explore as much of them as you can!
Wine regions near Cape Town to visit: Franschhoek, Constantia, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Durbanville and Wellington.
Beautiful beaches: How many can you visit in one trip? A fair few!
Another thing the city is famous for are its outstanding, varied plethora of beaches.
Whether you want to take to the waves, suntan on the shore or take the whole family (and dogs) out to the beach, there is no shortage of positively beautiful beaches to enjoy. The only challenging part is deciding which to tackle first!
Best beaches: Camps Bay, Clifton 1-4, Muizenberg, Noordhoek, Bloubergstrand, Boulders, Dias Beach, Oudekraal and more!
These are just a few of the amazing experiences one can look forward to when visiting or residing in Cape Town, South Africa!