Recently voted the best city in the world by UK publication The Telegraph, Cape Town sure has a lot to give. It’s hard not to fall in love with a city flanked by mountains and sea, and South Africans are lucky enough to have it as their very own. So while it comes as no surprise to us that the world loves Cape Town, we still wanted to celebrate our love for this magical place with our very own reasons for why it deserves that top spot in the ‘best cities in the world’ rankings.
The “After Hours” Scene Is Incredible
With everything from rooftop bars overlooking table mountain to weekend morning markets with organic produce at every corner, Cape Town certainly doesn’t disappoint in terms of things to do once you’ve knocked off work. A firm favourite is a drink at The Silo Hotel’s rooftop bar, followed by dinner at one of the local gems. Whether you’re feeling tapas, dim sum, fine dining, sushi, prawns, or steak, you’ll be spoilt for choice. For something out of the ordinary, there’s always music or theatre shows, art exhibitions, a pop up bar or restaurant or a multitude of other activities to keep you entertained.
You Can Stay Fit Without Ever Seeing A Gym
It’s apparent within a couple of minutes of driving around Cape Town that this is one seriously active city. Sea Point is always bustling with runners getting their kilometres in down the promenade with the sea breeze keeping them cool. On any given weekend morning there’ll be hordes of cyclists and mountain bikers; and why not? With routes that cover mountains, coastal vistas and rolling vineyards to name but a few, exercising on a Saturday morning doesn’t feel like a chore. Hikers are well catered for too with the likes of lion’s head, Table Mountain itself, Newlands forest, Cape Point, Silvermine, and Kirstenbosch. Horse riders can go for a ride along Noordhoek to splash in the surf with their equine partners.
Plus, there’s always the water if you prefer to get your exercise fix without pouring sweat. Guaranteed, the chilly Cape Town water will stop any overheating in its tracks no matter how hot it is. Favourites are surfing and windsurfing, but there are occasional kite surfers and a few brave swimmers and triathletes who prefer the ocean over the pool when it comes to training. Just make sure to pack a wetsuit!
There’s So Many Weekend Getaway Options
Even when you’re living in the world’s best city, you sometimes just want to get away from it all for a few days. For Capetonians, there’s almost an overwhelming amount of places to go. If you want seaside relaxation and real peace and quiet you can head up the West Coast to Paternoster, Hermanus, or Yzerfontein. Or there’s always Langebaan if you want to swim. For food and wine, you could spend a weekend in Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Tulbagh or Robertson. For the Big Five, you could go to one of the Garden Route game farms or visit somewhere like Aquila Nature Reserve. And then there are the off-the-beaten-track options; Riebeek Kasteel, Kagga Kamma, or the Klein Karoo.
The only question is where do you want to go?