What to see, eat and experience in Cape Town

#LoveWhereYouLive - What to see in Cape Town – plus what to eat and experience!

27 May 2020

Deciding what to see in Cape Town can leave you scratching your head. Brimming with a wealth of diverse experiences, tastes and attractions, there's no way visitors to the Mother City could be stuck for things to do. Instead, the tricky decision is deciding what you want to squeeze into your visit!

Here's just some of what to see in Cape Town – plus what to eat and experience along the way.


Hop on a bicycle

Put the pedal to the metal and hop onto your bike for not only some great exercise, but a handy way to view the city from two wheels.

If you'd like to have a bike for a few days, rent one from the various bike rental companies. Or if catching the breeze for just a few hours is what you're craving, head down to the famous Sea Point Promenade. There are bicycles to rent in the outdoor food court area near the pool. Hop on and enjoy an hour's cycle catching the sea breeze and mingling with the locals.


Experience the city from the skies

For another perspective, take to the skies. You're spoiled for choice in Cape Town when it comes to seeing the city and its natural surroundings from a bird's eye view.

Head up the West Coast to just beyond Melkbosstrand to tandem skydive with the best views of Cape Town, Robben Island and the Atlantic Ocean. Or if you want to do it in the city centre, paraglide off Lion's Head or Signal Hill.

If you prefer to be surrounded by some metal, hop into the chopper for a jet-set view of the Mother City. For more of an adrenalin rush, experience the thrill of flying in a Huey helicopter, open doors and all!

In Ceres, just under two hours from Cape Town, embark on a zip lining adventure above the Koekedouw River. And if you're headed down the Garden Route, take the leap at Bloukrans Bridge, the world's highest commercial bungee jump.


See Cape Town from the water

Water babies dive into diving, snorkelling expeditions, surfing or sea kayaking adventures in the waters of the Atlantic. Cape Town is filled with water-based adventures. Learn how to surf in Muizenberg, sea kayak along the Atlantic Seaboard, and dive in False Bay or along the West Coast.

Prefer to keep your feet dry? Head to Hout Bay and enjoy a 40-minute cruise to Duiker Island where you can see thousands of Cape Fur Seals frolicking in their natural habitat. Or enjoy a more extended cruise to see a shipwreck! These are fun adventures suitable for the whole family.


Mingle with penguins

Where else in South Africa, let alone the world, can you swim alongside penguins or snap selfies with them on the sand? Head to Boulders Beach on the False Bay coastline to mingle with the colony of African penguins that call these waters and rockpools home.

The water may be on the chilly side if you're used to the Indian Ocean, but as far as the Atlantic Ocean goes, it's warmer than most. The shallow waters are family-friendly, and afterwards, you can grab an ice cream cone and fish and chips in Simonstown.

If you prefer to people watch, put on your most stylish swimming costume and enjoy the glam life on one of Clifton's four beaches. Join the sea of beautiful bodies on the beach and the marvellous views and if you're brave, dip in the icy Atlantic.


Feast on Cape Malay cuisine

Nowhere else on earth can you find the unique, sweet and savoury flavours and dishes that define Cape Malay cuisine. Join a local cooking class in the colourful neighbourhood of Bo-Kaap and learn how to make dhaltjies, bobotie, samoosas and true Bo-Kaap koeksisters.

The Bo-Kaap Museum and the nearby District Six Museum are also highly recommended.


Fuel up with coffee

Cape Town's coffee culture is legendary. You could grab a coffee at a different spot each day and still only scratch the surface. To narrow your scope, make a list of the top coffee shops you want to try – and then ready yourself for the caffeine jolt.

Steampunk-themed Truth in the CBD was named the best coffee shop in the world by the British newspaper, the Daily Telegraph. Imagine yourself in America's Wild Wild West with the baristas and wait staff dressed accordingly, and marvel at the quirky and unique décor.

Also recommended are Haas Coffee and Deluxe Coffeeworks in the CBD, Jarryd's in Sea Point and, moving south, Starlings in Claremont and Olympia Café in Kalk Bay.


If you have a little more time and want to get out of the city centre, here are our must-see recommendations beyond the limits of the city:

Drink rooibos in the Cederberg – Make the trip to the Cederberg to hike or horse ride through the rooibos fields and learn about the heritage of the Khoikhoi and San people.

Experience the wildflowers – Come early August, the semi-arid desert of Namaqualand in the Northern Cape is carpeted with colourful blooms. It's a fantastic road trip destination from Cape Town with many hiking, walking, mountain biking and 4X4 trails to enjoy.

Wine in the Winelands – With more than 560 wineries in the Cape, you couldn't so much as throw a stone without hitting a wine farm in this award-winning region. The Constantia, Stellenbosch, Durbanville and Route 62 routes are the most popular.


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