A LOCAL’S GUIDE TO CAPE TOWN
So, being a South African myself I have been super excited to write this article as I have so much love for this country and the many amazing adventures it holds. However, that said its a country that is best done with local knowledge. So let me give you the low down!
Flying In: Which Airport and Airline?
The best way to fly into the country is to fly to Cape Town International as it’s well-run airport and is a breeze in terms of customs lines. However, it is more expensive!. They have great taxi services provided by the airport which are safe and reliable. However, it is definitely worth getting a rental car as many of the cities wonders are best experienced by road.
I usually fly South African Airlines because the local staff are happy and make me feel like I’m home already. But that’s just a preference, British Airways is the next best and Emirates and KLM are fine too.
When travelling between cities within South Africa it is best to book a bit in advance for availability and to take advantage of the lower prices on offer. SAA, Kalula, and Mango are all good and will get you wherever you need to go with all companies offering 2 flights a day to most destinations.
Rental Car would be an ideal option as the city not only has many sights to see, but also because many of the sights such as Table Mountain are simply unreal to see while driving, or even in the traffic believe it or not! GPS or Google Maps will get you anywhere you need!
Alternatively Uber in Cape Town is great and safe. Fares will be roughly £10 – £20 as most places are a fair distance apart. I would say stay away from regular cabs if you’re travelling around alone, especially at night! It may be unbelievably beautiful but just remember its still a dangerous city so it’s always important to be aware and you’ll be just fine!
Where to Stay: Trusty Top Picks
- The Cape Grace: One of the finest stays in Cape Town situated in the V&A Waterfront.
- The Belmond Mount Nelson: The Mount Nelson is one of Cape Town’s oldest and most iconic stays! This place is pure magic!
- Ellerman House: An unbelievably beautiful boutique mansion with incredible views in Bantry Bay!
- The Twelve Apostles: One of Cape Towns most famous hotels with views of the twelve apostles, lions head and Atlantic ocean!
- The Silo Hotel: The Silo Hotel is one of Cape Town’s newest modern hotels situated right next to the V&A Waterfront.
Trusty Eats: Cape Town
So the below lists are my favourite spots not because they are all the fanciest and most publicised places, But because I feel these restaurants will give the most organic experience of Cape Towns food culture and its integration with the beauty of the city. They all offer a unique experience in their own way, so I hope you like them!
top five breakfast spots:
- Jarryd’s Seapoint: One of the newest and hottest breakfast spots in Cape Town! Jarryd’s provided a relaxed environment, friendly and well-trained staff and some really tasty breakfast meals! And healthy options too! A personal favourite of mine!
- Tasha’s V&A Waterfront: Classic breakfast/brunch/lunch spot for almost any tasty meal you can think of! Do yourself a favour and go!
- Starlings Cafe: A classic CT local hangout! The outdoor garden provides a great setting to scoff down your scrambled eggs and bacon!
- Four & Twenty: One of the nicest breakfasts you will find in Cape Town. This cool and cozy spot in Wynberg boasts a great menu and local vibe! Worth popping in for sure!
- Kleinskys Delicatessen: Jewish Delicatessen in Sea-Point! I’m not Jewish myself but the bagels with lamb Bacon are Pretty Bangin’ and the range of breakfast items is on point! Great to grab a quick bite or takeaway before hitting up the Beach!!
Top 5 Lunch Spots:
- The Bungalow: Must go for late lunch and sunset! The venue is unbelievable with views of table mountain, lions head, and the twelve apostles. The sushi and seafood are great, served at the restaurant or in the comfortable and sociable bed area.
- The Grand Cafe & Beach: The menu is fantastic offering a range of seafood, meat dishes, and even pizza, all equally delicious!! Never mind the fact that you get to have your toes in the sand while you devour all of the delicious treats available. Great location on a private beach next to V&A Waterfront.
- The Shortmarket Club: One of this group’s many great restaurants! Just go! you wont be disappointed! for more info check Listings!
- Babylonstoren Wine Farm: One of the best wine farm experiences in surrounding Cape Town in my opinion! this Self-sufficient farm not only has amazing wines but boasts one of the most impressive vegetable gardens i’ve ever seen! It is truly an amazing farm with amazing staff! An experience that should not be missed! Book in advance or just rock up and hope you get lucky!
- Sushi Box: In my opinion, this cozy little spot in Newlands Village has the best sushi in the City! Run by a small team of mostly Zimbabweans this Sushi shop is super chill in its design while plating some impressive looking and devishly tasty sushi! Trust me! You won’t be disappointed!
Top 5 Dinner Spots:
- Kloof Street House: At the bottom of the Vibrant Kloof Street in Cape Town one will find this elegantly decorated Victorian building that is Kloof Street House. Step through the archway and enter into this large and diverse venue which houses multiple seating rooms, the restaurant, a picturesque garden, and what looks like the Bar from a Bond seduction scene. The food is great and the atmosphere even better!! Definitely a Cape Town MUST EAT and DRINK!! Seriously, just go! You won’t regret it!
- The Pot Luck Club: This restaurant is straight up amazing! Set in the Old Biscuit Mill this restaurant offers a great atmosphere and a great menu of tasting dishes that makes it great for sharing and tantalizing those taste buds in unison! The only downside is that its pretty darn hard to get a booking given its insane popularity! So book a month or even farther in advance to avoid disappointment!
- Bombay Bicycle Club: Bombay Bicycle Club is without a doubt one of Cape Town’s quirkiest and most fun restaurants, and not to mention the Oldest gentlemen’s Club IN THE WORLD!!!! This is a definite must while in Cape Town as NO description can do it justice!!
- The Duchess of Wisbeach: I’ve been going to this Restaurant for many years and have always enjoyed the friendly staff, the decor, the vibe and most importantly the Food!! Reservations over the weekend and Thursdays are always more fun given the vibey crowds attracted here and the amount of tequila that could be flowing around the room
- Chef’s Warehouse: New Restaurant/canteen set on Bree Street! Menu changes every day with Tapas style dishes. No reservations allowed so pop in and enjoy!
- Parasail off Lions head or signal Hill
- Shark Cage Diving in Gaansbaai
- Abseil on table Mountain
- Deep Sea Fishing in Hout Bay
- Camps Bay (classic tourist beach, great for sunset)
- Glen Beach: (Surfers hangout/beach)
- Clifton Beaches 1-4. (popular CT beaches, multiple vibes, you’ll see)
- Bakoven Beach (amazing view and cove)
- Llandudno (just awesome)
- Muizenberg: (Surfers hangout and sightseeing: colourful houses)
- Boulders Beach: Penguins, need I say more??
Hikes To Do:
- Bo Constantia
- Delaire Graff
* These are just a few that are amazing out of many that can be visited!
- Neighbourhood Goods Market, Old Biscuit Mill – Saturday market!
- Mzoli’s Restaurant in Gugulethu Township: One of the most fun local experiences! Go in a group just to be safe! Enjoy a real Shabeen experience involving buying alcohol from local shacks and eating meat of all kinds prepared on the Braai! A Proper South African experience!
These are just a few of the many things that are available to get involved in while in the Mother City! However many of these are the locals choices and should, therefore, provide a REAL Cape Town Experience!!
I hope you guys enjoy and give some reviews on the individual listing pages where you can find more info on each place, as well as its location and some images!!
Stay Classy Travellers!!