Things to do in Cape Town

The 10 Best Things to do in Cape Town

Things to do in Cape Town
The 10 Best Things to do in Cape Town

The City of Cape Community is the heart of the Western Cape and also has been called the globe’s third-best city by the Telegraph paper in the UK. With its distinctive flavor, affected by the mix of societies of Indonesian, French, Dutch, British, and German settlers who forever marked their mark on the city’s structures.

In this overview, you will locate a few of the ideal points to do in Cape Community.

Cape Community has it all whether you’re searching for thrilling outside journeys, the best restaurants, accommodation, or things to do with kids, couples, alone, or on a budget.

In the last 2 years the world has actually changed dramatically, therefore have we. If the pandemic taught us anything, it’s to appreciate every moment we have together, and to develop magic in our very own corners. Be brave and also go on a drive on a quad bike, paraglide off Signal Hill, try new foods from different cultures as well as dance your heart out under the pounding sun. Here’s the top experiences to include in your bucket-list in 2022.

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To be blunt, Cape Town is one of the most iconic cities on God’s green Earth. How could it not be? The Mother City has a thrilling blend of African, European and Malay influences that come together to create one of the great capital cities, all backed by a famous mountain that makes everything just that little bit more picturesque. Of course, we mean legislative capitals, but this isn’t the place for such a discussion.

This is the place to discuss the best things to do in Cape Town. That means everything from kicking back at the beach to cocktails on rooftop bars and restaurants, with history, nature, culture and art mixed in for good measure. Cape Town can be overwhelming, so check out the absolute musts in the Mother City. 

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1. Table Mountain

The clue’s in the name. A trip up this iconic landmark is absolutely worth your time. The more energetic may prefer to hike, but nobody’s judging if you plump for the cable car.

The views are simply spectacular (though be warned that cloud cover – known locally as the tablecloth – can swoop in very suddenly and obscure the panorama completely). There is also a short circular walking route to follow while you’re up there.

2. Robben Island

Nelson Mandela served most of his 27-year sentence here, along with hundreds of other political detainees. It’s now a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

The Robben Island Prison Museum is a site of major – if horrific – historical importance. Just shy of 7km from the Cape Town coast, visitors are welcome on pre-booked tours. Former inmates provide part of the tours, offering direct insight into what it was really like during the struggle against apartheid.

3. Neighbourgoods Market

An achingly trendy and wildly popular Saturday food market in Woodstock’s Biscuit Mill development, now home to dozens of independent businesses. It’s peak gentrification, but there’s no ignoring the quality of what’s on sale.

The sheer variety of influences on South Africa’s cuisine is showcased at Neighbourgoods. Expect to snack your way through everything from biltong to Black Forest gâteau via fresh juices, coffee and craft beer.

4. Kalk Bay

This cutesy suburb has a colourful selection of shops along its seafront, which mainly sell things you don’t exactly need but really want. The café scene is also excellent, so it’s a leisurely place to spend an afternoon pottering about.

You can definitely fit a few antiques or knick-knacks in that suitcase, so Kalk Bay Vintage is worth seeking out. And make like a local by having fish and chips from Kalky’s for tea.

5. Woodstock street art

Some call it gentrification, some say it’s the capital’s most exciting emerging art space. Either way, this neighbourhood is full of breathtaking public artworks. It seems like there’s a mural on every block.

Cape Town’s anti-graffiti laws mean there’s less public art than you might expect throughout the city. Come here to see the Capetonian landscape at its most vibrant.

6. Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art

 The largest collection of contemporary African art on the continent features works from all over the diaspora. London-based architect Thomas Heatherwick outdid himself in converting an abandoned grain silo into 80 galleries.

The works speak for themselves. Check out the Afro-futurist goggles by Cyrus Kabiru, anti-patriarchal needlework by Ghada Amer, oil portrait by Kehinde Wiley, and cowhide sculptures by Nandipha Mntambo.

7. Boulders Beach

 A sandy stretch of shoreline on the Cape Peninsula with rocky outcrops and wild waves. Not so super for lounging on or swimming, but it makes for a wonderful coastal walk. The main draw is the colony of wild African penguins. Who doesn’t love penguins?

Didn’t you hear? There are penguins. They waddle, they swim, they squawk at each other, they smell a bit weird. And they are here in their hundreds. Penguins, buddy, penguins!

8. Kirstenbosch

 Some 1,300 acres of botanical garden sloping down from Table Mountain through Cape Town’s leafy southern suburbs. The Tree Canopy Walkway (also known as ‘the Boomslang’ or tree snake) provides an elevated spot perfect for bird-watching and selfie-snapping. Don’t miss the protea garden, dedicated to South Africa’s national flower.

 There aren’t many places to sit back and soak up some sunshine in Cape Town’s city centre – and certainly none quite this lush. Check the events schedule before you go if you want to catch a trail run, craft market or the Summer Sunset concert series.

9. Long Street

 Browsing the dinky cafés, boutiques, and vintage shops on Long Street is a classic way to spend an afternoon in Cape Town. Its row of pretty Victorian buildings brings together traditional African crafts, spiritual trinkets and trendy bars, making it a great introduction to the city as it is today. 

 Souvenirs aren’t all you’ll stuff your suitcase with after browsing the treasures available down the Long Street Antique Arcade and the vintage clothes at Mungo and Jemima.

10. Lion’s Head

Hike, cycle or drive to the top of this peak with 360-degree views of the City Bowl and the bay.

Views, views, views. The sunsets are here are phenomenal and a favourite for locals and visitors alike. If you are an athletic type, consider adding the route up Lion’s Head to your holiday plans.