Cape Town isn’t new to the list of ‘places to visit’. It’s a well-know travel destination and most likely one of the cities anyone who visits South Africa is likely to spend some time in. As a result, it’s easy to get caught up in a broad range of tourist activities. That’s not entirely bad, but it’s probably a good idea to throw in some activities that locals are more likely to do too. Here are a few of my favorite things to do when I have some spare time.
- 1. Brunch
To be perfectly fair this is usually enjoyed with tequila and good company, but dining solo and tequila can work too! One of my favorite spots is located in one of Cape Town’s culinary streets, Bree Street. You have to make a stop at Clarke’s and have their seasonal fruit bowl with their homemade granola. I don’t usually gravitate towards fruit and nuts for breakfast, but I promise this is so unbelievably good — you’re going to want to eat it more than once.
This is my ultimate cheat. I love swimming and I love the sea, but during the peak tourist season it can be extremely difficult to find a spot to park your car at the beach. You can always catch a taxi or take a bus, but if you prefer to drive go have a swim at one of my favorite hotels. The Radisson Blu Le Vendome Hotel in Sea Point is the perfect spot to have a sneaky swim and avoid the crowds.
I feel like Lion’s Head and Table Mountain are hiked most often, but there are loads of awesome routes you can take to see the city and explore the beautiful landscape. My current favorite is The Pipe Track. It’s a flat and comfortable walk, without compromising on great views.
Take a blanket, pack your favorite snacks and head to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. It’s one of my favorite places to relax on sunny afternoons. The gardens are so big and spacious that it’s easy to find a peaceful spot to relax and just ‘be’. Take in the indigenous flora and enjoy some win in the shade of one of the many trees surrounding the lush lawns. To find parking on particularly spectacular days, arrive earlier on in the day or go around in the late afternoon.
It would be weird if you were in Cape Town and didn’t stop by a wine farm. There are plenty to choose from, but if you’d like to stay close to the city, make a booking at one of the wine farms on the Constantia Wine Route. They’re all divine, but the cheeseboards at Constantia Glen are phenomenal, the wine is delicious and the views are vast enough to make you lose track of time.
There are many other things to do while you’re in Cape Town, but these are some of my favorites. If there are any you’ve done and consider must-sees, let me know. If you’re travelling to Cape Town and would like some tips, let’s connect on Instagram and I’ll do my best to point you in the right direction!
Celeste is a lifestyle writer and PR Account manager who lives in Cape Town. Her academic background is based in Psychology with her undergrad in Organisational Psychology and Neuropsychology, she went on to complete an Honours degree in Industrial and Organisational Psychology. Her next goal on an academic level is to complete her Masters degree.
She enjoys creating strategic content for brands, as well as anything relating to fashion, nature, art, travel music and chocolate. She’s recently started running again and enjoys playing tennis, as well as golf in her spare time. Basically, if you can disguise exercise as fun, she’ll probably give it a go.
This year she hopes to strengthen her ability to pose as a responsible adult, travel more and spend time with her favorite people.
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