16 Mar 105 775km // CAPE TOWN // SOUTH AFRICA
Cape Town holds a very special place in my heart. For some reason (and I think I know the reason now, since my good friend Ollie explained the theory of Earth chakras and vortexes, to us the other day ) I have always felt calm and at peace when in Cape Town. It’s bizarre, especially because, of the seven trips I’ve done to Cape Town, six have been for work, so memories of calmness and tranquility shouldn’t be associated with this city, yet somehow there’s an energy here that simply leaves me feeling amazing.
Cape Town is also our first taste of being home after 12 months of travel and, well, that alone is enough to make me want to celebrate. After 12 life-changing months and 105 775 sensational kilometers, we returned home to African soil for the 2016 Design Indaba festival (which was on another level).
But it wasn’t just Design Indaba that got us excited for our time in Cape Town.
This city is truly world-class in terms of activities, things to see and do, and of course for photography and videography. Our Cape Town board on Facet is probably our fullest board to date, because there’s just so much to share.
Soooooooo…we thought we’d take this opportunity to create a listy-type post for Cape Town, and share our recommendations for when you visit next (because we know you’ll want to).
20 Things You’ll Absolutely Have To Do Next Time You’re In Cape Town:
1. Take a road trip down to Cape Point.
Not only is the drive incredibly scenic (making it one of the longest 1.5hr drives because you’ll be stopping every 5 minutes to take a photo) you’ll want to see the view from the point, because, well, who wouldn’t!?
2. Visit the Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach.
We recommend avoiding the main viewing spot (as the crowds never stop) and taking a sharp left next to the parking lot, so that you can get some one-on-one time with the cuties.
3. Enjoy fish & chips at the V&A Waterfront.
So many spots to choose from, we can guarantee a great view wherever you go (and of course a real taste of Cape Town’s welcoming energy).
4. Hike up Lion’s Head.
Ok, so we haven’t done this (yet) but our friends have, and from what we’ve seen and heard it’s definitely a must-do.
5. Share dim sum and cocktails on Long Street.
Coined as Cape Town’s busiest street with the most vibrant nightlife, there’s tons of bars and restaurants to choose from…we just really enjoy dim sum.
6. Catch the Cablecar up Table Mountain (on your birthday).
The only reason we recommend your birthday is because entrance to the cablecar is mahala (meaning free). Boom.
7. Hire a bike and cycle the promenade from Seapoint to the V&A Waterfront.
It takes around 30 minutes, costs around R50pp, and is the most fun you can have on two wheels. You’ll get to experience the really health-conscious and animal-loving community of Cape Town, and feel like a local amongst the crowds.
8. Have a Penguin encounter at the Two Oceans Aquarium.
I think this one speaks for itself, but if you need more convincing, check out our post with some happy-feet-lap-dance gifs of Penguins on laps. Yup, it happened.
9. Get some sun and waves on Llandudno beach.
We were lucky enough to go for cocktails at one of the homes in Llandadno, but even if we hadn’t, the beach would’ve been enough to rate this as one of the most beautiful places to visit in Western Cape.
10. Drive out to look at the pretty colorful houses on Muizenberg beach.
They’re just such an iconic part of South Africa’s history (and unoccupied at the moment) so well worth checking out.
11. Have an artisan breakfast in Stellenbosch.
For a small town, Stellenbosch has an extreme vibrancy, no matter what time of day it is. It might have something to do with the University that dominates it, but either way, breakie in one of the many cultured spots is a must.
12. Have the world’s tastiest sushi at Willoughbys & Co at the V&A Waterfront.
Yes, it’s true. We’ve discovered the best tasting sushi in all the land. Just make a note – you cannot reserve tables, so make sure to come early to avoid standing in the queue (because there is definitely a queue. Every. Single. Day.)
13. Wine and dine at one of the wine farms in Franschoek.
So we can only speak for Babylonstoren, which we visited with the rest of the Design Indaba crew, but no matter what farm you choose, you won’t be disappointed.
14. Take a helicopter ride over the Cape Peninsula.
Again, we’re only taking people’s word for it as we sadly didn’t go up in a heli (this time), but our flight into the Mother City proved that an aerial view of the coastline is something everyone should experience.
15. Take a catamaran to Clifton Beach for the sunset cruise of a lifetime.
The views are simply unmatched, and if you’re lucky like we were, a spotting of playful dolphins is on the cards.
16. Stroll through the craft stalls at The Watershed at the V&A Waterfront.
Everything from local fashion design, jewelry, arts, crafts, and even an exhibition space, The Watershed is the epitome of a modern African market.
17. Go snorkeling and picnicking at Smitswinkelbaai.
Preserved by the locals, this bay is only reached by foot, so you’ll need to park off the main road near the Table Mountain National Park entrance, and take a 15min walk down to see this insanely beautiful bay, with marine opportunities any snorkeller would dream of.
18. Visit the dog named Just Nuisance at the Simon’s Town harbor.
We just thought his name was hilarious, but anything in this little town is worth visiting. A beautifully preserved piece of South African history.
19. Enjoy a sunset at Tableview beach, overlooking Cape Town’s iconic landscape.
We’ll let our photo speak for itself, but this is pretty much the best spot in Cape Town to capture the iconic Table Mountain view (hence the name ;).
20. Visit the colorful suburb of Bo-Kaap.
Something we did the day we arrived, this charming little suburb and the Cape Malay inhabitants will leave you questioning white walls forever.
So that’s our list. There’s probably a million other things we could’ve added (and if you can think of any, please leave them in the comments below) but if you’re looking at getting a real taste of the beautiful city, our 20 items are a great start.