Seven Cape Town favourites

This year has been very busy with little time to travel, so when my December holiday started a bit earlier, I decided to head to Cape Town for a few days.  

Cape Town is one of my favourite places in the world and I always try to visit at least once a year. Having lived there for nearly ten years, Cape Town will always be close to my heart.  They say that summer in Cape Town is a lifestyle, not a season.   I was once again reminded why I love it so much.  Here’s my list of favourites:  


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1. City Life 

I always make sure to take a few days to stay in the CBD area as this is where the real Cape Town magic lies.  De Waterkant, Bo-Kaap and surrounding areas cannot be left out of your itinerary when you visit.  When you stay in the city center you have endless options of things to do.  Visit the tourist spots such as the V&A Waterfront or stroll around in town and enjoy the culture and endless options of places to eat.  The great thing about Cape Town’s city center is that you are in the middle of it all with a few minutes’ drive in any direction to find something different to do.  From the Sea Point promenade to the beautiful beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay.   

2. Climb Lion’s head 

Having lived in Cape Town for almost a decade one would think that I have taken the time to climb Lion’s Head.  Well, for some reason I have never done this until this December.  This is truly a must!  Experience the magnificent views and get a proper workout in while you are at it.  One truly feel a sense of accomplishment when you reach the top. 

3. Wine tasting 

Cape Town and wine goes hand-in-hand and a trip to the Western Cape cannot be complete without a wine tour to all the beautiful farms. Visit the touristy favourites or drive a bit deeper to find the hidden gems.  Winter or summer, a day out to the winelands is what Cape Town living is all about. 

4. Cycle the promenade 

Rent a bike and cycle along Sea Point’s promenade.  This is where Capetonians flock to to appreciate beautiful Cape Town sunsets. Enjoy a sundowner at one of the many restaurant options. 

5. Food

Whatever your mood, you’ll be sure to find it in Cape Town.  This place is foodie heaven! From amazing sushi, to authentic South African cuisine, Italian hidden gems, Tapa restaurants and so the list goes on.  

Shimmy beach club

6. Nightlife 

If you’re like me and you enjoy a night out dancing, this place is the perfect destination. Coming from a place with very limited nightlife options, I always take time to go out on the town at least one night when I am in Cape Town. Again, the options are endless. From Salsa dancing to clubbing, you’ll find it here.


These are only a few of my fourite things to do in Cape Town.  There are so many things to do it is no wonder Cape Town was rated the number one events destination in 2018. The natural beauty combined with the many things to do makes this place a must for any traveler. 


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