Let me tell you something: you either love or hate Cape Town. But if there’s one thing to say about it, it’s that the city is soooo diverse. One day you hike up to Table Mountain, the next you wander the colorful streets of Bo-Kaap and check out the street art of Woodstock, and in the end, you add some beach time to your stay. But I promise that aren’t all the things to do in Cape Town.
1/ Enjoy the view at Table Mountain
I’m a sucker for getting on top of things and soaking in the view (new pick up line right here). Tafelberg is one pretty mountain and the view is astounding. The thing is: you gotta plan this one. If the weather isn’t that great, you can’t go up there. So plan your visit to Tafelberg asap during your vacation.
If you’re feeling the sporty spice inside yourself, you can always hike up there. It depends how fast you are, but is approximately a 2-hour hike (check out this page for all the trails). But, the gondola is pretty impressive as well! Not that fun for people who are afraid of heights but yeah.
2/ Hang out at the V&A Waterfront
Soooo let’s be real. V&A Waterfront is a sort of shopping area, located near a harbor. It’s pretty. But really touristy and white. But it’s fun to hang around and eat something, mainly because the Table Mountain-view is rather pretty down there.
3/ Climb Lion’s Head
Since I skipped the Table Mountain-hike, I promised myself I’d took on Lion’s Head. It was a 45-minute hike, and so. much. fun. It’s not just walking and walking until you’re up there. It’s walking and climbing and jumping and dying a little bit. Once you’re up there, you get a 360° view. And since the only way up is by foot, there aren’t many people up there. And it creates a cool vibe.
A lot of people recommend going up there to see the sunset. Personally, I think that’s a bad idea. The first 20 minutes going down were rather difficult and dangerous, I can’t imagine how it can go smoothly in the dark.
4/ Instagram Bo-Kaap away
Also known as the Malay Quarter, this neighborhood is famous on Instagram, thanks to the colorful houses and cobblestoned streets. Hop by when you’re close and get that pose one.
5/ Saturday mornings at The Old Biscuit Mill
Being a little village in the middle of a neighborhood called Woodstock, this one was bound to be a sweet spot for hipsters. But man, it was fun. We visited on a Saturday, where The Old Biscuit Mill turns into a market, with interior stuff, clothes, jewelry and South African souvenirs. But the food court is truly the highlight of the market. Yummm. I know there are a lot of things to do in Cape Town, but this one should definitely be on your list.
7/ Drive out to Cape of Good Hope
If I think too long about the world and how we’re spinning around right now, I get a bit nauseous. However, standing at the edge of a continent is pretty amazing. It’s worth the visit, but you’d better make it a day trip, combined with The Old Biscuit Mill, Muizenberg and Boulder’s Beach.
8/ Cry at Boulder’s Beach
Did I cry? I might’ve cried. I’m not sure anymore. However, this one was very cool. You pay R75 to get in, and after a couple of meters you start to see a penguin, and another, and another and HOLY there are soooo many of them. I even saw a mom and a couple of baby’s *crying*.
9/ Muizenberg and its beauty
A rather famous beach, where longhaired surf dudes hang around 24/7. And although I don’t hate that, I love the colorful houses even more. Perfect for a little picnic.
10/ Visit District 6 Museum
It’s the most famous museum in Cape Town and definitely worth a quick visit. This museum will help you understand Apartheid, when in ‘66, District Six was declared ‘whites only’ by the government and 60.000 people were forced to move.
11/ Beach hangin’
YES PLEASE. For me, no holiday is complete without a day at the beach, even without all these things to do in Cape Town. I was verrrrry lucky that the weather was amazing, so I Ubered my way to Camps Bay, because I saw an Instagram post of Draco Malfoy/Tom Felton being there the day before. Am I creepy? I am. However, it turned out to be an amazing couple of hours. There are a few salesmen hanging around trying to sell you something, but in my experience, these guys were friendly and kind. If Camps Bay isn’t your cup of sea, you can head out to Muizenberg or Llandudno.
Good to know
Best time to visit: weatherwise, you get the most of sun and the best temperatures from October – March. However, if you want to go check out the wildlife, low season (April – September) is the best. But if your main focus is Cape Town, somewhere between October and March would be best.
Safe? Well, it’s debatable. As a woman traveling alone in Cape Town, I haven’t felt safe. When I arrived at my hostel, the security ushered me inside, said if I stayed hanging out outside, I would get robbed. But I didn’t feel less safe than walking around alone in, for instance, Paris or Brussels. So just be cautious, don’t go out alone at night.
Money? The currency is South African Rand, where 100 Rand is €6,3 and $7,5. I couldn’t get money from the ATM with my debit card, even though it should’ve worked internationally. Credit cards worked fine.
Transport: long live Uber. It’s cheap, it’s quick, most of the drivers are responsible and friendly and help you with your itinerary. And it’s safe.
Where to stay? It depends if you want to stay in the city center or not, but there are three main streets in the center: Loop Street, Long Street & Bree Street. My hostel was called 91 Loop, so it was quite central. It was a nice boutique hostel, with good vibes and pods to sleep in. However, if I were to visit again, I’d stay somewhere a little bit out of the center.
So yay, that was my list of things to do in Cape Town. It’s a very special city, so I hope you enjoy it. Planning a safari as well? Check out my favorite pictures of my time in two parks.