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Exciting Things To Do in Cape Town

Cape Town is one of my favorite cities in the world. Often referred to as the "Mother City", Cape Town is a melting pot of African and European cultures, a mixture of tradition and modern, surrounded with beautiful nature.

Breathtaking beaches, mountains with diverse hiking opportunities and wonderful scenery, unique culture, amazing local food, and so many adventure activities.

The city with so many things to do and explore, I would like to share my top favorites of all favorites:

My Top 14 restaurants:

  1. The Cousins Trattoria

  2. Fyn Restaurant

  3. Zest Restaurant

  4. Chefs Warehouse Beau in Constantia

  5. La Colombe Restaurant in Constantia

  6. PIER in V&A Waterfront

  7. Epice in Franschhoek

  8. Kloof Street House

  9. Yen’s Vietnamese Street Food in Green Point

  10. Nobu

  11. TANG, V&A Waterfront

  12. Upper Union, Gardens

  13. Grand Pavilion, Sea Point

  14. NV-80, Sea Point

Delicious & traditional African cuisine:

1. Fatima's African Restaurant on Longstreet

2. Ethiopian Madam Taitou on Longstreet

3. Pahari African Restaurant in Woodstock

4. Mai Mhofu's Kitchen in Brooklyn​

5. Unique open-air seafood restaurant Die Strandloper in Langebaan (1h from Cape Town)​

6. GOLD Restaurant in Green Point – 14 course menu with live drumming

7. Pitso’s Kitchen – the taste of Mzansi

Little bit of Europe for Crepes lovers:

1. Swan Cafe in District 6

2. La Rozell in Observatory

3. Damascus in Sea Point

4. Dipndip in V&A Waterfront

5. French Tacos on Kloof street

Vegetarian/Vegan restaurants:

Cape Town’s growing vegetarian and vegan cuisine offers everything from plant-based sushi to Indian cuisine. Here are some top restaurants to satisfy your cravings:

1. Prashad café, Indian Cuisine in Rondebosch

2. Scheckter’s Raw in Sea Point

3. Plushi platters in Salt River

4. Shushi Box in Green Point

5. The Fussy Vegan in Gardens

6. Grumpy and Runt in Gardens

My absolute Top 11 Experiences:

  1. Art Experience – from a street art tour to visiting Zeitz Galery or Norval Foundation

  2. Cape Point road trip - Cape of Good Hope

  3. Hiking or trail running the Cape’s routes with spectacular views (Table Mountain, Lions Head, Signal Hill)

  4. Colorful houses at Bo Kaap area

  5. Local food markets – Old Biscuit Market, Oranjezicht City Farm Market, Mojo Food Market in Sea Point

  6. Cooking class at Stir Crazy Culinary Academy in V&A Waterfront, Marina

  7. Salsa class at Mojo Food Market in Sea Point

  8. Stand up Paddling on waterfront canals

  9. Paragliding

  10. Sandboarding

  11. Surfing lessons - Muizenberg Beach

My Top 9 Family experiences with kids:

  1. Two Oceans Aquarium in V&A Waterfront

  2. A day at the Clay Café in Hout Bay

  3. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden – the tree canopy walkway

  4. Cable car to the top of Table Mountain

  5. Boulders Beach - Penguins

  6. Acrobranch Constantia Nec

  7. Rollercade at Battery Park at V&A Waterfront

  8. Toboggan Family Park in Tyger Valley

  9. Picnic in Green Point Park

My Top 10 wine farms around Cape Town:

  1. Quoin Rock Wine Estate, Stellenbosch

  2. Babylonstoren in Franschhoek (with Botanic Garden)

  3. Delaire Graff Estate in Stellenbosch

  4. Waterford Estate Stellenbosch

  5. Dornier Stellenbosch

  6. Rustenberg Wine Estate Stellenbosch (with Botanic Garden)

  7. Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate in Hermanus (with Art Gallery)

  8. Boschendal wine estate, Franschhoek

  9. Cavalli Estate Somerset West

  10. Chamonix Wine Farm, Franschhoek

TIP: The best way to explore more wine farms in Franschhoek is to take the Franschhoek Hop-on Hop-off Wine Tram. There are 10 different tram lines and 31 vineyards to choose from. Each wine farm is very unique and you can taste beautiful wines combined with great food.

My Top 10 ways to give back:

  1. Ikamva Labantu in Cape Town

  2. Amoyo Performing Arts Foundation in Hout Bay

  3. Peninsula School Feeding Association (PSFA) in Cape Town

  4. Breadline Africa in Cape Town

  5. South African Education Projects (SAEP) in Cape Town

  6. Earth Child Project – education, after class activities

  7. ZAMA Dance School in Guguletu

  8. Anti-poaching unit in Hoedspruit – environmental conservation org.

  9. Nourish ECO Village in Hoedspruit

  10. Elephants Alive – non-profit org. protecting elephants in Hoedspruit


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