One of the most multicultural cities in the world, Cape Town was named the best place in the world to visit by the New York Times in 2014. The second largest South African city boasts beautiful landscapes that are perfect for hiking, gorgeous surf spots and unusual food and drink locations that will keep you coming back for more.
Check out our pictures from our recent trip there and discover our best tips to hang out where the locals do.
An old suburb located on the outskirts of the inner city, Woodstock is an up-and-coming neighborhood where awesome street art can be seen. It is also home to a huge amount of noteworthy coffee and lunch spots. Our absolute favorite place for quality coffee is Rosetta Roastery. Run by a team of single origin coffee roasters, this is where you will find the best cup in the city.
While in the area, be sure to visit breakfast and lunch spots Superette, The Kitchen and Field Office. These three bustling eateries are great to take a break from all the sightseeing while taking in the local atmosphere.
Rosetta Roastery - 66 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7925
Superette - Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915
The Kitchen - 111 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town 7925
Field Office - 66 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7925
Taking place on Saturdays and Sundays, the Milnerton flea market is a must for anyone who is interested in antiques and vintage treasures. Located next to the ocean, the market has Table Mountain as its backdrop, a prominent flat-topped mountain which overlooks the city of Cape Town.
It is your best bet to find a truly unique souvenir with a story, be it a beautiful ceramic vase dug out from the Cape Flats, or that record missing from your collection. Be sure to get there early (the market starts before 8 A.M.) as the best gems get snapped up quick!
Milnerton Flea Market - 126 Marine Dr, Paarden Eiland, Cape Town, 7405
There is a lot to explore in that part of town, so make sure to spend enough time in the inner city when visiting Cape Town. One of our favorite spots in the area is Secret Gin Bar. Tucked away in a little courtyard and hidden behind popular cafe Honest Chocolate, this bar is definitely the city’s best-kept secret!
Have the Heart Gin, a herby beauty of a drink made with local fynbos Inverroche Gin. While you’re there, don’t miss out on the banana bread called "Bunny Chow” from Honest Chocolate Cafe!
Looking to find out more about the local wine scene? Head to Publik Wine Bar, which serves unusual and interesting wines that also happen to be natural (made without chemical and minimum technological intervention) or sustainable. The team shares a space with Ash Restaurant, an unpretentious yet fine dining-oriented eatery focused on charcoal cooking.
Also located in the heart of the city, Green Market Square is where artists and traders from the whole African continent gather to sell fabrics, sculpture, art and beadwork. While it can be packed with tourists, it is still a fairly authentic experience and will allow you to find true African gems. Feel free to haggle for that beautiful woven basket you’re dying to bring home!
Secret Gin Bar - 64A Wale St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000
Public Wine Bar - 81 Church St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000
Greenmarket Square - Burg St & Longmarket Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000
Surf in Muizenberg
For the best waves, take a little drive (or ride the train!) down to the Southern Peninsula to the quiet beachside suburb of Muizenberg (also referred to as “The Berg” by locals). Muizenberg Beach is known for its gentle sloping white sand beach and consistent waves, making it one of the best breaks for beginner surfers in the world.
This area is located on the Indian Ocean side of Cape Town, which means the water is a little warmer but wetsuits are still a must! Complete the experience by taking a drive along Boyes Drive to get a spectacular view of The Berg, especially at sunrise.
After your surf session, head to Kalk Bay, a fishing village on the coast of False Bay that is part of greater Cape Town. This gem is known for its art spaces, raw beauty and picturesque fisherman harbour.
Come lunchtime, visit locals favorite Olympia Café. While it doesn’t look like much from the outside, the food and atmosphere of the place are unmissable. Order the mussels and bring your own wine as they don’t charge corkage!
For an after-meal stroll, walk down to the harbor and watch the local fishermen pull in their daily haul. A perfect occasion to buy fresh fish for dinner! Finish off the day with a swim at the Dalebrook Tidal Pool, a local’s secret where the views are spectacular and the water is warm.
Lastly, know that hiking in Cape Town is a must and that there are a lot of places to explore. Our best hikes include walking up Lion’s Head on a full moon and discovering the area around and up Table Mountain. Just take the cable car down once you’re done! Signal Hill is also wonderful for afternoon strolls and sundowners and offers stunning views of the city.
Olympia Cafe - 134 Main Road, Kalk Bay, Kalk Bay, Cape Town, 7975
Pictures by We Love Pictures from Le Cap, ZA
Writer: Camille Darroux