Our City Guide: Cape Town
As much as Colleen and myself love to travel, our hearts and our ‘home’ will always be in Cape Town. Here we have put together our own ‘city guide’ – a guide to our favourite things to do in our favourite place on earth.
If you are planning a trip to Cape Town you should book your holiday during the summer months (November-March) as Cape Town is a quiet seasonal town and can get a little too quiet for some during the winter months (which can also be very wet and rainy!).
Where to stay
The most luxurious and ‘Princessy’ out of all the major hotels is the iconic pink palace, The Mount Nelson. It’s a magnificent colonial gem set off Kloof Street – centrally located at the base of Table Mountain. The rooms are beautiful and big, the service is great and the high tea is up there with some of the best in the world!
Another luxury hotel we would recommend (a little bit further out of town) would be The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa. Stunning suites with dramatic views (with a great spa!) really makes this spot unique.
Another fantastic option is to use Airbnb – almost all our friends put their apartments or houses on Airbnb during the summer months but you’ll need to book these in advance as they get booked up fast!
What to eat, where to shop and what to do
There are lots of little boutiques along this road. One of our favourite shops is Loft Living at the top of Kloof Street – opposite Manna which is great place for breakfast or lunch.
Tamboers Winkel is also down the road and this is a fantastic little spot for a great dinner. For a more lively place for some dinner and drinks, Black Sheep is always popular.
If you have a day to explore the area, make your way down Kloof Street to Long Street (Kloof becomes Long – don’t miss popping in to Mr & Mrs along the way) to one of the most beautiful shops called Merchants on Long – here you will be able to find our favourite handbag brand Okapi and beachwear by Lalesso.
If you need a place to eat on Long Street and dim sum is your thing, definitely grab a table at South China Dim Sum Bar.
Just up from Long Street you will find Bree Street – this street is fast becoming a destination! There are tons of amazing restaurants and bars – too many favourites to mention all of them here but don’t miss Jason’s for breakfast or lunch or First Thursdays where shops and galleries stay open late.
On most days you can find us at Willoughbys in the Waterfront. This long standing institution (inside the mall) has the best sushi in Cape Town and is always busy with a great mix or tourists and locals. If you go for dinner make sure to get there before 6:30pm as the queue is infamous!
The Waterfront also is the largest shopping mall in the center of Cape Town. Here you can find H&M and Zara and if you don’t feel like eating in a shopping center (and the weather is playing its part) head over to the Grand Beach in Granger Bay (a 5 minute walk towards Mouille Point) for the most glorious setting on the water. The Parma ham pizza is a winner every time!
Our favourite deli is without a doubt Giovanni’s or as locals would say ‘Gios’. Here you can get the best coffee in Cape Town. There’s also an amazing selection behind the counter and you can literally pick and choose anything you like – to eat there or take away.
NÜ down the road is where you can find us when we are on a ‘detox’ along with most other Capetonians.
JustSkin upstairs is possibly the best skin clinc in the world – run by Carol McCullum who has been in the business of making skin beautiful for the last 30 years.
While in Greenpoint, take a stroll around Greenpoint Park and head to Mouille Point and then Sea Point along the promenade.
Sea Point is really having an ‘it’ moment. For an Austalian inspired breakfast try Jarryds. Klienskys is the place for a great pastrami on rye. On a Thursday night have dinner and drinks with the local ‘Fresnaye crowd’ at the Duchess of Wisbeach and pop upstairs for a drink at the new local ‘no name’ members-only club (mention that you know a man about town called Justin Jansen (even if you just read it here) and you will most likely be let in).
Caprice is still the go-to on the strip for an early sundowner (around 5pm).
Just up from Camp’s Bay is The Round House. Head here for a picnic on the Rumbullion lawns or a more fancy tasting menu. As with most of the top restaurants here in Cape Town, make sure you book ahead (like three to six months ahead for the best of the best such as The Test Kitchen, La Colombe and the Greenhouse at the Cellars Hohenort).
Kitima is one of the best places you can go for amazing Asian food! The Green Vine Eatery at Silvermist has a gorgeous view, amazing wine and homemade cakes and makes for a fun spot to take the kids with too. It’s run by our good friend and was just voted one of the best brunch spots.
For a long and lazy lunch while the waves crash below, we highly recommend Harbour House.
If you are inspired to do some exercise while you’re in Cape Town we have some of the best hikes in the world (try Lion’s Head and Table Mountain). Or go for a beautiful walk in the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
If you want to do some Yoga – Yogalife in Green Point or Standup Yoga with Bianca. And for pilates like no other, Amba Loudon. If you would like something more intense SWITCH in town is what you’re after and the pay-as-you-go classes really get your heart racing!
Our favourite has got to be Cifton 2nd. Take your book and chill there for the day! Bliss.
We hope you are inspired to visit this incredible city! There is nothing quite like it.
Jackie and Colleen