A comprehensive low-down
Things to do in and around Cape Town
Looking for ways to fill your time in the Mother City? Well look no further, because we’ve got your back. But just a warning: with so much on offer, you’re going to have to make a shortlist for your stay. That’s just an excuse to come back though, right? Enjoy!
Be spoilt for choice at a market
Cape Town is much of a dream city for any foodies. With such an eclectic community calling the capital their home, the booming food industry has something for everyone. One of the best ways to experience this? A visit to any one of their incredible food markets of course. Here are our top three picks:
Oranjezicht City Farm Market
Held every Saturday and Sunday in Granger Bay, just a five minute walk from the V&A waterfront, this community-style farmers market is where both Cape Town’s cool kids and yummy mummies hang out. Expect to tantalise your tastebuds in the takeaway food section – if you ever actually make a decision on what to go for, it all just looks too good – before stocking up on a fantastic array of organic goods that are just calling out to be made into a picnic. Think everything from beautifully displayed fruit and veg, to locally produced cheeses, freshly baked artisanal breads and guilt-free vegan cakes. Oh and you’ll probably find all of your favourite dips here too (who doesn’t see hummus as one of their main food groups?!). But this farmers market doesn’t stop at satisfying your stomach. Here, you’ll be able to pick up all kinds of locally produced wares – think quirky bags and vintage ornaments.
Located in the heart of Seapoint, Mojos is a market that has just that: mojo. It’s young, its hip and there’s live music daily. And, with a whole host of alcoholic bevs on tap in the market bar, what more could you want? Make this your go-to for a casual breakfast, lunch, or dinner dining affair. Or, grab a takeaway and take yourself down to the beach to pair some Mojo magic with the city’s signature sunset views – holidaying doesn’t get better than this.
Old Biscuit Mill
Worth the uber to Woodstock, the Old Biscuit Mill is “where Cape Town meets for culinary delights and fine local designs” from Monday through to Saturday every week. After browsing chic jewellery stalls, quirky home interiors and fun ceramics, coffee and cake calls in the ‘Neighbourgoods Market’. Cool is an understatement.
V&A Food Market
The V&A Food Market is a collection of artisanal street food markets that celebrate local produce and talent, you’ll often find a street performance in full swing by the outside seating. Make a stop at this Waterfront hangout for a bite to eat, or pick up some biltong and Cape Town gin to take home.
Go wine tasting in Constantia
Not got time to add a few nights in the Winelands onto your trip? Just hit up Cape Town’s plethora of wineries instead. We wouldn’t want you to miss out on a chance to get sufficiently sozzled on very good (and very cheap) vino now, would we. The affluent suburb of Constantia is home to over ten wine farms and claims the fame of being the oldest wine producing region in South Africa – basically, you’re in good hands here. With wine tastings starting at as little as £3 per person, we’d recommend making Constantia Glen your go-to.
Take in a museum or two
District Six is, quite rightly, on most people’s radar and then there’s Robben Island – which is of course, technically a museum – or the museum mile if you really want a day full of culture, but for those looking for something a bit different, we recommend adding the interestingly named Zeitz MOCAA to your list. This Museum of Contemporary African Art isn’t just an attraction because of the works hanging on its walls, but the building itself is a spectacle too. It kept us well and truly entertained (and dry) when the heavens decided to open upon the Mother City anyway.
Hike your way from A to B
Famed for its dramatic landscapes, it would be a crime to come to the city and not do a hike or two. And with options ranging from moderate to really quite tough, there’s something for everyone. But whatever route you take, one thing’s for sure, the views are set to reward the slog that it took to reach them. Want to know more about the kind of hikes we think you should be doing? Have a read of our blog.
Go to the beach, each
… let’s go get away. Nicki Minaj certainly has a point. Is a holiday really ever complete without a spot of beach time? We don’t think so, which is why we’ve compiled a list of Cape Town’s most tempting beaches, i.e. your plans are covered for any scorching city days. Want to sift the best from the rest? Read our blog here.
Head to Cape Point
Oh yes. We’re coming at you with an obvious one, but just in case you’re thinking of putting this idea on the back-burner, our advice? Don’t. You see, Cape Point may be more of a ‘been there, done that’ kind of tick, but the real beauty of this trip is in the journey and if you’re self-driving you can really make a full day of it. Think the drama of Chapman’s Peak Drive, the quaint, windswept beauty of Noordhoekk, the penguins – we repeat, penguins – of Boulder’s Beach and then the landmark point of the Cape of Good Hope. Got time? Make stops along the way and, if you leave super early, you could even spend some languid hours on the white sands of the nearly always deserted Diaz beach.