Cape Town is a unique city with beautiful nature, an excellent dining scene, and great surrounding escapes.
Stay in a colonial house
Cape Cadogan hotel is ideally located just off Kloof street where many restaurants, cafes, bakeries are located and also just a few blocks away from the mythical Mount Nelson Hotel. The rooms are spacious and well designed, the building is a discreet colonial house with a lovely patio where delicious breakfast can be enjoyed. The staff is discreet and provides great travel tips.
Camps Bay is another great spot for accommodations, with most hotels having a sea view but for a higher budget.
Activities & Experiences
Cape Town offers lots of exciting experiences and visits from city to nature.
Great walks include Bo Kaap, the colourful area Woodstock with cafes such as Superette, restaurants at the Old Biscuit Mill, taxidermist shop Mandibles; Sea Point with the open air public swimming pools
Spend at least a day ay Llandudno beach (make sure you bring your picnic as there is nothing around) and at Camps Bay beach.
Table Mountain views of Cape Town on a sunny day are breathtaking. If you are fit enough and adventurous you can choose hike up or down instead of taking the cableway.
A few hours spent in the magnificent Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, walking around or lying on the grass, are also part of Cape Town experience.
If you wish to visit a township, book a local guide. I visited Langa. I must admit that although it was very interesting, it felt a bit voyeuristic at some point.
And for THE REAL thing, go to Mzoli's in Gugulethu on Sunday for lunch. It is the place to be and a real scene. Queue into the butcher's shop, choose your selection of meats and take it to the braaiers, the barbecue cooks. Then enjoy with a beer in the dining room, where locals and tourists alike party to the sound of live music.
Paradise for foodies
Kloof street is lined with good and lively restaurants: Asoka, Cafe Paradiso, Kloof street house, ... But if you are looking for some more specific food and ambiance, here are my favourite places.
For delicate Italian cuisine in a simple and elegant decor, book at 95 Keerom. The building originally housed stables and slave quarters. The menu boasts a large selection of carpacci along the more traditional meat, fish and paste. Prices, as usual in Cape Town, are cheap so enjoy!
For casual Asian tapas, quirky decor and a great crowd, eat at Hallelujah. Next door is ultra hip bar The Power & The Glory where you can go every day for aperitif or after dinner drinks.
For a fresh and tasty lunch plus the opportunity to buy their beautiful modern ceramic tableware, go to Hemelhuijs. I particularly like their white/gold line.
And for a real treat of innovative cuisine served tapas style in edgy surroundings, book well in advance at The Pot Luck Club or try your chance walking in at lunch time. Located on the top floor of the Silo of the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, it is headed by South Africa star chef Luke Dale-Roberts (he is actually British) whose flagship restaurant The Test Kitchen is just a few steps away. Good luck getting a reservation For that one!
The end of the world : Rent a car or book a chauffeured car with the hotel to go and spend a day at Cape of Good Hope & Cape point. Walk from one to the other and don't miss the stunning Diaz beach.
On your way to or back from Cape of Good Hope, make a stop at Boulders Beach and say hi to the local penguin colonies.
On the North East coast of Cape Point Peninsula is Muizenberg, a beach town where you can enjoy the day watching the surfers.
Wine Route: The Constancia Valley is famous for its wine estates. But be careful as some are tourist traps. Ask your hotel to organise a visit to Waterford Wines. It is a wonderful private estate in stunning Blaauwklippen Valley with horses, ducks and of course vineyards. The tasting are held in the lovely patio and start around £4 per person.
A must visit is Babylonstroren, a vast and impressive vegetable and fruit garden where you can stroll. Make sure to book lunch at Babel their inhouse restaurant. As an alternative get some cheese and charcuterie from their shop and enjoy in the garden.
Another lovely place for lunch is the Moreson wine estate and their Bread & Wine restaurant with outside seating.
South of Cape Town, on the coast is Hermanus and Gansbaii. I went to see the sharks and the untouched coast. The best place to stay in the region is the very special De Kelders Private Beach Villa hosted by the lovely and special Neil Stemmet. He is a great chef as well as a cookbook writer and cooks homemade delicious dinners served in Hemelhuijs tableware.