How To Spend A Perfect 24 Hours In Cape Town, South Africa

May 12, 2024
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Things to do in Cape Town & how to build the best itinerary, particularly if you only have a day or two to explore this stunning South African city!

I strongly suspected that Cape Town would become one of my favorite cities, and she did not disappoint!  As cities go, it’s the jewel in South Africa’s crown, offering mind-blowing scenery, a world-class foodie scene, interesting and complex history, and SO much to do.

It’s been on my list forever, and I was so excited to begin my South Africa adventure here.  Cape Town’s also really affordable for international visitors, and while I feel like the time of year I visited (late March) was perfect, it’s honestly gorgeous any time of year.

I only had a day to explore the city, but very much made the most of it, and I wanted to share all about my itinerary and the best things to do in Cape Town with limited time.

things to do in Cape Town - catch the stunning views from Table Mountain toward Camp's Bay

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Where to stay in Cape Town

After LOTS of research, I stayed at the delightful Blackheath Lodge, a cute little hotel (or maybe B&B?) that I found centrally located.  After a warm welcome and glass of wine (they have a great gin list too), I got settled in my spacious, comfy room.

My two-night stay was great and quite affordable as well, for what it delivered.  My room and bathroom were really nice, there are all sorts of comfortable common areas and thoughtful touches (like snacks and coffee/tea stations), and the pool area is cute well.  Breakfast was good, and the service was awesome.

I had several other hotels on my “short list”, including PODS Camps Bay, Azamare Guest HouseO’ Two Hotel, and Taj Cape Town.  I also really considered splurging on the iconic Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, and really wanted those views, but with only one day and not planning to rent a car to get around, it didn’t make as much sense…THIS TIME!

where to stay in Cape Town - Blackheath Lodge room

where to stay in Cape Town - cute pool area at Blackheath Lodge

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What to pack for Cape Town

Your packing list will vary a bit depending on time of year, though Cape Town has a pretty temperate climate.  I was visiting at the end of March, so the end of summer headed into fall.  It was actually hotter than I’d anticipated, and I was glad I’d brought my sundresses.  But having a light cardigan for when the sun goes down was necessary.

I live in sundresses…a lot of mine (like the pink flowered one I’m wearing in this post below) are from StitchFix.  Amazon is also where I get a lot of my dresses these days.  Some good styles would be a t-shirt dress, a tank dress, or something flowy with fluttery cap sleeves (I brought the latter).

I had also brought lightweight, breathable stretchy travel pants (Athleta and these Eddie Bauer ones are my faves) to pair with lightweight sleeveless or short-sleeve tops, and they’d be totally appropriate here as well.  I just wanted to save them for my safaris, when sundresses weren’t as relevant.

I alternated between my beloved cute/comfy walking sandals and my cute white sneakers, and also had slightly more athletic (but still cute) sneakers, mostly for safaris later but handy here as well if you’ll be doing any hiking (mine are discontinued TOMS ones, but something like this would work).

Given the great beaches in Cape Town, don’t forget a swimsuit (this one is my new fave!) and you definitely need sunscreen!  Here are my favorite body sunscreens for travel and my fave face sunscreens).  I also relied on my my go-to natural non-toxic makeup (which does great in sweaty weather!), sunglasses, and a headband (for keeping my hair out of my eyes in the wind).

girl in pink sundress at Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

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How to get around in Cape Town

There are a few ways to get around Cape Town, but generally speaking I’d use Uber most of the time.  It’s super easy to use, affordable, and fast.

Because I arrived later in the evening, I had pre-arranged a transfer with my hotel for safety reasons.  I had already cleared customs and immigration in Johannesburg, so was able to get my luggage quickly once I landed in Cape Town, and was met by my driver, Jerome.  I did have issues with my ATM card being declined twice though and it was after hours for Bank of America, so was thankful I had $20 in USD on hand for an excessive tip.

I would not recommend renting a car to get around Cape Town, but I did rent one in downtown Cape Town to drive myself around the Cape Peninsula and up to the winelands.  I’ll write a deeper post on this later, but the short version is I rented with Bluu via RentalCars.com.  I also frequently use DiscoverCars and am a big fan.  The main thing was I wanted to rent with Bluu, and would recommend them!

One other option to consider is the Hop On, Hop Off bus.  I’ve literally never done this and usually wouldn’t consider this, but I read a lot of blogs that said it was actually a great way to get places, and in particular to take their “Mini Peninsula Tour” to get around the Cape Peninsula affordably.

Truth Coffee in Cape Town, South Africa

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Some other general tips

It probably won’t come as a surprise that safety was one of my biggest considerations before visiting Cape Town, particularly as a solo female traveler.

As with anywhere else, be vigilant and aware.  As a general rule, don’t walk around at night.  There were also specific areas that I decided not to walk around in, just to not tempt fate.  For instance, District Six, and my co-worker recommended I avoid Long Street and Loop Street.

However she said Bree and Kloof Streets were pretty safe, even at night.  When in doubt, ask the staff at your hotel if a particular place is safe.  She also told me that when it comes to navigation (more by car than anything), Google Maps is pretty reliable but Waze will take you on some really dodgy shortcuts.

Always keep your handbag close to you and zipped, and don’t hang it on the back of your chair at restaurants.  Also, keep an eye on your phone, for instance don’t just set it down on the table where it could be grabbed easily.

Here are some other tips and observations:

  • All the activities in and around Cape Town should be scheduled around the weather, which is very unpredictable and changes quickly.  So I’d schedule things like Table Mountain early in your stay so that if the weather doesn’t cooperate you can hopefully adjust and catch it later.
  • Load shedding is a part of everyday life in South Africa. Find out if your hotel or Airbnb has a generator or other system to deal with it, or if you won’t have power sometimes.  The EskomSePush app can let you know the load-shedding status in your area.
  • South Africa has a special electrical outlet plug.
  • Tipping is expected for good service in South African restaurants, usually about 10-15%.  You have to put the tip on ahead of time if paying by credit card, so tell them the total amount to charge (vs. telling them a percent).
  • You also should expect to tip fuel attendants (South Africa gas stations are full service only) and car guards, too.  This is usually just a few rand (like 5-15 rand, or $.50-2 USD).
  • You can find free Wi-Fi fairly consistently in public areas and restaurants/bars/coffee shops, though as always be careful not to do any sensitive things like banking on open Wi-Fi.

the colorful houses of Bo-Kaap, in Cape Town, South Africa

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How to spend an amazing day in Cape Town

There are so many great things to do in Cape Town!  With just one day, I knew I wasn’t going to get to all of it and I definitely didn’t want to do such a rushed “box ticking” itinerary that I couldn’t enjoy myself.  So I’ll take you through in more of a chronological way to see the main things I focused on.

If I’d had time, the tours that I really wanted to do but just couldn’t fit in were walking food tour, a sunset prosecco cruise, and a sunrise or sunset small group hike up Lion’s Head.  I’ve also never done a helicopter tour but BOY is Cape Town the place I would have considered it!

One thing to mention is that I only had one day in Cape Town, and then was renting a car to drive Cape Peninsula (PENGUINS!!) and then up to the winelands before going on safari.  But if you’re not comfortable driving yourself, I definitely recommend at least experiencing the beauty of Cape Peninsula, so consider a combo tour like this (or this one focused just on the peninsula).

Things to do in Cape Town - explore the different beaches, including Clifton Beach

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Okay, let’s jump in…I was up bright and early and after coffee and breakfast at the hotel, I took a quick Uber over to Yours Truly coffee in Greenpoint.  I tried to hit a few different coffee shops through the day, as you’ll see!  It’s got a cute vibe, lots of greenery, and the coffee was good.

Things to do in Cape Town - sample different coffee shops, including Yours Truly

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Next I actually had the pleasure of meeting a co-worker who’s a Cape Townian, and seeing a bit of the city through her eyes.  She picked me up and we drove up to Signal Hill for a great view to start the morning.  (You can take an Uber easily).

That view is really something!  The only bummer, which you can’t see, is that when you look out toward the water you really notice all the industrial port stuff which isn’t quite as scenic as the rest of the view.  Thsi is a very popular option for sunset as well.

There’s some walking trails up here if you feel like stretching your legs as well.  But for us, we wanted coffee and breakfast…

view from Signal Hill, Cape Town, South Africa

Things to do in Cape Town - catch the views from Signal Hill

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So our next stop was the absolutely delightful Bo-Kaap Deli.  We ordered and then grabbed a table outside on a gorgeous early fall morning.

The deli specializes in Cape Malay favorites like koesisters (a lightly-sweet donut-like treat coated in coconut) and masala mince shakshuka, as well as Cape Town faves like hertzogkoekie (a jam-filled tartlet with coconut topping) and milk tarts.

And we got them all.  Everything was delicious, and the coffee hit the spot.

Things to do in Cape Town - explore the culture of Bo-Kaap neighborhood, & stop in at Bo-Kaap Deli for delicious food, coffee, & pastries

Things to do in Cape Town - explore the culture of Bo-Kaap neighborhood, & stop in at Bo-Kaap Deli for traditional treats

Bo-Kaap Deli inside

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Then we walked around to explore Bo-Kaap more.  I just loved all the brightly-colored houses!  This is a former township and was the Malay Muslim Quarter, and in particular there’s a huge Cape Malay community here.

Before my co-worker played tour guide, I’d planned to join one of these free walking tours…they get great reviews and get by on tips.  I recommend looking into it, particularly if you want the really learn about the neighborhood (or feel a little safer in a grou).

In addition to the neon-colored houses, the other thing Bo-Kaap is known for is its food.  If you have more time in the city you should consider a traditional Cape Malay cooking class.  This one by Anduela came highly recommended, as did this one.

While I sadly didn’t have time for that, Eulogi did take me by Biesmiellah for a couple douple of traditional Bo-Kaap samosas.

girl in pink dress exploring the colorful houses of Bo-Kaap in Cape Town

Things to do in Cape Town - explore the culture & colorful houses of Bo-Kaap neighborhood

Things to do in Cape Town - explore the culture & colorful houses of Bo-Kaap neighborhood

Things to do in Cape Town - explore the culture & colorful houses of Bo-Kaap neighborhood

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Then I sadly had to say goodbye to her and I headed out on my own.  And I’ll give you one guess where I went next.  LOL that’s right…a coffee shop!

And not just any coffee shop.  Truth Coffee was the spot that kept coming up over and over in my research on best coffee in Cape Town, so I knew I had to try it out.  I grabbed an Uber over to the famous steampunk-themed cafe.  One note, I was told to be cautious in this area (District Six), but if you’re dropped off right here (especially during the day), it shouldn’t be an issue.

I loved the cool vibe and their Victorian newspaper menu.  They take coffee VERY seriously here, which I love.  They also have pastries and food options as well.  I got a cortado and a flat white to enjoy while taking a break with my Kindle for a bit, then ordered their Silky Res iced coffee to go.

What to do in Cape Town - stop in at Truth Coffee for delicious coffee & food

What to do in Cape Town - stop in at Truth Coffee for delicious coffee & food

What to do in Cape Town - stop in at Truth Coffee for delicious coffee & food

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My next stop was the V&A Waterfront, one of the top things to do in Cape Town.  Often just called “the V&A”, this area is great for just wandering around, shopping maybe taking a spin on the ferris wheel, and grabbing a patio seat for food with a view.  It’s named after Queen Victoria and her son, Prince Alfred (who was quite popular with the locals when he visited as a teenage navy midshipman).

One note, this is where you’d depart for Robben Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s a huge part of South Africa’s history.  This is where Nelson Mandela was held for 18 of the 27 years he was improsoned, along with obviously many other prisoners.  I’ve heard mixed reviews on how interesting the tour itself was, but worth looking into.

The island has also served as a leper colony, World War II fortress, whaling station, and more, and also houses a local penguin colony.  You can easily visit on your own (see official website here), or book a tour that helps with logistics.  Plan for about 4 hours total and book ahead in peak season.

But back to the V&A Waterfront!  I started at The Watershed, a huge converted warehouse that now has tons of shops and vendors with everything from gorgeous handcrafts, including jewelry, art, and clothing.  This is a great place to find a unique souvenir.  (Side note on shopping, I’ve also heard that Bree Street is good for this.)

Right next door is Time Out Market Cape Town, a food hall with all sorts of stalls from top local restaurants (I’ve visited the Lisbon and Chicago versions previously).  I wasn’t especially hungry and didn’t want to waste time waiting for food to be ready, so took a quick gander through and continued on.

What to do in Cape Town - spend time on the V&A Waterfront

What to do in Cape Town - spend time on the V&A Waterfront

What to do in Cape Town - spend time on the V&A Waterfront, including Watershed Market

Time Out Market in Cape Town

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I swung around the waterfront, mostly just soaking it in but also moving toward a place where I could get an Uber (most of the Waterfront is pedestrian, so you have to get further away to get an easy pickup).  But then I stumbled upon one of Cause & Effect’s four locations, and had to stop.

My co-worker had shouted them out as a great cocktail option, and I was hot and thirsty, so pulled up a spot at the bar inside.  It was quiet so I could chat with the bartender and learn more about their schtick.  I told him my preferences and he chose for me based on that (you can obviously just order off their extensive menu too).

And boy, did he choose well!  The first was called Drinkaterium, with gin, litchi, fennel juniper cordial, and soda water.  A lovely floral citrus combo that was super refreshing, and the presentation was amazing.  My second I think was called Through Stone.  I really enjoyed my time here, especially because it was not crowded (I think getting good service would be harder then).

What to do in Cape Town - sip a cocktail at Cause & Effect

What to do in Cape Town - sip a cocktail at Cause & Effect

What to do in Cape Town - sip a cocktail at Cause & Effect

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Now we’re ready for one of the most iconic Cape Town experiences, something that HAS to be on your itinerary as long as the weather cooperates.  That’s right, it’s time to ascend Table Mountain!

Table Mountain and Lion’s Head are two iconic landmarks in Cape Town, visible from just about everywhere it seems.  Hiking one or both (especially around sunrise or sunset) is a bucket list experience.  However, I didn’t have time to consider a hike up or down, so went with the cableway car up Table Mountain.  If you’re wanting to hike up but aren’t confident in your navigational abilities, this small group tour may be right for you.

You can book your cable car ahead of time, and that’s recommended in peak season to avoid super long waits.  It wasn’t bad when I was there, so I didn’t have an issue buying my ticket upon arrival and then waited about 10-15 minutes to get up to the platform, then another 10-15 to get into the cable car.

The cable car rotates 360 degrees as it ascends, with two open windows for photos.  Ideally if you can just get a spot on the edge of the car you should be able to get some good views (each car holds 65 people, so it’s pretty packed).  It’s not a long trip up though.

I think Lion’s Head is that pointy peak on the left-hand side of the second pic below.  I didn’t have time to visit here separately, but would have loved to do a sunrise or sunset hike (guided, for safety reasons).  This one also looked really special, I just didn’t have time.  I heard a rumor that there’s also an organized Full Moon Hike every month between October and April, if you happen to be in the area.

Top things to do in Cape Town - take the cable car up Table Mountain

Top things to do in Cape Town - take the cable car up Table Mountain for an amazing view

Top things to do in Cape Town - take the cable car up Table Mountain for an amazing view

Top things to do in Cape Town - take the cable car up Table Mountain for an amazing view

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Once you’re up on top of Table Mountain, you can spend as much or as little time as you’d like.  There are paths criss-crossing the top, with amazing views and lots to explore.  You can get a free guided nature walk to learn more about the area and in particular the flora and fauna.

The views of the harbor are amazing, but I was OBSESSED with the views toward Camp’s Bay and further down the Cape Peninsula.  You can do quite a bit of hiking up here, as well as rock climbing, mountain biking, and caving if you have the time and inclination.

Be aware that visiting Table Mountain is very weather-dependent, and they will shut down the cable car with very little warning if the weather turns (and it does, quickly).  They warned us when we arrived that clouds and wind were moving in (despite the hot, sunny day), so that we should stay fairly close to the cable car station in case they have to close suddenly.

One activity that I REALLY wanted to do but ran out of time for was abseiling from Table Mountain.  I believe abseiling is just what we call rappelling in the U.S.?  I had researched three companies that seem to get good reviews (here, here, and here), but didn’t get up to Table Mountain until later in the day (and wasn’t dressed for it).  If that’s up your alley, definitely look into it!

Top things to do in Cape Town - take the cable car up Table Mountain for an amazing view

Top things to do in Cape Town - take the cable car up Table Mountain for an amazing view

Top things to do in Cape Town - take the cable car up Table Mountain for an amazing view

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At this point I was hot, hungry, and quite tired, as I’d just arrived in South African the night before and my body was feeling the jet lag.  I headed back to my hotel for an hour of siesta (and ordered Uber Eats), before getting my second wind late afternoon.

At that point it was only a couple hours til sundown, so I decided to head over to Clifton 1st, one of Cape Town’s many amazing beaches.  My goal was to mosey along the coast toward Camp’s Bay, and hit up Glen Beach (in Camp’s Bay) for sunset.

Clifton beaches are sandwiched between Bantry Bay and Camp’s Bay, a series of four beaches that are sometimes hard to distinguish.  The biggest thing to know is that there are SO MANY STAIRS.  You can either walk along the beaches as they connect, or walk along the sidewalk above and then take stairs down and up.

Because I was already dressed for dinner, I did the latter because I didn’t want to get all sandy, but then I like pulled a quad or something and had to give up around Clifton 3rd.  I didn’t have time to actually spend time ON the beach on this trip, but it’s one of the best things to do in Cape Town any time of year.

These beaches are some of the best in South Africa, with powdery white sand, crystal-clear blue water, powerful rolling waves (hi, surfers!), and amazing views.

Cape Town itinerary ideas - spend time enjoying the beaches, including Clifton Beach

Cape Town itinerary ideas - spend time enjoying the beaches, including Clifton Beach

Cape Town itinerary ideas - spend time enjoying the beaches, including Clifton Beach

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Then you have to (I think) get back up on the sidewalk, and it’s about a 10-15 minute stroll down to Camp’s Bay.  I wish I’d had time on my visit to actually just spend time in Camp’s Bay during the day…it’s really cute, lots of great restaurants, bars, shopping, beaches, and crazy good views.

But after doing a lot of reading up on great spots for sundowners, I realized that 1) I might have trouble getting a table (it was Good Friday, so everyone was off work), but more importantly 2) none of the options were directly on the beach…at least as far as I could tell.  They all seemed like across the street, with palm trees and such possibly blocking the view.

So instead, I chose Glen Beach as my sunset spot for my one night in Cape Town.  This was a reco from a friend of mine who grew up here.  I actually didn’t end up going down to Glen Beach, because as I was cutting across the country club parking lot, I realized that I really loved this “high ground” view.

Cape Town itinerary ideas - spend time enjoying the beaches, including sunset at Camp's Bay and Glen Beach

Cape Town itinerary ideas - spend time enjoying the beaches, including sunset at Camp's Bay and Glen Beach

Cape Town itinerary ideas - spend time enjoying the beaches, including sunset at Camp's Bay and Glen Beach

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I chilled on one of the benches scattered around and read my Kindle while waiting for the sunset to develop.  I snapped a ton of pics, finding fun angles and playing around with sunbursts.

Cape Town itinerary ideas - spend time enjoying the beaches, including sunset at Camp's Bay and Glen Beach

Cape Town itinerary ideas - spend time enjoying the beaches, including sunset at Camp's Bay and Glen Beach

What to do in Cape Town - find the best sunset spots, including Camp's Bay and Glen Beach

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And then I made a ROOKIE mistake.  I should have booked my dinner reservation for 30 minutes later, first off.  The sunset in Cape Town was a slower developer, and the end was more spectacular than the beginning and middle.  But I thought it was over and had already called my Uber when it got to about the first pic below.

And then as I waited for him, the sunset got even more gorgeous, and I was SO bummed when he arrived and I couldn’t watch the rest (except from the car).  So don’t make the same mistake, ride out the whole thing!

What to do in Cape Town - find the best sunset spots, including Camp's Bay and Glen Beach

What to do in Cape Town - find the best sunset spots, including Camp's Bay and Glen Beach

What to do in Cape Town - find the best sunset spots, including Camp's Bay and Glen Beach

What to do in Cape Town - find the best sunset spots, including Camp's Bay and Glen Beach

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But I needed to get to my dinner reservation, which I was super stoked for.  I’d managed to snag a one-person reservation for TTK Fledgelings, previously known as The Test Kitchen.  Every local who found out I was going here was so excited on my behalf, so I worried that my expectations were too high.

It absolutely lived up to expectations, though!  I had a seat at the bar top looking into the kitchen.  They brought me a “chef’s treat”, a traditional fried bun and smoked snoek (fish) pate.  I ended up doing the tasting menu with wine pairings, which was AMAZING.  I’ll write a whole other post on this, but we journeyed from a blue cheese souffle with an amazing Riesling, to a springbok filet with a spicy red wine, to a pear tart with a delightful late harvest wine.

Everything was wonderful and the service was outstanding, so warm and personal.  It’s a bit of a splurge, but if you can snag a reservation I highly recommend it!!  One note, there’s an app called Dineplan that you can use to make and manage reservations in South Africa.  I actually contacted the restaurant directly in this case but used it for everything else.

What to do in Cape Town - explore the foodie scene - dinner at TTK Fledgelings

What to do in Cape Town - explore the foodie scene - dinner at TTK Fledgelings

What to do in Cape Town - explore the foodie scene - dinner at TTK Fledgelings

What to do in Cape Town - explore the foodie scene - dinner at TTK Fledgelings

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I’d hoped to go out and get drinks at a cool cocktail bar, but was so tired by the time I finished dinner (and SO FULL) that I called it a night.  But I have some recos on that front below.

I was up bright and early the next morning because I had to go get my rental car.  But before heading down the Cape Peninsula, I made one last stop…Oranjezicht City Farm Market.  This place is AWESOME and only open on Saturday mornings.  I honestly could have spent hours here.

The parking is a little nervewracking (for someone like me, who hates parallel parking and also worries about parkign in the wrong place).  But there are local guys stationed that kind of have their own “turf” and help you find a spot, manage people getting in and out, and watch your car.  When you come back, you should tip them a few rand (maybe like 10-15, or $1-2 USD).

Once you’re inside the market, you’ll find lots of shops full of local handicrafts, some vintage things, a farmer’s market of produce, local products such as biltong, cheese, cured meats, olive oils, and gins.

And then there’s a huge food stall market!  I wanted seriously everything.  I got samosas (butter chicken, bobotie, and milk tart), a smoothie, a hot cross bun (it was Easter weekend), and a couple coffees from the stall at the back.  This would be another great place to shop for a unique souvenir.

What to do in Cape Town - spend a Saturday morning at Oranjeziedt Market

What to do in Cape Town - spend a Saturday morning at Oranjeziedt Market

What to do in Cape Town - spend a Saturday morning at Oranjeziedt Market

What to do in Cape Town - spend a Saturday morning at Oranjeziedt Market

South Africa has been on my “10 places I’m dying to visit” for years, including in 2024!

But sadly I had to be on my way, because I knew that the Cape Peninsula (and then getting up to the winelands) would take the full day.  I passed through Camp’s Bay and the Glen Beach area on my way out of town, and there was plenty of parking available mid-morning on the weekend.

Camp's Bay area in Cape Town

Camp's Bay area in Cape Town

Camp's Bay area in Cape Town

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I’ve mentioned some of the things to do in Cape Town throughout this post that I wanted to do but didn’t have time, such as Robben Island, a sunset sail, and a helicopter tour.  One other I’ll add, depending on time of year, is whale watching (usually June to November).

The other big thing to do that I completely had to cut out was a visit to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.  This is often considered the most beautiful garden in Africa, a lush ecosystem with tons of different plants.  If you have more than one day in Cape Town, consider dedicating a half day to wandering around here, maybe with a picnic.

Some highlights include a hanging bridge with amazing views of Table Mountain’s east side, unique flowers that can’t be found anywhere else in the world, and a hike through Skeleton Gorge which connects the gardens with Table Mountain through a ravine that boasts views of Constantia’s rolling hills.

You can get a free guided tour of the gardens (at certain times), or you can do a paid guided hike of Skeleton Gorge.  Many Kirstenbosch tours are combined with Cape Peninsula or Table Mountain and wine.

sunset at Camp's Bay, Cape Town

Where to eat & drink in Cape Town

Usually I’d do a huge section on where to eat and drink, but since I went more chronologically (and let’s face it, a lot of what I did was food and drink!), I will just summarize and mention some of the top spots I visited as well as some that were on my list but I wasn’t able to get to.

Obviously for coffee I feel that Truth Coffee is a MUST.  Yours Truly was good too, and the coffee stalls at the Oranjeziedt Market.  I didn’t geto ut for proper breakfast, but two on my list were Jarryd’s for brunch (came highly recommended by friends) and Hemelhujs (for brunch, coffee, and breakfast cocktails).

Honest Chocolate is a must-visit spot for any chocoholics, with handcrafted chocolates, brownies, and more.

If you can get a reservation at TTK Fledgelings, it is so delicious and worth the splurge.  Their sister restaurant Pot Luck Club was also on my list (maybe grab a cocktail and dessert there??).  I also got Uber Eats from Kloof Street House…the gorgonzola and mushroom arancini were delicious, and I wish I could have actually eaten at the restaurant.

For cocktail bars, I loved Cause & Effect, and my friend also recommended The Fable, Aperitif, and the Mount Nelson Hotel’s “Planet Bar”.

koesisters, the Cape Malay traditional donut from South Africa

And there you have it.  I only had one day in Cape Town (and the tiniest bit of a morning), but I felt like I got a wonderful sampling of this amazing city—I definitely fell in love with Cape Town and am plotting my return!

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