Things to do in Cape Town (tourist version)

Cape Town has been my favourite place to live. It somehow always feels like you’re on holiday. I used to go into the city quite a few days a week for castings and auditions which could be stressful, but somehow the city just made life feel good. Maybe it’s the sea air, street cafes, friendly people or the sunshine. The mother city just has something special about her. Life in general felt more relaxed, there was a good balance between working hard and playing hard. When we go visit Cape Town now, it will probably feel different, but I am sure it will be very exciting!

Every time I think I’ve included all the wonderful places, another great place comes to mind. I’m going to mention most of the things that I’ve personally done and  a few on my to do list. If you like water sports and diving, there is a whole other part of Cape Town that can be explored. South Africa is generally a very good value for money country to visit, but if you like saving even more, look into purchasing the Entertainer App, there are a bunch of 2 for 1 offers on food, activities and some other stuff. Make sure you want/like what is on offer before you get the App, otherwise it will be a waste for you.

Safety First

You don’t have to be scared just be vigilant. Read up on some safety guidelines

General Tourist Attractions

These places are generally busier, because they are great to see.

Table Mountain, one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature has got a view over the city that is just spectacular. If possible go on a day that the table doesn’t have a table cloth on, in other words when it doesn’t have a cloud on it. If it’s too windy or the weather doesn’t look good you won’t be able to go on the cable car, so just call them if you are uncertain. The cable car is the easiest way to get up and down the mountain, but if you love walking, there are also a few walks up the mountain. If you do decide to hike, just be cautious and rather go in a big group.

V&A Waterfront and the Watershed Market is the shopping hub for tourists, there are some lovely souvenirs, general shops and restaurants. You can also take a ride on the big wheel (Cape Wheel). There is also the Two Oceans Aquarium if you want to see a bit of sea life.

Very Big Fish tank at Two Oceans Aquarium

Robin Island, I haven’t personally been there, but it’s on my to do list. Nelson Mandela was in prison on this island and there is a tour that is said to be very informative.

More Things to do

If you want to get some exercise while seeing the beautiful ocean, there is cycling on the Promenade by Up Cycles Sea Point

Cycling on the Promenade

Beaches

There are really such beautiful beaches in Cape Town, probably more than I know of. If you would like a sunset or sunrise on the beach you’ve come to the right city, I’ve listed a few below:

Camps Bay – Great sunsets, lovely restaurants to eat with a sea view.

Strand – Sunset beach, very good beach to take a long walk on.

Muizenberg – Sunrise beach, this beach is often photographed with its colourful beach huts

Tableview – Also a sunset beach, it often has wind surfers practising their skills

Sunset at Tableview Beach

Simons Town

This beautiful seaside town is just a short drive from Cape Town and it has a lot to offer. It’s a historic town but still a lot of fun. If you happen to be an animal lover, you will appreciate the story behind the statue of the dog called “Just Nuisance” located in Jubilee Square in Simons Town. There is also Boulders and Foxy beach where you could spot some penguins. If you want to have fun in the water, there is, water biking (cycling), SUP and many other interesting things to try. I have never tried the water sports in Simons Town, but it’s on the list.

Spice Route

This is on route to Paarl (another small town in the area). The Spice Route has a few great shops and things to do. There is the De Villiers chocolate shop with a tasting room if you have a sweet tooth. More into beer, CBC (Cape Town Brewing Company) has got you covered. There is also a wine tasting, food, great coffee and if you lucky the glass blower may be in his studio creating some epic stuff. An amazing stop in the middle of vineyards and nature to relax with some friends and family.

Wine Farms

There are so many wine farms in the Western Cape. They offer some great pairings and you can find world class wines. If you want to visit a few in one day, there is the Franschhoek Wine Tram (I have never tried this), the tram takes you to a number of farms.

We generally would only do one a day so you can really enjoy the pairing and spend some time on the farm. Many farms also have a tour so you can see how they make the wine and there are occasionally restaurants on the farms to grab a mouth-watering lunch or dinner.

Markets

There are so many amazing markets in and around Cape Town.

Oranjezicht City Farm Market this market is on Saturdays & Sundays, it has lots of fresh, organic produce and tasty things to eat and drink.

Route 44 (Stellenbosch) Saturdays & Sundays. This is quite a big market, it has a kid’s area, live music, stalls where you can buy clothes, souvenirs, jewellery, flowers, fresh produce and an array of hot and freshly prepared food and drinks.

The Old Biscuit Mill has a weekly Neighbourgoods market, the atmosphere is always so alive and fun. You can taste so many different foods and there are also stalls selling mostly locally sourced and produced items.

The Old Biscuit Mill also has a few shops selling beautiful things, great coffee and some other services. These stores are normally open Monday to Saturday. We’ve also done the Hint Hunt (escape room) at the Biscuit Mill, which was so exciting!

There are many markets in and around Cape Town, it’s worth Googling

Next time I will be sure to write you an exploring Cape Town (local version).

Keep well and stay safe

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