The Cape Town Tourist Bucket List

What to see and do when visiting Cape Town:

Category 1: Tourist attractions

  • take a cabrio and drive to Cape Point
  • marvel at Table Mountain from Bloubergstrand – Table view
  • Be at the Southern Most point of Africa at Cape Agulhas
  • dress fancy and stroll down to Camps Bay
  • Take a week off and explore the Garden Route
  • wake up early and watch whales at the Hermanus Whale Festival in October
  • Grab a picnic basket and a bottle of Wine and enjoy Kirstenbosch  gardens
  • explore ancient history at Kaggma Kaggma
  • feed the monkeys at world of birds
  • Enjoy a sundowner on the Top of Signal Hill
  • Take your camera and explore the Boo Kap
  • Visit the cangoo caves in Oudtshoorn and go in for the adventure tour
  • Take your running shoes and run along the Sea Point Promenade
  • Swim with Penguins in Simonstown
  • Visit a Private game reserve Aquila & Inverdoorn
  • Learn about South African History and go to Robben Island and District 6 Museum
  • Take a sunset cruise
  • If it is raining cats and dogs, if it is windy and cold – go to Two Oceans Aquarium
  • Do extensive Wine Tasting in Stellenbosch
  • Have lunch in Franschoek
  • Explore the V&A Waterfront and have dinner at Quay 4
  • Watch a Bafana Bafana Football Game in the famous World Cup Cape Town Stadium
  • Get active and go Sea Kayaking along the Sea Point Promenade. Watch out for Dolphins, Whales and Penguins!

Category 2: Markets

  • Hout Bay Market – every weekend
  • Constantia Night Market – in summer every second friday
  • Old Buiscuit Mill Market – every Saturday
  • Earth Fair in Tokai – every Saturday
  • Root44 Market near Stellenbosch – every Saturday
  • Milnerton Flea market – every Sat/Sun – be there EARLY
  • The Range in Tokai – PERFECT Friday after work Spot for food and good beer
  • Slow Food Market in Stellenbosch – YUM food, YUM deserts and YUM wine – especially great on winter days

Category 3: Bars/Pubs/Restaurants

  • Breakfast at the Mango Ginger Coffee Shop Observatory
  • Jazz breakfast at Winchester Mansion every Sunday! Treat yourself.
  • Enjoy Eggs Benedict for breakfast at Arnolds, Kloof Street
  • Bombay Bicycle Club in Tamberskloof – experience best South African Cuisine
  • Braai Township Style – Mzolis in Guguletu – every Sunday from 1pm
  • Have dinner at Giovanni’s Green Point
  • Toni’s on Kloof Street – amazing Mozambique/Portuguese dinner option
  • Best Italian food in Cape Town  at Bacchini’s
  • Best Steak in Cape Town at Nelson’s Eye
  • Mexican Food and a Tequila for desert at The Fat Cactus
  • Neighbourhood on Long Street – The best Cinnamon Orange Mojito on Earth and doyourself a favour and order fries as well
  • drink a beer at &Union
  • Have a sundowner at the 12 Apostel Hotel & Spa – Snacks &breathtaking sunset included
  • Enjoy the best Sushi in Town and the best Sushi special at Beluga, Green Point
  • No Money? Have dinner at Food Inn, City Centre
  • Meet & Greet the Surfer Society of Cape Town at Rafikis –  Kloof Nek Road
  • Enjoy a movie or a roof top concert (Fridays) at Daddy Grand Hotel Roof Top Bar
  • A beer with the BEST view in Cape Town – The Brass Bell Kalk Bay
  • A Cocktail with the best view – Cuba Cocktail Bar Kalk Bay
  • 2 Pizza for one special and awesome cocktail specials in Trenchtown Observatory
  • A beer or two next to the fire place and Comedy in The Armchair, Observatory
  • Sundowners at The Bungalow – Clifton Beach 4
  • Enjoy a massive pizza and a pint of beer & good music every Sunday around 4 pm at Blue Peter in Blouberg beach
  • Have a beer at Ace & Spades. Or two. and then watch men and beards all night long.
  • Best and most creative cocktails on earth at Asoka, Kloof Street
  • If you are done with Cape Town, have a delicious dinner at Manou’she in Stellenbosch – but make sure you go there hungry!
  • Book WELL IN ADVANCE and have a lunch/dinner at Strandloper in Langebaan
  • THE best Thai Food in Town can be found at Yandees on Kloof Street.
  • Tjing Tjing – these guys can do one thing, and thats Cocktails. YUM Mojitos!!
  • El Burro – go there for some yummie Mexican food and drink your sorrows away with Tequila but do NOT forget to pre-book
  • The Hipster place to be – The Village Idiot – loop corner strand. Good vibes, excellent food and great choice of craft beer.
  • The alternative and creative place to be:  Alexander Bar & Cafe – you can call the bar from your seat, you can write poems on old typewriters or enjoy daily entertainment provided by the Theatre bar itself. Highly recommended!
  • Have Dinner at The Test kitchen!!! Please book way in advance
  • Sunday Brunch at the Pot Luck Club. Great views, amazing food, you need to bring your own bubbly company though to make it the perfect day.

Category 4: Party locations/Festivals

  • Wild and very random nights out in Ragazzi
  • Watch people at Tin Roof, Claremont
  • Dance on stage in a Hippo Onesie in TigerTiger, Claremont
  • A very wild night out and drinks on the house in Gandalfs, Observatory every Thursday – Rock
  • dance and have fun in Assemblys – Electro
  • Take your dancing shoes and your dress and party the night away in Club 31
  • Enjoy awesome nights and drum and bass/electro swing/reggae nights at Zula Bar
  • Dizzy’s Camps Bay Karaoke Party on Tuesdays
  • The Mercury Live music at its best
  • Fictionelectronic music at its best
  • Affinity Claremont – insider Southern Suburb tip
  • Reggea nights at Marvels Long Street on Wedensdays
  • Have a wild touristy night out at Dubliners – the one and only irish pub
  • Have a beer in the Shack – Poolbar
  • Go for a wild night out in Stellenbosch!!! Make sure you book a bed in a nearby Hostel though…
  • Waiting room on Long Street – Finest old-school Hip Hop on Fridays and live concerts during the week
  • Manila Bar– everybody needs a little Karaoke in their life, trust me
  • Beerhouse. Thats all I have to say. You can start AND end your night here.

Category 5: Events

  • enjoy a Braai and Electronic music on a Sunday afternoon at Cold Turkey only in summer
  • Be a kid again at Holi One
  • The best Music Festival in the Western Cape –Rocking the Daisies in October
  • Best electronic Music Festival – Synergy Festival
  • Take something that floats and drive up to the Up the Creek Festival
  • find yourself at the African Burn Festival in May
  • Have a weekend away and go to the Flamangled Tea Party
  • Enjoy the famous Kirstenbosch concerts in summer every Sunday incl. at least one bottle of wine, which you bought in Constantia beforehand
  • Book well in advance for the Kirstenbosch outdoor movie nights in summer
  • Watch out for the Cape Town Electronic Music Festival
  • Watch out for the Cape Town Music Festival
  • Insider secret Party Tip: the Kinky Disco festival
  • Enjoy a wonderful Red Wine and one of the Concerts at Paul Cluver Wine Amphitheatre
  • Rugby game in Newlands/Cape Town Stadium
  • Cape Farmhouse concerts, every Month on Sunday, close to Cape Point – check it out!
  • Wacky WIne Festival: Every year, the first weekend of June the RObertson Wine area goes nuts. Organise an accommodation and/or Transport and spend a crazy weekend away in the winelands. For about 150 bucks you get as much wine as you want AND music. This is some serious Cape Town WIne business, nothing for a weak liver!

Category 6: Hiking spots

  • hike up Chapmans peak and enjoy the view over Hout Bay
  • Roadtrip to the Cederberge to hike through the most gorgeous mountain ranges and marvel at the stars at night
  • Overcome your weaker self and hike up Devils Peak to enjoy the best view over Cape Town EVER (seriously!)
  • Enjoy the Sunset from the top of Lions Head
  • Enjoy the Sunrise from the top of Lions Head
  • Enjoy the Full Moon from the top of Lions Head
  • Earn the view from top of Table Mountain by hiking up there in the morning hours.
  • Enjoy a day away from reality and hike through Constantia forest to the Table Mountain water reservoirs
  • Hike through the Tsitsikamma NP and watch Baboons crossing your way
  • Get out of the city and enjoy a day hike at the Paarl Rock
  • Hike up Elephants Eye – a huge cave with breathtaking views over the city, either from Tokai or from Silvermine
  • Paarl Nature Reserve – Quite a drive but in the middle of the Winelands so after enjoying the pretty views, head to a wine farm or for lunch to Stellies
  • Not hking – but close: do a Cape Canopy Tour – 4 hours through the Cape Mountains close to Gordons Bay – beautiful views and lovely day out and about

Category 7: Insider Tips

  • Eat a Gatsby!
  • drink wine and enjoy the forest in Constantia
  • Join one of the many Gospel church services at 9.30am on Sundays and experience an extraordinary and emotional 3 hours !
  • Explore Kalk Bay and have a beer in Brass Bellor a cocktail in Cape to Cuba
  • Imhoff’s Farm in Kommetje – have lunch and shop in the farmstall selfmade goat cheese – YUM
  • Enjoy a sunny day in Pringle Bay
  • Take your surfboard and surf down the Atlantis dunes
  • Drink cheap beer and watch a UCT Rugby Game live
  • Jump on one of the Catamaran tours at waterfront for a sunset cruise
  • Eat a TEMPO !
  • Paragliding in Sedgefield
  • Have a beer in the Jaws Sports Pub/Cape Agulhas
  • pay half price after 6pm and watch the sunset from Table Mountain
  • Instead of driving the N2 to CPT, drive down the Whale Route to/from Hermanus
  • Play Bingo, Sundays 5pm in Bohemia / Stellenbosch
  • Drive up the West Coast to see the Wild flowers in October
  • Rent a bike in Stellenbosch and cycle through the Winelands
  • Rent a bike and join the moonlight mass biking event every full moon, through the city
  • Have a lovely summer day away from CPT and spend it in Paternoster
  • Go Sea Kayaking in Simonstown together with Penguins and Seals!
  • Spend a night away in beautiful Tulbagh and see if there is life music or a theatre play on
  • Go to Baxxter theatre for a play/concert. Please go!
  • Adventure Putt Putt in Bellville. If you really run out of ideas of what to do – this is FUN!
  • Check on Facebook, if there is a Secret Sunrise Session on, while you in Cape Town. So worth it to get up early and dance away your sorrows
  • First Thursdays: Grab an ironed shirt and have a look at the numerous galleries in Cape Town Dowtown with thousands of other Capetonians every first Thursday of a month
  • Tuning the Wine: Each winter, Cape Town brings the wine farms into town. Every second Wednesday of the month, you can purchase an entry ticket which comes with a glass and a list of participating bars and restaurants. You can wander around downtown of Cape Town and have as many wine tastings as you want to or as your liver can take.

Category 8: Beaches/Swimming pools

  • grab your surfboard and surf at Muizenberg Beach
  • Swim with Penguins at Boulder’s Beach or Betty’s Bay
  • swim in Sea Point Swimming Pool after running down the promenade in the morning or after a hard day of work
  • enjoy the sun and life at Clifton Beach 1, 2, 3, 3 1/2 or 4
  • Shop until you drop and enjoy the beach of Jeffrey’s Bay
  • Get away from the people and enjoy the Llandudno beach
  • Hike to Oudekraal
  • Enjoy a high society life in Camps Bay
  • Swim and relax in the Long Street Bath

Category 9: Road Races

  •  The Gun Run – every October, along the Coastline/Seapoint area. Beautiful run
  • The Cape Peninsula Marathon – February. From Southern Suburbs all the way to Simonstown. MUST DO. Its downhill and the route is breathtaking
  • The Milkwood Run – March. around Kommetje Lighthouse. Can be a windy run but oh boy what a scenery. I can promise your legs will hurt less because of the breathtaking scenery,you run through
  • Impi Challenge – get your friends together and truly challenge yourself. Three times a year
  • The Cape Town Marathon – the ultimate marathon route. from Town to Southern Suburbs and back
  • The Two Oceans Marathon – 56km. thats all I gotta say.
  • Wings for Life Red Bull Run – For a good cause and in the beautiful winelands. Meaning: There WILL be wine afterwards 🙂
  • Camel Run – all around Hout Bay and up a very very very high and steep wine MOUNTAIN. Trust me, its a mountain.
  • Slave Run – The historic run, through the castle and on the footpath of historic monuments in the city centre

Category 10: Wine Estates worth a visit

  • Vrede & Lust
  • Moreson (!!!)
  • Waterford for chocolate & Wine pairing
  • Muratie Wine Estate
  • Delheim
  • Constantia Wine Route
  • Fairview – for wine and cheese pairing
  • La Motte
  • Spice Route Wines
  • Blaauwklippen
  • JC Le Roux Bubbly tasting
  • Anura – because they have a small brewery with excellent craft beer AND great food

Cape Town Sunrise from Lions Head

IMG_0394Kayaking with Penguins in Simonstown

wpid-img_20150301_162144.jpgSummer concerts in Kirstenbosch

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2 Kommentare zu “The Cape Town Tourist Bucket List

  1. Mzolis is echt der Hammer, solltest du dir auf jeden fall schnell antun – hatte mit meine besten Stunden in Südafrika dort 🙂

    Old Buiscuit Mill fand ich auch einfach super 🙂

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