Cape Town is best known for Table Mountain, Robben Island, and the bustling V&A Waterfront. But to really fall in love with one of the world’s most beautiful cities, try these off-the-beaten-track adventures and little-known local favorites.
8:00 AM: Coffee in Kalk Bay
Named the coolest neighborhood in the world by Forbes Magazine, Kalk Bay is lined with delis, galleries and interesting antique shops. Grab a take-away coffee and head down to the colorful harbor to see the seals and watch fishermen bring in their mornings’ catch.
10:00 AM: Explore with Penguins
A visit to the penguins is a must! But instead of the crowded boardwalks at Boulder’s Beach, we recommend a tucked-away sandy cove called Wave’s Edge. Not only is this a favorite hangout for some rogue penguins, but the calm waters are perfect for kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding.
12:00 PM: Hike Cape Point
Continue down the peninsula to Cape Point, but don’t just follow the crowds. Instead, a gentle hike along one of the Atlantic coastline trails will lead you to wild beaches, shipwrecks, and possibly an ostrich or two. You couldn’t wish for a better setting for a picnic lunch.
3:30 PM: Noordhoek Farm Village
Wind down your afternoon at the Noordhoek Farm Village. Here you’ll find some cute little shops (perfect for gifts!), a couple of restaurants, a coffee roastery, raw juice bar, and amazing handmade ice cream at Kristen’s Kick Ass Ice Cream.
5:00 PM: Chapman’s Peak Drive
Your route back into town takes you along the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive. And the best way to experience this spectacular ribbon of coastal road is in the sidecar of a vintage WWII motorcycle – stopping for sundowners along the way.
8:00 PM: Dinner
When it comes to excellent restaurants, you really are spoiled with the number of choices. The V&A Waterfront is great to stroll around until you find something that suits your mood. If you’d prefer to stay in the city center, try the highly acclaimed Shortmarket Club or cozy Societi Bistro.
10:00 PM: After Dinner
Fancy a few more drinks? The “secret” Gin Bar serves a great selection of local craft gins. The entrance is a bit hidden, so you might have to ask a local. And if it’s a beautiful Cape Town evening, Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar is known for its signature cocktails and a fun night out.