Guide to Cape Town

Cape Town was the first place on our South African itinerary and somewhere that people only raved about before we left on this trip. If you could only see all the places I saved my google maps during our time here, you might get the impression that I was a professional local restaurant reviewer because of the sheer amount of places we dined at! Cape Town was overflowing with sunshine, great food and friendly locals and I loved our time here. 

We spent most of our trip staying in Woodstock, and then a few nights over in Hout Bay, which you can read about here. 

These are the places I loved:

 

Camps Bay

We visited Camps Bay on a hot Cape Town day and immediately went straight for the water where we parked up with two beach chairs and an umbrella for about $10 NZD each. You’ll be hailed down as soon as you show an inkling of wanting to even look at the beach but the guys hiring out the necessities are super friendly. The water at Camps Bay is nearly ice cold as this beautiful white beach faces onto the Atlantic Ocean, but it’s perfect for a (very) quick dip to cool off. 

When you're done with the beach, head over to La Parada Del Mar for tapas and cocktails and sparkling ocean views. 

 

Woodstock

This up and coming area of Cape Town is every little bit hipster and reminded me a lot of Melbourne with it’s vintage stores, bright murals and local makers.

For food, The Pot Luck Club at The Old Biscuit Mill was a treat and we loved wandering around the stores here. There’s plenty of shops filled with local art, reworked vintage fashion and homewares and if you’re looking at picking up a souvenir with a difference, we stumbled across lots of local jewellery and bag makers here. 

Grab a coffee at The Woodstock Exchange and wander through this industrial lot which is home to creative offices, local fashion labels and some of the coolest cafes in town. 

We stayed in Woodstock at the Hilton Upper Eastside Double Tree which was a beautiful spot with incredible mountain views and easy access to the airport and the town. 

 

 

Central Cape Town

Bo-Kaap was a favourite for wandering about and working off the nearby sweets we indulged in at Honest Chocolate. These colourful houses are situated on the slopes of Signal Hill and is a multi cultural area known for its colourful homes and cobble stoned streets. 

For a fresh juice, you can’t go past Orchard on Long and for smoothie bowls and funky interiors, The Raptor Room is an absolute must. Our favourite breakfast was at Clarke's Dining Room and Bar who had a bustling vibe and dreamy menu. 

 

 

The Waterfront

We visited the V & A waterfront several times over our week in Cape Town because we loved the food on offer down here. The shopping itself we didn’t find that fabulous, but the food had us back again and again and we found it really affordable right throughout the city.

For pretty much any meal of the day- Life Grand Cafe on the water was everything we loved in a cafe. We made friends with our waiters- getting into lengthy conversations about The All Blacks vs the Springboks and feasted on fresh sushi, green juices, healthy looking seafood platters and jugs of cocktails.  And my award to best crayfish goes to GINJA Restaraunt- it's a must visit. 

The V&A food market was a delicious experience where you can try different local dishes, bbq meats, coconut yoghurt smoothies, burgers, Vietnamese rolls and hot crepes, just to name a few. From here, we wandered around the corner and enjoyed shopping in the Watershed which is a design space with local design and crafts. 

 

Kloof Street

Kloof Street is the best spot for trendy eateries and we loved El Burro Taqueria with it's varieties of margheritas and funky tacos and Unframed Icecream where you just can't go past their tasting flight.