Resort

South Africa,
Cape Town

Introduction

With towering cliffs, golden strands and vineyards aplenty, Cape Town more than lives up to its moniker of being "the fairest Cape". However, its vibrant music, burgeoning arts scene and a host of sublime restaurants ensure the city serves a lot more than just natural beauty.

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Essentials

  1. The sea tends to be chilly even in summer but the city’s beaches are perfect for strolling.
  2. The Table Mountain National Park wraps round the city centre, offering tranquillity and jaw-dropping views only a few minutes away from urban bustle.
  3. Stock up the picnic hamper with fresh produce at Woodstock’s buzzing Neighbourgoods Market on Saturday mornings.
  4. Sample the best of South Africa’s music scene on Sunday evenings at Kirstenbosch Garden’s summer sunset concerts.
  5. Rent a classic convertible to explore the coastline and mountain passes.

Two-hour tour

  • Robben Island Museum and Nelson Mandela Gateway — Robben Island Museum and Nelson Mandela Gateway

    Robben Island

    +27 21 409 5100

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  • Table Mountain

    Lower Cable Station, Tafelberg Road

    +27 21 424 8181

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  • Boulders Beach penguin colony and Cape Point — Boulders Beach penguin colony and Cape Point

    +27 21 701 8692

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Hotels

  • Independent and easy

    Cape View Clifton

    232 Kloof Road

    +27 21 438 8748

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  • Dependable chain

    Taj Cape Town

    Wale Street

    +27 21 819 2000

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  • Premium

    Ellerman House

    180 Kloof Road, Bantry Bay

    +27 21 430 3200

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Dining

  • Leisurely breakfast

    Superette

    66 Albert Road

    +27 21 802 5525

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  • Lunch on your own

    Tamboers Winkel

    3 De Lorentz Street

    +27 21 424 0521

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  • Mid-morning coffee

    Deluxe Coffeeworks

    25 Church Street

    +27 72 569 9579

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  • Lunch for two

    The Foodbarn

    Corner of Village Lane and Noordhoek Main Road

    +27 21 789 1390

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  • Lunch with friends

    Bistro Sixteen82

    Steenberg Estate, Steenberg Road, Toka

    +27 21 713 2211

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  • Afternoon tea/drink

    Mount Nelson Hotel

    76 Orange Street, Cape Town

    +27 21 483 1000

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  • Private dinner

    La Colombe

    Constantia Uitsig, Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia

    +27 21 794 2390

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  • Dinner on your own

    Takumi

    3 Park Road Gardens

    +27 21 424 8879

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  • Late breakfast

    Skinny Legs and All

    70 Loop Street

    +27 21 423 5403

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  • Dinner with friends

    The Test Kitchen

    The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock

    +27 21 447 2337

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  • Big dinner with friends

    Addis in Cape

    41 Church Street

    +27 21 424 5722

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  • Late drinks

    The Power and the Glory

    Corner of Kloof Nek and Burnside Roads

    +27 21 422 2108

  • On the tiles

    The Assembly

    61 Harrington Street

    +27 21 465 7286

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Reading

  • Bookshop

    The Book Lounge

    71 Roeland Street, corner Buitenkant Street

    +27 21 462 2425

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Thank yous

  • Honest Chocolate — Organic handcrafted chocolate

    66 Wale Street

    +27 21 423 8762

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Shopping

  • Something you can't get anywhere else

    Limited-edition prints from Warren Editions studio

    3F, 62 Roeland Street

    +27 21 461 6070

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  • Lost luggage - where to buy shirts

    Woolworths

    Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront

    +27 21 415 3411

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  • Something for the kids

    African Image — Tribal masks from African Image

    Corner of Church Street and Burg Street

    +27 21 423 8385

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  • Something for someone you love

    Ceramics and trinkets from Chandler House

    53 Church Street

    +27 83 423 2001

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  • Something for yourself

    Accessories and leatherware from Dark Horse

    66 Albert Road

    +27 72 865 6705

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Alternative diversion

Transport

  • Rikkis Taxis — London-style black cabs to get you around the city.

    0861 745 547

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  • MK Exotic Tours

    +27 84 563 7862

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Fitness

  • Good running route

    Camps Bay — Start at Sea Point pool and head along the coast to Camps Bay.

  • Good gym

    Gardens Virgin Active

    Wembley Square North, cnr Wembley & Mckenzie Street, Gardens

    +27 21 462 6239

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