My 10 favourite things to do in Cape Town, Western Cape.
I live in the Western Cape and absolutely love it.
Being from KwaZulu Natal, Durban holds a special place in my heart but Cape Town is still the best city in the world!
There’s not a more beautiful and perfectly balanced province in its offerings than the Western Cape. And everything works too, and yes there’ll probably be a few road construction sites or stop and goes, like in any other cities.
A loyal blog follower and family friend asked for advice on where to take his visiting sister, in and around Cape Town. This was such a complement and I can only share what I love to do in Cape Town and where I love to go. People are obviously different, with different interests. But the places and activities below come highly recommended by yours truly.
Here are my 10 favourite things to do in Cape Town
- Wine farms
Cape Town obviously produces the best wine in the world, 😜 not biased at all.
I enjoy visiting wine farms; for wine tastings, good food and even better wine pairings. I always learn so much.
A visit to the wine farms is always a brilliant idea on a weekend, for a day out and lunch. My ultimate wine farms of choice are Eikendal or Avontuur vineyards.
Eikendal for the beautiful setting, perfect for lunch with family or friends, some fly fishing or picnic while sipping good wine by the dam. But mostly for excellent food, very fine dining menu and a good Sauvignon blanc.
Avontuur also beautiful but more for excellent red wines. They make the best Bacarat in the World, excellent Cabernet franc and stunning Merlot. Lunch spot much more cosy, spaces not as vast as Eikendal but beautiful views.
If you’re in the South Peninsula you can also try Steenberg vineyard. Fairly good sparkling wine with good food at ‘Bistro 1682’.
Or if you are into the wild life, try out Vredenheim. Vineyard with big cats. Amazing wild life, fairly good menu but their wine is very disappointing, I would even suggest taking your own wine. This is much more fun if you’re taking kids with you.
Definitely NOT recommending Spier vineyard! Good wine but I’ve seen too many patients coming to see me on Monday mornings with Food poisoning. Too ‘touristy’ as well.
- The township experience: Mzoli’s in Gugulethu. Yes it is in the township but it’s as safe as you are anywhere else in Cape Town. Best braai’ed meat I’ve ever had! True story 👏 and anyone who knows me or follows the blog would know how fussy I am. Mzoli has a secret basting sauce that has kept me going back for years and years.
On a weekday it’s very calm and relaxed, you order your meat, they braai it for you, you order your drinks from a bar next door. You sit down and enjoy.
On a weekend, it’s a different ball game. It’s always jam packed with tourists and locals, music and dancing; almost a festival feel on weekends in the street.
It really is one place in Cape Town, in a township, where everyone feels and looks comfortable.
I had my 3rd date with my husband here😊.
If you’re not into loud music and lots of people, best time to go is a weekday afternoon.
The meat at Ace in Khayelitsha pretty decent too, if you’re in the area.
- Out and About in nature: Cruising: V& A Waterfront to Clifton and back, even better if you do a speed boat ride in between OR Robben Island for historical reasons and cruising.
Water taxi between Simons Town and Kalk bay always good too, but availability is seasonal.
Seal island in Hout Bay, beautiful scenery of Chapman’s peak and the actual animals but can be stinky.
Bottom line I love cruises and being so close to the water but yet so far😉 to keep my hair dry.
- Food markets: The range in Tokai vs Cape Vineyards in Noordhoek, Oranjezicht in Granger bay vs V&A Waterfront Food market.
I love food, I love fresh produce, I love bargains and I love supporting local: so obviously I’m obsessed with food markets. To buy produce to utilize at home or for lunch or dinner with variety of cuisines from all over the world at your disposal. The market is the only place you can actually taste your food before you order it.
Recommendation: if you do a market lunch or dinner, take your own wine. Wine is usually very expensive.
- My version of fishing: Kalk Bay harbour
Drive to the harbour, enjoy a walk to the Pier and back, watching fisherman fishing, children running around, seals getting in and out of the water. There’s even a seal that’s trained to do tricks by one of the local fisherman.
Buy fresh fish straight from the boats, minutes after it’s been caught.
But before you go cook or braai your fish at home, you have to try fried fish at Kalkies. The biggest fish fillets you’ll ever see in your life, at cheap prices, like the fisherman are used to. Directly from the ocean to your plate in only a few hours. While enjoying one of the most amazing views in South Africa. Most people go to beach resorts for that view, and we have it in our backyards.
6. Lazing around Brass Bell.
This is stunning for sundowners in summer, literally on the ocean. Fun and relaxed environment without the snobbishness of Camps Bay, Clifton or Mouille Point.
Huge place, catering for different clientele. Bikini bar for cocktails and loud music. Beach restaurant for drinks and food on the sand; upstairs restaurant for a more upmarket scene; downstairs for all occasions; a cozy bar with beer on tap and TV for sports. Good food too, with different menus for the different locations.
- Dancing between Seapoint, Green point and Long street.
For a fun night out, to dust off your dancing shoes and burn some calories while having a ball of a time.
I like DecoDance in Seapoint next to Nandos on main road.
Crew in Greenpoint. Perfect for girls night out, definitely not for a heterosexual guy. Let’s just say there’s a lot of skin shown by the barmen and they are all ‘fine’, six packs galore.
Too many options in Long street- the trick is just walk up Long street and a place you’ll end up spending your whole night at, will grab your attention. Long street is the only place that gives me the space in my life where I can be completely spontaneous and not pedantically planning the where, how and the what.
There’s different places for different age groups and different tastes. I know the older crowd doesn’t give it much of a chance but you must try it.
Club Coco in Loop street, Cape Town for a much younger crowd with the best DJ’s in the country.
Or Cubana in Green point for dinner and a dance.
- Favourite restaurants: Sevruga vs Pepeneros
This is a tough choice. As a foodie, I’ve made it my mission to find good food but when it comes down to choosing my favourite, it becomes a bit tough.
NB: not best but favourite. It has to come down to 2: Sevruga at the V&A Waterfront or Pepeneros in Mouille Point. Both with excellent menus. Even better execution, great service, oysters never out of stock, great wine selection.
Sevruga is such a favourite that sometimes I even go there to have dinner by myself, just enjoying my own company without having to talk to anyone other than my food. Really 5 star.
Pepeneros has the best bread I’ve ever tasted, and if you don’t believe me, ask the biggest bread critic: my husband. Stunning views, food, service. Also 5 star.
Also on my top 5 are: Zeppi restaurant in the Southern Sun hotel in Gardens, Cape Town Fish Market at the Waterfront, and definitely Bukhara in Shortmarket street in Town.
Be sure to make reservations.
- Fast food place of choice. Cooking at home and dining out is not always practical. So if I really have to: Nandos. Best chicken! Grilled not fried, cooked to perfection and consistent every single time at every single Nandos franchise around the country. My usual is quarter chicken: hot flavoured with rice.
With the Portuguese flare. I love Nandos so much, if they closed down all the stores in South Africa, I’d have to move to Portugal, no second thoughts.
Nothing else is worth the calories! 😠
- Ultimate shopping experience: Canal walk vs V&A waterfront.
Canal walk is much much bigger with bigger variety of shops and a lot of local shops. Waterfront not too small, convenient but more expensive. But I’m in love with the recently opened H&M store.
I hope you find my recommendations helpful and have a beautiful time exploring Cape Town! 👍🏾😊💃🏽