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3 Days in Cape Town

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Three days is a good amount of time in which to explore the natural beauty, urban landscape, and Winelands of Cape Town. Follow this guide, and delve deeper into the various subcultures that make up this diverse city.

Good for
  • History enthusiast
  • Adventure seeker
  • Shopping enthusiast
  • Art and design lover
  • Nightlife lover
  • Outdoors explorer
  • Food lover
  • Peace and quiet seeker
  • LGBT
  • Beach goer
  • Luxury traveller
  • Budget traveller
  • Trendy traveller
  • Hidden gem seeker

14 Places

9 City Tips

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14 Places

Day 1

Table Mountain

Cape Point Nature Reserve

Boulders Beach

Beaches

Llandudno

Destinations

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

Gardens

Day 2

Clarke's Bar and Dining Room

Restaurants

Long Street

Neighbourhoods, Landmarks/ Points of Interest

Van Hunks

Restaurants

Woodstock

Destinations

Truth Coffee HQ

Restaurants

Orphanage

Restaurants

Day 3

Company's Gardens

Gardens

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Neighbourhoods, Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Marinas, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas

Iziko Bo Kaap Museum

Historic Sites, Speciality Museums

Natalie R's City Tips

  • Renting a car is best, but there are other options, like hop-on, hop-off tourist buses and affordable taxis, to help you get around.
  • Public transport options are limited in Cape Town, but the city is very small. You could easily walk to most sights, and only use taxis when necessary.
  • Always be vigilant of your surroundings and personal belongings. Keep your camera inside your bag when you’re not taking pictures.
  • There is a popular scam that involves someone on the street pointing to your shoes. Just say "I've heard that one before," and they will leave you alone.
  • South Africa is food-mad, so you are never too far from a good meal. In general, there aren’t really any tourist-trap areas, meaning you'll usually enjoy dining with locals.
  • It’s customary to leave a 10% tip. (Keep in mind that some servers don’t earn a basic salary and live solely off your gratuity.)
  • Cape Town is hot and dry in summer, so always use sunscreen to protect yourself from the fierce African sun, and carry enough water to keep you hydrated.
  • Winter is our rainy season, but we very often have a series of sunny, warm days with temperatures up to 16 degrees (60 Fahrenheit).
  • South Africans are friendly people and are always keen to offer help and advice to visitors. Everyone speaks English, so don’t be shy.
    Day 1
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    Table Mountain
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    Natalie R Says:

    Named one of the New7Wonders of Nature, Table Mountain is a must-see for any visitor to Cape Town. Even if you have been up before, the breathtaking views are worth appreciating more than once.

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Everyone
    • Adventure seeker
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • You can easily hike up (approximately two hours), just be sure to wear comfortable shoes and take water with you. Also, start early to avoid the heat during summer.
    • Check the website for special rates — throughout the year, a variety of online discounts are offered.
    • Book your tickets for the cable car online, and arrive early to take the first car of the day (7:30am).
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 2 attractions in Table Mountain National Park
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing view 25/12/2014
    • Best views the World over 24/12/2014
    • Table Mountain
    Phone:
    +27 (0)12 426 5000
    Other:
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    Cape Point Nature Reserve
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    Natalie R Says:

    A World Heritage Site, Cape Point Nature Reserve is one of Cape Town's most beautiful attractions, and most easily reached by car or tour bus. Here, at the tip of the Peninsula, you'll enjoy some of the most stunning views in the Cape.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Beach goer
    • Must see
    • Everyone
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • Make sure your camera is charged — you won’t want to miss the opportunity to snap some pictures!
    • On your drive here, keep an eye out for dolphins in the sea and baboons on the road.
    • If you’re going in summer, be sure to follow the signs to beaches (such as Buffels) and take a refreshing dip in the tidal pools.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 96 attractions in Cape Town Central
    • In the wake of portuguese navigators 24/12/2014
    • Forget the cable car! Turn right and discover the most beautiful beach on earth 23/12/2014
    • Cape Point Nature Reserve
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    Boulders Beach
    Beaches
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    Natalie R Says:

    Not far from the city, Boulders Beach is home to thousands of extremely cute African penguins. You can swim here too, and the water is calmer and slightly warmer than at the city beaches.

    Good for
    • Beach goer
    • Must see
    • Everyone
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • This is a great stop-off point on the way back to the city, after a visit to Cape Point.
    • Remember not to touch the penguins. They're an endangered species — and they bite!
    • There are some nice restaurants here, and the food is slightly cheaper than it is in the city!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 9 attractions in Simon's Town
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Soooo cute! 25/12/2014
    • Too costly for locals 25/12/2014
    • Boulders Beach
    Address:
    Kleintuin Rd
    Simon's Town
    South Africa
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 - 17:00
  • Llandudno
    Destinations
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    Natalie R Says:

    Take a detour to Llandudno Beach. On the way, you’ll drive along the famously scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive and pass through the quaint seaside village of Hout Bay. If there’s time, pop into the harbor and explore the local arts and crafts on sale here.

    Good for
    • Beach goer
    • Everyone
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • Llandudno is a gorgeous beach, famous with surfers and local beach bums. It's also a great place to watch the sunset.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    • Llandudno
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    Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
    Gardens
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    Natalie R Says:

    The sun doesn't set until late during summer (around 8:30pm), and an evening visit to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens makes a beautiful end to a day of sightseeing. Here you'll not only enjoy breathtaking views of the mountain, but you can also explore hidden streams and fountains, and take a stroll along the Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway, where you'll spot myriad varieties of indigenous flora.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Everyone
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • There is an entrance fee to the gardens, which includes the Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 96 attractions in Cape Town Central
    • A must for any stay in Cape Town 26/12/2014
    • So beautiful! 26/12/2014
    • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
    Address:
    Rhodes Drive, Newlands
    Private Bag X7, Claremont
    Cape Town Central
    South Africa
    Phone:
    27-21-799-8899
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Clarke's Bar and Dining Room
    Restaurants (American, Diner, Hamburgers, Bar)
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    Natalie R Says:

    Situated in Cape Town Central, local, ultra-hip Bree Street provides the perfect starting point for a day of urban discovery. Start early with a great breakfast and local coffee here at Clarke’s Diner, an affordable and delicious spot.

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Everyone
    • Hidden gem seeker
    • Shopping enthusiast
    • Art and design lover
    Tips
    • If you happen to be in town on the first Thursday of the month, save this for the evening — on First Thursdays, galleries and studios stay open late and offer wine.
    • Bree Street has a vibrant food scene and an emerging design culture — browse its flagship sneaker stores, luxury leather design studios, and art galleries.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #65 of 682 restaurants in Cape Town Central
    • Delicious breakfast 07/10/2014
    • Nice place to have a drink. 18/08/2014
    • Clarke's Bar and Dining Room
    Address:
    133 Bree Street
    Cape Town Central
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 424 7648
    Hours:
    Mon - Tue
    7:00 - 17:00
    Wed - Sat
    7:00 - 2:00
    Other:
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    Long Street
    Neighbourhoods, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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    Natalie R Says:

    Two streets away from hip hangout Bree Street lies the world-famous Long Street, a place where it feels as though the whole of Africa has been shaken up and poured out. Here, you’ll find local designers and clothing stores, as well as African curios from across the continent.

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Must see
    • Budget traveller
    • Everyone
    • Trendy traveller
    • Hidden gem seeker
    • Shopping enthusiast
    • Art and design lover
    • Nightlife lover
    Tips
    • This is a great street to come back to in the evening, when restaurants and bars are packed with locals and tourists. It’s also a great party street.
    • Pop into the African Women's Market and head downstairs, where you'll find beadwork and leather goods at reasonable prices.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #50 of 96 attractions in Cape Town Central
    • Not really special 17/12/2014
    • Nice walk 12/12/2014
    Other:
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    Van Hunks
    Restaurants (African, Contemporary)
    Natalie R Says:

    Grab a coffee and shop for fashion items on the very hip Kloof Street. You’ll spot some of Cape Town's coolest kids on this street, especially coming out of Scar, the hair salon that’s popular with designers, artists, and the rap group Die Antwoord.

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Luxury traveller
    • Everyone
    • Trendy traveller
    • Hidden gem seeker
    • Shopping enthusiast
    • Art and design lover
    • Nightlife lover
    Tips
    • This is another great spot to visit in the evenings — especially the top of Kloof, where there are plenty of good bars and restaurants to choose from.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #248 of 682 restaurants in Cape Town Central
    • Very friendly staff 11/12/2014
    • Nice neighbourhood pub 29/11/2014
    • Van Hunks
    Address:
    1 Upper Union Street
    Kloof Street
    Cape Town Central 8001
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 021 422 5422
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:30 - 0:00
    Mon - Sat
    12:30 - 1:00
  • Woodstock
    Destinations
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    Natalie R Says:

    Take a taxi to Woodstock, Cape Town’s most up-and-coming neighborhood. Popular with designers and advertising agencies, the area is home to some amazing street art/graffiti, and it gives you a feel for a different Cape Town subculture.

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Budget traveller
    • Everyone
    • Trendy traveller
    • Hidden gem seeker
    • Shopping enthusiast
    • Art and design lover
    Tips
    • Spend some time at the Woodstock Exchange, where you can shop for local designer clothing, shoes, art, and handbags. This is also a great lunch spot.
    • Pop into the Woodstock Foundry to take a tour of the Tribe Coffee Roasting company, or to shop for local jewelry and art.
    • Visit the Old Biscuit Mill to browse more art and design or to eat at The Test Kitchen, voted the Top Restaurant in South Africa several years running.
    • On a walking graffiti tour, you can learn about the art and the artists behind the pieces. You'll also meet the locals who live in the community.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    • Woodstock
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    Truth Coffee HQ
    Restaurants (Café, Café, Bistro)
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    Natalie R Says:

    Truth is located in what's known as 'The Fringe District' or 'the East City.' Here you can explore another, more gritty side of Cape Town.

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Budget traveller
    • Everyone
    • Trendy traveller
    • Hidden gem seeker
    • Art and design lover
    Tips
    • Lefty’s and The Dog’s Bollocks are both famous burger joints, and there is a constant debate raging about which burger is best. If you’re up for the challenge, try them both!
    • The Book Lounge is an excellent old-world book store that is worth a visit.
    • On Thursday evenings, there is a market on Hope Street where you can find food, drinks, and lots of locals.
    • Buitenkant has some excellent coffee shops (like Truth) and a big black building that is home to Haas Coffee and Art.
    • Harrington Street has some great dive bar-style burger joints and a ramen bar that are favorites with locals.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #146 of 682 restaurants in Cape Town Central
    • Great idea but poorly executed ! 26/12/2014
    • Frustratingly poor servive 24/12/2014
    Address:
    36 Buitenkant St Cape Town 8005
    Cape Town Central 8005
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 200 0440
    Price range:
    $2 - $10
    Hours:
    Sun
    8:00 - 14:00
    Mon - Fri
    7:00 - 17:00
    Sat
    8:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Orphanage
    Restaurants (Tapas, Contemporary, International)
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    Natalie R Says:

    When night falls, sip on complicated cocktails here at Orphanage on Bree Street. Later, if live music and dancing is what you’re after, head to Assembly on Harrington Street from around 10pm, or bar-hop your way along bustling Long Street.

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Everyone
    • Trendy traveller
    • Hidden gem seeker
    • Nightlife lover
    Tips
    • Ask the barman to make you something special — most bartenders here are professional mixologists with many recipes up their sleeves!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #90 of 682 restaurants in Cape Town Central
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Awesome cocktails 15/12/2014
    • BEST Birthday Party Venue!! 28/11/2014
    • Orphanage
    Address:
    227 Bree Street
    Corner Bree & Orphan Streets
    Cape Town Central 8000
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 (0) 21 424 2004
    Price range:
    $10 - $25
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    Company's Gardens
    Gardens
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    Natalie R Says:

    There are a number of interesting museums and cultural sights to explore in and around the Company’s Garden in the center of the city. Among them, the Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium is one of the highlights, and makes for a great starting point. Other attractions include the lodge house for the slaves who built large parts of the historic city, the Houses of Parliament, St. George's Cathedral, the National Library of South Africa, the South African National Gallery, the Great Synagogue, and Holocaust Centre — as well as Tuynhuys, which is used by the President on state occasions. Depending on your interests, there's more than enough in the immediate area to keep you occupied for days!

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Everyone
    • History enthusiast
    • Art and design lover
    Tips
    • The planetarium and a walk through the Company’s Garden are two highlights. If you want to explore the other sights on the list, make sure you manage your time!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 96 attractions in Cape Town Central
    • a lovely introduction to South Africa 26/12/2014
    • historical gardens in city center 24/12/2014
    • Company's Gardens
    Address:
    Rhodes Dr.
    just past the university
    Cape Town Central
    South Africa
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
    Neighbourhoods, Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Marinas, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
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    Natalie R Says:

    Much more than a shopping experience, the V&A Waterfront is home to the Cape Town Diamond Museum, the Two Oceans Aquarium, the V&A Market on The Wharf, and the Watershed Market. Here you can browse local designers and crafts, see beautiful undersea creatures up-close, and try local flavors all in one place.

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Must see
    • Budget traveller
    • Luxury traveller
    • Everyone
    • Trendy traveller
    • History enthusiast
    • Hidden gem seeker
    • Shopping enthusiast
    • Art and design lover
    Tips
    • There is also an interesting guided walk around the property, which has a long history as one of Africa’s biggest ports.
    • You could easily spend the whole day exploring the Waterfront, so make sure you leave some time for lunch at one of the many restaurants or at the market.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 155 attractions in Cape Town
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • shops and restaurants 26/12/2014
    • Terrific place to visit, shop or dine 18/12/2014
    • Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
    Address:
    Breakwater Boulevard, V&A Waterfront
    8002
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 408 7600
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Iziko Bo Kaap Museum
    Historic Sites, Speciality Museums
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    Natalie R Says:

    Home to a large portion of Cape Town’s Cape Malay community, the Bo-Kaap (High Cape) is famous for the colorful homes that line its streets. These pinks, greens, blues, and oranges have a cultural significance dating back to the slave era, when slaves were forced to paint their homes in uniformity.

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Budget traveller
    • Everyone
    • Trendy traveller
    • History enthusiast
    • Hidden gem seeker
    • Shopping enthusiast
    Tips
    • Make a stop at Atlas Trading, where you can smell the spices used in the Cape Malay dishes and purchase some gifts to take home.
    • Book a cooking class with one of the lovely ladies in this community, who will teach you to cook a Malay curry and make your own rotis (flat breads).
    • Definitely don't leave without trying a "koeksister," a local sweet treat made of deep fried dough and syrup.
    From the community
    Ranked #67 of 96 attractions in Cape Town Central
    • ボカープの歴史を知るのに良い博物館 Good to visit to know about Bo-kaap area 19/07/2014
    • Malay history in Cape Town 18/04/2014
    • Iziko Bo Kaap Museum
    Address:
    71 Wale St.
    Cape Town Central
    South Africa
    Phone:
    021-481 3939
    Other:
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