There’s nothing quite like a summer holiday in Cape Town, is there? Just picture it for a moment: Lazy beach days, long sundowner sessions, fun outdoor activities and lots of wining and dining. Whether you hail from the Mother City or are travelling here for the holidays, I bring you eight fabulous things you simply must do while you’re in Cape Town this summer!
#1: Enjoy a picnic somewhere scenic
Being on holiday is all about being carefree – and what better way is there to be free than to indulge in good food and wine outdoors? Pack yourself a picnic basket filled with some drool-worthy goodies like fresh breads, fruits, cheeses and cold cuts and go enjoy somewhere pretty and tranquil.
Try: Llandudno Beach, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Tokai Forest, Spier Wine Farm, Groot Constantia.
#2: Sip cocktails on the Camps Bay strip
I can’t think of any better way to get into summer holiday mode than by sipping on refreshing, colourful cocktails near the beach. The Camps Bay strip boasts some of the city’s best sundowner spots, which offer arguably the most breathtaking sunset views and divine cocktails.
Try: Zenzero or Paranga for laidback atmosphere, otherwise Café Caprice or Tuscany Beach Restaurant for a livelier vibe.
#3: Take part in the nightlife
There’s lots of fun to be had in the Mother City even after the lights go out. Enjoy intimate theatre shows, big budget productions, vibey bistros, world-class restaurants, nightclubs and much more. You have no excuse to be holed up inside after dark on summer nights!
Try: Theatre on the Bay or The Fugard Theatre for sublime theatre shows, HQ or Charango Grill & Bar for boozy dinners, The Pot Luck Club or Kloof Street House for sophisticated dinners, or Aces ‘n Spades, Orphanage or Asoka for a stylish night out.
#4: Laze on the beaches
Cape Town is undoubtedly one of the world’s best sun, sea and sand destinations, so you’ve got to take advantage of it while the sun is out to play! The best part is that you’re sure to find a beach to suit your mood somewhere along the coastline.
Try: Long Beach or Boulders Beach if you’re looking for peace and serenity, otherwise Camps Bay Beach, Clifton Beach or Llandudno Beach if sports and bikini-clad beauties is more your thing.
#5: Spend an afternoon in the Winelands
Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or you just enjoy the ritual of sipping on a glass while engaging in good conversation, you’ll enjoy being a “wino” for a day in the Cape Winelands. Lounge outside at quaint coffee shops, dine amidst the oak barrels, or venture into the tasting rooms and get educated.
Try: For a list of the ten most amazing things to do in the Cape Winelands, go here.
#6: Eat, drink and shop at a market
Who doesn’t love good food and wine and a little bit of shopping outdoors in the sunshine? There are so many fabulous markets that Cape Town has to offer that offer just that. The only problem you’ll have is deciding which one to go to!
Try: Root 44 Market, Oranjezicht City Farm Market, Neighbourgoods Market and Bay Harbour Market.
#7: Explore the beautiful outdoors on foot
The Mother City is seriously blessed with some amazing views and natural landmarks. I don’t need to tell you about the beauty of Table Mountain or the spectacular hiking trails all around the city. Spend an afternoon or two exploring the city on your own two feet – you won’t be sorry!
Try: Lion’s Head (an absolute must-do) or Elephant’s Eye in Silvermine Nature Reserve.
#8: See the city from a hop-on-hop-off bus
The open-top double-decker buses of City Sightseeing are one of the most magical ways to take in all the highlights of Cape Town. With elevated views of your surroundings and the sun on your shoulders, you’ll see why this popular tour is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.
Try: The Red Route if you’re keen to see the highlights of the city, such as the V&A Waterfront, Two Oceans Aquarium, The South Africa Museum and the Table Mountain Cable Way, otherwise the Blue Route if you’re a big wine-drinker and want to see places like the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, the Constantia Wine Route, Camps Bay and Sea Point.