Cape Town is a beautiful city in South Africa, which boasts something to do for everyone – keeping the whole family occupied and amused. There are so many incredible things to see and do, we had a tough time narrowing down this list, and you’ll find there’s never enough time to fit everything in.
Not to worry, you’ll just have to be sure to make a second visit!
We are lucky enough to spend a fair bit of time in this wonderful city, mostly in Camps Bay and the Atlantic Seaboard – two of our favourite areas.
So, we’ve put together a handy insider’s guide to this city, including our most loved dining spots, where we take our children for fun and adventure, and the best bars to head to for a night to remember.
Sunset on Table Mountain
If you’re feeling brave, and you’re not travelling with young children or the elderly, you can hike Table Mountain and enjoy the spectacular views at your own pace. Most people choose to go up by cable car (we won’t judge you!) from Lower station. The BEST time to see Table Mountain is when the sun is setting – the colours and landscapes are stunning!
If you’re into history and culture – a few noteworthy places that are worth a visit include:
- The National Gallery (showcasing South African art)
- Houses of Parliament
- The Iziko Museum (home to the animal kingdom in taxidermy form)
- The Iziko Planetarium (covers all things celestial)
- The Iziko Slave Lodge (was home for up to 9,000 slaves, convicts and the mentally ill).
Robben Island is famous for being the South African prison where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years during the apartheid. It has long since become a symbol of hope, triumph, and freedom – and a must visit while you’re in Cape Town.
Cape Point Vineyards
Located in Noordhoek, this is an award winning vineyard which is often used as a venue for weddings and many other lavish functions.
There’s a wonderful restaurant to eat at, or plenty of spots in the sun to picnic. There’s also a playground, a duck pond, and lots of space for children to run around!
We make a visit here every year because the views are simply spectacular, and the food is delicious.
Make sure you book in advance!
Boulders Bay Penguin Colony
You’ll be able to get up close to the penguins here at Boulders, and spot the African Penguin – lovingly labelled as the ‘Jackass Penguin‘ for its donkey-like bray.
You’ll also be able relax at the beach and swim in the bay’s calm waters.
We recommend you get there early (before 10am) as you have to pay to use the beach, and it’s a pretty tight squeeze once people start arriving!
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Here you can take a guided tour around the emerald lawns, soaking up the spectacular views of Table Mountain in the backdrop, and weave your way down the scenic Tree Canopy Walkway.
Sit down to an exquisite high tea of home-baked cakes and the yummiest French hot chocolate in the city, or bring your own picnic and enjoy it on the beautiful lawns.
One of our favourite places to eat lunch is here at Moya. There are also endless activities for the children (including music and face painting!)
Nestled in Table Mountain, this restaurant has beautiful views to match its fine dining. We always go for breakfast and can’t keep away (dinner is probably equally as fabulous), and on a side note – children are most welcome here.
If you’re searching for a great coffee – this is the place to head to! Their coffee is freshly roasted every day, and the breakfast menu is scrumptious too. Get a taxi or uber here though as it’s tricky parking.
The King of seafood – boasts an extravaganza of fresh fish, delectable shellfish and delicious, innovative sushi. You can create your own platter or one to share, and if you’re craving a classic fish & chips like back in the UK – you can get a delicious one here!
The PotLuck Club
This is one of our favourite restaurants in Cape Town, and we always make a visit when we’re here. A simple but fine menu and equally divine wine list! You must book before you go, and please note it’s not child friendly.
The food here is excellent, and they offer a regularly changing menu which is led by seasonally available produce. Not great for vegetarians or vegans though.
Rhodes Memorial Restaurant
You’ll find this on the Northern slope of Table Mountain, and behind the famous Rhodes Memorial which you must go and see. We can’t rave enough about the views once again, and the restaurant and cafe are lovely.
Vergenoegd Wine Estate
Aside from the wine, this place if bursting with live entertainment, arts & crafts, delicious food and drinks, and a duck parade you cannot miss! Super family friendly atmosphere.
Chocolate & wine pairing
If you love your chocolate just as much as you love your grapes, you MUST go to one of these five chocolate and wine pairings in the western Cape. We’re drooling a little as we write this…
Shimmy Beach Club
An ocean front restaurant with stunning scenery at all angles! Luxurious drinks and cocktails and a sophisticated night out for friends and couples.
Another one of our favourite bars to frequent on the beach. Great cocktails and wine list to get your evening off to a fabulous start!
Kloof Street house
Grown up fun at its best! Here you’ll find great food, an array of delicious cocktails, a stunning garden to lounge in, and a colourful atmosphere. We do find the service is a little hit and miss here though.
Julep is one of the city’s best-kept secrets when it comes to after dark hours. Inside you’ll find comfy couches to chill on, while you sip on a spectacular selection of cocktails.
The Silo Hotel
This place has an incredible rooftop bar with wonderful views of the city. We haven’t eaten there but we did enjoy a few snacks which were fantastic, so we’d recommend the food. Don’t forget to book yourself in here as they get super busy.
We hope you have an incredible time exploring Cape Town and making wonderful new memories!