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Best ways to get around Cape Town
Uber is definitely the most convenient way to get around Cape Town. MyCiti bus is relatively new and a cheaper option if you want to take public transportation. Every passenger needs a myconnect card, which can be picked up at a station kiosk or local retailer for R30. The fare is calculated based on the distance of when you tap into the station or bus and tap out. If a taxi is needed, I would recommend calling Rikkis Taxi, Excite Taxi, or any other reputable company as opposed to an unmarked taxi.
Where to eat
- Ons Huisie in Bloubergstrand. Must try to Potjie there!
- Jarryds in Sea Point, especially for brunch
- Jasons Bakery for the most amazing croissants and breakfast
- Test Kitchen, The Pot Luck Club, & The Shortmarket Club are all great restaurants by Luke Dale-Roberts (must make a reservation ahead of time!)
- Roundhouse in Camps Bay for a sundowners. Get there early and make a reso for the pizza and wine special.
- Honest Chocolate Cafe for banana bread bunny chow.
Also, make sure to check out some markets for local food vendors, such as The Neighbourgoods Market (Saturdays only), Oranjezicht City Farm Market Day (Saturdays only), Earth Fair Market, and the V&A Waterfront Food Market.
Cape Town is full of cool cafes and coffee roasters, such as Haas or Truth Coffee Roasting. Yours Truly is a great spot for locals and travelers. Bean There, Bootlegger, Motherland, and Field Office are also good cafes for those looking to get some work done.
Food to try
Must try South African dishes are biltong, bunny chow, gatsby, bobotie, boerewors, chakalaka + pap, potjie, and a traditional braai. Don’t forget melktart or koeksisters for those with a sweet tooth!
Things and activities Cape Town is generally known for
- Hike Table Mountain and Lions Head for scenic views of Cape Town
- Watch the sunset at Signal Hill or go for a sundowners at the many restaurants and cafes with a view
- Surf in Muizenberg and check out the colorful beach huts
- Drive the Cape of Good Hope all the way to Cape Point, where the two oceans meet. There are also some hikes and remote beaches (Diaz beach).
- Great wine & food, especially at many of the markets and wine farms!
- Learn about the history of Cape Town on a walking tour, hop-on hop-off bus, or visit some of the Iziko Museums (Slave Lodge, South African Museum).
Local’s tips on places to visit
- Stellenbosch – surrounded by wine farms, plenty of options for wine tasting. Try the chocolate and wine pairing at Lanzerac Wine Estate.
- Bloubergstrand – beautiful beach and great spot for kitesurfing
- Llandudno & Clifton (1-4) -pristine beaches of the Atlantic Seaboard that are less touristy than Camps Bay
- Cederberg – approximately 300km outside of Cape Town, but worth the drive if you are intoT camping, hiking, rock climbing, and stargazing!
Local’s tips on things to do
- Free historic walking tour (starts at Greenmarket Square) to learn about the culture and history of South Africa.
- Drive (or hike) all along Chapmans Peak and stop at the viewpoints to take in the picturesque landscape.
- Hike across Table Mountain via Skeleton Gorge, starting from Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (5-6 hrs).
- Head to Simonstown to visit the African Penguins at Boulder Beach. You can also kayak there!
- Surf or Kiteboard at Bloubergstrand, Muizenberg, or one of the other many great spots!
- Skydive, paraglide, abseil, bungee jump, and any extreme sport you can think of!
- Take the Baz Bus up the Garden Route to explore more of the coast.
Safe and good places for partying!
- Long Street is known as a party street filled bars and backpackers. It is fun, but try not to go alone and be aware at all times!
- Tjing Tjing is a nice rooftop wine bar
- Orphanage & Mothers Ruin are both awesome spots on Bree Street for great cocktails.
- Beerhouse is a fun place to meet other travellers, especially on trivia night.
- Cafe Caprice or Roundhouse are both great places for a sundowners in Camps Bay
- Grand Cafe and Shimmys Beach Club near the V&A Waterfront are nice spots as well
Places to stay
Yours Truly and The Backpack are great hostels that have a great vibe and are conveniently located in terms of walking distance. Airbnb is a great option as well in Cape Town. If you prefer to be close to the beach, anywhere along the Atlantic Seaboard is great.
Top safety tips
Avoid wandering around Cape Town at night, especially alone. Uber is your best friend! Other than that, try to avoid flashing expensive jewelry or belongings. Just practice common sense and be aware of your surroundings, you will be just fine! South Africans are very friendly!
If you still get in trouble just call…
10111 for any emergency that requires the police
10177 for an ambulance
107 Cape Town General Emergency
(+27)21 467 8000 Cape Town City Police Station
Any other special tips that can help make a Wonderer’s stay unforgettable?
Cape Town is truly one of a kind, filled with diversity, culture, and history. As beautiful as it is, take the time to learn about the different cultures and history to gain full appreciation and a better understanding of the people who make this place so special. Embrace the beauty and explore the nature that it offers. Don’t be afraid to try new foods and new activities!
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