After our safari in Kruger we spent an amazing week in Cape Town with my parents. Cape Town has changed a lot in the past 20 years since my last visit, but some things were exactly the same. I loved visiting old favourite spots, and discovering new ones. Below were my absolute favourite sites and places to eat and drink. Are there any great places I missed? Leave them in the comments for my next trip :).
- Boulders beach – Go swimming with Penguins! One of the coolest experience ever.
- Cape Point – One of the south-most points in Africa – beautiful views and a nice hike. But the drive there is equally as beautiful, so definitely worth stopping along the way (we even spotted whales!)
- Kirstenbosch – An incredible public garden. Don’t miss ‘The Boomslang’ – the tree canopy walkway
- Muizenberg Beach – The beach from many Christmas vacations of my childhood. It’s definitely not quite as it used to be (the beautiful multi coloured huts are falling apart), but the water is the warmest you’ll find in Cape Town, and the waves are so much fun.
- Zeitz MOCAA – An amazing museum of contemporary African Art, housed in a former grain silo.
- Chart Farm – a beautiful rose farm where you can pick your own, or just enjoy a cup of tea and a treat overlooking the garden.
- Watershed Market – great place to buy local handcrafted pieces.
Food & Drink:
- Chef’s Warehouse – We ate the Canteen, which conveniently is walk-in only (convenient if you didn’t have the forethought to book a month or so in advance for the other Chef’s Warehouse resturants). A really delicious 3 course tasting menu with global influences, one of the better meals of the trip.
- The Codfather – I loved this place. Basically you just pick out what fish you want from the fish counter at the front of the restaurant, and then they grill it simply with oil and herbs, and serve it in a giant skillet, piled on top of potatoes, rice and sauteed veg. So simple, so good.
- The General Store – Loved this spot for coffee and a selection of freshly made salads and pastries.
- Oranjezicht Farmer’s Market – An amazing farmer’s market / food market where you can get anything from fresh flowers, to Zimbabwean meat pies, to 15 varieties of samosas, and really good iced lattes.
- Babel @ Babylonstoren (Near Stellenbosch/Franschhoek) – Sometimes you go to a place that feels so amazing you couldn’t have dreamed it up in your mind. That was Babylonstoren. I could have spent the whole day wandering the property. All the food is freshly picked from their gardens where they grow all manners of fruits and veg. Make sure you get one of their monocromatic salads. I dream about going back and staying at the hotel there.
- Tokara Winery (Stellenbosch) – Such a beautiful winery with an incredible view.
- Hillcrest Berry Orchards (Stellenbosch) – The perfect spot for tea, scones, and of course a selection of their jams.