10 of the best places to visit in Cape Town

January 1, 1970

by Daniela

If you look at the definition of a tourist in the dictionary, it says:



 a person who is travelling or visiting a place for pleasure.
But if you are based in South Africa, you’re lucky enough to be a tourist who feels like they are travelling or visiting a place for pleasure, while living there.
In my case, that place is Cape Town, or how it is affectionately known by many: the Mother City.
When I was 17 years old, I moved to Cape Town to study. 7 years later, I haven’t left and I continue to live up to my motto: ‘living like a tourist in my own city’. I have the best of both worlds as I know the hidden gems ‘like a local’ and I also go on adventures and explore ‘like a tourist’. Whether you are on a low travel budget or are here to splurge, Cape Town has something for everyone. From walking on the white sandy beaches, to partying it up in the center of Town, one thing is for sure: you won’t want to leave!
I would like to share my top 10 best experiences to have in the Mother City so that you can travel like a local and explore all the beautiful hidden gems and experiences Cape Town has to offer.

#10 The Clay Cafe, Hout Bay

Unleash your inner Michaelangelo in this beautiful, nestled away cafe in Hout Bay. You can choose a ceramic item that would like to paint while enjoying a delicious home made cake with a mountain view. What more could you ask for?! Find out more about the Clay Cafe  here.

#9 Eagles’ Nest, Constantia

“You had me at Merlot”. If you are a lover of cheese and wine, then I would definitely recommend an afternoon at this wine farm at the foot of Table Mountain. This hidden gem has award-winning wines and you can sit under the trees in the beautiful garden while sipping on a glass, or two, of your favorite wine. Find out more about Eagles’ Nest here. 

#8 Neighbourgoods Market at The Old Biscuit Mill 

In the heart of Woodstock, the Old Biscuit Mill is its own village, known for local talented entrepreneurs who share share their passion with people who visit them at the Neighbourgoods market every Saturday from 09:00 to 15:00. You will experience over 100 specialty traders including local farmers, bakers and distributors, grocers, and more. NB tip: go to the market hungry! For more information on the Old Biscuit Mill, click here. To visit the Neighbourgoods Market’s website, click here. 

#7 HintHunt at The Old Biscuit Mill 

A true hidden Cape Town gem, just when you thought the Old Biscuit Mill couldn’t get any more interesting, it does! If you are travelling with friends or family, HintHunt at The Old Biscuit Mill, is the perfect way to bring out the Sherlock Holmes in you and your travel buddies. You and a group of up to 5 people have one hour to escape a room using clues to solve puzzles and mysteries.  For more information on HintHunt, click here.

#6 The Hop-on-hop-off bus

Explore the best of what Cape Town has to offer in one day with the Cape Town’s City Sightseeing Tours. There are over 30 stops, that take you to over 50 of Cape Town’s top attractions, and you can choose to hop off at any time and hop back on when you are ready. A few destinations that the bus takes you on the journey includes Table Mountain,  Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens and Groot Constantia Wine Estate. For more information on these tours, click here. 

#5 The Labia theatre

Did someone say you can drink wine in the cinema? Oh yes! This hidden gem began offering live theater from 1949 and now has retained its history and warm vintage atmosphere. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of your trip and relax watching a movie while sipping wine and eating popcorn in this rare Cape Town treasure. For more information on the Labia theater, click here. 

#4 Lindt Chocolate Classes

Who says you need to be in Switzerland to make and eat delicious Lindt chocolate? Book a private or group lesson in Cape Town and learn from your very own chocolatier on how to make delicious Lindt products ranging from Lindt Chocolate Macarons to Lindt Chocolate Cupcakes and more. For more information on Lindt classes, click here. 

#3 Table Mountain

Of course this article wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Table Mountain, now given the title: one of the 7 wonders of nature. It certainly can’t be dubbed a ‘Cape Town hidden gem’ as it is impossible to miss but definitely a gem, nonetheless.  A beautiful sight from the ground and on the top, Table Mountain can either be experienced up the Cableway or by hiking. The Cableway is a must, at least once, but if you are feeling your fit self, I would suggest doing the Platteklip Gorge up Table Mountain to the top. Either way, you will be in awe of this majestic creation of nature.

#2 Shimmy Beach Club

With so much to experience in Cape Town during the day, let’s not forget about the exciting nightlife on offer. If you’re feeling ‘oh so fancy’, a night at Shimmy Beach Club is an absolute must! Situated at the V & A Waterfront and voted Cape Town’s Best Club by Zomato users, for its design and location, you can enjoy delicious food and an awesome vibe that will keep you there all night.

#1 Boulders Beach

Last but definitely not last on my list of my favorite experiences in Cape Town is Boulders Beach. I mean, who doesn’t love penguins? That’s right. This beach is filled with African penguins. These penguins-formerly known as jackass penguins-are the only penguins found on the continent. This beautiful beach has ancient granite boulders that protect it from the wind and large waves, making it the perfect swimming spot. If you’re lucky, the penguins even swim next to you!

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