Cape Town Bucket List

We think Cape Town, South Africa is one of the best cities in the world! We met, fell in love, and got engaged in this beautiful city. We hope everyone gets the chance to visit this place someday. Here are our must do adventures while you are there!

1. Watch a sunrise or sunset on Lion’s Head.

A sunset is beautiful from anywhere in the world, but this is next level amazing and makes you grateful to be alive. Lion’s Head is located between Table Mountain and Signal Hill. It is a fairly easy hike, but make sure you wear good shoes and take water for the top! There are some places where you have to climb chains and ladders, but there are optional routes to skip the chains so keep your eyes out for that. Pack some food and sit at the top and soak in the 360 degree view of Cape Town from the top.

Fun fact: this is where we got engaged!

2. Hike Table Mountain

Yes, we said HIKE! We know there is a cable car that you can ride up, but it is not as fun! and there is always a SUPER long line. So, if you have the time, HIKE! There are several trials up Table Mountain, so it depends on what views you want and how long you want to be hiking. We suggest either:

  • Plateklipp Gorge- the most popular and direct but also steep. stop often to look at the view of the city and drink water!
  • Skeleton Gorge- starting for Kirstenbosch Gardens this trail is a little longer but more leisurely and filled with lush greenery and gardens

Table Mountain is the city’s most recognizable land mark and filled with the most incredible wild life and flora . Make sure to check the weather before you go. It can be pretty dangerous if it is windy of foggy.  However, the fog creates a beautiful “table cloth” that sits on top of the table and is super cool to enjoy that view from the Water Front. And pack WATER WATER WATER.

3. Let’s go to the beach, beach

If you aren’t into hiking, don’t worry, Cape Town can still be for you! Cape Town has some of the best beaches! Seriously, everywhere you turn there is another beach. Here are just a few of our favorites:

  • Noorhoek is our favorite for sunsets, long walks, and horseback riding
  • Kommetje is great to watch some local surfers shred the waves
  • Camps Bay if you are into trendy cafe and people watching
  • Clifton’s 4 beaches are the places to both see and be seen at
  • Muizenberg known for its colourful beach houses, beginners surfing, and eclectic cafes
  • Llandudno is a more private beach and is home to some of the most incredible houses

4. The Farm Village

This probably won’t be a common bucket list item for most people, but after living in Cape Town for 3 years, this became our go to hang out spot. Located in Noordhoek nestled at the base of Chapman’s Peak, this place is a hidden gem. Grab a coffee at the Village Roast and stroll around the Common. Hungry for breakfast? Then you came to the BEST breakfast spot in Cape Town… The Foodbarn Deli. Too late for brekky? hit up the Toad for a delicious pizza or burger and makes sure you get some of Kristen’s Kick A$$ Ice Cream. Looking for a fancier place for dinner? The Foodbarn turns into a magical fairy tale at night. Dine at the main restaurant or the deli for the worlds best tapas (make sure to get a reservation at both places.) If you aren’t hungry at all, check out  the little shops that are filled with local Cape Town Artists.

See our post on the Farm Village for more information.

5. Chapman’s Peak Drive (or Hike)

The Atlantic Coast on one side and the mountains on the other. This road hugs the cliffs as it connects you from Hout Bay to Noordhoek. Stop at the iconic view point to get out for an amazing view and prime photo spot. For the hikers out there, this is our 2nd favorite hike (in line behind Lion’s Head.) It is a lot more relaxed, open, and not as many heights. The view from the top is breath taking.

6. Cape Point

You can spend an entire day here. Pack a picnic and enjoy the many braii spots and swimming holes around the Cape. Cape Point is located within the Cape of Good Hope in Table Mountain National Park. It is home to numerous animals, wildlife, and flora. Beware of the baboons here because so many tourist feed them that if they see a bag they are ready to attack for food.

7. Wineries Stellenbosch

There are so many incredible wineries in Stellenbosch! How do you pick just one? You can spend a whole day or two touring! We suggest staying the night in Francshoek if you decide to stay overnight! There are many wine tour companies that will pick you up from Cape Town and be your driver for the day. However, if you have someone who is your DD and can pick yourself, here are a few of our favorite wineries:

  • Waterford Estate- make sure you do the wine and chocolate tasting here, you won’t regret this decision! Make a booking if you have a big group
  • Kanonkop Estate- a little smaller, low key, but Morgan claims they have the best Cape Blend
  • Delaire Graff- need a place to stop for lunch during your wine tour? this is the place! excellent view of the mountains if you sit outside while dining
  • Simonsig- home to South Africa’s first Méthode Cap Classique, a bottle fermented sparkling wine made in the style of French champagne.

No matter which winery you find yourself in, make sure that you look out for the Pinotage. Pinotage was was founded in Stellenbosch in 1924. It is a cross between the Pinot Nior and Cinsault grape.

8. Kirstenbosch

Nestled at the eastern base of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch is known as one of the best botanical gardens in the world. If you are visiting Cape Town during the summer (November-March,) be sure to check out one of the Sunday concerts here. Our bucket list concerts and Matthew Mole and Majozi! If you aren’t in Cape Town during these months, don’t worry! The gardens are still worth going for a visit! Make sure you walk across the boomslang!

9. Boulder Beach Penguins

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Most people don’t know that you can actually go out on the beach and swim with the penguins. There are two entrances to Boulder Beach. Foxy Beach is a maze of board walks that take you to the beach and through the forest to get a close look at the penguins from above. However, Boulder Beach is an actual beach that you can go out onto, climb the boulders, and swim with the penguins. This is a great spot to cool off and if you happen to have little kiddos with you, they love this. Heck, even we love this!

 

10. Cape Point Vineyard Market

Happen to be in Cape Town on a Thursday in the summer? Then check out the Cape Point Vineyard Market. It runs from 4:30pm-8:30 pm- but make sure you get there to watch the sunset! Food vendors galore! Live music and artists! And delicious wine! What more could you ask for?

11. Bike along the Sea Point Promenade

Exploring Cape Town on 2 wheels is a must! This is for bikers of all ages, sizes, and abilities. Seriously, bikes terrify Morgan and even she had fun! We rented from Up Cycles and took the bikes out along the entire promenade/water front. We’d suggest at least 2 hours because you have to stop and take pictures of the Lion’s Head back drop along the way!

12. Kalk Bay

This is the cutest little fishing village located on the False Bay. With eclectic shops, delicious food, and seal watching, you can’t go wrong here. If you are in search of amazing fish and chips- this would be our go to recommendation. If you have your bathers/bathing suit, then there is the best rock pool located in Kalk Bay called Dalebrook Tide Pool. Make sure you stop by Lekker Cafe for some delicious coffee and breakfast!

13. Learn to Surf in Muizenberg

Known for its consistent waves and gentle sloping beach, this is the best place to learn how to surf if you are a beginner! There are plenty of mom and pop shops around that will get you suited up and take you out for a lesson. If you aren’t into surfing, then take the picturesque walk along the ocean between Muizenberg and St. James Beach- be on the lookout for the colorful beach houses. If you get hungry while you are here, Tiger’s Milk and Hang Ten Cafe are some of our go-to’s.

14. Saturday Morning at The Old Biscuit Mill

Saturday mornings are friends, coffee, live music, and good food! This is a place you don’t want to miss! Located in the heart of Woodstock, the Old Biscuit Mill is home to The Neighbourgoods Market every Saturday from 9am-3pm. There are food vendors selling every type of food that you could imagine! Morgan also bought her Rowdy Bag here and it is the best Cape Town purchase she has ever made! Make sure to get cash out before visiting here.

15. V&A Waterfront

This is a major tourist spot, but it is still a must do. You can literally shop until you drop here. We suggest hitting up The Watershed for more local Cape Town artist and stalls. Make sure to eat at the Waterfront Food Market. If you can’t tell, we really love food and food markets!

 

 

 

 

 

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