Cape Town

Cape Town is a cultural, seaside hotspot for both tourists and locals alike. Not only does the city provide vast, scenic landscapes to explore, but it also celebrates the South African spirit, traditions and ethos in a myriad of ways, making a visit to South Africa’s “Mother City” an unforgettable experience. Here are some of our favorite places to stay, visit, dine and enjoy everything this unique destination has to offer.

Stay

The Silo Hotel

Photo courtesy of The Silo Hotel

The Silo Hotel, part of the The Royal Portfolio, is one of Cape Town’s newest luxury hotels. Located on the V&A Waterfront, this exclusive twenty-eight room boutique resort sports a unique architectural design, standing out in the city’s skyline. Each guestroom flaunts its own distinctive décor – with bold splashes of colour and contemporary design details.

Silo Square, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8801, South Africa

Bosjes

Photo courtesy of Bosjes

Whilst the city centre has much to offer, the surrounding countryside has much to recommend it, with sweeping views and dramatic vistas. Our favourite hotel to whisk you away from the city is Bosjes in the Western Cape, a beautiful farm resort only about an hour outside of Cape Town.

Residing in the beautiful Breede Valley at the foot of the Waaihoek Mountain, Bosjes cuts a dramatic shape against the expansive greenery. Defined by its unique location, guests can explore hiking trails and spot the local wildlife; one of the most charming aspects of Bosjes is that guests are even invited to forage and enjoy the fresh produce they find. During a stay at Bosjes, be sure to venture on a day trip to one of the local wineries and treat your palate to the best wines Africa has to offer.

R43, Western Cape, South Africa

Additional Hotel Recommendations: One & Only Cape Town, La Residence in Franschhoek

Eat

Test Kitchen

Photo courtesy of Test Kitchen

For a fine dining experience, head to Test Kitchen or Roundhouse. Securing a table at both restaurants is incredibly difficult, but extremely worth it. The Roundhouse Restaurant serves contemporary European food with a South African edge in a former guardhouse at the base of Table Mountain. Given this locale, diners enjoy sweeping views of the Atlantic. Test Kitchen meanwhile offers Nouvelle Latin cuisine with a South African touch in an inventive restaurant with contemporary decor. It is recognized at a one of the world’s top fifty restaurants according to San Pellegrino.

With a heavy emphasis on local food and produce, one of our favorite destinations for authentic food is Marcos. While there, you will have the opportunity to taste “game” meats, including zebra, Black Onyx beef, ostrich and impala. Other delicacies on offer include crocodile tail, worms and tripe. Marcos also offers its guests the opportunity to support local bands, with daily live performances. Guests are encouraged to eat, drink – and dance!

The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915, South Africa

Additional Restaurant Recommendations: Aubergine, La Colombe, Blues

Do

Kirstenbosch Gardens

Kirstenbosch Gardens is one of the best attractions in Cape Town, with a myriad of plant species to enjoy. There are beautiful areas to hike through, enjoy concerts, read a book, or relax and meditate. The scenic drive to Kirstenbosch also offers views of the beautiful mountainous area of Cape Town.

For more active adventures, climb up Table Mountain or hike the Cape of Good Hope. Wildlife encounters are also readily available: you can either visit a penguin colony at Boulders Beach or dive with great white sharks at False Bay.

Additional Activity Recommendations: Table Mountain, Robben Island, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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