Unique and varied with surprises around every corner, Cape Town has everything you’re looking for, whether you’re planning a heavenly honeymoon, a friends’ getaway, or even a first-time solo adventure.
It’s a bit of Europe rolled into Africa, with its quirky city streets lined with boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and coffee shops set against the backdrop of that signature table-shaped mountain. Try the V&A Waterfront for a great view and some excellent shopping, or if you’re more of a sand-between-your-toes sort of person, head to the golden beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay.
Whatever you decide to do, here’s why Cape Town is a worthy addition to your travel list for 2020.
Put your feet up on the table
An iconic backdrop and one that features prominently wherever you find yourself in Cape Town’s City Bowl, Table Mountain is a source of beautiful views. Gaze at it from the ground up, or attempt to conquer it on foot for the ultimate experience. Join the Cape Town Gay Hiking Club if you’d like some company, but if it’s still a solid “no!” for your feet and knees, you can always hitch a lift up and down on the cableway. A little tip for 2020, the Table Mountain Cableway has an ongoing birthday special which entitles anyone carrying a valid South African ID to one free return ticket on the day of their birthday!
Do it with a splash of coffee
The abundance of wine, gin, craft beer and of course, coffee got many locals through Cape Town’s serious drought. The coffee culture here in particular, is internationally renowned, with impressive roasteries around every corner. It’s easy to follow your nose and grab it to go, while heading in the direction of one of the nearby museums. Try Truth Coffee located on Buitenkant Street for some exceptional roasted coffee in a quirky steampunk setting, then make your way to the District Six Museum… you’ll be needing a comforting cup with you for this one.
Sneaky sundowners on Signal Hill
Cape Town boasts some of the most gorgeous sunsets you will ever witness, especially from the higher peaks surrounding the city. If you’re too much of a slacker to take on Table Mountain or even Lion’s head to catch a sunset, that’s fine, you can take a slow drive up to Signal Hill. It’s perfectly positioned to catch the last light of the day, but don’t forget to bring your sundowner of choice, a group of friends and favourite pair of “fun”-glasses.
Find your room with a view
Sea Point makes for some stunning ocean views in Cape Town and if you want to escape the wind, look no further than The Peninsula All Suite Hotel and their Faces Bar & Sunset Restaurant. This vibey hotel is perfectly located, close enough to the city’s major attractions with the benefit of being in a more relaxed area. Hire a bike and ramble down the promenade in search of your favourite flavour of ice-cream, then head back to rehydrate with a cocktail on the sunset deck before enjoying a good night’s sleep in your private suite. Wake up and do it all again.
Try out First Thursdays
On the first Thursday of every month, Cape Town’s streets come alive as people mill about the various trendy bars, restaurants, art galleries and museums which stay open until around 9pm – sometimes even later. Explore Bree, Loop and Long streets, which run parallel to each other in the City Bowl, and experience the city in full swing as locals and visitors get to their feet and explore the Mother City’s cultural wealth.
Extra treats & eats:
- Sunset Deck & Restaurant at The Peninsula Hotel
Complete with cocktail bar, lazy ottomans and a shimmering pool.
Burger bar with campy bingo, drag shows and topless muscle-boy waiters.
Ditch the diet! The cakes and bakes here are divine.
- Cafe Manhattan
Pioneer of the De Waterkant gay scene.
- Raptor Room
Cute pink dinosaurs and sassy staff at this fun diner in the CBD.
Bars, clubs & cabaret:
- Babylon Plush
Velvet upholstered booths, topless twinks and cubs and views of Table Mountain from its balcony.
- Bar Code
Depending on the night, clothing may be optional.
Fun club for the girls – but welcoming to the boys, too.
Glam it up for the wildly popular dinner-theatre shows at this camp and glitzy drag venue.
- Alexander Bar & Café
Classy dinner venue with theatre that puts on a top-notch range of shows.
- Evita se Perron
Head up the West Coast to Darling and visit the ‘home’ theatre of local legend, Pieter-Dirk Uys.
- Pienk Piesang
Learn to dance Afrikaans-style at these Northern Suburbs parties.