This week, we’re talking all things Cape Town. This was by far the best trip I’ve ever been on and I’m just really excited to be able to share even just a tad of the experience with you guys. Instead of boring you with lots of text as to why I loved it so much, I thought I’d just drop the video below and let you see for yourself (and if you aren’t ready to plan a trip to Cape Town after watching…well I have no words). And if you’re planning a trip in the near future or just curious to see exactly what we did, check out my Cape Town Travel Guide below with lots and lots and lots of photos (major shout to Brandon for putting in the work and being the best blogger photographer boyfriend ever)
Cape Town Travel Guide
Where we stayed…
Camps Bay: Because there was a group of us, we decided to rent a house through AirBnb and I am SO glad we did. We stayed in Camps Bay in this gorgeous house on the hills. Getting up there was a journey and it took forever for an uber to come so just a heads up if you stay in this area to plan ahead and work backwards with at least 15-20 minutes padding on timing.
Where we played…
Constantia Glen: South Africa is obviously known for their wine and they did not disappoint. Any winery/vineyard in the Constantia region is going to offer up a magical experience. We went with Constantia Glen because I found them on IG and the views were amazing (I’m such a blogger). We did two tastings and it came out to a little less than $10/person! We also had their Don Pedro dessert with is a blend of ice cream and Amarula…so. good. One thing to know if you’re visiting lots of wineries, you can only bring two bottles per person home through customs!
Chapman’s Peak Drive to Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point: This was probably one of my favorite days. We made the adventure down Chapman’s Peak Drive which is one of the most scenic routes I’ve ever been on. The whole drive to Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point is about an hour so plan accordingly. We hired a car service & guide for the day (more on that below) and it was so worth it. Cape of Good Hope is the most Southwestern point of Africa and Cape Point is the most southern tip. It was pretty amazing to know we were on the very southern tip of Africa. Like the end of the continent. The views are beautiful – this is a must of anyone traveling to Cape Town.
Boulders Beach: One word for you. Penguins. This my friends was by far my favorite experience in Cape Town. We stopped by Boulders Beach on our way back to Cape Town from Cape Point and they had to basically drag me away. Penguins everywhere and with the most serene private beach. They were so cute and you can tell they’re used to being friendly to humans. They can get a little protective of their home so you have to be patient and calm but other than that, they’re just so adorable and make for the perfect photo bomber.
Muizenberg Beach: If you like color, this place is for you. The beachy neighborhood is pretty charming but the colorful shacks on the beach are what all the tourists come for. They were originally changing rooms but for us, the perfect backdrop for photos!
Camps Bay Beach: We stayed right around Camps Bay Beach and I loved this part of the city. The street lining the beach has so many great restaurants, shops and bars. One afternoon, I went to the beach to rent an umbrella and chair for a little “me” time and it was perfect. The beach wasn’t too touristy and the wind/heat ratio was great for a day of catching rays.
Hike to Lions Head: This was literally the hardest thing I’ve ever done. All of the reviews said this would be an easy hike for all members of the family. They lied. The hike to the top takes about an hour and a half and it’s a truly uphill battle. Dirt, rocks, chains to hold yourself up..the list goes on. It was hard AF but such an amazing experience and so worth it when you get to the top. the views along the way are magical and it’s really inspiring to meet people along the adventure, hearing their stories and seeing people old and young of all shapes, sizes and colors making this same hike. We didn’t get a chance to make it to the top of Table Mountain but I keep hearing the view we got at Lions Head totally makes up for it.
Robben Island: I wish we had time to take in more of the history while were in Cape Town but we at least had to visit Robben Island. To be in this place where Nelson Mandela and thousands of other political prisoners were held, it was incredibly humbling. The tour was led by an ex-political prisoner so we got to hear firsthand what the experience was like. Make sure you book your tickets way in advance of your trip because the tours book up fast.
Where we dined…
V&A Waterfront Food Market: Not only does the food market at V&A waterfront have the coolest vibe but there is literally something for everyone. Thai food, italian, ice cream, coffee, salads, sandwiches, sweet treats, etc. This was the perfect place for a quick lunch with the group – we all could get exactly what we wanted without the stress of making a big group decision.
Bombay Bicycle Club: I loved the vibe of this place. Some of the tables had swings for chairs and the food options were pretty wide with some fun American influences. Also, the drinks we BOMB.
GOLD Restaurant: This is a MUST for any and every person visiting Cape Town. We went to GOLD on our last night and I’m kind of glad we save dit for our last night. You can book a pre dinner drum experience where you learn a few cool routines and performed amongst the group. Dinner is served family style with all traditional African dishes from various cultures and the live entertainment throughout dinner is just so incredible.
Cafe Caprice: I think I ate here at least 3 times during our trip. Located right on Camps Bay Beach, this cool lunch spot turned nightlife hub was the perfect place to unwind and have some good food and cocktails.
Kauai: We didn’t eat a lot of healthy food on this trip but we did stop by Kauai at least once a day to pick up coffee or a delicious smoothie. We had breakfast here a few times and it was the perfect little pick me up with really cool vibes.
Where we partied…
Asoka: Laticia from Blu Hazl pretty much made me promise we would go to Asoka and I am so glad. we did. They’re known for their Tuesday nights so we couldn’t wait to check it out on the night we got it. The music was this amazing techno/European mix and the drinks were so good. I loved the mix of cultures and people partying all night long!
Jade: We went to Jade after dinner one night and it was so fun. Definitely a more casual vibe than Asoka but the drinks were extremely cheap (but good) and the DJ played ALL of the old hits from the 90s and early 00’s. So much fun!
Grand Cafe: We ate dinner here one night but they also have amazing day parties on their beach club. This is a must try for everyone.
Well friends, if you made it this far, you MUST be planning a trip to Cape Town. If you want to know anything else or have questions about any of the things above, please don’t hesitate to drop me an email or comment below. Happy travels and let me know how your trip goes!