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What to do when visiting Cape Town

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What to do when visiting Cape Town

When most people think of Cape Town, their thoughts immediately turn to unforgettable winelands, idyllic beaches and towering mountain ranges. What many forget is that the Mother City is also recognised as one of the world’s most cosmopolitan destinations, renowned for its bustling nightlife and amalgam of cultures, coming together in an explosion of music, dance and art. Here are some of the top places to visit while in this beautiful city.

Africa Café

Touristy, yes, but still one of the best places to sample African food. Come with a hearty appetite as the set feast comprises dishes from across the continent. And you’re welcome to eat your fill. The talented staff go on a song-and-dance walkabout around the tables while serving.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

This dazzling garden lives up to its reputation as the most beautiful garden in Africa and one of the great botanical gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of Kirstenbosch, set against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. The outdoor summer concerts held are a Cape Town institution. The gardens are a stop on the City Sightseeing Cape Town bus.

Baxter Theatre

Since the 1970s the Baxter has been the focus of Capetonian theatre. There are three venues–the main theatre, the concert hall and the studio–and between them they cover everything from kids’ shows to African dance spectaculars. They have an ongoing relationship with the Royal Shakespeare Company thanks to Capetonian Sir Anthony Sher, who has performed here.

Catch a cable car up Table Mountain

And then abseil back down. It’s highly recommended as it’s the world’s highest commercial abseil. If you’re less adventurous, then you can catch the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway up… and back down. The quick ride will give you a bird’s eye view of the City Bowl. The summit can also be reached on foot through a multitude of beautiful, albeit exhausting, hiking trails.

V&A Waterfront

​​​​The V&A Waterfront offers leisure and business travellers an impressive selection of accommodation, ranging from budget-friendly to the finest five-star luxury, all of which are located in exceptional surroundings. So when considering your accommodation in the Mother City, it might be a good idea to check in at one of the Waterfront hotels. ​​They are also home to some of Cape Town's best restaurants, with over 80 eateries to choose from.

Drink in the Long Street vibe

Long Street is the place for partying. Bars like Julep, one of Cape Town’s best-kept secrets, with bare brick walls, comfy couches and a spectacular selection of cocktails, are a must see. Then there’s the Waiting Room, a cosy, unpretentious bar with retro chairs and lighting. There’s a stunning roof deck for hanging out on those hot summer nights. While Neighbourhood has a laid-back atmosphere and a vast balcony from which to watch the goings-on on the street below.

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