Cape Town – what to do and what to see?
“Perhaps it was history that ordained that it be here, at the Cape of Good Hope that we should lay the foundation stone of our new nation. For it was here at this Cape, over three centuries ago, that there began the fateful convergence of the peoples of Africa, Europe and Asia on these shores.”
– Former President Nelson Mandela, during his inauguration speech on May 9, 1994.
today I will write about Cape Town, one of my favorite towns worldwide. It is just an unbelievable beautiful, amazing and inspiring place to spend your vacation, lifetime or just some years of living. Cape Town is a coastal city located in South Africa.
Where to stay?
One & Only Cape Town
This hotel is located just one minute walk from the world famous Alfred & Victoria Waterfront, where many restaurants, shops and bars are waiting to be explored.
We stayed at the Tafelberg Suite and had every day a wonderful breakfast on our own balcony facing the amazing Tafelberg.
They have great amenities, after a long day sightseeing in Cape Town it was the best to spend some time relaxing on the pool or at the private island spa. The pool has also a great own restaurant with many fresh seafood, wood-fired pizzas and mediterranean snacks available, it is called “Isola”.Don’t forget to bring the sun blocker, otherwise you get sun burned really quick with the African sun.
Where to eat?
One & Only Cape town offers you a world famous restaurant called “NOBU”, it is the first NOBU in Africa. It serves Japanese-Peruvian cuisine. As I love Japan and Im a huge fan of Nobuyuki Matsuhisa of course I tried it out and it was fantastic. The style is really modern and minimalistic and for all who know me well, I JUST LOVE those places. Make sure you place a reservation, as this restaurant is really popular.
It is getting you bungalicious. This restaurant is located at Clifton Beach and it is really located on the beach, which means theres nothing between you and the Atlantic Ocean. The best place to have a sun downer and afterwards a great dinner. Really romantic and is just an insane setting. Please also make sure you place a reservation, as this is also a place to be in Cape Town.
It has also open for lunch, I just loved the quote on their website: “here barefoot is the new Louboutin as the sun drowns itself in a pink puddle most nights. And yes we just got soppy about the sunset – no need be a bitch about it”.
I may start with a quote from Alex Perry, Time Magazine:
“The day Woodstock officially became Cape Town’s hottest district can be dated to Nov. 24, 2010 – when Luke Dale-Roberts opened The Test Kitchen there.”
Some might call it “foodporn”, they call it a 21-courses menue. It is extraordinary without being over priced and snobby. We had a table directly by the open kitchen, which I loved because I just love cooking and to see how this team is working together was an incredible experience for me. They have an outstanding service, which explains you every detail of your menue. We ordered the menue with wine, which I can recommend you to do. And don’t make the same mistake as we and eat breakfast before or have lunch with more then a salad. Fullstop. Nothing more to add, well one more it has open from tuesday – saturday and make sure you place a reservation 6 month before you go there. No joking, it is South Africans Nr. 1 ! restaurant for a reason.
The V&A Waterfront is always worth a visit, you can go shopping there or have a little snack while walking along the beach or the harbor.
Rent a Cobra
We rented a Cobra and made a half day tour. We drove the famous chapmans peak drive and all the coast side down to the national park ending point was the cape of good hope. You should calculate around a half day for this trip and for security reasons I would highly recommend you to plan your trip beforehand and during day time as the Cobra has no navigation system inside.
Also we made some stops along the way, one of my favorite spot was to see my penguins friends at Boulders Beach (close to Simons Town). They are so cute!
Kirstenbosch botanic garden is acclaimed as one of the great botanic garden in the world. We spend a day there, as it is so nice to explore this park. You can visit during summer time great concerts, make sure you reserve the tickets beforehand. A must is to have a picnic (wherever you want in the garden!), you can order it directly in the kirstenbosch tea room. You definitely need to check out the Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway (130 meter, 12 meter above the ground), it is a curved steel and timber bridge with awesome viewer points facing cape town and the highlights from the garden.
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