what to do and see in Cape Town

sun, sea and sand on Clifton's soft, sandy beaches

With SO much on offer in Cape Town, some pointers of where to go and what to see:

Cape Town - the main attractions

Cable car up Table Mountain for sunset, and catch fairytale night time city views on the way down!
Hike 1,5hr to the top of Lion’s Head for panoramic city and ocean views – busy on full moon nights.
For hiking around Table Mountain, get a professional guide - be amazed by nature - and stay safe
Or simply drive to the end of Signal Hill for panoramic views. Maybe tandem paraglide down...
Do a circular day trip from city to Muizenberg, the Penguins at Boulders Beach and Cape Point
then return to the city via Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay, Llandudno and Camps Bay. 
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens – great summer sunset concerts - book tickets & take a picnic.
Some sandy coves around but the best city beaches are Camps Bay and the four Clifton beaches
Coffee lovers find their fix at funky coffee shops - and do sweet things at the divine Charly's Bakery
Waterfront for pleasure trips, cafe-bars, markets, live music, aquarium & some overrrated restaurants
A must-see is the jaw-dropping scale of the brand new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa
Easy to get around Cape Town by taxi, MyCiti bus (buy a card) or the ever popular hop on hop off bus
Cape Town restaurants to book in ADVANCE are The Test Kitchen dinner and La Colombe lunch.
And... if going to Franschhoek, PRE-BOOK dinner at La Petite Colombe and lunch at Babel.

what to do around Cape Town city

walking distance from Waterfront and on MyCiti bus route
Church Street, Bree Street, Long Street into Kloof Street all offer quaint and quirky city shops
visit GreenMarket Square (daily market) and stroll along St George's Mall pedestrian walkway  
explore city art galleries on 1st Thursday of every month from 5pm to late with 'First Thursdays
good food at Hemelhuijs Restaurant on Waterkant Str, close to Buitengracht Str
The Shortmarket Club is Luke Dale-Roberts' new city venture. Get in. If you can.   
latin american hospitality, food and good times at Orinoco Restaurant in Bree Street 
meat lovers delight Carne Restaurants - 3 city branches but the original in Keerom Street, city. 
fab pizzas from Colcacchio - close to unfinished freeway - also other city branches 
Delightful tapas at this cookery school/shop/restaurant aptly named The Chef's Warehouse
Fine wines (from around the world) and seasonal tapas at the Bouchon Wine Bar & Bistro
a choice of three stage theatres at the Artscape Complex - off Adderley Street in the city
Look sharp with hair cuts, shaves & grooming for men at 3 Barnet Fair barber shops in the city
Burlesque meets Birdcage at the 80 seater cabaret theatre Gate 69 on Bree Street. Just do it.

what to do de waterkant

walking distance from Waterfront and on MyCiti bus route
quaint and historic suburb next to city and walking distance to city or waterfront.
art, interiors, fashion, restaurants, café bars, a supermarket and Zone Fitness gym
Great Italian food with matching service at Il Leone Restaurant, c/o Cobern & Prestwich
warehouse with 3 three floors of magnificent furniture and interiors at Weylandts 
The Piano Bar for cocktails, menu's and local live music - check website for details
de waterkant is also home to Cape Town's gay village bars and clubs - see below

Cape Town gay village

bordered by Dixon-, Jarvis-, De Smidt- & Prestwich Streets
Beefcakes Burger Bar - frivilous drag shows, burgers & beefy barmen - Liddle Street
Crew Bar - karaoke on Tuesdays, busy club and bar over weekends - Napier Street
The Hothouse - stylish steam and leisure sauna with adult store and bar - Jarvis Street
Cafe Manhattan - great spot for burgers, a quick bite or cocktail - Dixon Street
Beaulah Bar - lesbian bar/club attracting a mixed crowd - Somerset Road
get your tan on Clifton 3rd beach or Sandy Bay nudist beach (on footpath from Llandudno)

where to go in greenpoint

walking distance from Waterfront and on MyCiti bus route
fresh and simple good food at Mano's Restaurant – a favourite lunch/dinner haunt of locals.
Various shops, coffee bars, restaurants, eateries and pubs along Main Road (close to stadium) 
great coffee, beautiful flowers and inspirational Italian deli foods at Giovanni’s Deli
buy from Ultra Liquors and fill your bar fridge in preparation for that sundowner gathering
take a stroll and explore Greenpoint Park with gardens leading all the way to Mouille Point

where to go in mouille point

7min drive or easy walk from Waterfront and on MyCiti bus route
on Beach Road, one of the best steak restaurants in town, The Hussar Grill 
a bit further down, pass the lighthouse, airy verandah lunches at Sotano Restaurant
seaside lunches and sundowners at the superbly positioned Radisson Blu Hotel
Lily's Restaurant, relaxed all-day eatery with great seaside sunset views...

where to go in seapoint

walking distance from Waterfront along seafront promenade and on MyCiti bus route
main road with café-bars, restaurants, supermarkets, post office, chemists and various shopping malls
a spectacular seaside pedestrian walkway links Mouille Point & Seapoint with Clifton & Camps Bay
La Mouette Restaurant offer a memorable 'tasting menu'. Ask to be seated outdoors on balmy nights
The Winchester Mansions Hotel for great food, sundowners and Sunday Jazz brunches (pre-book)
delicious food at the casual Sundoo Indian Tapas Bar on Main Road - first come first serve tables.

about clifton beaches

18min drive from Waterfront and on MyCiti bus route
no shops, no restaurants just 4 soft white sandy beaches along the ice cold Atlantic.
restaurant, bar and ocean views at the Bungalow - between Clifton and Camps Bay

where to go camps bay beach

20min drive from Waterfront and on MyCiti bus route
Café-bars, restaurants, shops & palm fringed beachfront & spectacular sun sets across ocean.
The Round House Restaurant offers daytime garden picnics, sunset hour and gourmet dinners
The Azure-restaurant - between Camps Bay and Hout Bay - offer outdoor lunch with a view!
A variety of stage productions at the Theatre On The Bay
Popular stretch of soft white sandy beach - sunshine, turquoise waters and crashing surf...

what to do in gardens

20min from waterfront and on MyCiti bus route
Stroll thru Company Gardens for St Georges CathedralMuseum, National Gallery & Planetarium 
Light meals and tea snacks at The Company's Garden Restaurant - all day long in the gardens. 
Afternoon high tea (and gardens) at the Mount Nelson hotel is one classy affair not to be missed!
Drinks/lunch/dinners at the gracious old Leinster Hall - now a funky eatery called The Stack.
Buzzy Long Street (city) becomes Kloof Street - dotted with funky shops, cafe bars& restaurants.
Favourites along Kloof Street: Yours Truly (Long & Kloof), Black Sheep Restaurant
The two main shopping centres in Gardens are Lifestyle On Kloof and Gardens Centre
Non-profit project supporting urban farming - visit their Saturday Farmer's Market (Waterfront)   

where to go in hout bay

40min drive from Waterfront and on MyCiti bus route
Bay Harbour - a funky weekend craft market with live music and delicious home-made goodies... 
Can't get into one of the 'famous' tapas restaurants? Show stopping fare at  Cheyne's Restaurant
Sample the calamari & portuguese steak on the verandah of the Chapman's Peak Hotel - with views! 
Scenic tropical garden setting with walk through aviaries at the World of Birds
Chapmans Peak links Hout Bay to Noordhoek's Food BarnLong Beach - and on to Cape Point

where to go in constantia

30min drive from Waterfront
Gardens, space and good food at the gracious Cellars Hohenort Hotel
Explore the oldest wine estate in the country and do some wine tasting at Groot Constantia  
300m from Constantia Nek, towards Hout Bay, a MUST DO lunch with views at La Colombe

So folks, enjoy and any other great finds... let us know!
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