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Posted on: Friday, 12 October 2012

10 Reasons Why I Love Cape Town

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Table Mountain

Table Mountain

Everyone loves Cape Town. They do. And there are various reasons why. People, when asked, cite the mountains, the sea, the vibe in the city bowl, the open-top, red, double-decker bus, markets, and the food, as their reasons for living here.

But what are your reasons – why do you live here or come back often?

Here are mine:

The Mountains

I know, I know it’s not very original, but take away Table mountain and the rest of the mountains that unfold in a cascade of marvellous mother earth vibrancy all the way down to Cape Point, and where would we be?

Llandudno Beach

Llandudno Beach

The Beaches

You cannot pass over the beaches like Camps Bay for beauty (have you ever looked behind you once you’ve fought the crowds and made it onto the sand?), and Llandudno for sundowners, swimming at Fish Hoek (when the sharks aren’t out), the penguins at Boulders and drinking in the views at Witsands

The Lifestyle

It’s a no-brainer really: life in Cape Town is enjoyable. Even those of us who have to work for a living – live for the beaches, or weekends out in the mountains, or the city bowl’s nightlife.

Boerewors Braai

Boerewors Braai

The Food

Some of the best food markets and restaurants in the country (some say in the world) but then food always tastes delicious when you have a great outdoor lifestyle.


Like Victoria Road along the Atlantic Seaboard, and Chapman’s Peak Drive. Aside from gawping at how the other half live, the views over the sea and the Twelve Apostles mountain range from Mouille Point and Sea Point all the way via Fresnaye, Bantry Bay, Clifton, Camps Bay, Bakoven to Llandudno is a truly unbeatable drive. And it costs nothing. As opposed to Chapman’s Peak, where the drive is equally as beautiful, and the views of Hout Bay exceptional.

Cape Wine Routes

Cape Wine Routes

The Eclecticism

The southern suburbs, the Atlantic Seaboard, Hout Bay – each has it’s own ‘village’ feel, totally individual and different from the next place – there is little uniformity in Cape Town.

The Wine

You can’t package this in with food, although without it, food wouldn’t be as enjoyable, but the wines of the Cape are phenomenal, and the wine towns within reaching distance of Cape Town – Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Darling, Somerset West, Wellington – add another dimension to living here.

Weekend Markets

Two Oceans Aquarium

Two Oceans Aquarium

There are so many food and craft markets over any given weekend, that making a choice becomes difficult.

Great Attractions

Kirstenbosch, the Two Oceans Aquarium, the hop-on-hop-off bus around town, V&A Waterfront, District Six Museum, Lion’s Head at night at full moon, Robben Island, St George’s Cathedral, Rhodes Memorial…I could go on.

The People

For their indomitable humour, hospitable natures and their ‘can-do’ attitudes.

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Wanda Coustas


Wanda Coustas has written in one form or another for 10 years, seven of them as a copyblogger. She has travelled the Western Cape extensively and the rest of the country in protracted road trips that have given her both joy and an ongoing relish for experiencing what she writes about first-hand. She is a trained opera singer, poet, eurythmy dancer, philosopher, and bee whisperer.

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