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The Official Cape Town Bucket List

Updated Monday, 4 February 2019

Over four million people visit Cape Town every year…

The Telegraph Travel Awards voted Cape Town the best city for the fourth year in a row; it’s been Conde Nast’s Reader’s number one food city in the world; National Geographic voted it number 2 in the top 10 beach cities in the world in 2015; and CNN voted it number 9 in a top 10 cities list.

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Given that you can go from watching whales on a cliffside, to sipping wine in a vineyard, followed by sundowners on a beach, and a moonlit hike up a mountain (all in one day),the accolades are well deserved.

Because Cape Town is #AWESOME! (even if I say so myself)…

So, if the accolades and sheer numbers of visitors aren’t enough to persuade you, then …

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let our Cape Town bucket list work its charm on you

  1. Catch an outdoor movie at the Pink flamingo cinema

Serious charm factor is this rooftop cinema, in amongst 7 vintage Airstream trailers, atop the Grand Daddy Hotel, on Long Street

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  1. Nosh on all things locavore at the Oranjezicht City Farm Market

The Saturday farmstyle food market with a sea view, at Granger Bay, is a ‘wow’ for breakfast.

  1. Grab a coffee at steampunk-inspired Truth

Where a cup of coffee is an experience, and where barristers wear hats, brown leather and black.

Truth Coffee in Cape Town

  1. Explore the tunnels under the city

Secret canals and rivers date back to 1652. Contact Good Hope Adventures. Starts at the Castle.

  1. Head up Table Mountain in a cable car

Because if you haven’t stood at the mountain’s summit, you clearly haven’t lived.

  1. Drink a pint at Love Thy Neighbour on Bree Street

Formerly known as &Union this bar on Bree Street specialises in local craft beer.

Love Thy Neighbour on Bree Street

  1. Sample wine at Tuning the Vine

On the 2nd Wednesday of every month sample wine from around the Cape on #innercitywineroute. Upcoming dates: 10 May/13 Sep/11 Oct/8 Nov/13 Dec 2017.

  1. Fly around the peninsula in a helicopter

Because the view from the air is nothing short of gobsmacking. Get hold of the people at Extreme Scene!

Fly around the peninsula in a helicopter

  1. Learn how to surf in Muizenberg

Muizenberg is the best place in the world to learn how to surf the waves. Period.

  1. Ride a bicycle at sunset along the Sea Point promenade

The 7 km route starts at Up Cycles where you can rent a bike.

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  1. Snorkel with seals in Hout Bay

The only prerequisite is that you can swim! (and don’t say we didn’t warn you about the temperature of the water). Best done in Hout Bay. Contact Animal Ocean.

  1. Swim with penguins at Boulders beach

You and the dudes in tuxedos. Aren’t jackass penguins cute?

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  1. Hop on and off the Red Bus sightseeing tour

Still the best way to get the gist of Cape Town.

  1. Explore Dalebrook tidal pool

Under a subway, beneath the railway line, this is one of 7  such pools along False Bay.

Dalebrook Tidal Pool

  1. Braai at Mzoli’s

The township butchery and hang-out is still the most fun you can have in Gugs.

  1. Buy flowers from the Adderley Street Flower Market

St George’s Mall is home to a 100 year old flower market.

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  1. Hang out at evening art galleries on First Thursdays

Once a month, art and cultural attractions in the city centre.

  1. Catch a summer evening concert at Kirstenbosch

Where else would you be on a Sunday evening until Autumn sets in?

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  1. Queue to eat at Woodstock’s Test Kitchen

Because it was only ranked 22 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016.

  1. Soak up the vibes at the Book Lounge

This independent book store does trendy with a capital ‘T’.

Cape Town Land Sailing in a Blokart

  1. Escape to the very tip of Cape Town

The Cape Point Nature Reserve’s undiscovered beaches are tops, and the hikes second to none.

  1. Hike up Lion’s Head in the moonlight

Full moon hikes are the latest thing. But watch your step.

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  1. Laze at one of Clifton’s four beaches

Any one of them will do. But our favourite is fourth beach.

  1. SUP paddle the V&A’s canals

Get up, and stay up, on the calm interconnected smooth ride of the waterways.

2. The Lonely Beaches of the Cape of Good Hope

  1. Do a tour of District Six Museum

A tale of apartheid and the essence of Cape Town. Whilst the museum is not large, the tour is unique and touching.

  1. Do a free walk in the city centre

The tour of Cape Town from Greenmarket Square twice daily. Choose from historic, District Six or Bo Kaap tours. About an hour and a half each.

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  1. Catch a movie at the Labia

The independent movie house on Orange is an historic must-do. Queue with the locals for the latest art movies.

  1. Do a tour of the Bo Kaap

It’s a requisite to get at least one photo of the colourful homes up here. The cooking tours are great too.

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  1. Hear jazz at the Crypt

You could be in London. But instead you’re beneath St George’s Cathedral in Wale Street. See the Crypt Jazz Restaurant.

  1. Watch a play at the Fugard Theatre

Named for the country’s most famous playwright, Athol Fugard, this historic, small theatre has a constant run of seriously good theatre. Don’t miss out.

  1. Sway at Secret Sunrises

It’s designed as a positive start to your day in the Mother City that involves silent dancing (via wireless headphones) with a group of people at a secret location (known only to those who book).

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