Ed's Cape Town Top 5
We had such a great time in Cape Town, I thought it would be worth sharing my top 5 favourite things we did there. If you ever have the chance to go, don’t miss it. It’s an absolutely stunning city, with loads of cool places to check out. For now, here’s my top 5 (in no particular order):
1. Kalk Bay
Spending the morning in Kalk Bay was definitely one of my favourite days in Cape Town. There are a tonne of cool places to stop for a coffee. Check out Bootleggers or Olympic Bakery while you’re there. Their regular coffee shops are way better than our higher end ones in the UK. Post coffee we walked in and out of the boutique shops towards St James. There are some beautiful clothes shops, furniture makers, art galleries and the place has a very cool vibe. After walking toward St James, we cut up onto Boyes Drive, which is a road that links the city across the Table Mountain range. The walk is a steady incline, but offers an amazing view over False Bay. What made it so special is that we saw loads of whales in the harbour, many with calfs. Two of them put on a show for us and breached multiple times. It was literally magical! We finished the walk back in the bay and had fish and chips in the fisherman’s harbour at the famous Kaulkys. Great day!
2. Eastern Bazaar
This could be my favourite place in Cape Town, mainly because it involves huge portions of amazing food. Eastern Bazaar is in the centre of town and is cross between a restaurant, takeaway and open food market. It’s located between two buildings, which are joined at first floor level, and so it is open to the street at either side. Along one side are small counters running the full length, with a menu above and several chefs working on their specialist foods. You walk past all kinds of different food. The indian food their is incredible!! And as a bonus, it is dirt cheap and very authentic. You can also opt for Chinese, Thai or Pizza, but apparently the curries at the highlight.
3. Kistenbosch Botanical Gardens
You probably can’t do a top 5 in Cape Town without mentioning these gardens somewhere. We spent the morning at Kirstenbosch, and the were blown away by the diversity and beauty of the plants they have there. There are thousands of species which only grow in the Garden Route of South Africa, and no where else. The gardens are at the base of the Table Mountain Range, and we stayed there for a picnic. I’m sure a keen flower lover could spent years in there. For me a morning was enough, but it was still something pretty special.
4. Wine Tasting
Another thing you can’t really go to Cape Town without doing. We went to the Groot Constantia vineyard, rather than driving to the more well known Stellenbosch region for our wine tasting. For around £5 per person, you get a tour of the wine cellars and museum (which weren’t the most exciting thing I’ve ever done), but you then can taste 5 different wines. This was the fun part. Groot Constantia is a very beautiful place, built in the classic Cape Dutch style that you see in a lot of historic buildings in the area. Enjoying good wine with friends in that setting is worth the entry fee alone.
5. V&A Waterfront Craft & Food Market
The most valuable place on the Cape Town Monopoly board is the V&A Waterfront. While we enjoyed it there, it is just another huge shopping mall, with some cool african style street performances outside. We much preferred looking around the indoor craft market nearby. We had a bite to eat in the food court next door, and then browsed the shops, which display many handmade items. It was way more unique than the V&A, and had a much more authentic feel. The food was also top notch!
Truth Coffee - Voted the best coffee shop in the world! Wow! Very cool place to visit, and amazing coffees. It had a totally unique vibe, and felt a bit like being on the set of Pirates of the Caribbean. The staff there wear guns and swords in holsters, waistcoats and tophats!
Beaches - There are loads of great beaches in Cape Town, we really enjoyed a couple of walks along Fish Hoek beach, and had a great time at Scarborough Beach - close to Cape Point (although it’s meant to be awful when too windy).
Boulders beach - The place with the penguins! There are a ton of penguins here, and whilst it is cool to see them and walk around, they do smell pretty bad, and we didn’t feel it was worth the admission fee. You can walk along a path that looks over the beach for free and still be within meters of the penguins.