Located between sea and mountains, Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world! It is a must during a stay in South Africa, with many sites to visit. We advise you to spend at least three days to enjoy it. If you arrive at sunset; you will find that the light is beautiful ... Very different from other cities in South Africa, it is surrounded by beautiful mountains, the ocean. It makes an excellent impression immediately.
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Tourist attractions at Cape Town:
Good neighbor Market:
A food market is installed every week in a former super nice cookie factory. It's a really good atmosphere! Even if you don't admire of trendy Parisian stuff bio-bobo-veggie, you will really, love everything here! And there are all kinds of people; families come to brunch, younger, friends ... It's nice, friendly and good.
A restaurant: The Pot Luck Club
At the same place as the Good neighbor Market in Woodstock, look up: this tapas restaurant is on the top floor of the old cookie factory. On the menu are delicacies like grilled Tom Ka Gai shrimp and peanuts, potatoes smoked with paprika salt, crunchy Malagasy taro roots, Thai mussels with spicy Matsiman cream with lemon and fresh coriander, selection of South African cheeses, crispy duck spring rolls, a fabulous beef fillet smoked with black pepper and coffee with milk ... Fried prawns with Tom Ka Gai butter, sesame leaf, and roasted chopped peanuts. Neat and trendy decor, beautiful view of the city lights from the large fully glazed room and open to the kitchen - unless it is the opposite.
A beach: Camps Bay
White beaches with ice water, unfortunately. Genre 11 ° C! Pleasure of the eyes!
Bordered by the "Twelve Apostles," cliffs almost 1000 meters high, palm trees, white sand, clear water, There is Bloubergstrand too, with its long unspoiled beach offering stunning and beautiful views of Table Mountain and Cape Town. On surfers and kite surfers in action too :)
Neighborhood: Bo-Kaap, the Malay district
On the flanks of Signal Hill is the Bo-Kaap district ("Above Cape" in Afrikaans). This area you have probably already seen in the photo with its colorful houses.
The Malay district of Cape Town:
The ancestors of its inhabitants were Muslim slaves from Malaysia, India, and Indonesia. The walk is very pleasant, through the cobbled streets punctuated with small mosques; people come home with shopping, there are some very nice decor and designer shops. Real estate is gaining value ... It is true that the location, the charm, and the view are at the rendezvous. But sometimes you just have to take a look to see some dilapidated houses and neighborhoods on the edge of the slum — yet another of these complex South African realities that we take in the face.
One night: Long Street
The street of the party, perfect to go out with all its restaurants, bars and boxes of all kinds! There are many terraces on the first floor with pretty irons forged reminiscent of New Orleans. The addresses for backpackers are also numerous.
The specialties of the bush (crocodile, ostrich, springbok, kudu, antelope ...), there is the restaurant Mama Africa that is most recommended. You can spend a very good evening there with your family. Some areas are also a restaurant so that you can have lunch in a pleasant garden, for example, Neethlingshof Wine Estate. Happiness ... If you have the time you can push a little further, the town of Franschhoek and its surroundings is very famous too.
One end of the world: the Cape Peninsula and the Cape of Good Hope
You will see penguins in Boulders beach, certainly baboons on the road (watch it can be mean), beaches at the end of the world, razor-rich vegetation, beautiful bays, shark vigils (my next job), cliffs, the ocean as far as the eye can see ...What beautiful landscapes. An unforgettable day certainly!
Hout Bay & Simon's Town:
Good if you see, there are also some small plagettes. Nothing special. I found at Simon's Town, a collection of South African spirit bottle labels ... treasures! A future travel diary in sight! There are some interesting flea markets if you like it, in the main street.
A concert in a park: Kirstenbosch
Kirstenbosch is a huge park where there are always plenty of people, especially on weekends. Visits to the botanical garden are more interesting in spring when a maximum of plants are in bloom (this corresponds to our fall). But what is interesting in this park are mostly open-air concerts on Sundays! When I was there, there was ... but if you know, the "white Zulu" and his incredible calf thrusts.
A hideaway in the hinterland: the vineyards around Stellenbosch
It is very famous for its Cape-Dutch style architecture inherited from the Dutch, its pretty streets lined with centenary oaks, a university campus that made me dream ... but especially for its vineyards: D
Church of Stellenbosch:
The vineyard properties line this beautiful wine route where you can stop as you wish and taste the various South African wines. Taste the wines from Pinotage, this is the specialty of Stellenbosch: it is a variety obtained by crossing pinot noir and Cinsault.
A festival: the Cape Town Jazz Festival
The Cape Town International Jazz Festival is every year: 2 nights, five scenes, more than 40 South African and international artists! Very nice, especially for jazz fans of course.