The Cape Town City Centre is a vibrant, urban neighbourhood that is home to some of the city’s most popular attractions. With Table Mountain forming a breath-taking backdrop, the colourful cottages of the Bo Kaap add a whimsical mood to its enchanting culture and a constant sense of festivity.
Wondering what to see and do during your time in the Cape Town City Centre? Use our blog as a guide to planning a jam-packed itinerary encompassing activities that can be enjoyed during the day or after dark.
#1 Explore Long Street
As the name implies, Long Street is a long stretch of road that runs all the way from Orange Street to Strand Street in the city centre. Lining the way are shops, pavement cafes, restaurants, bars, market traders, food trucks and plenty to see. By day, this is a great place to take a leisurely walk, stopping for lunch or coffee along the way, and calling in at the shops you pass. By night, the street comes alive in a different way… Bars, restaurants and nightclubs attract the city’s young and trendy, with locals and visitors alike getting together for a night out on the town!
#2 Have Afternoon Tea
To enjoy your day in the most classic and relaxing way, we suggest having a spot of afternoon tea right here at the Pepperclub Hotel & Spa. Afternoon Tea at Paparazzi Bar offers an assortment of delectable dishes on an exclusive tasting menu. A variety of speciality exotic loose-leaf TWG teas are served with a perfect accompaniment of tartlets, chocolate chiffon cakes, savoury quiches, gourmet mini sandwiches and other tasty treats. On offer, every day between 14h00 and 18h00 at R299.00 for two or R150.00 for one, reservations for Afternoon Tea at Paparazzi Bar can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling +27 (0)21 812 8888.
#3 Visit the Museum
A place that is attractive in more than one aspect is the South African National Museum, located on Government Avenue in the VOC Company’s Gardens, which harbours a beautiful urban garden with paths, lawns, ponds, statues and a bird aviary, along with a restaurant. The museum itself offers a wide variety of exhibitions spanning across natural and cultural history. You can even take a moment in the whale room to see a life-size whale skeleton or visit the planetarium next door to get a better idea of the African skies.
#4 Drink Craft Beer
Do you think you’ve got the belly for beer? If so, Beerhouse on Long Street is the place to go. This popular bar serves delicious pub food and a staggering range of over 99 local and imported beers by the bottle and 22 beers on tap. Beerhouse is open daily from 11h00 until 02h00.
#5 Catch a Movie
The Labia Theatre on Orange Street is one of the oldest cinemas in Cape Town and has managed to maintain much of its original charm, with an old-fashioned ticket office and foyer. There is a full bar inside the building and you are able to take your drink in with you as you enjoy the latest release. A range of art nouveau and mainstream movies are screened here and while ticket prices vary each season, they are generally affordable. This cinema is in close proximity to Pepperclub Hotel & Spa.
With an abundance of top-quality shopping malls and markets in Cape Town, South Africa’s Mother City is the perfect place to indulge in some retail therapy. From large, modern shopping malls to quaint and quirky thrift stalls, this city is a treasure trove for shoppers… if you know where to look, that is.
To help you incorporate some shopping into your stay, we’ve put together a guide on the best places to shop in the city. Depending on your mood and what you are hoping to buy, this guide should help you find exactly what you’re looking for.
A visit to Bo Kaap – one of the Mother City’s most famous inner-city locations – offers an exciting blend of food, art, scenery, culture and history.
Set on the slopes of Signal Hill, this vibrant area is best-known for its colourful cottages, rich Cape Malay heritage and its traditional mosques. Whether you are based nearby, or simply passing through the city, we recommend taking some time to explore this local gem.
As warmer weather slowly approaches, as does the temptation for a Spring-time vacation. Cape Town and its surrounds should be a serious contender when deciding where to escape to, as the area truly comes alive with activity during the Spring and Summer months.
From the majestic whales that visit the Cape coastal regions between August and November, to the blanket of flowers that parade the most spectacular landscapes in September and numerous festivals, Spring in the Western Cape offers one of the most rewarding holiday experiences:
South Africa is synonymous with the Big 5 – in fact, the Big 5 are likely some of the most famous icons representing our country. The Cape, however, has in recent years become home to its own set of famous icons, today favourably known as the Cape Town Big 7. It may surprise you to know that this list has very little to do with wildlife, and instead incorporates a list of the top 7 attractions that visitors to Cape Town should add to their trip’s itinerary:
Your Cape Town bucket-list includes:Cape Point. At the tip of the Cape Peninsula lies Cape Point – a scenic nature reserve which falls part of the Table Mountain National Park – famous for its wildlife, beaches, marine life, rocky shores, look-out points, birds and majestic views. This spot is often included in city tours, and for good reason.
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City Walk. If you are seeking a way to take in the city’s top sights, this route is a must-try. This pedestrian must-do runs from the Iziko South African Museum at the entrance of Company’s Gardens, all the way up the Fan Walk that leads into Green Point. Be sure to pop into one of the many art galleries and coffee shops that make this walk a truly unique experience.
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Groot Constantia. One of the oldest wine regions in the country, the Constantia Winelands boasts a small but exceptional selection of wine farms along the Constantia Valley Wine Route, including arguably one of the most famous, Groot Constantia. Here you can explore the gardens, visit the on-site museum, stop for lunch, conduct a wine tasting or join a cellar tour.
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Situated in Newlands, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is popular with visitors as well as locals. Day passes can be purchased at the ticket office and during Summer, the gardens also host weekly music concerts and open-air cinemas. In the gardens, you will find a gift shop, a few restaurants and tearooms, a tree-top canopy walkway and plenty of beautiful garden areas and paths to explore.
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Robben Island. A ferry boat leaves from the Gateway Museum at the V&A Waterfront Clock Tower and will transport you to the island where a guided tour will help you gain a deeper understanding of where former South African president, Nelson Mandela, spent many of his years of imprisonment during the Apartheid era. A guided tour of the prison, hosted by former political prisoners, includes a tour of the island and the prison, including Mandela’s exact prison cell.
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Table Mountain. Likely one of the most iconic landmarks in the city, Table Mountain is South Africa’s own New 7 Wonder of Nature. The flat-topped shape of the mountain is what gives it its name. Take a trip up the cable car to see the mountain in its full glory – and if you are in luck with good weather, you may be able to see as far as the Hottentots Holland mountain range in the Boland, just outside of Cape Town. Enjoy mesmerising the views from the top while having a bite to eat at the Table Mountain Café.
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V&A Waterfront. Home to a number of designer stores, restaurants, cafés, markets and a cinema, the V&A Waterfront is a favourite for locals and tourists alike. The Waterfront also boasts numerous activities, which include the Two Oceans Aquarium, Mineral World Scratch Patch, the Springbok Rugby Museum, the Wheel of Excellence and a few museums. Within the Clock Tower, you will find the Robben Island Gateway Museum along with the Shimansky Diamond Museum (free tours are offered here daily). Also on offer are various boat trips and sunset cruises.
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Ready to start planning your dream trip to the Cape Town? Contact the Pepperclub Hotel & Spa teamfor help with accommodation bookings, concierge and other exclusive services that are available to our guests. We look forward to showing you the Cape Town Big 7 and many other wonders during your stay!
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