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10 reasons why Cape Town stole my heart

10 reasons why Cape Town stole my heart

Cape Town has got to be one of the most spectacular cities I’ve ever visited. Nothing can prepare you for the breathtaking beauty when you arrive and I have to admit I fell head over heels in love on my first visit.

Things to do in Cape Town

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Unfortunately with the reign of overhyped media South Africa is a place many people still fear exploring. Once I’d booked my trip I faced a lot of questions from family and friends like ‘Is it safe to travel there?’ and ‘Are you really taking the kids?’ – Hell yeah! Of course going off the beaten track isn’t really advisable, but there really is no need when there is so much to experience ‘on’ the track. I guess you need to be sensible just like on any other holiday. Let’s be honest, in the world we live in having your wits about you is a prerequisite for any travel nowadays.

10 reasons why Cape Town stole my heart & things to do in Cape Town

Cape Town is one of the few cities in the world to have it all – beaches, mountains, colourful neighbourhoods and vineyards, creating a beautiful city. Here are my top 10 things to do in Cape Town and the 10 reasons it stole my heart!

Magnificent Table Mountains Africa

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The city’s most iconic landmark looms over Cape Town. Table Mountain’s impressive level plateau measuring around two miles is flanked by Devil’s Peak to the East and Lion’s Head to the West, forming a dramatic backdrop. Although it’s not always possible to see the full splendour of the mountain as we discovered on the one morning we’d set aside to experience the aerial views from the top. It can often be covered by a layer of cloud, locally called the tablecloth.

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Even though nature scuppered our plans, it does add a mystical, magical aura around the mountain and is still very picturesque. If the weather does play ball you can head up on a rotating cable car or choose one of the five different hiking trails.

 Vibrant Bo-Kaap

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The small downtown neighbourhood of Bo-Kaap is nestled at the base of Signal Hill and has history as vibrant and colourful as its houses. Its become one of the most instagrammable places in the city, with each house painted in the most vivid shades of pinks, greens, blues and purple.

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The muslim community that resides in Bo-Kaap are descendants of Cape Malays, slaves bought by the Dutch settlers from Malaysia, Indonesia and numerous African countries.

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A huge melting pot of cultures makes it a fascinating place to visit. Bo-Kaap is also reknowned for its food, you’ll find the best Cape Malay curries here!

Standing on the tip of Africa

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This has been a life long dream of mine. Standing on the edge of the African continent and looking out to sea knowing the next land mass is Antarctica – it’s pretty blooming amazing and had to be included in my top 10 things to do in Cape Town.

10 reasons why Cape Town stole my heart & things to do in Cape Town

The Cape of Good Hope is Africa’s most southwesterly point (not the most southerly point as many believe).

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You can enjoy a full day trip by taking in some spectacular sights on the western coast by a detour along the exhilarating Chapmans Peak drive. Head over to my Cape Peninsula tour with CAT-AFRICA for the full lowdown.

African penguins on a beach

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There are not many places in the world where you can sit and watch penguins go about their daily life on a beach! An hour from Cape Town in Simon’s Town you will find a colony of African penguins on Boulders Beach.

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There are hundreds scattered along the beach and they’re supposedly descendants from two penguins left behind during a migration season.

It’s well worth a stop off to see the endangered penguins in such a unique setting when touring the Cape Peninsula.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

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On the slopes of Cape Town’s towering Table Mountain is one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world.

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Kirstenbosch houses more than 7,000 indigenous species, many of them rare or threatened. It’s a great place to explore and the canopy walk is worth a stroll.

The lively V&A waterfront

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The bustling harbour built in the late 19th century is now also a shopping and entertainment mecca. Full of things to do with trendy al-fresco cafés, live music, energetic street entertainers and the obligatory city centre Ferris wheel.

It’s possibly the most expensive place to shop in Cape Town too, but that doesn’t stop the tourists and locals gathering to enjoy the incredible views and the buzz of the harbour.

Ohh the gastronomy

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Cape town is home to some of the world’s best gastronomy, which certainly surprised me when I started researching our holiday. Its hotchpotch of cultures and cuisines has helped create one of the most exciting foodie scenes on the planet. Condé Nast also recently named it the best food city in the world in their Readers Choice Awards. Foodies now flock to the South African capital with the knowledge that value for money and top-notch dining is standard fayre. Bursting with trendy markets, gourmet dining, food trucks, and a thriving coffee culture visitors are completely spoilt in this city.

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We found Kloof Street House a dining oasis in a fabulous Victorian mansion surrounded by a fairy lit garden – Magic! Its quirky decor throughout the various rooms and eclectic cuisine makes this a must on your foodie list.

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Then there was Luke Dale-Roberts The Pot Luck Club, located on the top floor of the Silo at the Old Biscuit Mill in trendy Woodstock. The unique flavour combinations of the small plates will have your tastebuds in an eating frenzy. It’s sister restaurant The Test Kitchen was also recently credited in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

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The quiet, peaceful town of Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands, is often referred to as the gourmet capital. Due to the high number of outstanding restaurants in the area, despite being a small town. Our family fine dining experience at La Petite Ferme was definitely a meal for the memory banks. Not often you enjoy incredible food with fresh mountain air and fabulous vineyard vistas.

My only regret from my visit is that I didn’t book enough days in the city just to sample more of the amazing Capetonian restaurants.

Cape Winelands

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A scenic hours drive away from the city centre lies the Cape Winelands. Home to many of South Africa’s famous wine estates you’re transported to a land of rolling vineyards, historic architecture and majestic mountains.

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I highly recommend a private tour, so you can handpick where you go especially if you have kids with you. And yes, it is perfectly acceptable to take your young ones with you. They’re even catered for with their own grape juice tasting whilst the adults get their tastebuds around the real stuff. We enjoyed a fantastic day trip with Cape Wine and Leisure Tours to Stellenbosch, one of the most famous towns and Franschhoek one of the oldest.

South Africa knows how to do wine. Team it with delicious food and epic scenery and trust me you’ll never want to leave.

Glorious beaches

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With a dynamic clash of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, South Africa’s coastline boasts some of the most impressive beaches in the world. Each has its unique appeal, so there is something for everyone, surfers, paragliders, shark divers and also penguin lovers.

There are Clifton’s four beaches often referred to as the ‘French Riviera of South Africa’. It’s the place to be and be seen! And if four beaches was not enough right next door is Camps Bay. The area is full of dream beach houses, trendy restaurants, cafés and bars.

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The award for the longest beach stretching an amazing 20 kms along the coastline goes to Muizenberg. Famous for its iconic colourful beach huts. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to head down to the actual beach but saw it from a viewpoint.

Cultural Diversity

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Described as the Rainbow Nation by former Archbishop Desmond Tutu. South Africa’s complicated and  dark history has resulted in a melting pot of cultures, making Cape Town home to a fascinating mix of citizens. With 11 official languages and people with African, European and Eastern heritage, it’s a wonderful place to immerse yourself and experience the different heritages. Add to that the friendly and hospitable nature of the Capetonians and it will be a place that I promise will steal your heart too!

Where in the world has your heart? Let me know in the comments box below.

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Below are more posts from my South African adventures:

South Africa: 5 reasons why it’s great for families

South Africa: Cape Peninsula tour with CAT-AFRICA

South Africa: Exploring the Cape Winelands with Kids

South Africa: Lunch in Franschhoek at La Petite Ferme

South Africa: 7 Tips for an Incredible Family Safari

South Africa: The Elephant Sanctuary, Plettenberg Bay

South Africa: The Pot Luck Club in Cape Town

Top 5 stops on the Garden Route in South Africa

South Africa: Safari Luxury at River Bend Lodge

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40 Comments

  • Zoe 9th October 2017 at 8:03 am

    I can certainly see why it stole your heart Sima. I cannot wait to one day visit Cape Town.

    • Sima Sthanakiya 10th October 2017 at 8:56 am

      You will Zoe and without a doubt will love it!

  • Angie 9th October 2017 at 8:38 am

    South Africa (Cape Town particularly) is my favourite place on earth for all the reasons that you’ve listed!!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 10th October 2017 at 8:57 am

      I’d challenge anyone who goes and doesn’t fall in love with it Angie!

  • Binny 9th October 2017 at 8:43 am

    You’ve made me want to go!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 10th October 2017 at 8:57 am

      YAY! And I know you will Binny!

  • Maggie 9th October 2017 at 9:27 am

    I’m chuffed you’ve chosen today to publish this post as Mr O’T and I have been drooling over South Africa all weekend – we’re thinking of going there over Christmas and New Year so definitely bookmarking this! The landscape looks incredible and the Cape Winelands look out of this world! xx

    • Sima Sthanakiya 10th October 2017 at 8:58 am

      No way…Fate is telling you to book RIGHT now Maggie. Christmas and New Year would be incredible.

  • Talya 9th October 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Cape Town really is so amazing – I’ve visited a couple of time and would love to go back one day for all of the above reasons.

    • Sima Sthanakiya 10th October 2017 at 8:59 am

      Hopefully you will soon. We’re lucky we’ve been able to experience it.

  • five little doves 9th October 2017 at 6:38 pm

    How utterly spectacular! Table Mountain is on my bucket list, it looks absolutely beautiful, one day….!!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 10th October 2017 at 9:00 am

      Isn’t it just! You will one day. It took me decades to finally get there.

  • Aaron (@1dish4theroad) 9th October 2017 at 6:38 pm

    This post brings back some fond memories of my honeymoon in South Africa! Thanks Sima! x

    • Sima Sthanakiya 10th October 2017 at 9:00 am

      Ahhh how lovely Aaron! Glad you enjoyed it x

  • Laura - Dear Bear and Beany 9th October 2017 at 8:15 pm

    My parents went and a few years ago and they still talk about it. It looks amazing and I really hope that one day I will get to experience it myself!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 10th October 2017 at 9:01 am

      It’s just one of those places you can’t help but gush about. Fingers crossed you will one day get to see it too Laura x

  • Ana De- Jesus 10th October 2017 at 12:24 am

    I agree, while Cape Town might have its security issues listening to the media will mean we will miss out on our travelling dreams. I am really glad that you had a good time x

    • Sima Sthanakiya 10th October 2017 at 9:02 am

      Yeah Ana, you can’t let the way of the world now deter you from following your dreams and heart.

  • Hannah 10th October 2017 at 5:38 am

    Oh I think it would steal my heart, too!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 10th October 2017 at 9:03 am

      Guaranteed Hannah!

  • Kara 10th October 2017 at 7:41 am

    We wanted to do Cape Town for our honeymoon but sadly had to change our plans. I would love to go to Cape Town and can see why it stole your heart – Hubby wants to swim with sharks though #eek

    • Sima Sthanakiya 10th October 2017 at 9:05 am

      Hopefully one day Kara. Eek indeed re you hubby wanting to swim with sharks. Although it is a big thing there, so they maybe no stopping him once you go.

  • Newcastle Family Life 10th October 2017 at 10:13 am

    Oh wow your photos are so bright and colourful. It looks like a truly amazing place to visit x

  • Baby Isabella 11th October 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Woweeee! My grandma did a trek near Table Mountain and she raves about Cape Town. We’d love to go one day!

  • Seetal (@SavlaFaire) 12th October 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Fondly remember visiting some of these spots years ago, and just sad that we didn’t have more time in certain places, especially Cape Town (only there for a day!). Good reason to go back…

  • Catherine's Cultural Wednesdays 3rd November 2017 at 2:17 pm

    What a beautiful looking City and I love visiting compass point extremities. Cape Town is so on the list. Thank you for linking up to #CulturedKids

    • Sima Sthanakiya 6th November 2017 at 10:05 pm

      An incredible feeling standing at the tip Catherine.

  • Birgit | Groove Is In The Heart 3rd November 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Of course I agree with you 200% 🙂 It is my hometown and absolutely gorgeous. I feel so lucky to call Cape Town my home! Happy to hear that you had such a wonderful time. Your blog post includes many of my favourite spots in Cape Town 🙂

    • Sima Sthanakiya 6th November 2017 at 10:04 pm

      Ahh you’re a lucky lady. I absolutely loved it there. So glad a local approves of my hotspots!

  • Corey with fifi + hop 4th November 2017 at 3:00 am

    I’ve been reading a lot about Cape Town recently and it really does seem to have it all. I’d love to go to all the places mentioned here, especial Bo-Kaap.#culturedkids

    • Sima Sthanakiya 6th November 2017 at 10:03 pm

      It’s a beautiful city. Fingers crossed you make it there one day.

  • Jenny (The Little Adventurer) 4th November 2017 at 2:59 pm

    We visited Cape Town and the wine region quite a few times in out pre-kids days, so it is really lovely to revisit it here through your beautiful photos. I would love to go back with our children one day! #culturedkids

    • Sima Sthanakiya 6th November 2017 at 10:02 pm

      Glad I could take you back to relive your wonderful messages.

  • cat hooper 7th November 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Looks like an amazing place and your photos just make me want to book; always somewhere i;ve wanted to go #culturedkids

    • Sima Sthanakiya 7th November 2017 at 10:31 pm

      It’s a beautiful city. One day Cat, fingers crossed!

  • Nell (Pigeon Pair and Me) 8th November 2017 at 10:58 am

    I spent six months in Cape Town, twenty years ago. I have such vivid memories of the place! I stayed in one of the three towers you can see in your picture of Table Mountain. The location was amazin, but it was incredibly windy down there….it really is an awesome place, and you’ve captured it well in this post. Thanks for sharin with #CulturedKids

  • Honestly Holly 27th September 2018 at 11:09 am

    I went in February this year, with my other half who is a CPT native and it totally stole my heart. The safety issue is wearing after a while but everything else about the city totally over compensates for it!

    I actually couldn’t believe how beautiful the scenery was, or that Table Mountain has her own cloth!

    Holly
    http://www.honestlyholly23.com

    • Sima Sthanakiya 27th September 2018 at 7:46 pm

      I know, it’s an incredible place. I just want to go back, so much we didn’t.

  • Julia 25th October 2018 at 8:03 am

    I first heard of Table Mountain last week actually and it really made me want to go to Cape Town, it’s not at all what I pictured really! I feel like I was just imagining Cape Town to look completely stereotypical.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    • Sima Sthanakiya 26th October 2018 at 10:20 am

      Table Mountain is stunning, especially how it towers over Cape Town.

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