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Things to do in Cape Town

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Scenic Viewpoint
“Keep an ear open at 12:00 each day to hear the canon fired! You can visit to view a firing too. Watching a sunset here is a popular activity. Take a bottle of wine and a picnic and enjoy! Get there early to secure a good spot 😁”
  • 149 locals recommend
Café
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“Café Caprice combines artisan cocktails, a café-style menu, relaxing lounges and sidewalk seating to experience the epitome of Cape Town’s cosmopolitan social scene. Situated directly across from Camps Bay Beach at 37 Victoria Road, open 7 days a week since 1999, it is a home for many Cape Townians and a must visit destination for tourists.”
  • 122 locals recommend
Trail
“If you like evening or morning walks, the Sea Point Promenade is a beautiful walk next to the ocean, there are often dog walkers, runners and cyclists on this route. If you're feeling up to it, you can walk all the way around the cost to Clifton beaches and end up in Camps Bay. ”
  • 158 locals recommend
Transit Station
“Taking the Cable Car up on Table Mountain - check their website for current weather - they close the cableway if the wind is too strong.”
  • 140 locals recommend
Museum
“I am proud to say this museum showcases South Africa's beauty, nature and origins in a world class fascinating way. I can visit this place over and over again.”
  • 88 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“Small plates ordered to share. Bustling atmosphere. Great views. Celebrity Chef. ”
  • 126 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Canal Walk is a shopping centre in Cape Town, South Africa, that opened in 2000 and was built around a canal. It has a total retail area of 141,000-square-metre. OVER 400 STORES. 9AM - 9PM”
  • 104 locals recommend
Theatre
“The 320-seater Fugard Theatre is located within the historic Sacks Futeran building in Cape Town’s District Six. Always has something good on show.”
  • 109 locals recommend
Café
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“A buzzy haven on cool Kloof Street. Shrouded in greenery, Yours Truly is a chilled bar-café on the ever-buzzy Kloof Street, where you can truly feel the rhythm and energy of the Mother City. Situated next to a backpackers’ lodge, it’s a popular hangout for student travellers, the beard-and-tattoo brigade, and anyone who enjoys delicious pizzas, interesting sandwiches, and cold beer on tap.”
  • 119 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The Castle of Good Hope known locally as the Castle or Cape Town Castle is a bastion fort built in the 17th century in Cape Town, South Africa.”
  • 101 locals recommend
Theatre
“Presents world class shows i.e.: West Side Story, Warhorse, Chicago , as well as Operas.”
  • 85 locals recommend
Vineyard
“Great restaurants and wine tasting set on one of the oldest wine farms in the country. Enjoy the ancient Oak trees and peaceful setting.”
  • 159 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Willoughby & Co offers its clientele a full Japanese kitchen, ranging from the freshest sushi to tempura dishes, oyster shooters to soups and salads. Add to this a comprehensive selection of seafood and carnivorous delights.”
  • 116 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Signal Hill, or Lion's Rump, is a landmark flat-topped hill located in Cape Town, next to Lion's Head and Table Mountain. The hill was also known as "The Lion's Flank", a term now obsolete. Together with Lion's Head, Signal Hill looks like a lion sphinx. Great for sunset picnics or just a view point with the car or hiking. ”
  • 116 locals recommend
Nature
“Regarded as one of the most beautiful scenic drives in the world, Chapman's Peak Drive is simply stunning, the 9 km drive with 114 bends offers spectacular ocean and mountain vistas. Often used as shooting location for a lot of car brands, a drive on the road is simply unforgettable. ”
  • 137 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“The Test Kitchen, which opened in November 2010, has the celebrated chef cooking at his most creative in a distinctive contemporary space.”
  • 133 locals recommend