Things to do in Cape Town

Here’s your key to the city. A definitive guide of the best local spots, as told by local Airbnb hosts


Experiences you might enjoy

Here are some activities by locals that would help you explore the city.


Best of the best

230 local Airbnb hosts recommend

'The Company’s Garden is situated in Queen Victoria Street, at the top of Adderley Street, and adjacent to the South African Parliament. It takes its name from the Dutch East India Company who firs... read more

This was the original vegetable garden of the Dutch East India Company that Jan van Riebeeck planted to provide fresh food for the ships that stopped by at this halfway stop between Europe and the ... read more

This public garden has existed since the 17th century, when it was used to grow produce for the ships passing the Cape. The complex includes the Iziko South African Museum, the Iziko National Gall... read more

436 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Kirstenbosch is a famous botanical garden nestled at the eastern foot of Table Mountain in Cape Town. The garden is one of nine National Botanical Gardens covering five of South Africa's six differ... read more

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden lives up to its reputation as the most beautiful garden in Africa and one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur ... read more

Kirstenbosch Gardens situated on the slopes of Table Mountain are regarded as one of the most beautiful in the world and deservedly so. The Garden always has a variety of art/sculpture exhibitions ... read more

208 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A vibrant, warm-hearted little village in the heart of Woodstock where talented people come together to share, collaborate and well... show off the heart-felt passion. The Mill is home to day and n... read more

Situated in the heart of Woodstock, The Old Biscuit Mill is a great outing. An indoor and outdoor market with organic produce and local culinary specialists, all from cakes, cheese, pizza's, fresh... read more

Old Biscuit Mill. A vibrant, warm-hearted market located in the heart of Woodstock - approx 10 mins in a car from Oranjezicht. The Neighbourhood market features over 100 specialty traders every Sa... read more

155 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Cape Town - The sexy steampunk Truth Coffee Roasting shop in Buitenkant street, Cape Town, has been mentioned by acclaimed UK news agency, The Telegraph, as being the very best in the whole world -... read more

The famous TRUTH coffee shop, if you are a coffee lover you have to check it out. The slogan at Cape Town’s reigning roaster is “We do coffee properly.” Judging by the crowds that congregate in th... read more

This “steampunk” coffee shop on Buitenkant Street was recently named the best coffee shop in the world by respected travel journalist Tom Midlane! Definitely worth a visit for a cold craft beer, a ... read more

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Cape Town and her surrounding coastline offers the visitor some wonderful beaches, but none are more interesting nor more beautiful than the Boulder’s Beach in Simon’s Town. This beach, with its w... read more

Cape Town and her surrounding coastline offers the visitor some wonderful beaches, but none are more interesting nor more beautiful than the Boulder’s Beach in Simon’s Town. This beach, with its w... read more

Cape Town and her surrounding coastline offers the visitor some wonderful beaches, but none are more interesting nor more beautiful than the Boulder’s Beach in Simon’s Town. This beach, with its wi... read more

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Beautiful urban park that is perfect for picnics, nature walks and fresh air. The park is relatively new and is located next door to the famous Cape Town Stadium. Highlights include walking and jog... read more

Green Point Common, is a park in Green Point, Cape Town, in South Africa, where numerous playing fields and a golf course are situated. The Green Point Urban Park & Biodiversity Garden is just behi... read more

A little piece of paradise in the middle of the Mother City. For a fun day out, school tours, family picnics, children’s birthday parties, outdoor exercise, romantic walks and healthy activities; t... read more

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Bay Harbour Market Another one of Cape Town’s popular markets is Hout Bay’s Bay Harbour Market. Located in an abandoned factory and next to Hout Bay’s active fishing docks, the market is abuzz from... read more

This is a must over the weekend.. a place where the creative energy and the vibrancy of South Africa come alive in an old authentic fish factory in a working harbour..where people of all ages and c... read more

Another one of Cape Town most popular market attractions. Located in an abandoned factory and next to Hout Bay's fishing docks. This market is a vibe from Friday night market, Saturday & Sunday aft... read more

118 local Airbnb hosts recommend

In an ideal world, a neighbourhood bar is the place where the bartender addresses you by name, pours your poison without asking, and all your friends are there—every night. It’s a drinking utopia. ... read more

The Power and The Glory offers a great vibe. It's fun during the day to sit, relax, and have some coffee, and the bar vibe in the evening is very entertaining. They offer a wonderful selection of d... read more

Great local bar to sit back and relax. It also has amazing coffee and if you are feeling a little hungry try one of their pretzel rolls, yum! The P&G gets quite vibey in the evening and is a good p... read more

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Located 49 km from De Velde Estate, the Two Oceans Aquarium's awe-inspiring exhibits aim to encourage love, respect, ​and understanding of our oceans so that people are motivated to take action for... read more

The southern tip of the African continent is the meeting place of two mighty and bountiful oceans, the Indian and the Atlantic. The Two Oceans Aquarium on the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town is ideally p... read more

Called the Two Oceans Aquarium because the vast Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet here at the southern tip of the continent, the delightful underwater nature reserve is based at the V&A Waterfront in... read more

106 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Constantia Valley is the oldest wine-growing area in S and features superb wine estates, fantastic shopping opportunities and a variety of excellent restaurants. Indulge in wine tasting and cellar... read more

Groot Constantia is South Africa’s oldest wine producing estate with an uninterrupted record of wine production since its inception in 1685, boasting a proud heritage of 330 years this year. The Gr... read more

Be sure to visit the Constantia Wine Route during your stay. World class wines combined with beautiful scenery makes this a memorable day in Cape Town. Groot Constantia is one of the oldest farms i... read more

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Jason Bakery is the perfect for breakfast or a bite to eat. Chic, bustling and open Monday to Saturday for breakfast and lunch, this local haunt offers specialty pastries, breads, hot breakfast dis... read more

There is no better place in Cape Town than "Jason's" located at the top of Bree Street in town. Kick start your Saturday morning with the best Artisan bakery. Full breakfast, the most delicious Dan... read more

An artisan bakery located in the heart of the city. Jason’s culinary experiments range from bacon peanut butter maple croissants &cinnamon Danishes to cherry Napoleon doughssants and haute dogs.

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This restaurant is the thing dreams are made of: with its rustic and antique finishes, to its ambiance of candlelit dinners in the evening. They boast the best burger I've ever had the pleasure of ... read more

The restaurant is set in a Victorian house so there are several separate rooms to create intimate dining spaces as well as a bar with a large dark wood counter. The décor is opulent and gorgeous, w... read more

At the foot of Cape Town’s vibrant Kloof Street, risen from a fairy-lit garden, lies a dining oasis. Set in a magnificent Victorian house, Kloof Street House is an experience as enigmatic as it is ... read more

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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 C... read more

Laid-back cafe by day, stylish cocktail bar by night, Cafe Caprice is a must-visit on Camps Bay's trendy beachfront strip. During the day, you can enjoy relaxed cocktails, beers, bubbly or cold dri... read more

Café Caprice This stylish bar on the Camps Strip has prime location and a classic beach vibe to thank for its popularity. Wile away the summer days, chilling out on one of the couches or hang by th... read more

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One of the best sushi places in Cape Town. Best for fish dishes and you cannot get better. I buy all my fresh fish from Willoughby and George who has been there forever is my favourite and always h... read more

One of the best sushi places in Cape Town. Best for fish dishes and you cannot get better. I buy all my fresh fish from Willoughby and George who has been there forever is my favourite and always... read more

We normally have low expectations for restaurants inside shopping centres, but this is the best sushi in Cape Town. They're famous for their five by five sushi and halva ice-cream. Afterwards, go e... read more

95 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Yours Truly is a unique & magical spot. A trendy vibe with a rooftop bar offering live music, the best pizza, fairy lights and a deck over looking one of the busiest roads in Cape Town. Downstair... read more

If the Hanging Gardens of Babylon was a bar, this would be that bar – the sheer volume of plant life alone is reason to spend many long hours in this place. Pair that with simple hearty food, grea... read more

Located on the ever trendy Kloof Street in Cape Town, Yourstruly is a great place to tuck into a gourmet sandwich along with a cup of coffee whilst observing the hustle and bustle of the outside wo... read more

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Chapman’s Peak Drive is affectionately known as “Chappies” and is a must for anyone who is passionate about the majestic Cape Town scenery, with sheer drops to the sea below and towering mountains ... read more

Is an exhilarating nine kilometre road cut into the mountainside with sheer cliffs dropping into the sea. The route snakes its way between Hout Bay and Noordhoek along the rocky Atlantic Coast. Clo... read more

Chapman's Peak Drive is one of the "got to do" things to see on many people's check list. The road (which is tolled) takes you from Hout Bay to Noordhoek, with a fabulous lookout point that looks ... read more

104 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A very old movie house, selling cheap movie tickets and art nouveau style movies. Film festivals often held here. They sell popcorn but you can even buy a glass of wine before the movie!

This movie theatre is an establishment in Cape Town, and always worth the visit. They always have a great selection of films, with a bar where you can enjoy a glass of wine while watching the film.... read more

The oldest independent cinema house in South Africa showing foreign films, old movies, art movies and documentaries. It has bar facilities alongside the slushpuppy and popcorn stand.

94 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Harbour House is perhaps one of the best places to go for Seafood in Cape Town. Although a little pricey, the food is absolutely raved about from both tourists and locals. Set on the Rocks of Kalk ... read more

The food is good, but the main reason to have lunch or dinner at Harbour House is the amazing location on the harbour rocks of Kalk Bay. If you sit in the front row, expect waves to potentially spl... read more

Stunning views over Kalk Bay, incredible seafood. Drive out to quaint Kalk Bay and enjoy the wonderful food at Harbour House. Must book. Great Seafood. Take the long route around via Chapman Peak.

102 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Regarded by many as the most breathtaking public swimming pool in the world, the Sea Point Pool complex consists of an Olympic-sized pool,two splash pools, & a fully equipped springboard diving pool.

Great spot for a view at the end of Sea Point where you are able to get coffee, tea, crepes (cinnamon and sugar, syrup, apple, Nutella etc.), hot chips (French fries), boerewors rolls to burgers, s... read more

An absolute gem! Possibly one of the most beautiful swimming pool venues in the world, offering a stunning view of the Atlantic Ocean from the pool. Great for solo travelers and also families as th... read more

91 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Excellent pizza and pasta... my favourite is their seafood pasta! The owners are authentic Italians and you always get a wonderful welcome when you arrive for dinner/lunch... the atmosphere is gre... read more

If you're looking for a good Italian dinner, look no further with this laid-back, family-friendly Italian restaurant for large pizzas, pasta and meat dinner specials. +27 21 439 4014

One of our favourite Italian restaurants in Cape Town, run by real Italians. Best pizza in town; grab a takeout on the way back from the beach and go chill at the flat!

88 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Always a great spot for dinner and drinks, El Burro is a popular Mexican restaurant and bar in the heart of Green Point. It's open Monday to Friday from noon until 23h30, making it ideal for lunch,... read more

They aim to serve authentic Mexican cuisine; no Tex-Mex or Mexican comfort food here. The build-your-own tortillas are legendary. The braised lamb tacos, fish tacos and pork carnitas are other very... read more

Authentic upstairs Mexican restaurant overlooking (the road and) Green Point Park. Great service, great food, great prices...and Cabrito Bar downstairs is great too. Try the smoked chilli poppers, ... read more

92 local Airbnb hosts recommend

In the heart of Cape Town’s business district, you’ll find Greenmarket Square. The square has quite a reputation – it has been a slave market, a fruit and vegetable market and, during the 1950s, a ... read more

Greenmarket Square is an open-air market set on an ancient cobbled square in the heart of the CBD. While some may say that it is over-rated, the sense of history that the market offers is undeniabl... read more

The market is in the middle of the city's business district. The market originated in 1710 where it was a place for fruit and vegetable growers to sell their goods. Now it is a popular place freque... read more

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The daily special lunch table draws in busy regulars: think a Mediterranean feast of fresh salads, pasta of the day and freshly baked bread. The sticky chicken and tomatoey beef stew are not to be ... read more

The best spot to go to if you have children - there is a whole separate kitchen area for kids where they do 'projects'- make their own pizzas, cupcakes and cookies! The food is good as well, so you... read more

Situated along the Kloof street strip, Cafe Paradiso has incredible views over Table Mountain and the Cape Town foreshore. Amazing food and stunning venue! Try sit outside in the garden on a hot su... read more

90 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Set within a restored warehouse, paying tribute to our eco policy, positioned on a private beach in Granger Bay. Grand Café & Beach is part of Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront and faces Table Bay with th... read more

This is luxury dining where the setting steals the show, with tables and a bar right on the private beach. A little pricey but the food is good and the whole upmarket beach bar experience not one y... read more

If you enjoy dipping your feet into the sand, sipping on a fresh cocktail and staring out into the ocean then you want to be at one of Cape Towns finest sea front restaurants. This is your upmarke... read more

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In a glass box on the top floor of the silo in The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, the Pot Luck Club offers the truly innovative cuisine of award-winning chef Luke Dale Roberts. The “Sharing plat... read more

Luke Dale-Roberts' The Test Kitchen is among the top 25 restaurants in the world. This is its more affordable sister restaurant, also at The Biscuit Mill, which serves divine tapas, is slightly eas... read more

In their words, "It has been dubbed the coolest place to be in Cape Town and its success is based on innovative cuisine, served in a relaxed yet edgy environment in a part of Cape Town that has nev... read more

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District Six was named the Sixth Municipal District of Cape Town in 1867. Originally established as a mixed community of freed slaves, merchants, artisans, labourers and immigrants, District Six w... read more

District Six Museum is a museum in the former inner-city residential area, District Six, in Cape Town, South Africa. District Six Foundation was founded in 1989 and the museum in 1994, as a memori... read more

District Six museum celebrates the once lively multi-racial area that was destroyed during apartheid in the 1960s and 1970s, its 60,000 inhabitants forcibly removed. Inside the former Methodist Mis... read more

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Situated on the ever growing, culinary hub that is Kloof Street, Black Sheep offers an uncomplicated yet delicious dining experience. Being a blackboard restaurant you can expect new and exciting d... read more

This is my new favourite eating spot. Funky, vibey, hip. Excellent food - try the Moroccan bean salad with seared tuna as a starter. The pork belly is really good, and so is the almond tart for des... read more

The tradition of The Black Sheep is always about making merry, with the best quality food and best service. No one leaves The Black Sheep hungry.

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Undoubtably South Africa's most famous landmark, Table Mountain (1067 metres above sea level) offers outstanding views of the City of Cape Town. It takes 4 to 5 minutes to reach the summit by cable... read more

Located 50 km from De Velde Estate the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway is a state of the art cable car transportation system offering visitors a five-minute scenic ride to the top of Table Mountain.... read more

The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company has been providing visitors with a world-class experience since October 4, 1929. The company operates in a National Park and World Heritage Site. The moun... read more

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Clarke’s is our favourite burger joint but it also does a mean breakfast (Huevos Rancheros or the Man Breakfast are our favourites). It’s also a great option for lunch and dinner or pre-dinner drin... read more

We love this American style diner restaurant/bar. They have the most incredible burgers! If you order the burger, make sure to ask for a side of their delicious aioli. Yum! Clarke's is also great... read more

Lively all-day restaurant and night-time party spot with burger-led menu, bands and TV sport

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Free WiFi and a good place to catch up on the news or send an email. If you are looking for some of the city’s best coffee, Bootleggers is the place to be. They take pride in the unique way they ro... read more

Along the Main Road in Sea Point is Bootlegger Coffee Company. All of their coffee is roasted right here in Sea Point. The coffee shop serves a wonderful breakfast and light lunches and dinner an... read more

Free WiFi, good place to catch up on the news or email. Especially if you have just come off the promenade from a walk or from the swimming pool. In the top 10 coffee shops. About 30 min walk from us.