48 hours in Cape Town CBD and Surrounds

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Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world with unlimited natural beauty and an abundance of diverse places to explore, it is a dream destination. It is hard not to fall in love with this city where the pace is relaxed and the spectacular scenery is endless.

DAY ONE: Cape Town and the V&A Waterfront

  • If you are an early bird start the day with a hike up Lion’s Head for the best sunrise in the world! The walk requires basic fitness level and will take approximately one hour to get to the top. It is the perfect way to start the day, get the heart beating and prepare for lots of delicious treats.
  • Tuck into a tasty breakfast and Deluxe coffee in trendy Bree Street at Club Culture Cheese, Cape Town’s first boutique artisan cheese hub and fermented foods hotspot! You will know when you have arrived at the cheese HQ from the brightly painted yellow building!
  • Take a tour with Siphiwe Ngwenya, artist and founder of The Maboneng Township Arts Experience on an authentic South African art journey into the homes of loving families in the townships. This is a non-profit social entrepreneurship arts organisation, a community experience from the eyes of an artist!
  • Enjoy some out of this world, tasty Tapas delights at the Chef’s Warehouse & Canteen in the Bree Street. Chef Liam Tomlin’s culinary skills presents unpretentious and outstanding dishes with a changing menu. Arrive at 12pm, there is a no reservation policy and this way you will ensure to get a table.
  • After lunch, rent a bicycle from Up Cycles on the Sea Point promenade and enjoy a relaxing, scenic ride along the Atlantic Seaboard and breathe in the ocean air, good for the mind and soul!
  • Along the Promenade stop in at the Winchester Mansions and indulge into some tasty Afternoon Tea delights in their secluded courtyard.
  • Visit the bustling V&A Waterfront, enjoy a stroll around the picturesque harbour and set sail on a Sunset Cruise on one of the many yachts in the harbour.
  • For dinner indulge in some champagne and oysters next to the Pier at Sevruga Restaurant. This restaurant exudes subtle elegance and excels in a premium dining experience with delicious gourmet food, luxurious interiors, relaxed ambiance and exceptional service.
  • Enjoy a late evening cocktail in the courtyard of Kloof Street House.

DAY TWO: Hout Bay, Muizenberg, Kalk Bay and Constantia

  • For the best coffee in the city get an early start and head to Truth Coffee Roasting in the CBD on Buitenkant Street before heading to the markets.
  • Visit the Bay Harbour Markets located in the working Hout Bay Harbour. This vibey market has a fabulous selection of tasty gourmet delights and innovative and creative crafts.
  • Next stop is the seaside town of Muizenberg to get the heart beating and enjoy a scenic coastal walk and ocean views from Muizenberg to Kalk Bay via St. James and the famous colourful beach bathing huts.
  • This scenic walk will take approximately one hour, depending on your pace. If you are visiting between October and November, you might even be lucky enough to spot a whale, keep an eye out. The walk is not strenuous and you do not need proper walking shoes unless this is your preference. There is a paved walkway till St. James, after that you will be crossing a beach, and then there is a little bit of rock jumping across boulders but flip flops will do the job.
  • After the second tidal pool exit through the tunnel onto Main Road in retro Kalk Bay, which has a different feel about it and certainly a different pace with its quirky shops and picturesque harbour it adds another dimension to the Cape Town experience. Enjoy some antique shopping before lunch.
  • For lunch walk through Kalk Bay and head towards the fishing boats in the harbour where you will find one of my favourite seafood restaurants, Harbour House, offering a fine dining experience with spectacular ocean views and delicious seafood, the perfect combination.
  • After lunch you can either organise an Uber or take the train from Kalk Bay back to Muizenberg where you started the walk.
  • From Muizenberg, we are heading for a relaxed afternoon of wine tasting in the beautiful Constantia Wine Valley. The first wine estate is the stunning boutique wine estate Constantia Glen located below Constantia Nek with breath-taking views of the Constantia Valley. The Sauvignon Blanc is delicious.
  • The next stop, a little further up the road, is the trendy boutique winery Beau Constantia situated at the top of Main Road. Glass windows surround the modern tasting lounge for you to admire the panoramic views from all tables as you taste their wine or enjoy a bottle.
  • Before heading back to the city stop in at the stylish Rose Bar at the Alphen Hotel in Constantia. This outdoor bar overlooks manicured lawns and has a trendy ambiance and a comprehensive cocktail list.
  • For dinner head to the Grand Café & Beach in Granger Bay, next to the V&A Waterfront, for a beach dining experience. Dip your toes in the sand while you enjoy a sunset cocktail and listen to the sounds of the ocean.
  • After dinner if you are up for some late night cocktails head to Orphanage in trendy Bree Street in the CBD which has a lively late night atmosphere.
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