48 hours in Cape Town

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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: Stellenbosch, The Winelands and The V&A Waterfront

  • The first stop for breakfast is Schoon De Companje in Stellenbosch on the corner of Church street serving the best coffee this side of Cape Town! Enjoy a delicious breakfast as you prepare for a busy day. They freshly bake the most heavenly artisanal breads in wood-fired ovens and pack in a takeaway slice of decadent cake for later.
  • After breakfast take a walk through Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in the province. Walk up historic Dorp Street and admire some beautiful Cape Dutch architecture with buildings dating back to the 18th century and 300-year-old historical oak trees, with some being a national monument. Walk down Church Street with a lively café culture and visit some art galleries and the iconic The Red Teapot Gallery with Portchie’s colourful artworks. If you interested in history stop in at the Oude Werf Hotel, it is built on the site of the towns first church and the original foundations can be seen below the restaurant’s kitchen.
  • Next visit the Rupert Museum for the finest contemporary art collection, you are in for a treat! The museum showcases the unique private art collection of Anton and Huberte Rupert and the best South African artists.
  • Our first wine estate and wine tasting for the day is the unique and spectacular boutique winery Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards at the top of Annandale Road. This is one of my favourite areas in the Cape Winelands known as the Golden Triangle. Savour majestic views across False Bay and Table Bay from the balcony as you sample their outstanding range of wines.
  • Next stop for lunch is the superb Guardian Peak. This restaurant excels in all areas from breath taking beauty, delicious food of the finest quality, outstanding wines, excellent service and relaxed ambience. The menu is a la-carte serving bistro style food and you can wine taste at the table while waiting for your meal.
  • The last wine estate for the day is the exquisite and stylish boutique winery Peter Falke Wines. This picturesque estate is nestled against the majestic slopes of the Helderberg Mountains. Relax on beanbags on the expansive lawns and enjoy a glass of their outstanding range of wines or wine taste in the outdoor seating area. Be sure to visit the Little Shop located in a renovated cottage next to the Tasting Room with an exclusive selection of local and imported crafts.
  • Head back to the city and 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.
  • After dinner if you up for some late night vibes and cocktails head to trendy Bree Street in the CBD which has a lively late night atmosphere and enjoy a cocktail at Orphanage.

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.
  • Enjoy a late night cocktail at the chic Planet Bar at the Mount Nelson Hotel in the Gardens.

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