It’s impossible not to fall in love with Cape Town, not just for the stunning views of mountains and clear blue waters. With it’s proudly multicultural society, growing arts scene, unique dining experiences and nightlife, it’s a buzzing metropolis brimming with personality. 2 days is certainly not long enough to fully experience this incredible city, however, if you’re pushed for time and it’s a brief stop on your South African adventure, here are some of the top things to do that you should add to your list immediately.
Firstly, food! South Africa perhaps may not jump out as a cuisine as popular as Chinese or Italian, but it is extremely diverse and therefore, no matter what your dietary requirements, you’ll find a plethora of delicious dishes to try. Cape Town is at the hub of culinary innovation with up and coming chefs sampling their dishes to a global audience.
There are a number of food tours you can get involved in which will take you on a journey of discovery with a local guide: Click here to learn more.
And if you’re a meat eater, you must sample a braai - a South African style barbecue. Be prepared to open your mind and try some new meats that the region is famous for, including ostrich and zebra.
So, nightlife! Long Street is a buzzing major street located in the City Bowl section of Cape Town and has an undeniable bohemian vibe both day and night. It’s a route through the Central Business District, so during your trip, you are bound to pace down it a few times and no doubt, each time will be tempted to pop into a quirky looking cafe or shop. If you’re looking to experience the local nightlife, this is the place to do it as it’s the oldest party street in Cape Town. There are a variety of small bars, specialising in beers, cocktails and shots, and mostly accompanied with a house DJ blaring tunes until the early hours, or live music and local bands. Whatever your preference, Long Street will provide.
Are you a penguin fan? Believe it or not, Boulders Beach (45 minutes from the heart of Cape Town) is home to an abundance of wildlife, and particularly penguins are thriving. The beach is home to the African Penguin and you’ll be able to relax on the fine white sand and paddle in the clearest waters whilst observing them in their natural habitat, and enjoying some fantastic local food and wine. Depending on the season, you may also spot the odd whale shark. Summer is primetime to see the penguins in action, however they can be spotted all year, particularly early in the morning or late afternoon when the birds are most active.
Cape Town is a memorable city with plenty to explore, just remember, like with any busy city, remain vigilant and have a blast!