Cape Town, I don’t like you. I simply love you. Why? Because everywhere I turn there is something more beautiful to do or see. Here is a list of 10 of my absolute favourite things to do in and around Cape Town that will make you also not just like Cape Town, but LOVE the beautiful mother city, just as much as me, if not more.
1. STRAWBERRY PICKING
The strawberry picking season is from October to January, and with a few different strawberry farms to choose from closer to Stellenbosch, they all offer a chance to pick the juiciest, ripest, most fruitful strawberries. What’s better than a punnet of the freshest of fresh strawberries? Nothing. Unless they dipped in chocolate sauce. But we’ll go into that another day. This photo was taken at Mooiberg Farm.
We often go to Mooiberg Farm, which is between Stellenbosch and Somerset West on the R442.
2. LUNCH AT THE SPICE ROUTE
The Spice Route can be described as a little village in Paarl that offers a smorgasbord of things to eat, do and see. From beer to wine, chocolates to cheese, gourmet food to a simple pizza, my culinary cravings are always met when I visit. This photo was taken while having lunch at La Grapperia. The view is absolutely breathtakingly.
3. DRIVE CHAPMANS PEAK
The view, the view, the view! On your one side you have the majestic Constantia Berg mountains and on the other side you have the vast Atlantic Ocean. Driving this 9 kilometre stretch makes you feel like you’re in a movie. No jokes. Well it makes me feel like I’m in a movie. This photo was taken at the second view spot (if you’re driving from Hout Bay) which overlooks the whole of Hout Bay Harbour.
4. KALK BAY
When you think of Cape Town, you think of fresh fish and chips made the proper way, don’t you? Kalky’s in Kalk Bay has the best fish and chips in all of Cape Town, in my honest opinion. They also have the best setting to eat your fresh fish and chips. Not only do you have a view of these fishing boats, you will also hear the locals selling their daily catch and there’s normally a resident seal in the harbour putting on a show. We venture out to Kalk Bay as often as we can to have this treat, as well as to soak in the ambience and beauty of this fishing village.
5. DARLING FOR WINE
About an hours drive from Cape Town and you find yourself in the Darling Wine Route. The wine from this region is distinct in that Darling is in close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, and with the elevation of the vineyards, there is a significant effect on the grapes grown in Darling. I bet you didn’t know that fact. But now you know 🙂 I often find that I’m reaching more for wine from Darling. My favourites are this Sauvignon Blanc from Groote Post as well as the Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc from Darling Cellars.
Muizenberg is my favourite beach to swim at in Cape Town. The water is a lot warmer and calmer (I hate being dunked!). These little colourful houses on the beach also make for a wonderful photo too, don’t they?
7. WALK FROM CAMPS BAY TO SEA POINT
The only way to see a place is if you go for walks, as walking lets you see so much more a place has to offer. One of our favourite walks, which we tend to do as often as we can in Cape Town, is the walk from Camps Bay to Sea Point, or Sea Point to Camps Bay if you must 🙂 The walk takes you through Bantry Bay and Clifton. You will see homes that you’ll recognise from Top Billing, bungalows on the beach and breathtaking views of the sea (like this picture I took on one of my walks).
8. HAVE AN OLD FASHIONED FLAKE ’99
A flake ’99 is an ice cream cone with soft serve and a flake and its the best thing we all had in our youth, isn’t it? When you finally reach Sea Point and you walk a little further to the public pools, you will find a little ice cream stand selling soft serve ice cream. Do yourself a favour and get a flake ’99, sit on one of the benches overlooking the sea and listen to the sea gulls. You will be time warped back to your youth 🙂
9. CHERRY PICKING IN CERES
The season for cherry picking is from the last week of November to the first week of January. We visited the Klondyke Cherry Farm in Ceres during this time and picked so many cherries that we didn’t want to see another cherry again! You walk through hundreds of cherry orchards and pick as many cherries as you can while nibbling on a few here and there. It really makes for a great experience
10. WATCH A SUNSET
Lastly, grab a botte of wine and head out to watch the sunset. My 3 favourite spots to watch the sunset in Cape Town are:
♥ Camps Bay;
♥ The Promenade in Sea Point;
♥ Chapmans Peak overlooking Hout Bay Harbour.
And now you can see why I don’t like Cape Town 😉
I also don’t like the fact that you can drive to Paternoster for the best crayfish, ever!
P.S. Every image in this post was taken by me on my visits to Cape Town. If you would like to make use of an image please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org