Don’t panic, 48 hours is more than enough time!
Cape Town, the most scenic city in South Africa, attracts tourists and locals alike. The city has so much natural beauty, cultural attractions and famous landmarks, you’d think it is impossible to fit everything into 48 hours, but it really isn’t. How do I know this? Because often we fly up to Cape Town just for the weekend to do all the things we love before our flight home and return to Jozi (slightly) exhausted.
SO IF YOU ONLY HAVE 48 HOURS IN CAPE TOWN THIS IS WHAT YOU MUST DO:
EXPLORE THE V&A WATERFRONT
The V&A Waterfront has so much to offer from world class restaurants and shops, to the Watershed market selling beautiful local designer produce. A visit to the waterfront is an absolute must. And while you here, hop onto the Cape Wheel and enjoy spectacular 360° views of Cape Town. This is definitely one of my absolute favourite things to do in Cape Town. I have done this countless times, but every time, the views are as amazing!
INDULGE IN SOME OYSTERS AT THE V&A FOOD MARKET
While you’re exploring the Waterfront, you have to pop into the V&A Market on the Wharf. You will find some interesting and delicious goodies to snack on. Like ice-cream from The Creamery, Bubble Tea but an absolute must is to have some oysters from the fresh Knysna Oysters stall. You’re not in the Cape until you’ve had some oysters! And while you’re at it, grab yourself a glass of bubbly!
HOP ON HOP OFF BUS
The best way to see Cape Town is on the City Sightseeing open-top bus. It is really such a fun, safe and informative way to explore the very best Cape Town has to offer. The bus stops at different points along the way and you’re encouraged to hop off the bus, explore, then hop onto the next bus in the same route. The last time we were in Cape Town (for the weekend!) we did the Constantia Wine Bus tour and it was the MOST fun! We stopped at all the famous wine farms in Constantia, and cut a long story short, we drank a lot of wine!
GO WINE TASTING
About an hour’s drive (even less) from Cape Town, you can visit some of the most beautiful wine regions famous for their world class wine. Whether you choose to explore Franschhoek or Stellenbosch, both little towns have wine farms offering not just wine tasting but also some of the best food in the Cape. Some of the more known ones worth visiting are Haute Cabriere, La Petite Ferme and Tokara.
HAVE FISH AND CHIPS IN KALK BAY
An absolute MUST when you’re in Cape Town is to have fish and chips. If you don’t, then sorry, but why are you in Cape Town? The best place, in my opinion, is Kalkies in Kalk Bay. You know a place is good when all the locals eat there. I recommend the fresh fish and chips and also the calamari is superb!
TAKE A STROLL AROUND HOUT BAY
Hout Bay is also worth visiting for the restaurants and the scenery. If you want delicious sea food pay Mariners Wharf a visit. It is also just nice to walk around the harbour and watch the fishing boats coming in and going out. It has that real seaside village feel!
GO UP TABLE MOUNTAIN
You can never get tired of the panoramic views from up here no matter how many times you go up. The cable car going up can be quite scary (if you scared of heights, like me) but the moment you reach the top, it all becomes so worth it! There’s just something about being at the top that makes me so free!
HAVE A SWIM IN THE SEA AT MUIZENBERG
One of the most beautiful beaches in Cape Town is definitely Muizenberg Beach. It has such atmosphere with the coloured huts (change rooms), the water is nice and warm and it is surrounded by breathtaking views. So a must, definitely, is to have a swim here. Or maybe take it further and even learn to surf here!
TAKE A STROLL ON THE PROMENADE IN SEA POINT
Grab a coffee and take a stroll along the Sea Point promenade. It is so soul soothing to walk alongside the shore and watch the waves breaking and listen to the seagulls. The best time to do this is just before the sun sets, as you’ll witness the most magical sunset, ever!
GRAB AN ICE-CREAM FROM THE CREAMERY
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice-cream from The Creamery. It is not often you find ice-cream made from natural ingredients sourced from local farms, but from The Creamery, you do. Not only this, but the flavours are the most appealing. Think popcorn, malted milk and jam and scones, to name a few. Whenever I visit Cape Town I make sure I have my The Creamery fix as often as I can.
ANY OTHER MUST-DO’S?