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Things to do in Cape Town City Centre

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“I don't have the words except that we love to walk and and enjoy the beauty mixed with historic buildings. Quote :There is so much to explore in terms of history inside the garden. Near the Adderley Street entrance a statue of Queen Victoria stands overlooking the Slave Lodge, while a statue of Jan Smuts looks on. Just over the road is the St George’s Cathedral, known as the “people’s church”—even during the apartheid era, all races were welcomed. It was also the starting point for the 30,000-strong demonstration led by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 1989—and where Tutu coined the phrase ‘rainbow people’ to describe the diversity of South Africa’s population. The Garden is also home to the South African Museum and the Cape Town Holocaust Centre here, where you can view exhibits about the atrocities suffered by Jews during World War II. Beyond that, there are dozens of little historical treasures you’d easily miss if you weren’t looking for them. There is the Rutherford Fountain—which still stands on the original spot where it was erected in 1864—and the well pump embedded in an oak tree which dates back to 1842. There’s also the oldest cultivated tree in South Africa—a saffron pear, propped up on huge steel crutches. ”
  • 246 locals recommend
History Museum
“If you are a tourist looking for the history and reason for Cape Town, I strongly suggest you begin your CapeTown tour here! This is good insight into the forced removal of residents & demolition of houses under the apartheid government in the 1970's. Some of the tour guides live to tell the stories.”
  • 148 locals recommend
Café
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“Quirky cafe that's a steampunk world of pipes and old metal, with gourmet, home-roasted coffee.”
  • 212 locals recommend
African Restaurant
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“This amazing restaurant in Kloof Street in Cape Town with its diverse rooms and excellent cuisine is well worth a visit”
  • 165 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Perch for breakfast or get your fix at the counter. Never leave without a rye bread and add a sourdough for good measure. My 2yr old daughter makes me go there to buy her croissants. The vibe at the newer location in Greenpoint isn't quite the same. 185 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre”
  • 168 locals recommend
Cinema
“The Labia Theatre is the oldest Independent Art-Repertory Cinema in South Africa, showing independent movies, foreign films, historical cinema and other alternative and art circuit films. Enjoy quality independent movies at reasonable admission prices in our four characteristic screens at 68 Orange Street, Gardens. ”
  • 185 locals recommend
Salon / Barbershop
“Visit Long Street and experience Cape Town's night life - bars / restaurants / cafe's and much more”
  • 162 locals recommend
Museum
“Very cool for young kids. Especially as you can feed very tame squirrels in the park outside the museum”
  • 89 locals recommend
Theatre
“Take in some local theatre and have a drink at one of the many trendy bars in the area. ”
  • 111 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The Castle of Good Hope has preserved many of its original seventeenth century structural features. Within its walls you can see examples of Dutch classicist and early Cape Dutch architecture together with colonial motifs.”
  • 104 locals recommend
Theatre
“Presents world class shows i.e.: West Side Story, Warhorse, Chicago , as well as Operas.”
  • 83 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“The Bo-Kaap is an area of Cape Town, South Africa formerly known as the Malay Quarter. It is a former township, situated on the slopes of Signal Hill above the city centre and is a historical centre of Cape Malay culture in Cape Town.”
  • 114 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Delicious food and a great spot for a drink, too. Try the famous burger or the tomato soup with grilled cheese. ”
  • 128 locals recommend
Gourmet Shop
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“Contemporary tapas at the original Canteen on Bree is a set menu of small plates for sharing in 3 courses. ”
  • 110 locals recommend
Speakeasy
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“The Gin Bar is one of the country's only true speak-easy's, hidden in a secret mediterranean-style courtyard, and entered through Honest Chocolate Cafe. The outdoor courtyard is quaint and historic - a must visit.”
  • 103 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“A vibey bar that goes till late. Enjoy the quirky decor, great playlist, and some delicious South African gin or wine! ”
  • 79 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Café
“Quirky cafe that's a steampunk world of pipes and old metal, with gourmet, home-roasted coffee.”
  • 212 locals recommend
African Restaurant
“This amazing restaurant in Kloof Street in Cape Town with its diverse rooms and excellent cuisine is well worth a visit”
  • 165 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Delicious food and a great spot for a drink, too. Try the famous burger or the tomato soup with grilled cheese. ”
  • 128 locals recommend
Gourmet Shop
“Contemporary tapas at the original Canteen on Bree is a set menu of small plates for sharing in 3 courses. ”
  • 110 locals recommend
Gastropub
“A vibey bar that goes till late. Enjoy the quirky decor, great playlist, and some delicious South African gin or wine! ”
  • 79 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“Japanese - Delicious! Very unusual setting. Their steamed buns and pan-fried dumplings are a must! Asian inspired food and culture”
  • 70 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Good beer obviously! There's good partying on Long street, but be cautious of pick-pocketers.”
  • 70 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“Tapas with lovely in and outdoor setting, in busy viby Breestreet, a 3 minute walk from us. Live music some nights. ”
  • 89 locals recommend

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