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Best things to do in Cape Town

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Botanical Garden
“Enjoy a day at the Beautiful Botanical Gardens against the eastern slopes of Cape Town's Table Mountain.”
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Cable Car
“The cableway station at the top of the mountain has a curio shop, a shop where you can stock up on snacks, and a restaurant. If you take the cableway up the mountain, but still want to do a little walking, there are three easy walks on the plateau – the Dassie Walk, the Agama Walk, and the Klipspringer Walk. There are also free guided walks that depart – on the hour – from the Twelve Apostles Terrace. Be sure to take along your camera! If you are hiking up the mountain, the five dams at the top make for great picnic spots. If you head over to the Woodhead Dam, which was completed in 1897, you can even visit the quaint little Waterworks Museum, which houses various items – including an old locomotive – that were used during the construction of the dam. For the more adventurous, there is the option to jump off a cliff (well, sort of) with Abseil Africa. The abseil experience – 112 meters down a sheer cliff – takes about 45 minutes in total and includes a demonstration, the abseil, and a short hike back up to the top. ”
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Cosmetics Shop
“so great for a day out and about. So many things to do at the V & A. Food Entertainment for the whole Family ”
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Bathing Area
“Take a cable car up to the amazing Table Mountain and enjoy the fantastic views of Cape Town.”
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Natural Feature
“The tip of Africa, well nearly, actually it is Cape Agulhas, but Cape Point is better know as the tip of Africa! About 1 hours drive from us, you can drive along 1 coast line and return along the other. Both are very scenic, and beautiful. If you do not want to walk up, there is a vernicular to take you to the top. Best to check if operating before you go. There is a fee to enter Cape Point Nature Reserve, free for Wild Card holders”
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Mountain
“Great place to get a work out hiking up lions head with some fun chains and monkey like bars to climb up rocky bits.. Brilliant surrounding views of beautiful Cape Town and its oceans.”
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Market
“A vibrant, warm-hearted little village in the heart of Woodstock where talented people come together to share, collaborate and show off their heart-felt passion. The Old Biscuit Mill is home to a range of artisan workshops, designer stores, decadent restaurants and the popular Saturday Neighbourgoods Market. The Old Biscuit Mill is one of Cape Town’s must-visit attractions. Well loved by locals and tourists alike, the Mill is a bustling hub where people come together to eat, drink, shop and have an all-round great time. Do not miss out the Saturday farmer's market - get there early to avoid the crowds. ”
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Shopping Mall
“V&A Waterfront offers you an opportunity to do shopping, dining, site seeing, pub crawling and experience the arts and crafts all in one venue. Primi restaurant is a definite must at V&A.”
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Restaurant
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“Drive out to Simon’s Town and go meet the Penguins as a real treat. They are darling.... And only place you can get in direct contact with them.”
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Park
“A big favourite! We love all of it. The location, the old trees, the new reproduction of the original vegetable gardens, the National Art Gallery, the squirrels of course (there is one albino squirrel if still around!), the Café with its weaver's nests...”
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Café
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“Coffee meets punk rock, thats the theme of this world renowned coffee shop. Really worth a visit, it has free wifi, great good and even better coffee.”
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Trail
“If you like evening or morning walks, the Sea Point Promenade is a beautiful walk next to the ocean, there are often dog walkers, runners and cyclists on this route. If you're feeling up to it, you can walk all the way around the cost to Clifton beaches and end up in Camps Bay. ”
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Bakery
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“This Deli, eaterir, coffee bar is an institution around here. It's where the locals drop in for fresh goods and delicious deli take away.”
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Sublocality Level 1
“We do a lovely walk from Muizenberg Beach front along the beach (most of it is on a walk-way, and can be done with a stroller.) all the way to Kalk Bay. You can pick a restaurant (Check our other recommendations) or just grab an ice-cream at the Ice Café which is just opposite the train station, then hop on the train for a quick 5 minute ride back to Muizenberg. The train ticket is cheap (kids under 6 are free), and the walk is only about 30-50 minutes depending on how many shells you stop to collect. ”
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Flea Market
“local market, the picture is not the right picture. great market for friday eve, sat and sunday”
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Park
“Pack your picnic basket with snacks and beverages, then head off early for a relaxing day in the park”
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