Cape Town seems to be the destination everyone is heading to at the moment – and why wouldn’t you? With temperatures of up to 30 degrees, spectacular views, nature, beaches and world-famous wines it just calls for being explored while it’s grey and cold in Europe. Thinking of booking a spontaneous trip yourself? This guide will convince you it’s a great idea…
1. To stay: Kensington Place Hotel
Kensington Place is the hotel to stay at if you’re looking for a secluded escape, but still want to be close to the city centre. It only houses eight suites, making it feel like a private retreat and the perfect place to switch off. After a morning enjoying the delicious fresh breakfast and tanning by the pool, head down to Cape Town’s hippest streets Bree Street and Kloof Street that are only a short walk away, or take an uber to Table Mountain or Clifton Beach.
2. For lunch: Azure at The Twelve Apostles Hotel
The Twelve Apostles Hotel is situated on Cape Town’s most scenic route, just above the Atlantic Ocean and flanked by the majestic Table Mountain on the one and the Twelve Apostles mountain range on the other side. The Azure restaurant offers a sun terrace with breathtaking views and a variety of creative set tasting menus (including an amazing vegan menu) not to miss.
3. For a wine tasting day trip: Cavalli Estate
A 40-minute drive from the city centre and nestled within the vast landscapes of the Cape Winelands, Cavalli Estate makes for an unforgettable destination. Self-titled as a ‘lifestyle experience’ Cavalli seamlessly merges design, fine-dining, architecture, nature, art and wines. Explore a carefully curated à la carte menu, book a wine-tasting session or browse its very own art gallery and luxury boutique for an inspiring and Instagram-worthy day trip.
4. For a dose of culture: First Thursdays
A lot of big cities around the world open up their galleries on the first Thursday of the month, but in Cape Town it takes a whole other dimension. The entire inner city turns into a massive street party in a safe environment, with DJ’s and live music wherever you look and free entry to art galleries and events. Check out the city’s best new art, grab a Poké bowl at Hokey Poke and spot some cool skaters at Yours Truly bar.
5. For dinner: The Bungalow
Sushi, the freshest seafood and wine with a view of the most vivid sunsets on the horizon and Lion’s Head mountain? The Bungalow has everything you could dream of. Make sure to book in advance to get a spot on the main deck at sunset, as it is a pretty coveted hangout…
6. For drinks: Kloof Street House
Whether you’re sat in the magical garden framed by trees covered in strings of fairy-lights, or the eclectic inside dining area – Kloof Street House is the ultimate place to see, be seen and mingle with Cape Town’s most stylish and creative locals. A range of unique cocktails and a mouth-watering food menu top it all of. We heard the popcorn cheesecake is an absolute must-try…