Travel guide to Cape Town, Cape Town Central

Cape Town
Cape Town Central
Travel Guide
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Cape Town, Cape Town Central

Both the New York Times and the Guardian have ranked Cape Town as the world's number one vacation spot and for good reason. Cape Town is a multicultural, cosmopolitan city which boasts trendy cafes, restaurants and boutique shops as well as a plethora of attractions and activities, which will keep you entertained on weekend getaways to Cape Town. Better yet, the sheer beauty of Cape Town's peninsula, beaches, waterfront and mountains is sure to take your breath away!

Cape Town highlights:

If your time is Cape Town is limited, make sure you don't leave without visiting Table Mountain, the Robben Island Museum and the V&A Waterfront.

Table Mountain

Table Mountain, which is one of Cape Town's most recognizable features, is one of the 7 Wonders of Nature and boasts spectacular, panoramic views of Cape Town and Robben Island. Whilst, it's possible to hike to the summit on your own or as part of a guided tour, you might be interested in taking in a scenic, five minute cable car ride to the summit on a historic aerial cableway. If you see yourself as the adventurous type, you may also be interested in abseiling down one of the mountain's cliff faces with Abseil Africa.

The Robben Island Museum

Robben Island, is a short 5.5 mile ferry ride from Cape Town, with numerous guided tours departing from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront each day. Each tour is conducted by a former political prisoner, so you'll be able to get a real insight into what prison life on Robben Island was like. You'll also learn about Robben Island's most well known prisoner, Nelson Mandela's 18 year stay on the island and get to visit the quarry where he and his fellow inmates were forced to endure hard labor.

V&A Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront, which was developed on former docklands has revitalized Cape Town's waterfront and boasts an outdoor amphitheater, a luxury cinema, an aquarium, multiple museums and over 80 eateries. It's also Cape Town's premier shopping destination, as it's home to numerous shopping centers, including the Watershed, an African craft market where you can pick up a variety of souvenirs such as hand blown glass jewelry, handmade instruments and artwork. Alternatively, the Clock Tower Shopping Center boasts a variety of high end stores including the only jewelry store in the world to specialize in Tanzanite jewelry.

Unique activities:

Sand boarding

If the sound of riding down a giant white sand dune with a large board strapped to your feet, excites you then head to the Atlantis Dunes which are located just forty minutes from Cape Town's city center.

Take a Bo-Kaap cooking class

Bo-Kaap is a suburb in Cape Town which is home to the descendants of slaves from Malaysia and Indonesia as is known for it's brightly painted houses. If you're researching weekend getaways around Cape Town, you may be interested in visiting Bo-Kaap and taking a Bo-Kaap cooking class where a local woman, will welcome you into her home and teach you how to use spices and herbs such as cardamon and coriander, to create mouth watering Malay recipes.

Dance the night away

In Cape Town, music is an integral part of everyday life. If you're interested in dancing the night away to African dance music, head to Club Africa which is a popular night spot.

Local beaches:

Whilst Cape Town may not be known as beach destination, it offers a variety of breath taking beaches where you can spend your weekend getaways in Cape Town swimming and engaging in water sports such as snorkeling, surfing, sailing and scuba diving. Just make sure to take a rash vest or hire a wet suit, as the water temperature may be a little chillier than you may be used to.

Camps Bay

Camps Bay is a picturesque, white sand beach which is lined with palm trees. As it's fairly sheltered it's the perfect location to sunbathe or engage in a friendly game of beach volleyball. Directly across the road you'll find a variety of cafes, bars and restaurants which offer al fresco dining.

Clifton Beach

Clifton Beach is a hot spot which is popular amongst the who's who of Cape Town and is often ranked as one of the world's best beaches. It offers aquamarine water and powder white sand and makes the perfect picnic spot.

Beta Beach

If crowded beaches aren't your scene, head to Beta Beach which is located just 10 minutes drive from Cape Town. As it is book ended by two large boulders, Beta Beach offers a secluded spot to sunbathe and swim.


Cape Town boasts a variety of international restaurants, such as Italian, French and Indian restaurants. However, if you're interested in sampling African fare you'll also be spoilt for choice.

Mama Africa

Mama Africa is known for it's laid back ambiance and live music. If you're a big meat eater you may be interested in ordering Mama Africa's signature dish, Mama's Wild Game Mixed Grill, which contains crocodile, ostrich, springbok, kudu and venison. Alternatively, you may be tempted to try the Mozambique Chicken Livers, the Feta and Biltong Salad or Mama's Game Kebabs.

Marco's African Place

Like Mama Africa, Marco's African Place offers daily entertainment and specialize in African cuisine. Examples of the succulent dishes on offer include the Ostrich Fillet, the Jubula Patter, which is a vegetarian dish comprised of stuffed peppers and the Umleqwa. The latter of which is a local chicken based dish.

Eziko Restaurant

Eziko Restaurant, is a unique eatery as it's run by the Eziko Cooking and Catering School, which teaches unemployed locals how to cook and make a sustainable living. Examples of dishes on offer include Traditional Chicken Curry and Hearty Samp and Beans.
So if you're interested in weekend getaways to Cape Town, start researching your first getaway today as you can't go wrong choosing to visit a city which has been recently named as the world's number one vacation spot. Not only does Cape Town offer beautiful, rugged landscapes but it also offers a multitude of activities and attractions as well as a bubbly, multicultural, cosmopolitan atmosphere. So what are you waiting for? Cape Town's waiting for you!

Where to stay in Cape Town:

Also within the Cape Town Central region:

Bakoven (37) • Bantry Bay (26) • Bergvliet (8) • Bishopscourt (8) • Bothasig (3) • Brackenfell (25) • Camps Bay (148) • Cape Town (148) • Claremont (40) • Clifton (26) • Clovelly (7) • Constantia (96) • De Waterkant (102) • Edgemead (8) • Fresnaye (27) • Gardens (45) • Glencairn (20) • Glencairn Heights (9) • Green Point (106) • Kenilworth (15) • Lakeside (8) • Milnerton (70) • Mouille Point (28) • Mowbray (5) • Muizenberg (56) • Newlands (22) • Observatory (10) • Oranjezicht (29) • Pinelands (38) • Rondebosch (51) • Sea Point (79) • Table View (60) • Tamboerskloof (32) • V and A Waterfront (29) • Woodstock (8) • Wynberg (2) •

Accommodation available in Cape Town:

Cape Town Lodge Hotel

Hotel in Cape Town, Cape Town Central

16 reviews

Adjoining the central business district, it is the ideal location for business or leisure travelers. This hotel offers facilities of four-star standards and is within walking distance of many of Cape Town’s prime tourist attractions, including the V and A Waterfront. 119 Rooms on four floors, consisting of king, queen and twins. Family rooms and executive suites. Smoking/non-smoking, ...

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Taj Hotel Cape Town

Hotel in Cape Town, Cape Town Central

13 reviews

Taj Cape Town welcomes guests to the vibrant heart of one of the world's most scenic and desirable cities. The hotel is a combination of rich history and elegant contemporary architecture. Originally home to the South African Reserve Bank and Temple Chambers, it successfully combines the heritage of the old with the luxury of the new.The historic structure of Taj Cape ...

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Daddy Long Legs Hotel

Hotel in Cape Town, Cape Town Central

11 reviews

Staying in a Daddy Long Legs Independent Traveller’s Hotel is like sleeping in an art gallery. Each of the thirteen uniquely designed rooms is a playful experience that is miles away from your average hotel stay. Poets, photographers, artists, musicians and designers interpret sterile hotel room décor with humour, imagination, energy and endless creativity. The communal bar ...

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Daddy Long Legs Self Catering Apartments

Self-catering in Cape Town, Cape Town Central

10 reviews

Daddy Long Legs has five, stylish, self-catering, fully furnished apartments. Spacious and recently refurbished these funky apartments have retained their old world feel with oregon wooden floors, exposed brick and ceiling beams and decorated with a hint of contemporary vibrant Africanism.Each apartment sleeps two to four people and has an open-plan kitchen dining area and lounge. ...

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Rouge on Rose Boutique Hotel

Bed and Breakfast, Guest House in Cape Town, Cape Town Central

10 reviews

Rouge on Rose Boutique Hotel is possibly one of Cape Town's best-kept secrets. It perfectly combines sophistication with comfort, elegance with charm and chic with minimalism - and that's just the décor. This little gem is a family-run establishment making it the kind of place that offers a home-away-from-home experience. It's enough to have you kick off your shoes, but not too much ...

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Afribode African Icon 501

Self-catering in Cape Town, Cape Town Central

9 reviews

African Icon studio apartment is in the heart of Cape Town CBD with the Cape Town International Convention Centre across the road, V&A Waterfront down the road and a bustling food court, shops and a business centre on the ground floor. There’s a swimming pool and sun terrace, secure indoor parking, 24-hour security and free Wifi.STYLISH STUDIO APARTMENT<br ...

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Afribode Icon 700

Self-catering in Cape Town, Cape Town Central

8 reviews

Feel Cape Town’s sunny city vibe when staying at Icon 700 Cape Town studio apartment, with views across the city skyline. It’s convenient downtown location means you are in walking distance of a whole host of inner city attractions (like V&A Waterfront and Convention Centre), as well as having your own food court, shops, business centre and swimming pool on the Icon premises.<br ...

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Afribode Heritage Loft

Self-catering in Cape Town, Cape Town Central

5 reviews

There’s no doubt you’ve arrived in Cape Town when you look out of the windows of the one-bedroom Heritage Loft 717 and see Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak towering over the city bowl. Cape Town is said to be the perfect Feng Shui city with mountains behind and water in front and Heritage Loft Cape Town apartment is bang in the warm heart of this perfectly formed city.Walk ...

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Afribode Acacia Place

Self-catering in Cape Town, Cape Town Central

5 reviews

Acacia Place is a beautiful one-bedroom loft apartment with long lean art-deco windows and fresh, peaceful decoration. It offers cosmopolitan living at its best, where clean lines and modern furniture create a gorgeous city pad in the centre of Cape town . It's right in the heart of Cape Town’s lively and historic CBD in the outstanding art-deco Mutual Heights building. ...

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Afribode Studio Martini

Self-catering in Cape Town, Cape Town Central

If you seek a fantastic central Cape Town location for two with a view, then stylish Studio Martini self-catering holiday apartment fits the bill. Light and bright Studio Martini is right opposite Company's Gardens in the heart of tourist Cape Town – the photo of Table Mountain with its tablecloth of clouds is taken just 60-paces from the front door!Guests often comment ...

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