Insiders’ Guide to Cape Town
Susan, our senior travel consultant, recently enjoyed 9 days in Cape Town. Susan grew up in South Africa and has been to Cape Town many times, yet the city still manages to surprise her with its wealth of quality attractions. From fine dining to penguin-watching, here are some highlights from her recent visit.
Where to Stay in Cape Town
Cape Grace Hotel – I just love the decor and the very Cape Town feel of the property. Had a Table Mountain view from the room overlooking the Marina. It’s just the perfect location for those wanting to be on the V & A Waterfront. Just close enough to be there with a couple of minutes walk, yet far enough to be quiet and not in the hustle and bustle of the waterfront.
Cape Cadogan – I loved this property. Perfect small boutique hotel feel to it with excellent service and staff. Wonderful attention to detail. Our room was one of the superior rooms with a great balcony and a lovely view of Lions Head. Breakfast was delicious served in a lovely courtyard area for outdoor eating. The location is ideal – within walking distance from Company Gardens, SA Museum and several good restaurants like the Societi Bistro below.
Ellerman House – a most perfect, intimate property, with superb service and a fantastic setting with great ocean views. The service is excellent, nothing is too much trouble – you just have to ask. Had an amazing massage in the spa which is quite gorgeous.
Where to Eat in Cape Town
Societi Bistro in Gardens – Just 10 minutes walk from Cape Cadogan, the Bistro serves a mixture of French, Italian, and Vegetarian food. The restaurant is in a wonderful Georgian-style home, with great ambiance, service and food. We would definitely go back.
Wakame is right on the seafront in Green Point on the 2nd floor, which gives it awesome views of the sea so also a great place to have lunch. Fantastic sushi, great fish dishes, good service. Very busy at night with nice atmosphere.
Greek Fisherman – if you love Greek food this is a wonderful choice. The owner had a restaurant in Jo’burg that we frequented on a regular basis. The Greek Fisherman is on the Waterfront with great outdoor seating as well.
Sandbar in Camps Bay – a favorite of mine, great for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. Very casual, we had dinner there and enjoyed truly great food. It’s just across the road from Camps Bay beach.
Harbour House in Kalk Bay – fabulous setting and excellent seafood. Situated in the picturesque old world charm of Kalk Bay’s working harbour.
Cellars Hohenhort in Constantia. We ate lunch in the Conservatory – excellent food and great views of the beautiful gardens. Excellent place to stay too, accommodations are a mix of traditional and contemporary style.
Where to Savor the View
The Wheel of Excellence – built to entertain vistors during the World Cup, this huge Ferris wheel offers an amazing ride. It’s located on the V & A Waterfront and boasts 36 fully enclosed luxury cabins. Each of these cabins can hold eight people, they all have a glass floors and are air-conditioned. The round trip is a picturesque 20 minutes long and some of the sights you’ll see include:
- V&A Waterfront
- Cape Town Stadium
- Robben Island
- Table Mountain
- Cape Town City
- Paarl Mountains
Where to Take a Day-Drive
We had a wonderful drive to Hout Bay, over Chapman’s Peak, and on to Noordhoek . As you can tell from the above list of restaurants, we ate well along this route. We also visited Boulders beach and the penguins. Love the penguins, such fun to watch and so very endearing and comical.
Please contact us if you would like to know more about visiting Cape Town. We are all very familiar with the city and can custom create the perfect itinerary for you.