South Africa’s southernmost city is a wonderful amalgam of natural and cultural wonders. After a turbulent past, the city is blooming and has countless attractions and joys to share with the visitor. South Africa is one of our hot tips for the coming year, so pack your bags and let’s head for this vibrant, wonderful city on the tip of Africa.
Where to go
Hike Table Mountain National Park. Shop the boutiques of the Victoria & Albert Waterfront. Visit the site of Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment at Robben Island. Explore the wineries of the Constantia valley. Explore the 17th century Castle of Good Hope, erected by Dutch Traders. Learn about the tumultuous history of one of Cape Town’s most famous neighborhoods at the District Six Museum. Enjoy a drink as the sun goes down over the Cape of Good Hope from a waterside bar.
Food & Drink
South African cuisine draws heavily on the many cultures that have shaped the country over the last few centuries. Favorites include Cape Malay Curry, Boerwors (mixed meat sausages) and Bobotie, a simmered minced beef dish. For a wide range of the best of South African cuisine, including street food, head to the Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill (373 Albert Road), pull up a stool and enjoy the music and ambiance as you tuck in. For something a little more formal, try some of the Cape’s best seafood at the Codfather (37 The Drive).
As South Africa becomes more of a hot travel destination, so too does the nightlife heat up. Cape Town is now home to some of South Africa’s best bars and nightclubs, many the envy of their Northern Hemisphere cousins. For terrific marina views and atmosphere, head down to Bascule (Cape Grace, V&A Waterfront). If something a little more intimate is your speed, try the Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar (165 Longmarket Street).
Where to stayT
British Airways flies direct to Cape Town from London daily,