I recently spent almost three weeks in Cape Town visiting a friend that I used to work with here at an online fancy dress retailer in the UK. She was visiting here on a working visa back in 2008 and I promised that one day I would visit her in her native country. It took me almost half a decade but I got there in the end.
At the time of writing, it’s about a month since I arrived in the second-most populous city in South Africa, so my memories of the experience are still vivid. As such, I’d like to take this opportunity to share and inspire you to partake in some of the experiences that I had in this post 5 Things to Do in Cape Town. I had the benefit of a knowledgeable local; so, please allow me to impart this awareness to you now.
01. Free Concerts in De Waal Park
During the summer, De Waal Park, which is a community park situated in the heart of the City Bowl, successfully hosts a series of Summer Concerts, which are free to the public to entertain locals on many a Sunday afternoon from November to March.
My final Sunday in Africa coincided with my attending a free concert in the park by South African singer Karen Zoid on January 6th. The atmosphere was friendly with many families’ dancing and enjoying the sun.
This is a wonderful opportunity to pack a picnic and just soak in the culture that surrounds you. Lie in the sun with a glass of wine and just observe the trees, with their leaves flitting about, almost to the beat and listen to the beautiful music – which is FREE!
02. Visit Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay
You can find Bay Harbour Market situated on the water’s edge in Hout Bay Harbour. It is said to boast more than 100 stalls, all situated in an old fish factory. When I visited it seemed way more than that! Open Friday nights and weekends, here you’ll discover beautifully fresh food, authentic art and clothing, African coffee, beer and sweets.
I found this a wonderful spot to people watch. It had a busy, bustling atmosphere with what seemed a nice mix of locals and tourists. I strongly encourage you to visit, for a snack alone. The food is incredible.
03. Take in a Show at Iziko Planetarium
The Planetarium is housed in the South African Museum building on Queen Victoria St. It cost just R25 to enter the museum and gain access to the afternoon show being housed within the planetarium. This is a wonderful place to get out of the sun and learn a little about the planets above us as well as the ground below us. Be transported through space and time in a theatre with reclining seats and a remarkable view of the stars.
This may have been my favourite of all the items to do on this things to do in Cape Town post and also on my trip. An opportunity to learn and have fun.
04. Stop By the Brass Bell in Kalk Bay Harbour
My friend took me to the Brass Bell with promises of good food, drinks and live music in a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere. She wasn’t wrong! The Brass Bell is a bar and restaurant that provides incredible views of both False Bay, Simonstown and Kalk Bay harbour. It is situated on the Main road and is open late for revellers to enjoy drinks and good company.
My visit was completed with the view of people throwing themselves out of the bar window into the ocean. Welcome to Cape Town folks.
05. Pay a Visit to Cape Point
Perhaps the most tourists orientated of my suggestions, I urge you to hire a car and drive down to Cape Point, home to picturesque bays, serene beaches, divine valleys and even a smattering of wildlife. The farthest south-western tip of Africa, you can picnic, camp and photograph yourself into oblivion all for just R90 entry. There’s an absolute plethora of hiking trails as well as kayaking, fishing and mountain biking available at an extra cost.
Personally, I urge you to stop by the Two Oceans restaurant for lunch. When I visited I was fortunate enough to taste the sublime sushi crafted by sushi master Sarawut Sukkowplang.