OUR CURATED LIST FOR A
Luxurious Time in Cape Town

Between the majestic scenery and the delightful food scene, it was easy to fall in love with Cape Town. This city has everything you need for a glamorous adventure: chic luxury hotels, rooftop lounges, one-of-a-kind boutiques and unforgettable sight seeing. For the woman entrepreneur in town for work and play, our list features only the best places to stay, meet, shop and celebrate.

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One & Only Cape Town
Dock Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
+27 21 431 5888

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Marvel in the epic beauty of Table Mountain from the rooftop infinity pool at the One & Only Cape Town, the city’s most vibrant and urbane resort. Enjoy an enviable spot along the fashionable Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, plus spacious well-appointed rooms, a Michelin-starred restaurant and even a Nobu.


Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
76 Orange St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
+27 21 483 1000

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Looking pretty in pink, the classically luxurious Belmond offers a tranquil, yet central base from which to explore the city. Find yourself steps from the beach and next to trendy Kloof Street, with all of the amenities you need to feel at home.


Ellerman House
180 Kloof Rd, Bantry Bay, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
+27 21 430 3200

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With homey, yet super luxe accommodations, this stunning boutique hotel has landed on a number of it-lists, including CN Traveller’s 2017 Gold List. Beyond the small selection of individually decorated rooms, two private villas are perfect for a group retreat or family getaway.


The Twelve Apostles
Victoria Street, Camps Bay, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
+27 21 437 9000

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Situated between Table Mountain National Park and the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, this hotel offers incredible views from every room. Light, airy rooms are a graceful mix of contemporary African styles and feature up-to-the-minute technology and all the best comforts.


Cape Grace
W Quay Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002, South Africa
+27 21 410 7100

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Stay on the Cape Town waterfront at this elegant marina hotel built on its own private quay. Enjoy spectacular views of Table Mountain and the mega-yachts in the harbor, plus plenty of character and antique charm on the inside.


Taj Hotel
1 Wale St, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
+27 21 819 2000

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Set in the vibrant heart of Cape Town, Taj offers a mix of refined Indian hospitality and European old-world luxury. Look forward to breakfast and cocktails in the private lounge and being walking distance from many of the city’s greatest sights.


Cape Cadogan
5 Upper Union St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
+27 21 480 8080

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You’ll love the sophisticated charm and quirky personality of this one-of-a-kind boutique hotel. Housed in a 19th century landmark building, Cape Cadogan will whisk you away to a simpler time and have you feeling right at home.


Kensington Place
38 Kensington Cres, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
+27 (0)21 424 4744

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Escape to the leafy suburb of Higgovale, where you’ll be surrounded by Table Mountain and overlooking the city below. This exclusive hotel offers just eight spacious suites, each meticulously designed to provide total comfort. Meanwhile a dedicated concierge team ensures your visit is unforgettable.


Table Bay Hotel
Victoria Wharf Centre, Breakwater Boulevard, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
+27 21 406 5000

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This sophisticated property was first opened in 1997 by former South African president Nelson Mandela. Today it continues to be ranked as one of the top hotels in the city, setting high international standards for service, cuisine and luxury.


Dock House Boutique Hotel & Spa
V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
+27 21 421 9334

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An opulent jewel along the glamorous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, this intimate boutique hotel attracts discerning guests like dignitaries and celebrities. Exclusive accommodation, personalized butler-style service and a designer spa creates an ultra high-end experience with ocean views.

 
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La Colombe
Silvermist Wine Estate, Constantia Main Rd, Constantia, Cape Town, 7848, South Africa
 +27 21 795 0125

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An unforgettable multi-course meal awaits on the slopes of Table Mountain, with views of the Constantia wine valley below. La Colombe is possibly the most award-winning restaurant on the African continent, offering a unique fine dining experience unlike any other. Read our Taste of the Place column for a closer look.


Harbour House Restaurant
Quay 4, 280 Dock Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
+27 21 418 4744

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The Harbour House restaurant is a fine dining classic. The food here is timeless and fresh, showcasing the best of South Africa’s fresh meats, seafood and produce. Expect traditional grill presentations with a multicultural twist.


The Roundhouse Restaurant
Round House Rd, Camps Bay, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
+27 21 438 4347

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This beloved restaurant has a storied past, beginning as a Dutch East India Company guardhouse back in 1786. Today the building channels the luxury and hospitality of its days as Lord Charles Somerset’s hunting lodge, offering extraordinary cuisine, wine and spirits, as well as a more low-key though no less elegant tapas menu on the outside patio.


Test Kitchen
The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915, South Africa
+27 21 447 2337

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Inside the fabulous Old Biscuit Mill market, the Test Kitchen is a standout modern restaurant that’s received a ton of awards in recent years. Chef Luke Dale-Roberts, formerly of La Colombe, is at his most creative here, where unexpected, artful dishes are a delight for all the senses.


Burrata
The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915, South Africa
+27 21 447 6505

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Pizza lovers will not be disappointed with a trip to this wonderful restaurant inside the Old Biscuit Mill. The oven here was hand-built by a third-generation family-owned business in Naples, and can reach ultra high temperatures, allowing every pie to bubble with taste and moisture.


The Pot Luck Club
The Old Biscuit Mill, 373-375 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915, South Africa
+27 21 447 0804

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A stylish global tapas concept from award-winning chef Luke Dale Roberts, the Pot Luck Club has been dubbed the coolest place to be in Cape Town. Also in the trendy Old Biscuit Mill, the restaurant is one of the city’s finest examples of innovative, delicious cuisine in a relaxed ambiance.


Chef’s Warehouse & Canteen
2 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
+27 21 422 0128

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You might go to Chef’s Warehouse just to shop their amazing selection of kitchenware and cookbooks, but you wouldn’t be able to resist ordering something from their Canteen. This casual foodie favorite invites you to enjoy a drink and gourmet “street food” in a comfortable, laid-back space, with new dishes arriving every single day.


Melissa’s Mantra Cafe
43 Victoria Rd, Camps Bay, Cape Town, 8040, South Africa
+27 21 437 0206

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The most stylish cafe on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Melissa’s is a must for breakfast or lunch with an ocean view. Serving refined everyday classics in a chic beachfront setting, you will easily fall in love with this local favorite.


Manna Epicure
151 Kloof St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
 +27 21 426 2413

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The menu at this dynamic restaurant reflects a synthesis of French and South African cuisine. Exquisite fine-dining, beautiful styling and impeccable hospitality are done with a slightly rustic sensibility that showcases the finest meats and seafood.


La Mouette
78 Regent Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
+27 21 433 0856

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Housed in an original tudor home, this cozy and elegant family-owned restaurant is all about showcasing the best of local producers. Try the Chef’s seasonal six or seven course tasting menu for a truly unforgettable evening.


The Stack
7 Weltevreden St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
+27 21 286 0187

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Welcome to Cape Town’s coolest private members club. The Stack has transformed a gorgeous 19th century Georgian building into a chic and quirky member’s only space, but their public brasserie offers the opportunity to check it out. And with good reason—the food here is authentic, hearty and true French.


Bombay Brasserie
The Taj Hotel, Wale St, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
+27 21 819 2000

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Modeled on its namesake London location, Cape Town’s Bombay Brasserie is a luxurious place to enjoy delicious Indian fine dining. Expect to find all your elevated favorites, like masala curries, biryanis and tandoori specialties on the menu.


Osteria Tarantino
125A Waterkant St, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
+27 76 505 1771

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A hidden gem in Cape Town, this small family restaurant is your best bet for an authentic taste of Italy. A limited but no less enticing osteria menu features delicious handmade pastas, salads and grilled meats, all served in a warm, friendly style.


Foxcroft
Shop 8, High Constantia Centre, South Africa
+27 21 202 3304

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It’s worth a venture into the Constantia wine valley just for a meal at this standout restaurant. With an in-house bakery and butchery, Foxcroft offers a dining experience that’s casual, welcoming and carefully considered, with a commitment to quality you can taste.


Pure Restaurant
Bavianskloof, Off Main Road, Hout Bay, 7800, Scott Estate, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa
+27 21 791 9393

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Escape to a glorious manor in nearby Hout Bay for a rustic chic adventure. Whether you dine in the tea garden, out on the terrace or in the magnificent dining hall, Pure Restaurant is a romantic setting for any meal.

 
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One & Only Spa
Dock Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
+27 21 431 5810

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The One & Only has set their spa apart on a private, lushly landscaped island where serenity and calm are top priorities. A rich collection of specialized programs and unique wellness journeys are all designed to unwind, restore and elevate.


The Spa at Twelve Apostles
Victoria Street, Camps Bay, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
+27 21 437 9060

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Perhaps a massage in a private gazebo overlooking the ocean is just the thing to help get over your jet lag. Afterwards, keep relaxing with a dip in a hydrotherapy pool or some time in the traditional cleansing ritual chamber.


Librisa Spa at the Mount Nelson
76 Orange Street, Cape Town, 8001 South Africa
+27 21 483 1550 

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One of the leading luxury spas in Cape Town, Librisa’s rejuvenating signature treatments will balance your energy for a sense of total wellbeing. Start with a personal consultation, and relax after your treatment in the Finnish sauna or outside on the tranquil conservatory grounds.


Spa at Cape Grace
West Quay Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa
+27 21 410 7140

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Winner of Travel + Leisure’s 2015 World’s Best award, this romantic and serene spa has it all. Take in gorgeous views of Table Mountain as you kick back on a comfortable lounge seat before your treatment, which might include advanced technologies like NeoQi hydrotherapy and ancient beauty secrets.


Spa at the Ellerman House
180 Kloof Road, Bantry Bay, Cape Town, South Africa, 8005
+27 21 430 3200

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Through a lush garden overlooking the Atlantic you’ll find the Ellerman House Spa, where a small, highly-experienced team of therapists offer a carefully considered menu of services. Cutting-edge massage techniques and anti-aging beauty rituals draw on wisdom from around the world, all designed to soothe the senses and restore balance.


Jiva Grande Spa
Taj Cape Town, 1 Wale St, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
+27 21 819 2000

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The Jiva Spa specializes in authentic, traditional Indian wellness in a stylish and soothing setting. Their ethos draws on a rich and ancient heritage that’s been preserved by Indian royalty through the centuries, relying on natural, unique products and spiritual wisdom.

 
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Vista Bar & Lounge
One & Only Cape Town, Dock Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
+27 21 431 4511

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Enjoy a distinct cocktail and live music while looking out on views of Table Mountain. Within the heart of the One & Only resort, this lofty lounge is a fabulous place to gather any time of day, boasting a spectacular Afternoon Tea.


Ellerman House Wine Gallery
Ellerman House, 180 Kloof Rd, Bantry Bay, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
+27 21 430 3200

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If you love wine, do not miss your chance to sip at Ellerman House, where a 7500-strong collection of South African wines features the best of what the Western Cape has to offer. With sculptural decor and state-of-the-art wine racks, the gallery is a luxurious place to sample rare special releases and sought-after vintages.


Planet Bar
76 Orange Street, Cape Town, 8001 South Africa
+27 21 483 1000

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The timeless glamour of this stately bar offers an haute environment for cocktail hour. In the summer you might take your champagne out on the sunny terrace, while winter invites you to curl up by the fire with a glass of red.


The Leopard Bar
The Twelve Apostles Hotel, Victoria Street, Camps Bay, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
+27 21 437 9029

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Popular with locals and jetsetters alike, this lively bar is a dreamy choice for sunset cocktails. Expect live entertainment from Monday through Saturday evenings, or stop by in the afternoon for “Tea by the Sea.”


Publik
81 Church St, Cape Town, South Africa
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This chic neighborhood wine bar is focused on helping you uncover the most unusual and interesting wines available. Knowledgeable bartenders will help you explore wines from sustainably farmed vineyards, or those made with minimal intervention in the cellar, so that you might learn something new with every visit.


Tjing Tjing
165 Longmarket St, Cape Town
+27 21 422 4374

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You cannot beat the vibe at this happening rooftop bar in the heart of Cape Town’s Central Business District. On top of a two-hundred-year-old heritage building, Tjing Tjing specializes in gorgeous cocktails, unique wines, craft beers and tapas, while playing the trendiest indie and electronica music.


Mother’s Ruin Gin Bar
219 Bree St, Cape Town, South Africa
+27 82 681 6601

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Showcasing gins from around the world, this intimate watering hole is the place to go if you’re craving an amazing G&T. Located on trendy Bree Street, Mother’s Ruin favors hand-crafted and small-batch purveyors that showcase the diversity of what artisanal gin can be.


Orphanage Cocktail Emporium
227 Bree St, Cape Town, South Africa
+27 21 424 2004

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Another Bree Street favorite, this impressive cocktail laboratory and lounge takes its cues from the early twentieth century, with staff mixing drinks in waistcoats and flickering oil lamps casting a gentle glow. The bar donates proceeds to the St. Francis Children’s Home, which helps explain its quirky name.


An Outrage of Modesty
88 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town, South Africa
+27 21 422 2902

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This edgy bar in the City Center takes an out-of-the-box approach to cocktails, opting for exotic and even outrageous mixing techniques to create unique concoctions. Meanwhile, a mix of Japanese minimalism and industrial grit informs the design, drawing a hip, eclectic crowd.


Woodstock Gin Company
399 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7925, South Africa
+27 76 726 3093

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Founded by a passionate distiller, this boutique gin brand creates unique blends with local botanicals like Fynbos, Rooibos and Honey Bush. Better yet, they even make a proprietary tonic water so you can easily perfect their signature G&T at home.


Bascule Bar
Cape Grace Hotel, W Quay Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa
+27 21 410 7082

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Perched over the international yacht marina on Cape Town’s waterfront, Bascule is a vibrant spot for a glamorous seaside cocktail. Looking out on the ships in the harbor, the stylish wood interior almost makes you feel as if you’re on a yacht yourself.


The Bungalow
Glen Country Club, 3 Victoria Rd, Clifton, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
+27 21 438 2018

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Sand meats sequins at the Bungalow, an elegant seaside lounge with a hip, beachy vibe. Pile all your friends into a banquette and take in the views of the rocky coast as you feast on oysters, rustic seafood platters, bubbles and craft cocktails.


Truth Coffee Roasting
36 Buitenkant St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
+27 21 200 0440

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The ultimate in Cape Town’s third wave coffee scene, Truth’s beautiful cafe has been voted the world’s best coffee shop for two years in a row. Enjoy the most epic latte in a magical space that will open up your imagination.


Orchard on Long
211 Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
+27 21 424 3781

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The leading brand in Cape Town’s juicing scene is the real deal. At Orchard, the team starts cold pressing at 8pm to make sure juice is fresh as possible every morning. With a wide selection of flavors and superfood smoothies, their delicious offerings are sure to satisfy your wellness fix.

 


Table Mountain
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This 800 million-year-old geologic masterpiece is impossible to miss on any trip to Cape Town. Riding the cable car from the center of the city to the top is a pretty convenient way to experience it, though if you’re feeling like some time in nature, we also recommend a visit to Table Mountain National Park.


Constantia Winelands
+27 (0)76 7425366
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Cape Town’s oldest vineyards were planted here, just a quick drive west of the city in the valleys of Table Mountain. Check out our Girl’s Guide to the Cape Winelands for the best luxury tours and must-see destinations.


Rhodes Memorial
Rhodes Ave, Devil’s Peak, Cape Town, 7700, South Africa
+27 21 687 0000

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This unique destination restaurant and tea garden is situated on the northern slope of Table Mountain. Enjoy panoramic views of the Cape Flats, the Hottentots Holland Mountain range and both the Indian and Atlantic oceans.


KIRSTENBOSCH National Botanical Garden
Rhodes Dr., Newlands, Cape Town, 7735, South Africa
+27 21 799 8783

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Experience the beauty of South African flora at these epic gardens nestled in the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. As part of a gigantic nature reserve, the Kirstenbosch Estate merges seamlessly with the forest, making it like few botanic gardens in the world.


Boulders Beach
1 Kleintuin Rd, Simons Town, 7995, South Africa
+27 21 786 2329

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A sheltered beach between massive granite boulders, this gorgeous inlet features tranquil, clear blue waters for an ideal summer swim. You might also come by just to catch a glimpse of the native African penguins that call this sandy spot home.


Robben Island
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Where Nelson Mandela was once imprisoned for decades, today Robben Island is dedicated to teaching you about South Africa’s rich, multi-layered history. Guides here are former political prisoners themselves, and tours culminate with a viewing of Mandela’s cell.


Long Street
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Intricate Victorian buildings make happening Long Street feel a bit like the French Quarter of Cape Town. Architecture aficionados and Instagrammers alike will enjoy a stroll down this historic street, which offers plenty of charming cafes and boutiques to enhance the experience.


Cape Town City Hall & Grand Parade
Darling St, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
+27 21 465 2029

Built in 1905, Cape Town City Hall is a massive Edwardian building located on the impressive Grand Parade square. This historic central plaza is often filled with street vendors but has also hosted important political rallies.


St. James Beach
Main Rd, St James, Cape Town, South Africa
In a lovely Cape Town suburb between the rocky shore and a steep mountain, this beach is well known for its colorful Victorian bathing boxes, as well as its peaceful rock pools, which make for a warmer swim than usual.


Chapman’s Peak
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Affectionately known as “Chappies,” this iconic drive is one of the most spectacular routes in the world. Stretching nine kilometers around Chapman’s Peak, the road crosses one breathtaking view after another as it skirts the rocky coastline.


Bo-Kaap
71 Wale St, Schotsche Kloof, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Known for its brightly colored homes and cobblestoned streets, this historic neighborhood was first settled back in the 1790s by Muslims from Southeast Asia, who became known as “Cape Malays.” Visit the Bo-Kaap museum to learn more about their fascinating heritage, and don’t forget to try the local Cape Malay cuisine.


Bloubergstrand Beach
22 Stadler Rd, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, 7441, South Africa
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If you’re craving an active beach day, look no further than Bloubergstrand, which is Afrikaans for “blue mountain beach.” This scenic beach happens to be one of the world’s most popular kitesurfing destinations and is also a top choice for surfers.


Clifton Beaches
Victoria Road, Cape Town Central, South Africa
In the swanky coastal suburb of Clifton Beach, this exclusive paradise is a jetsetter favorite. The beach is sprawling and clean, with Table Mountain in the background and chic cafes, restaurants and nightlife nearby.


Camps Bay Beach
63 Victoria Rd, Camps Bay, Cape Town, 8040, South Africa
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Set against the scenic Twelve Apostles mountain range, Camps Bay Beach is one of Cape Town’s largest and most beautiful beaches. A tree-lined promenade complete with bars and restaurants makes this Cape Town’s answer to St. Tropez.

 
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Bree Street
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Deemed “Cape Town’s Most Fashionable Street” by Conde Nast Traveller, Bree Street is your best bet for checking out the hippest boutiques, cafes and restaurants the city has to offer. Shop haute, artsy accessories at Kirsten Goss or pick up a gourmet delight at Culture Club Cheese.


Long Street
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The heartbeat of the city can be found on Long Street, where fun is always a top priority. By day you’ll find its coffee bars, bookshops and craft markets buzzing, while at night it’s typically party central. Any time of day, a back-drop of Victorian-style architecture adds a unique flair to the experience.


Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
+27 21 408 7600

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South Africa’s most popular shopping destination is home to over 450 retailers, offering everything from fashion and homeware to technology and fine jewelry. Expect to find all your high street favorites like Zara and Topshop and a select few luxury boutiques.


The Old Biscuit Mill
375 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915, South Africa
+27 21 447 8194

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This charming village market showcases the best of Cape Town’s up-and-coming Woodstock neighborhood. Inside the historic building you’ll find a mix of workshops, designer stores, farm stalls, fine-food purveyors and delicious restaurants.


Klûk
43 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
+27 83 377 7780

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Get to know South Africa’s premier fashion label with a stop at their fabulous boutique. Exuberant, modern looks for day and night feel fresh on the streets of Cape Town and beyond.


Chef’s Warehouse & Canteen
92 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
+27 21 422 0128

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Foodies won’t want to miss a visit to this relaxed gourmet haven, where a combination of a canteen and shop offers plenty to taste and take home with you. With exciting new kitchen products and cookbooks arriving daily, we hope you made space in your luggage.


Tribal Trends
Winchester House, 72-74 Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
+27 21 423 8007

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If you love authentic African tribal pieces, look no further. This dramatic boutique carries everything from furniture to housewares and accessories, featuring coveted items like antelope horns, zebra skin carpets, ornamental headdresses, painted masks and much more.


Mememe
117 Long St, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
+27 21 424 0001

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Shop the best in South African ready-to-wear clothing, accessories, shoes and handbags at this beloved boutique. Founded by an award-winning sculptor and fashion designer, the shop is known for its carefully curated collections of exceptional garments.


Merchants on Long
34 Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
+27 21 422 2828

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This unique concept store offers a curated platform for designers from around the African continent. The focus is on ethical luxury products all made and sourced in Africa, including the store’s own eponymous lifestyle line.


Chandler House
53 Church St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
+27 21 424 4810

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In an 18th century Cape Georgian house, this small design studio and shop carries locally-made homeware, antiques, textiles and fine art. Discover distinctive ceramics, chic stationery and artisanal gifts for someone special.

 

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