EDIT No.1

THE SPRING EDIT

CITY GUIDES

Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town

Cape Town International Airport

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Cape Town, South Africa.

Here on The Erin Edit, I would like to start a CITY GUIDE series where you grab some inspiration ahead of your trips. Although we are in a time of uncertainty in regards to traveling, I though this could act as an escape from all the craziness happening at the moment and inspire our travels once it opens up.

Part one of the CITY GUIDE is exploring the mother city – Cape Town. Cape Town is located in the Western Cape and is an incredible gem to explore. It is possibly one of my favourite trips to do in South Africa, and I can’t wait to explore more of Cape Town, and the Western Cape as a whole.

To Stay

I personally haven’t stayed in a hotel, but I have always stayed in an airbnb/self catering house or apartment every time I have visited Cape Town. There are many great self-catering options in Cape Town perfect for couples or families.

Location:

There are many great areas to stay in, but I have always stayed in Table Bay area or Bloubergstrand area.

  • Other great areas to stay in would be the V&A waterfront, Clifton, & Camps Bay.
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Things To Do

TABLE MOUNTAIN

A symbol of the mother city- Cape Town, and a must see for any tourist when coming to sunny South Africa, and if you’re a local – this is something you should visit at least once.

Insider Tip:

  • Try and book you tickets online, as you’ll sometimes be able to get some online deals, and SKIP the very long queues.
  • Try plan your trip around this excursion as you’ll need to visit the top of Table Mountain when the weather is at its best.


Things To Do

V&A WATERFRONT

A great area to spend the day & evening at. Great for shopping, getting something to eat, and for strolling around.

Insider Tip:

  • Pack a light layer as the evenings can get quite chilly here. Although, most restaurants will provide some blankets if you are feeling chilly.


Things To Do

PATERNOSTER

A quaint little idyllic town adorned with cute white houses – almost mimicking the Greek islands with their white houses and coloured windows.

Insider Tip:

  • This town is known for their seafood, so try and find a quaint little restaurant by the beach and enjoy a creamy white wine mussel pot or some incredible grilled lobster.


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To Eat

CAPE TO CUBA

Feel transported to Cuba by being immersed in space rich with cuban culture whilst smoking a cigar and sipping on a rum based cocktail.

Location:

Kalk Bay – a short drive from Cape Town .

Must order:

  • The paella (my favourite), the seafood pasta or the burger.
  • Enjoy your meal with their famous cocktails – try the Pina colada, or one of their many varieties of the classic mojito.


To Eat

MOYO’S

A great restaurant to experience a glimpse of African culture and cuisine (although it’s quite commercialised) when visiting South Africa.

Location:

There are many all over as they are a franchise, but try go to the one at Table Bay – as it has one of the best views and decor.

Must order:

Try order a variety of their starters/tapas for the table as there are so many great local dishes to try.


To Eat

BLUE PETER

The place to be for sundowner drinks and some afternoon lunch in the sun on a weekend.

Location:

Table Bay

Insider tip:

  • Order their pizzas
  • Bring your beach towel or a picnic blanket and sit in their lawn overlooking the ocean, whilst having enjoying some drinks as the sun sets over Cape Town.


To Eat

THE THIRSTY SCARECROW

A great spot for drinks and lunch. It can get quite busy though, as it’s really popular amongst the locals and especially students as Stellenbosch is a university town.

Location:

On a strawberry farm in Stellenbosch – a short drive from Cape Town

Must order:

  • When on a strawberry farm … order their strawberry daquiri or their Pimms cocktail infused with fresh strawberry & mint
  • They make amazing pizzas !


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Sunset Spots

A SUNSET ON THE BEACH

When in Cape Town, it is imperative that you experience a sunset, have sun downer drinks and capture a few moments whilst the sun sets.

Location:

Bloubergstrand – has a view of Robben Island and Table Mountain, as well as incredible beaches. There is a long promenade with loads of places to sit, & it is actually packed with people enjoying the sunset.

Insider Tip:

Blue Peter (restaurant and bar) is also an excellent spot to have sundowners at . Bring a towel or picnic blanket with to sit on their lawn & enjoy a glass of wine whilst the sun sets.


Sunset Spots

A VINEYARD

When in Cape Town, it is imperative that you experience a sunset, have sun downer drinks and capture a few moments whilst the sun sets. Whilst you’re in the Western Cape, visiting a wine farm is a must. 

Location:

Dieu Donne Vineyards: has the most spectacular view of the mountain range & its vineyards.


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Beaches

CLIFTON

A wealthy area, with beautiful houses and exquisite beaches. The beaches in Clifton are quite rocky, but it’s a beautiful beach to relax at.


Beaches

CAMPS BAY

Possibly my favourite, the beach is very accessible and isn’t that hard to find parking at. It’s great for if you’re planning on spending the day in area or have kids, as there are plenty of restaurants right off the beach with a few supermarkets to grab some snacks & drinks.


Beaches

L’LANDUDNO

A flat beach with no rocks. It’s normally quiet with not many people, however parking is an issue – you might have to while for a spot to open up as you park alongside the road.


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The Wine Route

VINEYARDS

A must for any Cape Town trip! Your trip won’t be complete if you haven’t had your fair share of great South African straight from the wine farm.

Here are my top picks to visit when exploring the wine route:

The Wine Route

THE SPICE ROUTE

A MUST! Great for foodies and they have the well known CBC brewery here – if you fancy a lesson on how beer is made & a beer tasting.

Insider Tip:

  • Try La Grapperia Bistro & Pizzeria for some incredible views, pizza, & drinks.
  • Visit De Villiers Chocolate for some delectable chocolate tasting

The Wine Route

FAIRVIEW

They offer a cheese and wine pairing – fresh goat cheese and house brand wine straight from their farm. This is a great option for families with kids especially as they have a few goats roaming around.

Location:

Right next to The Spice Route in Paarl.

The Wine Route

LE MOTTE

Great for wine tasting (both reds & whites) and exploring the wine estate – they offer cellar tours, but make sure to check the days & times they offer this before arriving.

Location:

Franschoek


The Wine Route

BOSCHENDAL

Great for wine tasting and they do amazing picnics perfect for friends, families and couples – although you will have to pre-book your picnic a few hours before.

Location:

Franschoek


The Wine Route

JC’ LE ROUX

A commercial wine estate specialising in sparkling wine. I would recommend doing the MCC & sparkling wine pairing with homemade nougat.

Location:

Stellenbosch


The Wine Route

DIEU DONNE

Possibly one of the vineyards with the best views. This wine estate is great for sundowners (and gets quite packed at this time). Photographers, don’t forget to bring your camera!

Location:

Franschoek


The Wine Route

TOKARA

Known for their olive oil, Tokara is situated on a wine and olive farm. Thus, when visiting you have to do their wine tasting along with their olive oil tasting… and order a very large portion of olives to snack on.

Location:

Franschoek


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