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A little bird told me...A local's guide to the best of Cape Town

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Renowned English sea navigator Sir Francis Drake once referred to Cape Town as the fairest cape in the world. You can go from an edgy, urban setting to a stunning beach, climb a mountain, walk in the forest or play with penguins. There is so much to love about Cape Town - the people, the landscape, the food and the .African spirit.
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25 Albus Dr, Sunset Beach, Cape Town, 7441, South Africa
Combine being outdoors, somewhere beautiful and your own selection of local delicacies..having a picnic is one of my favourite things to do..enjoy a long, lazy lunch or a sunset dinner but take a break from the cafes and restaurants, fill your...
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Ceres, 6835, South Africa
Cape Town has so much to see and do but if you're here for a little while longer, jump in a car and take a trip outta town. Whether you choose to go inland or up the coast, there's a little place with your name on it. Dusty roads, big blue skies,...
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Paternoster, 7381, South Africa
Take the time while traveling to try something new or experience the joy of doing something that you love in a different setting with a different teacher. There are many lovely yoga studios in Cape Town and some like Yoga Life offer great deals to...
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Inner City Ideas Cartel, 3rd floor Cartel House, 113 Loop St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
The photo says it all. As spoken by a true local. Open 7 days a week from 12 noon until 10pm there is only one shop and one flavor of the week (think coconut, nutella, berries) with unlimited toppings..its 985 fat free, made by a local dairy...
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Greyton, 7233, South Africa
If you want to get out of town for a few days, my favorite village (inland) is Greyton. Its just under 2 hours drive from Cape Town and for me encompasses everything the perfect village should have. Fresh air, nestled at the foothills of a...
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Hout Bay Rd, Scott Estate, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa
When I'm traveling, in between all the eating, drinking and snapping pics, It's nice to give a little something back to one of the cities charities. If you're an animal lover, head over to DARG- its in a very picturesque setting and its a gorgeous...
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Clifton 3rd, South Africa
Cape Town has some spectacular sunsets. It seems obvious, but often when we travel we miss the little things because we're so busy doing and exploring. Whether you watch it over the ocean from a cafe, sitting on a beach, or from the top of a...
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Montagu, 6720, South Africa
There are many farms in the Western Cape..Once you get beyond the lush and beautiful wine farms, venture off the beaten track to a more rural and real farm experience. Stay in a cottage on a farm in any small village- Ceres, Montagu, Mc...
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60 Loop St, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
Luvey n Rose is set in a beautifully restored old, pink, three story building in the historic Bo Kaap neighborhood. This newcomer is part coffee shop, part art gallery, part antique shop, part artist's residence. It's a charming, quirky, creative...
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15 Brickfield Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7925, South Africa
Quick history lesson: The area was inhabited by Khoikhoi until the arrival of Dutch in the 1600s. With the massive land reclamation of Table Bay in the 1950s to create the Cape Town foreshore, Woodstock beach was lost, and combined with the...
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373 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7925, South Africa
There is a tremendous selection of international food and drink at the Neighbourgoods Market in Woodstock (Saturdays, 9am-2pm), so come hungry. You'll find Belgian waffles, paella, bratwurst, and thin-crust pizza, as well as, craft beer, fresh...
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213 High Level Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8060, South Africa
Cape Town's best kept secret and a favourite music experience of those in the know, Studio 7 is a venue that creates an exclusive intimate, stripped down acoustic performance for 50 lucky ticket holders. Set in a house in Sea Point, Cape Town, a...
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Lion's Head, Signal Hill, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
After moving to South Africa for a year following my Freshman year of college, I returned home with pictures, memories, and new friends. I had spent the year volunteering and working in the Guguletu township 20 minutes down the N2 highway outside...
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38 Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
In a city with no shortage of great lodgings, Cape Town’s Grand Daddy Hotel offers guests something a little different: a night’s sleep in a vintage Airstream trailer parked on the roof of the hotel. The top-floor trailer...
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Groot Constantia Rd, Constantia, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa
The oldest winery in South Africa, Groot Constantia has a long history of producing some of the best wines in the world. Groot Constantia is also a rarity in its proximity to Cape Town itself. In the 19th century the European heads of state...
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38 Canterbury St, Zonnebloem, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Charly's Bakery is a family-run Cape Town institution guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth. The white and pink exterior make it impossible to miss from the road. They're known for their custom, colorful birthday and wedding cakes. While it can...
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1 Chapmans Peak Dr, Hout Bay Harbour, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa
When you're staying in Cape Town, be sure to get out to Hout Bay on the Cape Peninsula to witness a sunset that I'm convinced is the most beautiful one I've ever seen. I love the Chapman's Peak Hotel in Hout Bay. Even if you're staying in Cape...
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Shop 30, Hudson Building, 30 Hudson St, De Waterkant, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
It's a weekend ritual for my cousin and his friends to pop into either The Loading Bay or Origins Roast right next door for breakfast. With a gorgeous view of the mountain, both cafés have coffee to die for and stellar food. This particular beauty...
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66 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
This small-batch, hand-tempered chocolate tastes delicious; the wrapping is a work of art; and Anthony is a super friendly, stylish dude and his two small shops are quirky and old fashioned. With no preservatives or emulsifiers, you might even...
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Main Rd, Cape Town, South Africa
Just south of Cape Town along the Cape Peninsula, Kalk Bay is a picturesque fishing village and offers visitors several antique shops to browse along the main road. You never know what treasures you'll find. Quagga feels like stepping into the...
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Dock Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002, South Africa
If you're ever in the beautiful Cape, check out the Two Oceans Aquarium located at the V&A Waterfront. There are loads of activities for the kids and tons of very useful info for all ages. Once of the highlights for me is the Predator Tank, which...
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The Kalk Bay original that the others try to emulate. Others might be cleaner or have more demure waitrons but this has all the energy and damn tasty food that put it on the map 15 years ago. "A legend in our own lunchtime," as the chalkboard...
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Klapmuts - Simondium Rd, Simondium, Paarl, 7670, South Africa
This relatively new wine country property in South Africa is an incredible place. The high design style mixes with Dutch Cape architecture and it is so well done. The property also sits on acres on organic farm land. Everything providing farm to...
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323 Main Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8060, South Africa
The legacy of this legendary Cape Town secret is approaching 15 years, and owners, Enrico and Gioacchino, are still infusing their unique blend of energy and personality into everything they make. Always full because of the laid back vibe, good...
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79 Roeland St, Zonnebloem, Cape Town, 7925, South Africa
This is a little off the tourist trail.. In central Cape Town but not the fashionable part is a new coffee shop called The Blend. The concept is to have many local coffee blends under one roof. The feel is industrial and quirky. They also have a...
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71 Roeland Street, Cnr Buitenkant & Roeland Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
The Bookshop is one of the few independent bookstores in Cape Town. I like it because the space is different—think chandelier, huge glass windows, and comfy couches overlooking the street, and a cosy, intimate space downstairs with more couches,...
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48 Albert Rd, Woodstock, 7935, South Africa
Bibliophilia is a boutique bookshop specializing in graphic design, art, street art, illustration, and photography, plus a small selection of local documentaries, music, and children’s books at really good prices. I love a lot about Bibliophilia....
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Signal Hill, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
If you're an adrenaline junkie, Cape Town has many adventures to test your metal- one of the most popular and enjoyable ones is paragliding. I have tried many companies and Icarus is by far the best. Operated by Jaques, a local pilot with over ten...
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Gemsbok St, Scarborough, Cape Town, South Africa
Alone or with friends, taking a walk on the beach is a beautiful, de-stressing, thoughtful experience. Another one of those obvious things we miss..we photograph beaches, sip cocktails, swim, surf or lie and tan but we dont often walk from one end...