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R310 Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch, 7603, South Africa
Around since 1692, Spier is one of the oldest and most well-known wineries in Stellenbosch. Not only does this historic estate continue to receive accolades for its wine, it’s also become a hotspot for travelers thanks to its family-friendly...
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Annandale Rd, Stellenbosch NU, Stellenbosch, 7613, South Africa
On a random drive out with my cousin one weekend, we decided to venture out to some wine estates in the Stellenbosch area. We happened to stumble upon this gem called the Hidden Valley Wine Estate. Stunning views all around, provided us with an...
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Annandale Road, Stellenbosch, 7599, South Africa
Set in the foothills of the Helderberg Mountains, a long and winding road leads you to your destination - Uva Mira winery. On a clear day, the sweeping 360-degree view extends across the winelands, out to False Bay and the Cape Peninsula, and even...
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Dornier Road, Upper Blaauwklippen Rd, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa
Dornier’s modern cellar and production facility is quite different from the traditional 18th- and 19th-century buildings you’ll see in the winelands. For example, a pool above the cellar regulates the temperature of the wines in an...
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R44 Street, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa
For those who are looking to add a relaxed, low-key estate to their winelands tour, Knorhoek Estate is the place. The winery is set on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain just 10 minutes from Stellenbosch. It's a small property and is a nice...
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Boschendal Estate Pniel Road Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek, 7680, South Africa
At Boschendal, guests can slow down and savor “Le Pique Nique,” a pre-packed picnic basket that you can order in advance of your visit to the vineyard. When you arrive, collect your wicker basket filled with sweet and savory treats,...
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10 Drostdy Rd, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa
While strolling along Stellenbosch’s oak-lined avenues, you’ll come across several boutiques selling everything from jams and baked goods to artisanal crafts. For the best souvenirs, stop into Local Works on Drostdy Street, where...
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Upper Blaauwklippen Rd, Helderberg Rural, 7600, South Africa
On the outdoor patio at Waterford Estate in Stellenbosch, guests can relax while tasting South African wines with help from the knowledgable staff. For those with a sweet tooth, the “Wine & Chocolate Experience” is particularly...
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Verdun Rd, Franschhoek, 7690, South Africa
Quaint B&B in Franschhoek. Fantastic grounds. It felt like you were a part of the countryside.
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Die Rand, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa
Klein Akkerdraai Lodge is a hidden gem in Stellenbosch. There are only three rooms in this quaint, still in operation vineyard where you stay in the main house. This is the view every morning from the patio, where breakfast is often served. The...
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Pass Road, Franschhoek, 7690, South Africa
There are several good reasons to make a special trip to this winery, not least that its sauvignon, pinot noir and shiraz regularly win major awards. The most obvious, however, hits you as soon as you walk through the restaurant and onto the...
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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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15 Brickfield Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7925, South Africa
A colorful, working-class neighborhood near downtown that had fallen on hard times, Woodstock has been revitalized with a mix of galleries, artists’ studios, boutiques, and restaurants. Much of the area’s original vibe remains,...
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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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373 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7925, South Africa
The highlight of Cape Town's hipster Woodstock district is its Saturday market, held in The Old Biscuit Mill. Every artisan baker, butcher, brewer, chocolatier and coffeemaker in the city has a stall there, and with more than 90 vendors all...
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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
The hike up Lion’s Head affords incredible views. Since the trail winds around the mountain, you’ll have the unique opportunity to see every side of Cape Town from above. When you start, the ever-stunning Table Mountain will be just to...
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38 Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
You might hear Long Street before you see it—this bustling artery is the heart of Cape Town, home to some of the city’s most popular restaurants, bars, and boutiques, all within a few blocks’ radius of the Grand Daddy Hotel....
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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 something of a local icon — and with its festive façade, it's pretty hard to miss. After all, if you're going to sell cupcakes, might as well look like one. Behind the frothy pink exterior you'll find trays upon...
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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
About an hour outside of Cape Town, Babylonstoren is one of South Africa’s oldest werfs, or farmyards. In 2010, Karen Roos, a former editor at South Africa’s Elle Decoration, reimagined the property as a fantasy farm stay with an...
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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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124 Main Rd, Fish Hoek, Cape Town, 7975, South Africa
When it comes to coffee shops in the seaside village of Kalk Bay, travelers all get pointed in the direction of Olympia Cafe. Whilst Olympia is a legend, it's time to explore and discover something new. The Studio is it. Part coffee shop, part...
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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...
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Robben Island, Cape Town, 7400, South Africa

One of South Africa’s most famous sights, Robben Island is located four miles to the west of Cape Town. Its history as a prison is almost as old as the first Dutch settlement on the Cape, dating all the way back to the 17th century. Today,...

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90 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
The word “heritage” need not evoke a stuffy yesteryears vibe. At this intimate boutique hotel in the Central Business District’s Heritage Square, owners Johan and Victoria Nel have lovingly restored a 1780s building into a...