Cultural Connections in Cape Town
Collected by Marie Frei, AFAR Local Expert
Because Cape Town is such a mix of people, the following highlights are a great way to dig a bit deeper and gain a better appreciation of local culture. From wandering to live music events and museums, to simply riding public transit, these experiences are all about mingling with locals. The warmth you'll experience from strangers is the common denominator across all cultures in Cape Town.
Masiphumelele, Cape Town, 7975, South Africa
In the 1950's, the Cape Flats area (above) was the region Apartheid laws forced non-white residents of Cape Town into government built townships or informal settlements. There's a natural curiosity regarding what daily life is like for residents....
Rhodes Ave, Devil's Peak, Cape Town, 7700, South Africa
Rhodes Memorial sits on the foothills of Devil’s Peak and is a beautiful monument to one of Cape Town’s most famous businessmen, Cecil John Rhodes. The view of the city and sprawling suburbs from the Grecian temple-like monument is simply...
71 Wale St, Schotsche Kloof, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Cape Town's Bo-Kaap district, also known as the Muslim or Cape Malay Quarter, is instantly recognizable by the vibrant façades in lemon yellow, lime green, and hot pink. If you're feeling under-the-weather because of a gloomy Cape Town...
Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront Shop No. 153, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002, South Africa
To the untrained eye, Jetty 1 is just another nondescript white building at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. I walked past this building several times myself before I noticed the small board outside the entrance which revealed the location's...
136 Adderley St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
At the beginning of every December, the City of Cape Town holds a large festival to celebrate the holiday season. This open-air event includes an afternoon concert at the Grand Parade (with live music for all ages) followed by the official...
Robben Island, Cape Town, 7400, South Africa
One of South Africa’s most famous sights is Robben Island, located seven kilometers (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 back to the 17th...
25A Albertus St & Buitenkant Street, Zonnebloem, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
As time passes and memories fade we all would do well to make the effort to remember. Here at the District Six Museum in Cape Town you can learn about the experiences of one vital neighborhood dismantled under apartheid. Photographs and words...
Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
Little Ethiopia Cafe in the central business district of Cape Town has fantastic Ethiopian food. It's a tiny place with low tables. We ordered several things to share and everything was delicious. They don't serve beer or wine but bring your own...
Ny 115, Guguletu, Cape Town, 7751, South Africa
Mzoli’s began life in 2003 as a humble butchery serving the community of Gugs (as Gugulethu is affectionately known) where it’s owner, Mr Mzoli Ngcawuzele himself, was born and raised. Mzoli prides himself on his choice cuts, so it wasn’t long...
Foreshore, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Looking for a unique way to travel down the scenic, historic route from Cape Town to Simon's Town? Look no further than the antique steam train. Atlantic Rail is a private nonprofit and operates most weekends (see the full schedule online) down...
5 Wale St, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
A talented team with a love of good food and jazz, have led to this year’s opening of The Crypt Jazz Restaurant. Situated in Cape Town’s landmark St. George’s Cathedral, The Crypt offers a unique dining and music experience. The...
Andrews Rd, Scott Estate, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa
no matter how much housing is built in South Africa there is always more needed. due to a large influx from Zimbabwe, and other neighboring countries it appears that there will be "unofficial settlements" for a while longer. not all housing in...
Fritz Sonnenberg Rd, Green Point, Cape Town, 8051, South Africa
“At night, the Cape Town Stadium looks like a glowing shell. Coldplay, Lady Gaga, and U2 have all performed here," says resident Rashiq Fataar. "This is also the home field of the Ajax Cape Town football club.” Fritz Sonnenberg Road, Green Point,...
Woodstock, Cape Town, 7925, South Africa
I love street art! I think it says so much about a city and the way it's people think and feel. Street art has exploded in the edgy neighborhood of Woodstock, and one of my favorite things is to grab my camera and explore the streets, looking for...
31 Heerengracht St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
Here in Cape Town, a Gatsby is far more than an iconic literary figure—you’ve read the book, you’ve seen the movie, but have you eaten the sandwich? While the character Gatsby was elusive and somewhat mysterious, his sandwich alter-ego puts it all...
2 Wale St & Pentz St Bo-Kaap, Schotsche Kloof, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
Cape Malay is a fusion of Indian, Malaysian, and a touch of other Southeast Asian cusine. It is an effect of the slaves from the 17th century. The food is often considered to be working class fare and it is a mixture of sweet and spicy. Bishmillah...
76 Orange St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Cape Town's Mount Nelson Hotel is a city icon. And who better to preside over the entrance than another icon? Mahatma Gandhi, who had a strong connection to South Africa (he worked in the country as a young man, and developed his political views...
70, 72 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Located on trendy Bree Street, Youngblood is an art gallery and cultural event space. It's the best place in Cape Town to view emerging artist's work. The Youngblood Arts & Culture Development Foundation was created to help organize funding and...
Corner Adderley Street and, Wale St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
History buffs and those who are curious about the slave trade and its impact on South African development (specifically the Western Cape colony) will find a visit to the Slave Lodge very insightful. The theme of the museum is ""from human wrongs...
The Adderley Street Flower Market is a lively place to walk through in downtown Cape Town. The market has been in its current location—tucked in an alleyway called Trafalgar Place—for at least 100 years. Passing through is not only an interesting...
Darling St & Buitenkant St, Foreshore, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
When you take the MetroRail into the heart of Cape Town, just before you reach the station you can notice the sharp, granite corners of the Castle of Good Hope. This historic fortress, built in the late 1600’s, was originally a storage facility...
Fritz Sonnenberg Rd, Green Point, Cape Town, 8051, South Africa
On the second Sunday of every March, Capetonians (and visitors) of all ages and ability levels partake in the Cape Argus Pick 'n Pay Cycle Tour. The 109 kilometer route loops from the city center, down south to the Cape Peninsula, then traces the...
15 A, Somerset Mall, Centenary Dr, Somerset West, Cape Town, 7129, South Africa
Red Cappuccino? South Africa's most common tea drink is red tea. It really is red and it is naturally decaffeinated. A coffee shop chain called Mugg & Bean serves red tea as a cappuccino, with foamed milk and honey, topped with cinnamon powder....
Cape Town, South Africa
I was in for a real treat when I arrived Cape Town from Kruger Park. The Cape Town International Jazz Festival was happening and I was lucky to score a ticket for The Mahotella's 50th Celebration night. They was amazing! Two of the women are in...
Kayamandi, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa
When ever I travel I try to connect with the local community whenever possible and luckily for me this was easily done in Stellenbosch thanks to the Bites and Sites food tour company. One of there most popular tours is an afternoon in the local...
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