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The Best of Summer in Cape Town

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Key ingredients for the perfect summer day include: surfing and sunbathing, live music in local parks, long walks and hikes, and dancing the night away at rooftop bars. If there is no better time of year than summer, there is no better place to enjoy the longest days of the year than Cape Town. Between the Christmas and New Year holidays, don't be surprised to find beaches and roadways more crowded than usual, as well as, a number of local shops and businesses with shorter summer hours.
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Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town, 7735, South Africa
Kirstenbosch National Botanic Gardens, Cape Town celebrates its centenary this year. Following a similar idea to that of The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew who some years ago built their famous Xstrata Treetop walkway, Kirstenbosch in its 100th...
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165 Longmarket St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Tjing Tjing's trendy cocktail list and hip vibes make it one of the best bars in Cape Town. The rooftop terrace makes it an ideal place to visit in the summertime. The setting is modern and funky with a hint of Japanese flair. The scene is on par...
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90 Regent Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8060, South Africa
I took a stroll down to the beach in Seapoint, Cape Town and although it was windy, it was definitely worth the trip, as I got to snap this magnificent sunset by the sea.
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Sea Point, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
One of my favorite walks in Cape Town is the paved pathway hugging the Atlantic Ocean shoreline between Sea Point and finish by the Mouille Point lighthouse. There is a tiny gelato shop near the corner of Surf and Surry, or for a bigger meal, the...
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Dalebrook Rd, St James, Cape Town, 7946, South Africa
Like a smaller scale Bondi Icebergs, there are a handful of whitewashed cement enclosures along the False Bay waterfront that are used as public swimming pools. Even in winter, locals plunge into the icy Atlantic water to start their day. The...
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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...
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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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Muizenberg, Cape Town, 7945, South Africa
South Africa is surf country. Durban and Cape Town produces many world-class surfers and the waves here are world class. I lived in Los Angeles for over 22 years and never had a surf lesson. It is not until I moved across the continent, away from...
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Tygerberg Valley Road, Durbanville, Cape Farms, Cape Town, 7551, South Africa
There are certain events that signal the arrival of summer in Cape Town: the agapanthus are in bloom, the whales are frolicking in False Bay, and The Galileo Open Air Cinema is open for another season. The best part about this open air cinema is...