24 Hours In Cape Town

Mariah Breitenberg/January 13, 2013

Cape Town, South Africa is without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It’s full of drama – cliffs that plunge into the sea, miles of the most beautiful coastline you’ve ever seen, a mountain as flat as a table top and another shaped like a lions head, valleys filled with breathtaking vinyards and African skies that stretch to infinity. When you think of Africa you think of safaris, the bush, big animals and a wild, untamed land. But you would be surprised to know that South Africa is home to some of the most creative and design savvy individuals in the world. I’ve lived in Cape Town for three years now and have a pretty good feel for the city and its surroundings; it has become my home. So if I only had 24 hours left in Cape Town, here’s what I’d do.


9:00 am / The Neighborgoods Market


The Neighborgoods Market is a giant food and design market held every Saturday. Here you can find some of the best food in Cape Town as well as a variety of fresh produce, artisan breads and cheeses, flowers, and beautiful hand crafted clothing, jewelry and design goods. It is not to be missed. Head here for a coffee and breakfast while you shop the market. image 1image 2


11:00 am / Visit the charming fishing village of Kalk Bay


One of the sweetest towns you’ve ever laid eyes on, Kalk Bay is filled with character. The laid back vibe and friendly attitude of the town’s residents makes it an ideal spot to spend the afternoon. Stop in one of the many vintage shops, take a walk on the pier, check out the brightly colored fishing boats and in August and September keep your eyes out for whales swimming just off the coast. image 1, image 2


12:30 pm / Stop by the Olympia Cafe for lunch

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This place is always packed, but it’s worth the wait because the food is delicious. Try the line fish or the lamb- yum. image 1, image 2


2:00 pm / Visit the penguins on Boulder Beach


Just up the road from Kalk Bay lies a little beach that is home to a colony of African penguins. While it is not the only spot in the southern hemisphere to see penguins, it is the only spot in Africa. image 1


3:30 pm / Scenic drive up the coast to Clifton beach

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Take a drive up the coast to Clifton beach for a late afternoon swim and cocktails at sunset. Clifton is a set of four cove beaches that lie at the base of some pretty steep cliffs. You have to hike about a million stairs to get down, but man is it worth it. The water is cold but the view and beach are beautiful. image 1, image 2                                                                                                                                                                                         


7:30 pm / Go to Clarke’s for dinner


The best place in town for a burger and a beer + the interior is super cool and beautiful. image 1, image 2


9:30 pm / Head to the Power & the Glory for drinks


The Power & the Glory is a favorite spot any time of the day for a coffee or a quick bite to eat. At night it turns into a full service bar. It’s always packed and always a good time, and you will inevitably end up running into someone you know. image 1image 2                                   


11:30 pm / Lions Head Full Moon Hike


Lions Head is a mountain that overlooks the city. It takes about 45 minutes to an hour to hike to the top and boasts one of the best views in Cape Town. On a full moon, hike Lions Head with scores of other drunken revelers. The party is at the top.  image 1

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