Growing up in Sydney, I know and love a huge contingent of South Africans. I have watched with jealousy as they make their annual pilgrimage to Cape Town, returning with tans and raving with stories about their home town, otherwise known by them as ’the best city in the world.’ I have dreamt of making my own pilgrimage for years and with incredibly high expectations, finally had the chance in February to experience the city for myself..
Boy did it deliver. It wasn’t just the weather, the natural beauty or the food that surpassed expectation, it was the people. Travelling as much as I do, the local people make the ultimate impact on my perception of a destination. Capetonian’s are the most kind, generous and wonderfully spirited I’ve experienced anywhere in the world. Their passion for their country and their enthusiasm to share snippets of their world is enchanting and infectious.
I spent my time in Cape Town trying to put my finger on what it is that makes this place so magical. There is a youthful energy, a spirit.. The city offers an old world charm and a new world excitement. Take a minimum of three days for Cape Town. Climb Table Mountain, do a wine tour, book a beach club, do something adventurous, over indulge at one of the many sensory restaurant’s and do as the Capetonians do – enjoy each day with a smile on your face because you really are in one of the best cities in the world. xHermione.
Short market Club | for the vibe, the crowd and the dramatically sensual dining experience.
The Raptor Room | for a healthy lunch consisting of bacon mac n’ cheese and sliders.
Ash Restaurant | for a sensory dinner.. try the lamb, it was insanely delicious.
La Tete | for fine dining from the Edwards brothers.
Chef’s Warehouse | for ammeter and professional cooks alike.
Thali | for Indian tapas.
Foxcroft | for the Korean chicken.
Caprice | for the massive party around 9PM – a local fave that is busy from sunset.
Outrage of Modesty | for a quirky cocktail.
Hallelujah | because it’s a local favourite and only seats 35.
House of Machines | for hipster, cool, badass drinking vibes.
Hanks | for ski bar vibes in Cape Town.
Walk the colourful Bo-Kaap township.
Table Mountain Aerial cableway.
Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill.
Shop at Maison Mara for the best international labels at Cape Town’s coolest boutique.
Wine tasting at Beau Constantia or Eagle’s Nest Winery.
The Table Bay – Sun International | Eat at Camissa Brasserie and order the ‘Open up your heart dessert’
If you’re feeling adventurous…
Take a mountain scooter ride with Scoo-tours or a vintage motorcycle ride with Cape Side Car Adventures to see Sea Point, Camps Bay, HoutBay, Chapmans peak Penguins and the cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve all from a side car!
Special thanks to the South African Tourism UK for hosting me on this journey.
Learn more about Cape Town with Visit Cape Town UK.
All images and videos captured by the super talented British photographer Louis Agace.