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Traveler's Reviews & Photos

10
Exceptional
There are plenty of things to do in the city and nearby. Book your Robben Island trip before you go they fill up quickly. Also do Table Mountain as early as possible in your visit just in case the weather changes and she has her tablecloth on.
Robert
United Kingdom
February 19, 2017
10
Exceptional
A picturesque city with a relaxed and friendly vibe. Streets are clean and good for pedestrians. Food options are plentiful and lots to do in and around from beaches to the wine lands
Richard
Kenya
February 19, 2017
10
Exceptional
Great city, with plenty to see and do. Good restaurants - Carne on Kloof excellent. Table Mountain, paragliding off Signal Hill, tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel, Robben Island,etc. Hired a car and getting around was no problem.
Eileen
United Kingdom
February 19, 2017
10
Exceptional
Everything at your fingertips.City fascinating sea and mountains close by. A trip on the red tour bus a must for new visitors.
roy
United Kingdom
February 19, 2017
10
Exceptional
Clean and organised, a beautiful city and full of history of our country and accomodating all race and age
Bathabile
South Africa
February 19, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Cape Town

Vineyard Hotel

9.2 Wonderful

Score from 1,381 reviews

$256

Average price per night
  • “beautiful building”
    257 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “excellent quality of food”
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Victoria & Alfred Hotel

8.7 Excellent

Score from 884 reviews

$338

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    220 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “amazing views”
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The Westin Cape Town

8.7 Excellent

Score from 534 reviews

$281

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
    63 related reviews
  • “excellent quality of food”
    60 related reviews
  • “location was great”
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Cape Royale Luxury Hotel

8.6 Excellent

Score from 720 reviews

$305

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
    146 related reviews
  • “location was great”
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  • “very clean”
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The Portswood Hotel

8.6 Excellent

Score from 739 reviews

$199

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    150 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    110 related reviews
  • “excellent quality of food”
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The Table Bay Hotel

9 Wonderful

Score from 910 reviews

$419

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
    131 related reviews
  • “location was great”
    113 related reviews
  • “amazing views”
    95 related reviews
President Hotel

8 Very Good

Score from 910 reviews

$200

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
    104 related reviews
  • “location was great”
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  • “excellent quality of food”
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The Commodore Hotel

8.1 Very Good

Score from 398 reviews

$235

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    62 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    48 related reviews
  • “excellent quality of food”
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Taj Cape Town

9.1 Wonderful

Score from 487 reviews

$338

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
    107 related reviews
  • “location was great”
    53 related reviews
  • “excellent quality of food”
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Discover Cape Town

Popular Neighborhoods in Cape Town

City Bowl

205 properties

Fuel up with a latte from Truth Coffee and see City Bowl! Contemplate great art in the museums along Government Avenue and old Adderly Street. Shop for authentic African jewels at the Women’s Craft Market on Long Street. Sightsee on the Red Bus, or treat yourself to a play at Fugard Theatre. Then dine your heart out on Bree Street.

Camps Bay

189 properties

Palm trees, white sands, posh promenades – check! Cape Town’s beauty spot is as visually perfect as those who inhabit it. Pamper yourself with a serious spa treatment at the 12 Apostles Hotel. After an afternoon of sun-soaking, treat yourself at Sinful Ice Cream Emporium. After dusk, Sunset Strip is the place to spot the international elite.

Green Point

120 properties

Locals know Green Point as the city’s “Rainbow Capital”. Hip cafes and colourful bars line the streets, where liberal attitudes are de rigueur. Parade in and out of the funky bars, boutiques, and cafes along Somerset Road, then head to the coast to gawk at South Africa’s oldest lighthouse. Trinkets from all over Africa are yours for the taking at the Sunday flea market.

Sea Point

112 properties

Where’d you get those muscles? Sea Point’s outdoor gym, of course! Perched on a promenade that’s prime for exercising, socialising and people-spotting, this area is wholly devoted to the body beautiful. Sea Point’s views also rival the best in the world, with the wind-whipped Atlantic on one side and handsome Lion’s Head on the other.

Gardens

57 properties

This quiet, suburban district is made special by its diverse soundscape. Children play tag in De Waal Park while their parents natter, and drum circles beat a uniform rhythm that’s distinctly South African. Mums and Dads take to Mill Street’s cafes to buy posh nosh – pop into Cassis Paris to bite into the dreamiest macaroon of your life!

V&A Waterfront

42 properties

C-Town’s luxury zone is a beehive that keeps on buzzing. Shop in brand-name stores at the V&A Waterfront Mall, or buy designer knick-knacks at the Watershed Markets. Don’t miss Sevruga’s mouth-wateringly-fresh sushi, or an evening of hilarity spent at Cape Town Comedy Club. For the real deal, ferry to Robben Island or see the Cape by helicopter.

Century City

39 properties

Welcome to “Little Europe”. Blend Tuscan palazzo’s with Amsterdam’s canals, and the result is eclectic and totally charming. Join the gaggles of bag-totting families at Canal Walk Mall, a smorgasbord of high-street retailers, art galleries, arcades, and restaurants. Or ferry you through the Main canal and circle the Intake (Bird) Island.

Local Tips for Cape Town

Great Surfing Spot!
Jonathon by Jonathon

Crazy about the outdoors, Jonathon loves adventure and making people laugh.

This popular surfing spot between Hout Bay and Camps Bay gives the chance to enjoy some great waves and a white sandy beach, all overlooked by majestic mountains.

  • Llundudno Beach, Cape Town
Mzoli's Place
Paul by Paul

Soon-to-be-Dad Paul was born and brought up in Cape Town.

Mzoli’s offers the chance to experience dining in a township setting. Located in Gugulethu, it’s a great place to go in a group to enjoy amazing food, music and a lively atmosphere.

  • NY 115, Guguletu, Cape Town
  • Open Monday-Sunday 11:00-19:00
Oranjezicht City Farm
Kirsten by Kirsten

Conservationist Kirsten loves penguins, the city’s natural beauty and spending time with friends.

The non-profit Oranjezicht City Farm (OZCF) offers beautiful surroundings, organic snacks, culture and community - all in the heart of the city.

  • Upper Orange Street, Oranjezicht, Cape Town
  • www.ozcf.co.za
  • Open Monday-Friday 08:00-16:00, Saturday 08:00-13:00.
City Tours & Signal Hill
Badroeneesa by Badroeneesa

Neesa was born in Malaysia and raised in Cape Town. She loves shopping and exploring the outskirts.

An amazing spot to enjoy city views, Signal Hill looks onto Table Mountain and Lion’s Head peak. Take a city tour up there, or simply head up yourself with a picnic.

First Thursdays
Cecile by Cecile

Cecile moved to Cape Town last year and already feels like a local.

On the first Thursday of every month, the city’s art galleries open in the evenings. It’s a great way to soak up some culture and some venues even offer wine tasting!

Whale Watching in Gaansbaai
Tamryn by Tamryn

Tamryn’s a big fan of travelling and seeking out adventure.

Gaansbaai’s a little town located down the coast and a 30-minute drive from Hermanus. It’s a great spot for watching Southern Right Whales play in the ocean with their young and there are also some nice restaurants nearby.

Simon's Town and the Salty Sea Dog
Darrel by Darrel

Darrel loves being outdoors and enjoys the beach and mountains as much as the concrete jungle.

Take a morning train journey along the coast to Simon’s Town and enjoy lunch at The Salty Sea Dog, in the heart of this historic naval village. Jump on the train back to the city before sunset.

  • 2 Wharf Street, Simon's Town
  • saltyseadog.co.za
  • Open Monday-Saturday 08:30-21:00, Sunday 08:30-16:30
Surf Lessons in Muizenberg
Althea by Althea

A fun-loving volunteer firefighter, Athea also finds time to run a surf school.

A favourite Capetonian past time, Muizenberg’s Indian Ocean shores are a great spot to try out some surfing. There are also some well-established surf schools nearby.

  • Rip Curl, 229 Long Street, Cape Town
  • Check website for details.
Explore Kalk Bay
Christian by Christian

Chris loves making the most of the great golfing around the cape.

Kalk Bay is my favourite spot outside the city. There are great shops, nice restaurants, such as The Annex, and venues for enjoying a drink, live music and a bit of partying. St James Beach with its famous colourful beach huts is just a stone’s throw away.

Woodstock Cave
Lemor by Lemor

Lemor loves finding new hiking trails, discovering waterfalls, or trying his hand at surfing.

This cave can be found halfway up Devil’s Peak and is the largest one on Table Mountain. It’s a little less touristy, easy to hike to and rewards you with some breath-taking views!

  • Devil's Peak, Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town
  • www.capetown.travel
  • Check website for details.
Silvermine Dam
Bronwyn by Bronwyn

Bronwyn loves outdoor swimming as much as running and cycling along Table Mountain’s trails.

I love exploring Silvermine Nature Reserve, which is home to a 19th-century dam and is also part of Table Mountain National Park. It’s the perfect place for a hike, bird-watching, mountain biking, or to enjoy a picnic.

Park Run
Lauren by Lauren

Dance, fashion and travel-mad Lauren hails from Cape Town and loves soaking up new cultures.

Take part in one of the city’s 5 km runs which take in city landmarks, including Cape Town Stadium and Greenpoint Park. You can register for free online and there are runs each Saturday, starting at 08.00.

The Festive Ideas Market
Steven by Steven

Steven enjoys spending time with loved ones and being outdoors.

This market is a little hidden gem and great for those who love shopping, drinking wine and being amongst the hustle and bustle. It’s a great spot to pick up a more unusual present around the festive period.

  • Paarl/Franschhoek Rd, R45, Simondium
  • www.festiveideas.co.za
  • Open Tuesday-Saturday 09:30-17:30, Sunday 09:30-15:00
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Recommended in Cape Town

Booking.com asked travelers...

Why do you recommend Cape Town for food?

The restaurants are so reliable and give excellent value for money. There is such a variety of cuisine and the quality of food and service is brilliant whether it be a simple take away or a luxury seafood dinner. My favourite special occasion restaurant is definitely Pigalle. Wonderful lobster and seafood, excellent service, beautiful surroundings, a band and you can dance if you wish to.

needed to clear my mind and unwind. watching the ocean, even just standing in the breeze - its so calming i cant explain it - my mind drifts but to a calm place and sets me at ease - major de-stresser

Parts of Cape Town are loaded with small vineyards producing excellent, affordable wine. Better wines than those of my home state, RI, and cheaper wines and tastings than Napa and Sonoma.

Use the sightseeing bus.....There is no better way to see the city. I suggest you do that when you arrive and it will give you a good idea of where you want to spend more time.

Before doing anything else do the red bus tour - it provides a good overview of just about everything (from the beaches to table mountain etc) so you can plan your stay better

I like walking on the beach & picking up shells but I did not always feel 100% comfortable as homeless people sleep on the beach at Sea Point.i

The beautiful beaches, the stunning views, the many coffee shops and restaurants.

All restaurants offer value for money in accordance with their rating

the gateway to Roben Island and the waiting area

Transportation

Cape Town Transportation

Air – Cape Town International Airport

A single bus transfer from the airport to the city will cost R85, while taxis cost between R300 and R400. Leaving every 20 minutes, the A01 bus stops outside the Arrivals Hall, running between 05.30 and 21.30 during the week. On weekends, it runs between 06.30 and 21.30, leaving every 30 minutes. The bus runs to the Civic Centre in the city’s Central Business District.

Taxi

Taxis vary in colour and design, and can charge either flat rates, or by the kilometre, so it’s best to agree up front what the fee may be. Rush hour in the city is generally between 06.00 and 09.00, and 16.00 and 18.00. Official cabs have a logo and it’s advisable to stick to those with company logos on them.

Bus

MyCiTi runs bus links across the city and to major landmarks, as well as the seafront. It’s generally a punctual service and you need to use your topped-up myconnect card to travel, as buses don’t accept cash. Single-trip cards cost R 35 and can be bought at kiosks and vending machines. Buses run from around 06.00 until 21.00.

Train

Main train stations include Adderly Street, Salt River, Wynberg and Retreat. Single fares start at R7 (1-10 km) or R7.50 (11-20 km), while weekly tickets cost R45 or R48, and it’s advisable to pay a little more and use the Metro+ carriages. Trains run from 05.00 but it’s best to avoid using them after 19.30. The Southern Line Rail Route runs from Central Station and stops at coastal towns including Muizenburg, Simonstown and Kalk Bay.

Car

Hiring a car is a good option to consider, as public transport isn’t established in all areas and isn’t recommended for use at night. Plenty of rental agencies can be found at the airport. Parking is hard to find in the city centre, apart from at shopping malls. When parking on the street, you pay a warden for meter parking but remember to get a receipt as proof of payment - and to lock the car. Driving is on the left-hand side in South Africa.

Food in Cape Town

Top Restaurants in Cape Town

Upscale Dining
Indian
Bombay Brasserie
Cheap Eats
Mexican
Neighbourhood Restaurant, Bar and Lounge
Mid-Range Fare
Gourmet
Fork
Upscale Dining
Japanese
Haiku
Mid-Range Fare
Bakery
Jason's Bakery
Mid-Range Fare
South African
Company's garden restaurant
Cheap Eats
Asian
South China Dim Sum Bar
  • 289 Long Street, City Bowl
  • Open Tuesday-Friday 12:30-15:00 and 18:30-22:00, Saturday 11:00-15:00 and 18:30-22:00
  • 0027 78 8463656
Cheap Eats
American
Royale Eatery
Mid-Range Fare
Italian
Palma
  • 213 Bree Street, City Bowl
  • Open Monday 14:00-23:00, Tuesday 12:00-15:00, Wednesday-Thursday 14:00-23:00, Friday 12:00-15:00, Saturday 14:00-23:00
  • 0027 82 2947015
Mid-Range Fare
American
Lefty's Dive Bar
Mid-Range Fare
Mediterranean
Hemelhuijs
Mid-Range Fare
Greek
Maria's Greek Cafe & Restaurant
Mid-Range Fare
Japanese
Takumi
Upscale Dining
Gourmet
Aubergine Restaurants
Mid-Range Fare
French
Freres Bistro
  • 42 Hans Strijdom Avenue, City Bowl
  • Open Monday-Wednesday 17:00-22:00, Thursday-Friday 12:00-15:00 and 17:00-22:00, Saturday 17:00-22:00
  • 0027 21 4181609
Upscale Dining
Italian
La Frasca
Mid-Range Fare
Greek
Marika's Restaurant
  • Upper Buitenkant Street, Oranjezicht
  • Open Tuesday-Friday 18:00-00:00, Saturday 12:00-15:00 and 18:00-00:0, Sunday 12:00-15:00
  • www.facebook.com
  • 0027 21 4652727
Mid-Range Fare
South African
Van Hunks
  • 1 Upper Union Street, Gardens
  • Open Monday-Sunday 11:30-22:00
  • 0027 21 4225422
Upscale Dining
South African
Gold Restaurant
Mid-Range Fare
Greek
Sloppy Sam
Mid-Range Fare
Italian
Da Vincis
Upscale Dining
Asian
Beluga
Upscale Dining
Gourmet
Pigalle
Upscale Dining
Gourmet
Signal at Cape Grace
Cheap Eats
Cafe
Osumo
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