Hello my beautiful friends! As you know Alex and I consider Cape Town one of the top places in the world. I wish Cape Town was closer - we would visit it even more. Every time we get back, we find ourselves falling in love with this city and its magical sunsets more and more. Here is a guide for your trip that consists of our absolutely favourite places we've discovered in Cape Town. It will help you make the most of your time in iconic and extremely breathtaking Cape Town.
Important Note: Whenever we recommend people going to Cape Town the first thing they ask is - “Is it safe?” This is one of the questions we also asked before our first trip here and our friends who are locals have assured us it is. Three years later and Cape Town has become our ultimate annual winter destination. With close to four months spent there already, I can confidently say from my own experience is that it’s really safe, but just like with any other large city in the world you have to be smart and not go out looking for trouble. In all main and touristy areas of Cape Town such as Camps Bay, Clifton, Seapoint, Kloof St, etc., I’ve never felt unsafe. But always remember to be street smart and not be flashy with jewelry, cash, etc.
Now let’s get to our guide to one of our favorite destinations in the world - Cape Town!
WHERE TO EAT
Important Foodie Note: For most restaurant recommendations including lunch and dinner, I highly advise you to call or reserve a table through an online booking as these are very popular restaurants. I even recommend to plan and book your restaurant week and sometimes months in advance, yes it can be that hard to get in to some places.
Coffee and Breakfast/Lunch
This space is really unique, light filled and multi dimensional. It is our go to place for coffee, breakfast or lunch. Especially, the Fika which is a scandanavian pastry with cardamom or cinnamon. Loading Bay is a place committed to facilitating an ethical, conscious movement of daily habitual activities – guests are welcomed to enjoy their selection of seasonal meals whilst perusing through the curated offering of international men wears clothing, or indulge in good conversation of wellbeing and equilibrium with one of their skilled Aesop Consultants.
Right beside Loading Bay is another great cafe. This is definitely the place for coffee lovers. If you are passionate about coffee, Origin is able to source the world’s finest coffee beans. We recommend visiting Origin Headquarters in De Waterkant (this is our favorite location) and get the full experience.You can meet the artisans, watch the roasting and get to taste the coffee while it’s still fresh and expressive. They also offer amazing healthy breakfast and brunch menus, so make sure to take time and stop at Origin.
The Roundhouse probably has one of the best views in Cape Town. It overlooks the twelve apostles mountains. We were skeptical about this place of some mixed reviews, but we were delighted when we went for brunch on the weekend, as they had live music and great food options. Benedict was delicious.
What can I say about Scheckter’s RAW Gourmet Health Food? This is a serene space serving uncompromisingly honest, beautiful and innovative healing food made with love. Awesome vegan spot, perfect for lunch or to order on Uber Eats. The chickpea curry wrap or the vegan falafel wrap will intensify your curiosity in a plant-based menu and the BVB (Best Vegan Burger) is the one that will convert you. The pumpkin pancakes are awesome too, who would have thought.
Jarryd’s Espresso Bar and Eatery is a great place for breakfast or lunch. Really cool hipster vibe here, but all are welcome. They are wholly committed to sourcing and supporting locally produced and seasonal food, and focuse on highlighting the beautiful nature of each and every single ingredient they serve.
And last, but definitely not least – Espresso Lab, a specialty coffee roastery based at The Old Biscuit Mill. If you traveled all the way to Africa, you should get a proper coffee there. The baristas are more than just friendly, they are happy to offer you coffee experience on a whole new level - they make it floral, complex and completely enjoyable. The Old Mill is a cool place to check out on the weekend when they have a food market.