Things To Do in 48Hrs in Cape Town

On your marks, jet set, go! You have a 48 hour weekend coming up  in gorgeous Cape Town and you need to maximise your minutes – see the sights, eat all the food, drink all the wine and drench your eyes with views. I grew up in Sea Point on the Atlantic Seaboard, and have been living in Oranjezicht in the City Bowl for almost 10 years, so the itinerary I’m presenting to you is wrapped into these two ‘hoods, both being well positioned areas in which to base yourself if visiting the Mother of all cities. I’ve also thrown in a wine valley experience. You’ll thank me later.

This is how I’d get two incredible days down in the Peninsula…. #helloweekend !

First up, get all the sleep you need on the plane, take a deep breath, and launch yourself into the adventure. Let Cape Town imprint your heart! 

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08:00. But first, coffee. No need to sloth about and lie in. We’re on the tourist clock people! Pop into Kleinsky’s on Regent Road in Sea Point for the first caffeine fix of the day, a cappuccino on the go, paired with a toasted cream cheese & salmon bagel;

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Kleinsky’s on Regent Road, Sea Point

Sip and munch as you walk a few blocks down to hire a bicycle from Up Cycles, stationed next to the iconic Sea Point Pavilion , an art deco masterpiece (also fabulous for an early morning swim, no matter the season), and take a leisurely ride along the scenic Sea Point Promenade. Excercise and a view to faint for, as you pedal with waves crashing alongside, seagulls gliding above and Lions Head presiding. An unbeatable combination.

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Hire a bike from Up Cycles & take in the gorgeous views along the Sea Point Promenade

09:30 ~ Breakfast is next and The Power & the Glory in Tamboerskloof is my recommendation~ order the scrambled eggs with avo, spread thickly with cream cheese and basil pesto, and roasted tomatoes on the side. Or have a bowl of porridge like baby bear. Before you leave, let the ace barista Thando make you your second coffee of the day. P&G is also a hipster bar by night, where I feel right at home, even without high waisted jeans.

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Breakfast at The Power & Glory in Tamboerskloof

10h30 ~ Table Mountain beckons. No trip to my town is complete without experiencing this New7Wonder of the World. Book online to avoid the queues and catch the cable car up and be amazed by the most breathtaking views… Robben Island, Signal Hill, the entire city and surrounds, on one side, and Camps Bay beach and the Clifton coves (all Blue Flag beaches by the way) and the Twelve Apostles mountain range on the other.  Free wifi is available on top of the world too so you can spend some time in the cafe catching up on work and then do a walkabout and upload your pics and comments to your heart’s content. Your Insta timeline will never look this good!

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Go up Table Mountain by cable car (pic supplied by Splash PR for Table Mountain)

12h30 to 14h00 ~ lunch overlooking the harbour beckons and for this, there’s no better place than Harbour House on Quay 5 at the V &A Waterfront… the langoustines are superb. Afterwards, visit the curio shops in the mall for top quality product and buy some fine SA wine at Vaughan Johnson’s, right next to the big Cape Wheel…a few revolutions on the latter will show you the Mother City as far as the eye can see.

16h00 ~ no use fighting off that urge to slow down a tad and take a siesta. Kill  two birds with one hot stone and have a massage at the One & Only Spa close by – you can always snatch an additional nap at your hotel before dinner.

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Spoil yourself with a massage and a pamper at the One&Only Spa at the V&A Waterfront (pic supplied by Manley Communications for the One&Only)

18h30 ~ Batteries re-charged, it’s time for a pre-dinner drink and the gin bar behind Honest Chocolate on Wale Street is a fabulous choice (buy some decadent chocolate at the store while you’re at it – it’s good for you!)

20h00 ~ dinner at the chic new kitchen & bar, Mulberry & Prince on Pepper Street. Gorgeous food matched by stellar service & stylish decor

22h00 – next level cocktails at Outrage of Modesty in Shortmarket Street just off buzzing Bree, the ‘it’ street in CT that showcases the best of (almost) everything!

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Outrage of Modesty, Shortmarket Street (images: Andy Lund)
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A choc mint cocktail, at Outrage of Modesty

 

 After cocktails hit the club scene. I can’t offer much advice on this but squizz this website for more deets about options. (Note: pls take extra care in Long Street around hustlers, street kids and such)

Make Sunday more of a chill day, drop the pace a little. See the peninsula from the sky and take a helicopter flip to the Twelve Apostles and have breakfast overlooking a vast expanse of ocean and Lions Head…incomparable eye candy.  And then, how about  taking a drive out to Franschhoek, one of the most exquisite wine valleys in the Cape, if not the world, about 50 minutes from the CBD. Come rain or shine it’s gorgeous, with some of the most spectacular scenery you’ll ever see. Wine tastings are a big thing and a good place to start is at Noble Hill, where you sit  fireside, uncork a fine cab sav and have a light Mexican tapas lunch at Cosecha.  Haute Cabriere up on the hill does superb bubbly, and high tea at La Residence (book one in advance) is a sumptuous sweet and savoury offering. Plop into a big be-cushioned comfy chairs and absorb the glorious setting.

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Mexican tapas at Cosecha at Noble Hill wine estate in Franschhoek

 

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This is the view that awaits at La Residence, as you indulge in a delicious high tea…

As you head back to the city, let the memories of the weekend ease the painful thoughts of your imminent Monday.

Cape Town is always a winner, and waiting for you to visit and to return!

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All images, unless credited otherwise, by Allison Foat/CT DIVA

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This post won me the #HelloWeekend blogathon!

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  Until next time,

20 Comment

  1. Luke says: Reply

    Awesome! Inspired to try these out.

    1. capetowndiva says: Reply

      Great! So much to experience in this cool city!

  2. admin says: Reply

    La Residence looks amazing! I definitely want to go some time 🙂

    1. capetowndiva says: Reply

      It’s chic and so gorgeous- staff very welcoming and warm…a place to treat yourself and Mrs. B!

  3. Vladimir Balybine says: Reply

    Diva is a Diva !!! and C.T. is Divin !!! La Residence just like Karelia & Valaam !!!
    Very Dreamy !!!!!

    1. capetowndiva says: Reply

      Bonjour Vlad de Paris! Merci pour votre mots! Visitez vous en Cap a bientot!

  4. Gary says: Reply

    Soooo many wonderful things to do, so little time! Would it be acceptable to swop morning coffee in Sea Point with wine tasting in Franschhoek or not?

    1. capetowndiva says: Reply

      natch! dora over coffee any day haha!

  5. Fiona Kirk says: Reply

    Some great places to try out on my next visit…thanks for all the tips!

    1. capetowndiva says: Reply

      pleasure! How’s China? You still there or back in Russia? Love to the man!

  6. Melanie Burke says: Reply

    This is great! There is something for everything in the beautiful Mother City!

    1. capetowndiva says: Reply

      Best city evs! x

  7. Pippa Pringle says: Reply

    My favorite places. Thanks for the amazing write up re Franschhoek

    1. capetowndiva says: Reply

      A corner of heaven, 50 mins from Cape Town-love it!

  8. Heather Foat says: Reply

    What a stunning presentation to whet your travel appetite. Cape Town and the Peninsula is a revelation to those wanting the most to do and see.

    1. capetowndiva says: Reply

      GREAT!

  9. What a line up. I’ve only been gone from the City for seven months and there’s already a slew of new places in place. (The Promenade is the best place to start anything.)

    1. capetowndiva says: Reply

      agree re the prom…best! give my love to switzerland!

  10. Danilo says: Reply

    It’s honestly outrageous how much I love Outrage of Modesty. Thanks for the suggestion!

    1. capetowndiva says: Reply

      haha- perfect- try the choc mint cocktail-thanks me later 🙂

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