Initially a replenishing level for ships en route between Europe and Asia, Cape City is town from which the nation of South Africa grew.

Most of its key sights lie within the Metropolis Bowl and adjoining districts set scenically between the waterfront and Desk Mountain. Summer season (December to March) sees town in full stride, however low season (June to September) comes with the promise of watching whales and nice white sharks.

Cape City can also be synonymous with the late, nice Nelson Mandela, whose presidential inauguration came about right here 25 years in the past this month. 

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Cape City is again within the highlight this yr; Nelson Mandela’s presidential inauguration came about there 25 years in the past in Might 2019

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Robben Island is Cape City’s jail turned museum

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Boulders Seashore is residence to tons of of penguins

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Zeitz MOCAA is a gallery displaying African artwork

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Neighbourgoods Market combines stalls providing native eats

Neighbourgoods Market

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Orphanage Cocktail Emporium is a speakeasy-style bar

Orphanage Cocktail Emporium

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The Inventory Alternate is positioned in arty Woodstock

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Greenmarket Sq. is residence to a vibrant market

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Cape City is again within the highlight this yr; Nelson Mandela’s presidential inauguration came about there 25 years in the past in Might 2019

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Robben Island is Cape City’s jail turned museum

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Boulders Seashore is residence to tons of of penguins

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Zeitz MOCAA is a gallery displaying African artwork

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Neighbourgoods Market combines stalls providing native eats

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Orphanage Cocktail Emporium is a speakeasy-style bar

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The Inventory Alternate is positioned in arty Woodstock

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Greenmarket Sq. is residence to a vibrant market

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Uncover Nelson Mandela’s story on boat journey to Robben Island, the notorious high-security jail (now a museum and World Heritage Web site) the place the long run president spent 18 years behind bars (R360/£20pp). Excursions are led by former inmates whose real-life tales add a humbling sense of actuality to a touristy day trip. Proceed the historical past lesson on a Footsteps to Freedom strolling tour (R1,970/£110 for as much as 4 individuals) of city-centre websites that performed a component in Mandela’s lengthy stroll to freedom, together with Metropolis Corridor’s steps from the place he gave a speech on the day he was launched. 

Painted partitions

Take a 90-minute road artwork strolling tour of Woodstock’s inspiring murals (R350/£20pp). The fast regeneration of this previously rundown district is being pushed by microbreweries, artisanal designers and vibrant graffiti, and each bit has a narrative to inform. 

Robben Island is Cape City’s jail turned museum (Getty Photographs)

Take a hike

Desk Mountain is a Cape City icon. Comply with the crowds to its peak by taking the Desk Mountain Aerial Cableway (R330/£18pp), or earn these views on a guided hike with Kiff Kombi Excursions (R850/£48pp). Scenic Platteklip Gorge makes for a difficult ascent; however you possibly can at all times give your knees a break by taking the cable automobile again down. 

Up and away

Get an much more magical hen’s eye view of town on a tandem paraglide with Cape Xtreme (R1500/£84pp). Take a leap of religion from Sign Hill and soar above the rooftops earlier than touching gently down on Sea Level’s promenade. It’s probably the most invigorating 5 minutes conceivable. 

Boulders Seashore is residence to tons of of penguins (Getty Photographs/iStockphoto)

Marine marvels

Though you’ll must go elsewhere in South Africa for a safari, there’s loads of wildlife near town: spot African penguins on Boulders Seashore (R65/£3.60pp). 

The place to remain

The traditional place to remain in Cape City is the legendary Belmond Mount Nelson. With its pastel-pink façade and ever-present Desk Mountain backdrop, it has an unbeatable sense of place matched by timeless magnificence and magnificence. The 198 up to date guestrooms are complemented by two outside swimming pools and a spa – however maybe probably the most excellent characteristic is its splendidly peaceable gardens that present a resort-style sanctuary from town’s city grit. Doubles from R4,500 (£250), B&B. 

The Inventory Alternate is positioned in arty Woodstock (Newmark Lodges)

An edgier possibility is the all-new Inventory Alternate, which opened earlier this yr in up-and-coming Woodstock. This fashionable however inexpensive property is sort of totally furnished from close by companies, giving it stacks of native flavour. All 33 spacious, apartment-style rooms have an city aesthetic with loads of character, plus views of both Desk Mountain or over the docks to False Bay. Doubles from R1,870 (£104), B&B.

For price range digs, Atlantic Level is certainly one of Cape City’s top-rated hostels. Positioned within the Inexperienced Level neighbourhood inside strolling distance of the V&A Waterfront, it has en-suite doubles from R1,080 (£60), B&B (or dormitory beds from £15). 

The place to eat

Begin the day with breakfast on the glorious Jason Bakery, set amid the thrill of Bree Road. Go for glorious espresso and pastries or improve to heartier egg-based dishes; come again at lunchtime for toasties, sandwiches and salads made with seasonal produce. 

Neighbourgoods Market combines stalls providing native eats (Neighbourgoods Market)

Seafood doesn’t come more energizing than at Ocean Jewels, a easy diner in Woodstock promoting sustainably-caught fish at extremely affordable costs. Select from lighter choices comparable to seared tuna rice bowls (R80/£4.50) or heartier plates of fish and chips (from R65/£3.60). 

Ocean Jewels started life as a stall down the highway on the weekly Neighbourgoods Market, which attracts crowds each Saturday to graze on native and regional meals. Pattern something from ostrich burgers to dumplings and high quality biltong, plus pizzas, native wines and Woodstock craft beers. 

The place to drink

Woodstock provides a memorable caffeine kick at Rosetta Roastery, whose African, Asian and South American espresso beans are roasted on-site to convey out every one’s character. Go for one thing regional (Ethiopian or Kenyan) and sip it sizzling or iced within the industrial-chic café. 

Orphanage Cocktail Emporium is a speakeasy-style bar (Orphanage Cocktail Emporium)

The beachy suburb of Camps Bay has the very best sunsets on the town. Drink within the fiery skies from Chinchilla, a rooftop lounge and bar that’s an enormous hit with the sundowner set. Go for a watermelon mint G&T (R160/£9) and watch the sinking solar’s rosy glow above the Twelve Apostles cliffs. A resident DJ entertains on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Orphanage Cocktail Emporium on inner-city Bree Road provides a extra city really feel. The speakeasy-style bar’s signature drinks embrace the Benedict Cucumber Patch (gin, cucumber and apple, R90/£5), plus there’s a snack menu with a London accent due to Kings Cross quesadillas and Brixton mustard chilli beef. 

The place to buy

Pedestrianised St George’s Mall is town centre’s major procuring road, with Greenmarket Sq. about midway down. Hit the latter for its vibrant market of arts, crafts and souvenirs. There’s a extra upmarket collection of related items at The Watershed, a lately expanded indoor market on the V&A Waterfront. High picks right here embrace upcycled gadgets that remember the ingenuity of artisans within the townships: search for cushions crafted from previous rice sacks, guitars comprised of oil cans and animal sculptures hewn from discarded flip-flops, with the whole lot both made or designed in South Africa. 

Greenmarket Sq. is residence to a vibrant market (Getty Photographs)

Artistic craft gadgets can be discovered within the boutiques alongside Kloof Road. Amongst them is Opulent Residing, an idea retailer stocking ostrich-leather purses, authentic artworks and ornaments from 43 proficient native designers. On the opposite aspect of city, Woodstock Alternate is a former manufacturing unit that’s been transformed into eating places and outlets promoting homewares and hand-made baggage. It’s simply up the highway from the Previous Biscuit Mill, whose shops and Saturday market are a vital weekend expertise. 

Architectural spotlight

Don’t miss Zeitz MOCAA, an artwork museum occupying a repurposed, derelict grain silo that’s topped with the placing, bug-eye home windows of the The Silo resort. Recycled concrete by no means regarded so good. 

Zeitz MOCAA is a gallery displaying African artwork (Getty Photographs)

Nuts and bolts 

What foreign money do I want? 

South African rand.

What language do they converse?

English and Afrikaans are simply two of 11 official languages.

Ought to I tip? 

10 per cent is beneficiant.

What’s the time distinction?

One or two hours, relying on the time of yr.

What’s the common flight time from the UK?

Round 12 hours. British Airways provides the one continuous flights from the UK (from Heathrow). Emirates, South African and Qatar Airways supply one-stop connections. 

Public transport

MyCiTi bus is cheap, dependable and handy. 

Finest view

Hit the V&A Waterfront to see Desk Mountain looming above town and docks.

Insider tip 

Head to vibrant Bo Kaap for koeksisters, daaltjies and different hard-to-pronounce road meals.