Cape Town: A pocket guide
Built around the heart of the city, and nestled between Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean, there is no place in the world quite like Cape Town. A place where nature and city combine, a coming together of cultures that nourishes the effervescent energy of this South African port city.
Cape Town is best known for its iconic views of the majestic mountains, for its sunset skies that erupt in symphonies of dusty pink, for its white velvet beaches and cerulean waters. Past the extensive boundaries of Table Mountain National Park, there are numerous forests and cultivated area such as the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Green Point Park, and Company Gardens, which making exploring the city a pleasure. With such an abundance of nature, sunny skies and outdoor space the accessibility to adventure is ever present. But that’s just one part of this cosmopolitan peninsula.
Amongst locals, Cape Town is best known as the “Mother City”, as the pulsing hub of unique culture and creativity.
The true charm of this city lies in its options. Whether it’s shopping for leading brands at the Waterfront mall or hipster boutiques on Bree Street, to Helicopter rides over the scenic city, to extravagant burlesque parties at night. This picturesque tip of Africa is heaven to the hedonist where the rich and famous are invited to indulge in fine cuisine and luxurious experiences.
Every trendy street is studded with one-of-a-kind artisanal coffee shops and creative concept boutiques and shops that take the ordinary out of life. This is one of the reasons the city was awarded the World Design Capital in 2014. With more restaurant options than there are days in the year to dine in them, the food culture in Cape Town rivals with some of the best in the world. Not to mention the charming villages and bucolic estates of Wine-lands destinations just outside the urban landscaping of the city that boast highly refined cuisine and exquisite wines to match.
For many travellers, particularly during the winter months in the northern hemisphere, Cape Town’s beaches are a hugely popular holiday destination. Many villas and apartments are within walking distance of the beach, and, even if they are set back from the beach, offer wonderful sea views. Depending on how close you want to be to the city centre, the most popular beach destinations are Bantry Bay, Camps Bay, Fresnaye, Lion’s Head, Glen Beach, Bakoven Beach, Clifton 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Beaches, Hout Bay and Llandudno Beach.
For many, Cape Town feels like home due to its multi-cultural infrastructure. It’s a place for the adventurers, the thrill-seekers and sun-worshippers. For the fashion followers, the foodies, the wine lovers and the coffee connoisseurs. For the music lovers and the artists. For the creators and designers and the rich and famous. Welcome to the Cape Town lifestyle.