The Telegraph’s UK readers voted Cape Town as the best city in the world and with summer in full swing what better way to spend your vacation in the stylish beach and party city? With something to do every night of the week, how do you decide where to start or what to do? Here is a list of the top 10 things to do for the trendy party-goer that needs to know what is happening, before they arrive.
1.Catch some sun
Cape Town is famous for its beaches and Clifton beach is great for catching some sun while still doing it in style. You can take it one step further and rent a bungalow on one of the four Clifton beaches. Estate agencies like Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty do short-term rentals, where you can rent a bungalow for as little as a day.
2.Take in the markets
Markets are big all over the world and the ones in Cape Town are packed with local produce and designs. With stalls that serve gourmet food, specialist brewed beer and hand-crafted clothing, you will only spot the trendsetters of Cape Town at these markets. Visit the Hope Street market, the Old Biscuit Mill and the Hout Bay marketfor a trendy shopping experience.
When a celebrity arrives in Cape Town their first stop is either Café Caprice or the Grand Café & Beach on the Atlantic Seaboard. These places are both great to watch the sunset over a cocktail and nibble on some tapas. When the stars are out, the music starts and you can put those killer heels to good use.
4.Walk the strip
The Camps Bay strip is very popular amongst locals and internationals and there is a great vibe both day and night. Stroll along the strip, which has a number of great restaurants, shops and cafés. You can also sit on Camps Bay beach and get one of the restaurants, like Cal’Caccio’s who delivers pizza straight to where you are seated on the beach.
5.Shop South African Designer Labels
With international designer labels coming to South Africa left, right and centre, you want to have a truly authentic experience and shop South African Designer labels. Cape Town is the perfect place to get that stunning party dress and killer heels to add another chapter to your travelling wardrobe. Designers such as Errol Arendz with his internationally acclaimed DuSud label, known for producing designer wear for the real woman. DuSud has high-quality on trend dresses and shoes to suit every girl with a flair for the glamorous. His flagship store is in the Cape Quarter, which is a retail mecca for local designers of fashion, jewellery and craft. For a touch of guerrilla retail you can try out the newly opened DuSud pop-up store in the tourist hub V&A Waterfront.
Shop for vintage clothes and add some old-school cool to your wardrobe. Cape Town has some great stores like Second Time Around on Long Street or Rock, Paper, Scissors on Bree Street where you can get good quality vintage clothes.
You cannot go to Cape Town without visiting at least one wine farm. Organise a shuttle to take you from your hotel or B&B to Stellenbosch and Franshoek where all the great wine farms are. Haute Cabriere is perfect for a glass of Method Cap Classique and a lesson in ‘Sabrage’ and Spier Wine farm is great for a lazy wine tasting afternoon where you can relax on the sprawling lawns with a picnic.
8.Bar hop on Long Street
If you don’t feel like dressing up too much but still want a good night out, then Long Street is your answer. Always alive and buzzing, as you hop from bar to bar you will meet people from all over the world here and you are guaranteed to have a good night out.
Taste the eclectic flavours of Cape Town. From traditional Cape Malay food, to an all meat barbeque in a township, Cape Town has a wide range of tastes and flavours to suit every tastebud. Mzoli’s in Gugulethu is a great way to try traditional African meat, or Mama Africa’s in Long Street which provides hearty meals that are eaten to the sounds of the African drum. If you want something a little bit more upmarket, the Test Kitchen in Woodstock is deliciously decadent, but be sure to book in advance. ,
10.Relax & Unwind
After a hectic night out, why not treat yourself to a relaxing and rejuvenating Thai massage or spa treatment to keep you going on your holiday? Cape Town has a number of specialist spas like Ey Spa in the V&A Waterfront where you can get an invigorating facial using the proudly South African products, Nimue, which is great for nourishing your skin after a stint in the strong African sun.
This article was first published on News24.com