One of our resolutions is to give you our secret spots so that you can also enjoy our favorite destination.The first destination explored is Cape Town – the Mother City – with her numerous trendy addresses and activities. For all the adventurous souls, keen on exploring the city between conferences or during your work trip, here are Cape Town’s best kept secrets.
Neighbourgoods market at the Old Biscuit Mill.
In the heart of Woodstock, you’ll find The Old Biscuit Mill, one of the trendiest places in Cape Town. This destination (actually an old biscuit mill) has been converted into a “small village”. Within its walls visitors will find designer shops, restaurants, a wine cellar, coffee roastery and the hugely popular Neightbourgoods Market. This “village” offers something enjoyable for everyone, even those who simply want to stroll about.
Should you come on a Saturday you will be lucky enough to meet and interact with locals at the Neighbourgoods Market, a vibrant market where Cape Townians meet to shop and enjoy a biteto eat. Visitors will have the difficult decision of choosing between dozens of delicious foods options—from chocolate covered waffles to healthy salads, dim sum and grilled meat, you’ll find specialties from all over the world. We consider it a perfect lively brunch spot.
XO Tip: Go very hungry!
West Coast National Park
Just 1.5 hour drive north of Cape Town, you’ll find a little piece of paradise, a place filled with greenery, at the heart of a pristine lagoon: West Coast National Park. Away from the crowds of tourists, enjoy the untouched beaches and beautiful paths to have a walk. In spring and summer, thousands of multicoloured flowers bloom and birdlife is abundant. A visit to West Coast National Park makes a wonderful day trip outside of the city centre.
XO Tip: Don’t forget your swimming-suit since the water is around 20° in this area !
Hiking Lion’s Head Mountain
There is no doubt that climbing Table Mountain or even going up with the Cable car is a must do. But how about switching things up? The hike up Lion’s Head is relatively easy and takes less than an hour. What you get at the top is stunning views of the ocean, the city, and an immense feeling of “I did it!”
XO Tip: Climbing at sunrise and watching Cape Town wake up from atop the mountain is simply incredible. You can also make it at the sunset and enjoy the beginning of Cape Town’s nightlife.
Water’s Edge – Simons Town
This off-the-beaten track beach is one of the local secrets. It involves entering via what looks like a garden gate, which makes it appear to be a private beach, but it isn’t! The beach may be regarded as part and parcel of Boulders beach but actually it lies between Seaforth Beach and Boulders, and most people know nothing about it.
XO Tip: Pay attention, Boulders Beach – the penguin reserve – is very close and it is usual to cross some of them.
First Thursdays Cape Town is a free cultural experience where art galleries and other cultural attractions in the central and East city districts stay open late on the first Thursday of every month. What started in late 2012 with just 6 art galleries has grown into one of the city’s foremost cultural experiences, attracting thousands of people every month.The night is as much about experiencing art and culture as it is about exploring the city on foot.
XO Tip: Choose a few exhibitions and attractions that you’d like to see, but be open to letting the night take its own course.
The Pot Luck Club
If you’re a foodie, you have probably heard of the world famous “The Test Kitchen” gourmet restaurant by chef Luke Dale Roberts. Well we promise you its sister restaurant, The Pot Luck Club, is also worth a visit. Located at the top of the Old Biscuit Mill, with panoramic views of Woodstock, this place will not disappoint you. Choosing from a variety of tapas style dishes, guests share a pot luck dinner in a friendly and lively atmosphere. The open kitchen will fascinate the curious and when the plates arrive, it’s nothing but an explosion of flavours!
XO Tip: You forgot to book? No worries, the Pot Luck Club is also open for lunch and it is much easier to find a table for lunch time.
Bo Kaap Cooking Tour
Bo-Kaap is the most colourful neighbourhood of Cape Town and home to the Cape Malay community. A Cooking Tour allows guests to discover Cape Malay cuisine, learning to fold samoosas and mix massala thanks to secret techniques, as well as being introduced to the daily life and culture of Bo-Kaap residents. Finishing the workshop with a delicious self-made meal and sharing your experiences, this Cooking Tour is guaranteed to be a memorable experience for all who participate.
XO Tip: Don’t take a full English breakfast before this tour !
Our beautiful Mother City is only waiting to be explored! Now that we’ve revealed our secrets we’d like to know, what are your favourite spots in Cape Town?