Widely regarded as the most beautiful city in South Africa, Cape Town is famous for its iconic mountain and foodie culture, offering up a smorgasbord of aesthetic and cultural treats for tourists and locals alike. A mere hour’s drive from Franschhoek, this multicultural destination isn’t one to be overlooked when next you’re in the valley.
If you’re looking for a day trip itinerary replete with culture, cuisine and a little bit of adventure, look no further. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite Mother City hotspots to offer you the ultimate day out in and around Table Bay.
Early Morning: Zone in on Zeitz MOCAA
Start your day with a dose of culture, and pay a visit to the all-new Zeitz MOCAA, located at the V&A Waterfront’s brand new Silo District. The largest showcase of contemporary African art in the world, the museum is constructed from a converted historic grain silo, with the imposing interior having been carved out to create several galleries and a breathtaking central atrium.
Contact: 087 350 4777 or email info@zeitzmocaa.
Late morning: Cycle on the Promenade
Once you’ve topped up on culture, it’s time to explore Cape Town’s legengary great outdoors, and soak up the summer sunshine. Rent a bicycle from Up Cycles and enjoy a relaxing ride from the Sea Point Promenade along the Atlantic Seaboard, taking in the breathtaking surrounds.
The bikes on offer are comfortable and cater to men and women of all sizes, with a selection of bikes and child seats available for children and toddlers respectively.
Contact: 076 135 2223 or 074 100 9161
Lunch at Lily’s
After your morning exertions, you’ll be sure to have worked up an appetite. Make a pitstop at Lily’s Mouille Point’s Golden Mile, which offers a trendy and relaxed seaside setting from which to watch the world go by.
Elegant and eclectic, the menu offers up a choice of locally sourced fresh produce, with sumptuous salads, gourmet burgers and a range of healthier options to suit everybody’s palate.
Contact: +27 (0) 21 204 8545 or
Dessert: Ice-cream at The Creamery
No summer itinerary is complete without a stop at The Creamery for a scoop of their delicious and refreshing natural ice-cream. This dessert café uses seasonal and sustainable ingredients to produce honest-to-goodness ice-cream that’s best enjoyed with a side serving of sea views.
Indulge in one of their scrumptious flavours of the week, or sample one of the classic flavours: Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Sea-salt Caramel and Sweet Cream.
Contact: 021 434 2455
Afternoon: Cable car to Table Mountain
End your day with a cable car trip to the top of Table Mountain, where you can soak up the 360 degree views of the city. The iconic landmark of the city is a must-visit, and it’s advisable to book in advance during the busy season. For an extra special experience, summit the mountain at sunset with a bottle of bubbly, and marvel at one of the city’s legendary technicolour sunsets.