Pot Luck Club - This is a place you'll want to book ahead of time! If you're traveling on a budget, let this be your meal to splurge on. Be prepared to share a combination of salty, sweet, sour, and bitter tapa like portions, served in unique pairings.
Recommendations: Selection of South African Cheeses, Beer Battered Fish, Fish Tacos,
Honeybun Deli - After a long night out, brunch here is where you'll want to go; fresh squeezed juices, generous portions, affordable prices, and free wifi, there's nothing more you could ask for.
Recommendations: Eggs Benedict with salmon, French Toast
Karibu - If your looking for a relaxing or romatic evening, head to the V&A Waterfront. Known for it's "authentic" South African cuisine, but catered more for tourist, you'll be able to sample local favorites like Bobotie and Braaied meats.
Recommendations: Mussel Pot, Lamb Shank
Banana Jam Cafe - Before getting the party started head to Banana Jam for some spice, both in their food and atmosphere. Their cocktails are amazing, primarily because they're large, fruity, and the bar staff doesn't hold back while pouring.
Royale Eatery - Creative names with sui generis combinations, its a burger joint on steroids. Located amidst a series of bars, stop here to soak up beer while bar hopping.
Recommendations: Jenghis Kahn (salmon fish cake), Peppermint Chocolate Shake
The Creamery - Can you ever go wrong with handmade ice cream? No, I don't think so! On your way to or from The Old Biscut Mill, stop and suppor small family farms by enjoying handmade, naturally produced ice cream.
Recommendation: Sea Salt Caramel
Eastern Food Bazaar - For a taste of the far east, venture into this market, you'll feel like you entered a mini souk full of delicioulsy spiced dishes.
E A T.
p a r t y.
Clifton Beaches - Hidden amongst greenery, you'll feel like you've entered a remote area. With table mountain as its backdrop, the views are amazing.
Recommendation: go to the 4th beach, each one varies
Table Mountain - Whether you cable car your way up, hike, or bike, once you reach the plateaued top, you'll be witness to one of the most amazing views Cape Town has to offer.
Recommendation: go at sunset
Shark Cage Diving - Daredevil or not, this is an activity everyone should do at least once in their life. I'd like to describe my experience as the best-worst experience of my life that I'd definitely do over, hopefully with a little less sea-sickness, and more courage to stay under water and view the sharks.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens - Green, green, green, if you need one word to describe Cape Town, green is what it would be. At the gardens you view such a varied assortment of greenage and never before seen flowers, you feel like you've been transported to a scene of Jurassic Park.
Robben Island - It's an absoulute necessity to visit, get cultured not only about Nelson Mandela's but other prominent leaders who contributed to bringing equality to the nation.
Truth Coffee, Vintage Market - A combination of all things great is what you'll get here, Shopping, food, music. Expect to leave with a new purchase, be it a new item for your wardrobe or a random trinket, theres something for everyone.
A township - View the immediate effects of apartheid, tred cautiously when going and be fully aware these townships are still homes for many, so forget your judgments and be open to viewing and learning more about South African history.
Recommendation: if you're not the "adventurous" type, don't go alone, book a group a trip.
COCO Nightclub - South Africa is increasingly becoming a hub for upcoming models, and they seem to all venture here to pop bottles and enjoy the latest of hip-pop.
Recommendation: Dress to impress or you'll be left standing outside with a guard ignoring your existence
Beerhouse - It would probably take me a solid year to get through the vast selection of beer this beer hall offers. With 99 bottles and 25 taps, there's a beer for everyone. Start the pregame here before hitting the many bars and clubs on Long Street. Beware, there's an overwhelming frat vibe.
Orphanage - For the more sophisitacted drinker and cocktail connoisseur, Orphanage offers an array of speciality drinks. Settled amongst blocks pseudo hidden cocktail bars, if the calm and collected 27+ is the vibe you're looking for, you'll find it here.
Cafe Caprice - Located on Camps Bay promenade, Caprice offers sea front views of Cape Town's magical sunsets. End your Sunday beach day with refreshing cocktails, good looking people and great music.**
Recommendation:: Lemongrass Blossom
Club 31 - Wit a lively atmosphere and breathtaking 360 degree views of Cape Town you're bound to meet international visitors, as well as, local Capetonians.**
Asoka - An enchanted forested lounge, with a candle lit open courtyard on one of Cape Town's trendiest streets. Treat yourself to a Tuesday evening with live jazz and tasty Asian fusion tapas. Leave room for a tasty cocktail and deep house beats.**
Recommendation:: Berry Smash
** Special thanks to contributor Cyndi Mendoza**
Cape Town is one of the most beautiful places I’ve visited, from the vibrant green landscape to the effervescent people; it was an unforgettable experience where remarkable memories were made. Every travel experience is different, what you see and do vary on who you’re with and why you’ve come; with this trip I saw Cape Town through the eyes of a transplanted grad student. My time was filled with house parties, bar-hopping, club-going moments, and of course typical site seeing touristic adventures. In 8 days I managed to hit the most touristic spots; hiked to Rhodes memorial, got schooled on South African history at Robbins Island, sun bathed on remote beaches, ate at some of the most trendiest restaurants, cruised around the V&A waterfront, endangered my life by going shark cage diving, and experienced the effects of apartheid with a visit to a township. The landscapes, the food, the parties, and best of all, the heartening people, made for a whirlwind experience, I would gladly repeat.