Cape Town has a particular way of flirting with visitors and then seducing them to stay for a month or six. If you have fallen prone to this infliction, here is some advice how to spend your time in the beautiful city.
Sleeping around (Accommodation):
Firstly you need a place to stay. Camps Bay Apartments offers short as well as long term, monthly accommodation. If you decide to stay over the “green season” as we like to call it, in other words autumn and winter – there are apartments and villas to rent on a tight budget or super luxurious. Should you wish to stay over peak season, especially New Year and February, you might need to fork out a bit more for your accommodation.
Moving on with Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs. Once you have rented a great apartment or villa in Cape Town, you need to eat. Most locals buy from Woolworths (we only recently acquired one in Camps Bay), Pick & Pay and Checkers. If you like the finer things in life or prefer more organic or healthy options, you can try the Wellness Centre, The Oranjezicht Market, Sans, Giovanni’s etc.
If self catering is not your thing then try the non-touristy restaurants where the locals go. Some of our favourites include Marias, Nonna Lina, the Hussar Grill in Camps Bay, Saigon, Jason’s Bakery (try their dossants early on a Saturday morning – get there ‘a presto’) Maison J’s in Camps Bay etc. Mike loves The Sports Club next to the Bay Hotel in Camps Bay – a great place for men to gather who want to watch sport or get away from their wives or drink (or all of aforementioned).
Sunday evenings, the young crowd hangs out at Caprice in Victoria Road, Camps Bay. If you are male but not young, do not despair. As long as you can get your hands on a Ferrari, park it in front of Caprice and rev it a few times to announce your arrival – you are good to go.
The art of:
Our favourite place to watch art movies is the Labia – I know it sounds terrible, but it’s an institution in Cape Town. You can buy your wine and drink it – while watching a movie.
If you enjoy going to the theatre, I can suggest the following:
Theatre on the Bay in Camps Bay
Fugard – if you like Portuguese food and also the opposite of fine dining – try Dias Tavern for dinner before the show.
Everyone in Cape Town climbs Lion’s Head. If you have been there done that – try Table Mountain. There are many ways up, to name a few:
Kasteelspoort starting from Theresa Avenue in Camps Bay
You can also learn to surf in Muizenberg or kite surf in Bloubergstrand.
If you prefer getting high, try paragliding.
As we say in Cape Town … “Local is lekker!”
Enjoy your stay in our beautiful city!