24 Hours in Cape Town: A perfect day in South Africa's Mother City
Thomas Breathnach takes an alternative tour of South Africa's Mother City, from graffiti tours to Kwaito beats.
10am: Wander Woodstock
Think of Woodstock, Cape Town’s hottest ’hood, as a shot of wheatgrass for the soul. Start at The Old Biscuit Mill where Neighbourgoods Market is the true hipster heartbeat of the nation. Here, pick up an organic rooibos iced tea and explore the area’s vibrant graffiti scene with Juma’s Art Tours (townshiparttours.co.za; €13). For brunch, hit Superette for their toasted banana bread (superette.co.za; €4).
How: Neighboorgoods is on Saturdays (theoldbiscuitmill.co.za).
2pm: Instagram Bo-Kaap
For the best Cape Town photo ops, wander to South Africa’s prettiest neighbourhood, Bo-Kaap. Home to descendants of Malaysian slaves, the largely Muslim quarter is a kaleidoscopic streetscape of Cape Dutch cottage architecture and features SA’s oldest mosque. Hungry/in search of food porn? Wander downtown to graze at Bree Street’s boutique bakeries.
How: See bokaap-capetown.co.za (stash away your selfiesticks and valuables come dusk, however).
5pm: Urban Safari
Catching the cable-car to Table Mountain is Cape Town’s blockbuster attraction, but consider skipping the queues for a hike beneath the 1,000m Devil’s Peak instead. On its foothills you may be able to spot a protected herd of zebra. What other city can offer an urban safari?
How: Start your trail at Rhodes Memorial (sanparks.org) and don’t forget your phone, snacks, water and warm clothing (no matter the season, it can get chilly up top on Table Mountain).
8pm: Party-all-night-long street
Camp’s Bay has its air-brushed panache, but Long Street’s vibey (and occasionally sketchy) street life still makes for the most diverse nightlife. Here you’ll find everything from Afrikaans rock-revival to African Kwaito music beats thumping from crowd-thronged balconies. And don’t overlook its happening side streets. Try Julep for cocktails (julep.co.za), Royale’s gourmet burgers for dinner (royaleeatery.com; €6) and THoM for late night tunes (thehouseofmachines.com).
How: Try the safe and affordable Rikki taxis (rikkis.co.za).