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48 hours in Cape Town – My Top 10 tips for an Epic Cape Town Weekend!
June 27, 2016

Following on from my post on Cape Town in 24 hours , Cheapflights asked me to share what I would do in 48 hours in Cape Town. There really is so much to do in Cape Town, but I decided to build a two day itinerary focusing on my interests – nature, culture, food, and fun times! Beside’s the last bonus tip, all my recommendations are budget friendly!!Top 10 tips for a

My Top 10 tips for an Epic Cape Town Weekend!


My first day in Cape Town explores the culture, nightlife and pulse of the inner city with a morning visit to Table Mountain. I just love the vibe, coffee and art scene of the city!

1. Start at the Sea

Start early – take a walk on the Seapoint promenade and watch the locals start their day with a morning jog or cycle. Join them if you can! Rent a bike from Upcycles, or explore the prom on foot!

2. Explore coffee culture

Get your caffeine fix and grab a quick breakfast at Truth Coffee or one of the many cool coffee shops in Cape Town. There’s so many to choose from, but my favourites include Truth (voted best coffee shop in the world),  Deluxe Coffee, just off Church street and Tribe Coffee in Woodstock!


Coffee Cupping at Tribe Coffee

3. Terrific Table Mountain

A trip to Cape Town isn’t complete without a tour of the city’s greatest icon. I would really recommend you hike up, but since we are pressed for time, take the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway. [Tip: book your ticket online, it really saves you time waiting in the queue]

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View of Lions hEad from the Table Mountain Cableway

4. Creative Woodstock

Explore the creative inner city hood of Woodstock. On a Saturday visit the hip food and fashion market at the Old Biscuit Mill. Explore the art galleries and design shops, then head to Devils Peak Brewery for a beer tasting and some gastro pub grub!

Woodstock cape town foodie

Foodie delights at the Neighbourgoods market at the Old Biscuit Mill

Beer tasting at Devil's Peak Brewery

Beer tasting at Devil’s Peak Brewery

5. Street art walks 

Y’all know I’m the biggest street art fan, so my Cape Town must-do’s wouldn’t be complete without some sort of street art. Woodstock is a hub for Cape Town street art but there are also great works to be seen around the city bowl area, and in the townships.  Take a guided tour around Woodstock or a township street art with with Juma’s Tours, or do a self-guided audio walking tour of the Fringe District with South Africa’s foremost street artist, Falko using the Voicemap app.

woodstock street art

Street art walking Woodstock with Juma’s Tours

6. A stroll through the historic Company’s Gardens

Take a stroll through the lush greenery of the historic Company’s Gardens.  The area is home to numerous landmarks, including The Slave Lodge, Houses of Parliament, the Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium and St George’s Cathedral. Pop in for tea and cake at the family-friendly Company’s Garden restaurant. Don’t miss the SA National Art Gallery for it’s amazing collection of  South African art!

7. Get your party on!

There are way too many choices for a great dining in Cape Town (that deserves a blog post of it’s own).  Head to Kloof Street House for a  divine meal. This cosy restaurant, in trendy Kloof street is housed in the most magnificent Victorian house complete with fairy-lit garden!

Nightlife on Long Street [Photo courtesy Cape Town Tourism]

Nightlife on Long Street [Photo courtesy Cape Town Tourism]

After dinner head to one of  Long Street’s crazy fun bars for a party of note, or party with the hipsters on nearby Bree Street. Try out Mother’s Ruin gin bar for the best local and international craft gins, sample the best local craft beers at the Beerhouse or head to The Waiting Room or Neighbourhood for some fun times!


The next 24 hours we’ll explore Cape Town’s natural beauty and it’s most famous export – wine!!

8. Penguin mornings at Boulders Beach

Get an early start to arrive before the tour buses. If you get to Boulders Beach before 8h30, it will just be you and the penguins, with no bus-loads of tourists in sight. Early morning is also the best light for photography and you can have the boardwalk, all to yourselves without too many tourists crowding your photos!

Boulders Beach

Penguins at Boulders Beach

9. Cape Point

Cape Point is one of my favourite places in Cape Town. It’s not the point where the two oceans meet (as is popular belief), but it is the most south-western corner of the continent.  The rugged cliffs covered in fynbos flanked by beaches and hidden coves – it really is a spectacular site!   Feast on a seafood lunch at the Two Oceans Restaurant and take in the breathtaking views.

Cape Point [Photo courtesy: Cape Town Tourism]

Cape Point [Photo courtesy: Cape Town Tourism]

10. Wine Tasting at Groot Constantia

A visit to Cape Town isn’t complete without wine!  Groot Constantia is the oldest wine estate in Cape Town and the closest to the city. Enjoy wine-tasting at the 330-year old wine estate and experience the heritage and history of the Groot Constantia valley.  End off with an early dinner with panoramic vineyard views at one of their two restaurants. Alternatively head to the V&A Waterfront for dinner by the docks.

Groot Constantia

BUDGET BONUS: Take a free walking tour of the city

If you can fit it in the schedule, try one of the FREE walking tours by Nielsen Tours that start from Greenmarket Square, every day! Don’t miss a walk through the colourful Bo Kaap!

Bo Kaap

Colours of the Bo Kaap

BUCKET LIST BONUS: Do a helicopter tour!

To see Cape Town from a whole other level try a helicopter tour of the city. The views from my Two Oceans tour with Cape Town Helicopters were absolutely epic! This is definitely something for your bucket list!

Cape Town helicopter tours

Cape Town from the sky!!!

For more inspiration check out my video on 24 hours in Cape Town:

I have so many more recommendations for Cape Town, but this is as about as much as I can fit into 48 hours.  Do you have any top tips for Cape Town that I should check out next time I’m there? Share your suggestions in the comments below! 

Disclaimer: This post is  sponsored by Cheapflights as part of the #HelloWeekend blogathon campaign. All opinions are my own and I maintain full editorial control of the content published on this site. 

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There are 15 comments

  • Tash says:

    Cape Town really is the best city!There’s so much to see and do. I would add Kalk Bay and Chapmans Peak drive to your list.

    • Meruschka Govender says:

      Thanks. I agree with you. Chapmans Peak drive is one of my favourite drives ever and Kalk Bay is just too charming!

  • Dee says:

    I do think the legendary Nelson’s Eye steakhouse is something to add to any steaklover’s itenerary. Best point cut rump I’ve had all my life

    • Meruschka Govender says:

      Thanks Dee. I haven’t been there, definitely one to put on my list! I love a good steak 🙂

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  • Rizqah says:

    What a cool post, I myself live in Cape Town and I think we have so much to be grateful for because Cape Town is BEAUTIFUL. I agree with ‘Creative Woodstock’, the biscuit mill is my favourite when it comes to the amount of variety of food options they have

  • Nomonde Mohapi says:

    So beautiful

  • Lebohang says:

    Enjoyed reading this… Will check these spots on my 1st visit next month. Thank you

  • Hi Meruschka, what a great article. As you said, Cape Town has so much to offer. I’m lucky to be a Capetonian and every day is just wonderful. Seems that the Mother City is definitely the place to be if you want to hustle and the bustle of a big city with lots to do, but also wants the beach. And don’t forget Table Mountain that makes Cape Town such an awesome place.

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