Cape Town is a wonderful destination, especially in the period from November to March. The temperatures are comfortably mild and its location on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and around Table Mountain is characterized by a beautifully varied nature. Cape Town is simply the perfect place to say goodbye to dreary winter gray for a little while, without experiencing the exasperation of jet lag (at least for Europeans). And here, my favorites for a short (or not so short) trip:
Hotel: POD Camps Bay
This luxury boutique hotel is located in a charming part of Camps Bay, just a few minutes walk from the beach. From the rooms you have a fabulous view of the sea and Table Mountain as well as the Twelve Apostles mountain range. The design is modern and purist with glass, granite and African wood.
Excursion: Boulders Beach
About 20 minutes by car from Cape Town is Simon’s Town, an idyllic city, where penguins settled on the beach about 30 years ago. Since then, they’ve dramatically increased in number and inhabit a colony at Boulders Beach. From the dock you can watch and photograph the sweet sea birds from little more than arm’s length.
Activity: Table Mountain
Anyone who enjoys hiking can effortlessly climb the 1068-meter high Table Mountain in just a few hours. For everyone else, the short ride up with a cable car is worth the trip. Both ways lead to the top and once you’re there the view is truly breathtaking. It’s best to come in the afternoon, buy a bottle of wine at the top and enjoy the beautiful sunset.
Restaurant: La Colombe
This restaurant is considered to be the best in the city and is situated in the Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, one of the oldest wineries in the region. Chef Scot Kirton was selected as “Chef of the Year” by San Pellegrino in 2015, and pays special attention to an aesthetically pleasing presentation of his dishes. Thus, it’s not only a culinary delight, but also a feast for the eyes.
Favorite Place: Neighbourgoods Market
Every Saturday in the Woodstock district in the Old Biscuit Mill, a lovingly restored old biscuit factory, is the Neighbourgoods Market. Founded in 2006, the market has won countless awards and serves as a platform for regional farmers offering up their purely organic products. A culinary highlight and the perfect place to pick up a few souvenirs for back home.
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Gloria Brachmann lives in Berlin and travels the world as a flight attendant. Before she turned her profession into her passion and started the blog "Come fly with me", she worked as a Contributor for L'Officiel Homme and as freelance Styling-Assistant.