Cape Town travel guide

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You're Going to Love Cape Town

From the sparkling waters of the ocean to the top of Table Mountain, Cape Town will sweep you away with its beauty. In the rejuvenated facades and busy city streets, you'll find a vibrant, multicultural society with much to explore.

Cape Town lies on the southwest coast of South Africa and incorporates the Cape Peninsula around False Bay. Cape Town is South Africa's second biggest city, often called the "Mother City" for its key role in the country's evolution.

Apart from its natural beauty, Cape Town has its own stylish flair, with a diverse population. The city is full of striking buildings and features like the eye-popping colors of the historic Bo Kaap neighborhood to the arresting Afrocentric design of chic restaurants and lounges, and street art in the East City. From art and design to a thriving nightlife scene, Cape Town is an adventure waiting to be explored.

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When to Visit Cape Town

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Summer in Cape Town runs from about December to February, with average temperatures in the high 70s during the day. It's the most popular time for vacationers. For fewer crowds and lower prices, choose March to May, or September to November when the weather is more temperate. Winter, from June to August, sees cool temperatures that can average in the mid-40s at night and frequent rains. Many people come to Cape Town for specific event like the Cape Town International Jazz Festival in April of every year.

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How to Get to Cape Town

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Where to Stay in Cape Town

There is a wide range of accommodation available in Cape Town. At the higher end of the scale, the Table Bay Hotel is a luxury property located about 1 mile from the V&A Waterfront. Budget hotels and hostels like the Road Lodge N1 City. The Alphen Boutique is a luxury 5-star property with whitewashed walls that surround a garden courtyard and a pool.

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How to Get Around Cape Town

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Shopping Streets

Shopaholics will find a lot to check out in Cape Town, from luxury boutiques to bargain hunting at markets. The V&A (Victoria and Alfred) Waterfront is the place to find luxury goods and boutiques of all kinds, set against the backdrop of Cape Town's harbor. Small back-street shops and factory stores are where to find bargains in the Mother City, along with the large Milnerton Flea Market and stalls along Marine Drive.

Groceries and Other

There are many options when it comes to groceries in Cape Town, including Spar, with a good selection of foods along with a bakery and liquor store at most locations across town. Pick n Pay is another multi-location chain around town. The food section at Woolworth's offers more limited choices, and Shoprite offers food basics at bargain prices. One gallon of milk should cost just under R50 on average, while a dozen eggs will run about R25.

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Where to Eat in Cape Town

Dining in Cape Town is a multicultural affair. Seafood is a regional specialty, showcased on the menu at places like Pigalle Restaurant in Green Point, with main dishes starting at R200. Mzansi offers an authentic township experience, where the food is cooked in a home in the Langa township and served buffet style for less than R150 per person, including drinks and tip. There are many fine Indian restaurants, including the Bombay Brasserie, a luxurious retreat with an imaginative menu that starts at R70 for mains. There are also French, European, Israeli, and Asian options at all price points.