The definition of office has been revolutionised by the concept of coworking spaces. Instead of taking on big overheads for your small business or start-up, you can now share an office space. The perks are multifaceted. From cutting down on costs and portraying a professional corporate image, to working in an environment with likeminded people with access to a great networking platform.

Whether you are a digital nomad, an entrepreneur, or part of a small business team – there will be a coworking space in the Mother City to fit your needs and budget. We’ve rounded up the best coworking spaces in Cape Town for you.

Understanding Coworking Spaces

Before we dive into the top coworking spaces in Cape Town, let’s familiarize you with the lingo, if you are new to the concept. Upon arrival, you will get a tour of the space, and the office manager will tell you where the hot desks are located, the shared office spaces, and the private offices.

Hot desks work on a first come, first served basis. You might be lucky to sit on the same seat every day if you pitch at the right time. But you can’t feel disgruntled if someone steals “your” seat. If you are a creature of habit, and can afford it, you should then rather consider the shared office space option. You won’t have complete privacy, but you will be guaranteed the same seat every day. At some coworking spaces you can also set up your computer permanently. This is a good option if you work on a big screen connected to your laptop.

If you like the idea of a designated space, but would prefer more privacy for your team, you can secure a private office within the bigger general coworking space. This is a great option for a small company or start-up, offering you the comforts of an office, without having to worry about high rental and running costs.

#1 Kelvin Corner

kelvin corner Top 10 Coworking Spaces in Cape Town

This one recently joined the Cape Town coworking space scene. It’s perfect for the trendy entrepreneurial Woodstock. The space is nice and expansive. Desk spaces include a small filing cabinet. There are also small offices available to rent on a weekly, monthly or yearly basis. You can make use of the communal kitchen, lounge area, sun deck, and in-house coffee shop. There’s even a gallery on site for a bit of creative inspiration. Kelvin Corner hosts regular workshops which members have access to. To top it all off, there’s a bar situated downstairs for an after work drink.

Address: 170 Victoria Street, Woodstock

Cost: Hot Desks daily @ R150 | Hot Desks monthly @ R2 200

Visit kelvincorner.com for more information

#2 Craft+Graft

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This bright and airy space will get your creative juices flowing in no time. Craft+Graft is decorated with quirky art piece and potted plants to create a relaxed ambiance while you chase that deadline. There’s also an on-site coffee shop to keep you in tiptop shape all day. Or you can drink some sparkling water on tap! Grab a beer after work from the little mini bar and relax in the communal areas. Use the well-equipped shared kitchen to save on lunch costs. In the summer the patio is perfect for after-work drinks. There’s even showers installed if you have to rush off to a big event after work, or clean up in the morning if you cycled to work. This space strikes the perfect balance between professional and a home away from home atmosphere.

Address: 2 Gordon Street, Gardens

Cost: Hot Desk daily @ R200 | Hot Desk monthly @ R2 100

Visit craftgraft.co.za for more information

#3 Greenpoint Coworking

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If you like the idea of working close to the beach, this is a good choice. Its location is perfect for a stroll on the promenade before or after work. Enjoy uncapped fibre and unlimited coffee. The coworking space’s location is perfect for a more relaxed vibe, yet still near enough to the city to pop in for a meeting. Snatch a seat at the window to stare out into space if you need inspiration, or just plain distraction.

Address: Third Floor, Foyer A, Sovereign Quay, 40 Somerset Road, Green Point

Cost: Hot Desk daily @ R250 | Full Membership @ R3 300

Visit greenpointcoworking.co.za for more information

#4 The Bureaux

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The Bureaux has three branches across the city each with their own unique perks, benefits, and vibe. It’s a great space to meet likeminded people and challenge yourself to be more productive while feeling part of a community. They are geared towards creating the ultimate working experience for those keen to embrace the new meaning of a working space.

Address: The Woodstock Exchange, Woodstock | Waterclub, Mouille Point | The Point Centre, Sea Point

Cost: Nomad Space monthly @ R1 000 | Fixed Desk monthly @ R1 850

Visit thebureaux.co.za for more information

#5 Workshop 17

Workshop17 Top 10 Coworking Spaces in Cape Town

Workshop17 was one of the first coworking spaces in the country. They have branches in both Cape Town and Johannesburg, a good choice if you often travel between the two cities for work. Each venue has its own unique vibe. Try them all out for a free day, to see which one fits you best.

Address: The Watershed, V&A Waterfront | Kloof Street, Gardens | Harrington Street, Zonnebloem | Tabakhuis, Paarl

Cost: Hot Desk daily @ R350 | Hot Desk monthly @ R2 000

Visit workshop17.co.za for more information

Please note: parking in the Cape Town CBD is mostly paid metered parking, an extra cost to take into consideration when choosing a space.

#6 Inner City Ideas Cartel

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Also known as “The IC” amongst the creative community of the city, this luxury coworking space is the perfect starting point to grow your business. The fully-serviced space offers communal lounges and an in-house coffee bar to spruce up your work day. Let the stylish environment inspire you to greater heights while you rub shoulders with fellow creatives, entrepreneurs, and freelancers. There are three branches across the city.

Address: De Waterkant | Cape Town CBD | Green Point

Cost: Hot Desk daily @ R350 | Hot Desk monthly @ R2 000

Visit ideascartel.com for more information

#7 Work & Co

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This innovative collaborative workspace pushes the boundaries of what “office” means. The flexible and ambitious space is dedicated to creating a sense of community for freelancers, remote teams, entrepreneurs, and small/medium sized enterprises. Here you can embrace all the wonderful benefits of a coworking space in Cape Town!

Address: 11th–14th floor Touchstone House, 7 Bree Street, Cape Town CBD

Cost: Hot Desk daily @ R390 | Hot Desk monthly @ R2 900

Visit workandco.co.za for more information

#8 Cubeways Workspace

cubeways Top 10 Coworking Spaces in Cape Town

This is another coworking space with branches in both Cape Town and Johannesburg, perfect choice for business travellers. It’s a premium office space with various flexible offerings to accommodate your needs – from virtual to large office spaces, entrepreneurs to established businesses. Ideal location for a start-up to find its feet and grow. The brand believes in creating an environment where workstyle can meet lifestyle.

Address: V&A Waterfront | Icon Building, Cape Town CBD | Rondebosch

Cost: Hot Desk monthly @ R2 100 | Dedicated Desk monthly R2 500

Visit cubeworkspace.co.za for more information

#9 Akro

akro Top 10 Coworking Spaces in Cape Town

Akro has the motto of “serious work time and serious play time”. The space is shared by start-ups, freelancers, and part-time Phd students. The facilities include a full kitchen and coffee shop. You can also request a daily prepared lunch. The environment is geared towards effortlessly mixing work life and fun, with pin-pong tables to take the work stress off during your lunch hour or after work. They also hosts quiz nights as well as other workshops focused on building a thriving career.

Address: Cape Town CBD | Salt River

Cost: Hot Desk daily @ R250 | Hot Desk monthly @ R1 750

Visit akro.co.za  for more information

#10 №80 Hout Street

80 hout street Top 10 Coworking Spaces in Cape Town

An impressive² loft coworking space in the bustling CBD. The space attracts creatives from a variety of fields including coders, writers, designers and photographers. It’s an open-plan space with a sophisticated minimalistic vibe.

Address: 80 Hout St, Cape Town CBD

Cost: 1.8m Fixed Desk monthly @ R2 200 | 2.0m Fixed ‘Window’ Desk monthly @ R2 800

Visit coworkingcapetown.co.za for more information

Best Things To Do In The Rain Cape Town

When winter arrives in Cape Town, the rain soon follows. Although the Mother City is an outdoor activities paradise, luckily there’s just as much indoor fun to keep you entertained. While you are waiting for the return of warmer weather, here’s what you can do when it rains in Cape Town.

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#1 Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium or Planetarium

The aquarium is not only a great outing for kids, it can be fun activity for grownups as well. Remind yourself of the amazing wonders of the ocean while you meander through the beautifully designed facility. It houses more than 8 000 sea animals. These include clownfish, anemones, jellyfish, spider crabs, sharks, and more. You can also consider diving with the turtles and stingrays.

Cost: Adults R185 | Youth (Age 14-17) R140 | Children (Age 4-13) R99
Bonus – if you are a South African citizen, you get free entry on your birthday (ticket valid for a week after your birthday)

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 09:30 to 18:00

Dock Road | V&A Waterfront

Another fun option, is watching a show at the Planetarium. Be mesmerized by a different type of nature wonder, the starry night. Learn more about the universe in a unique interactive way. Click here to view their upcoming shows schedule.

Cost: Adults R60 |Children, SA students & pensioners R30

Opening hours: daily shows between 11:00 and 15:00 (closed on Mondays) | Wednesday evening shows between 19:00 and 20:00

25 Queen Victoria Street | City Centre

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#2 Visit a Museum

Cape Town boasts with a wide variety of museums. From cultural history such as The District Six museum, to the South African National Gallery with its impressive art collection. A firm favourite for the sport fanatics, is the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum.

Read our post about the Iziko Museum Mile for some ideas. Or visit www.iziko.org.za  for info on a specific museum.

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#3 The Big Box Café | 18 Roeland Street | Gardens

How does playing boardgames while sipping on a cappuccino with French Nutella Crepes sound to you? Perfect rainy day weather activities! This fun café has a sister shop called La Grosse Boite, situated on the Atlantic coast of France in La Rochelle. They specialize in boardgames, with an online shop as well. Every month the games are rotated with new exciting wooden games, dice games, strategy games, and more.

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 08:00 to 17:00 | Saturday 10:00 to 22:00

Visit thebigbox.co.za for more info

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#4 Clay Cafe Hout Bay | Old Oakhurst Dairy farm | Hout Bay Main Road

Situated on an old dairy farm this spot is perfect to hide from the rain on a dreary day. It’s a great family activity, or a unique outing for a group of friends. The friendly assistants will guide you through the ceramic painting process – from helping you choose your ceramic item, to offering painting tips and tricks. Channel your creativity and create a prized handmade item for your house!

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 08:00 to 17:00

Visit claycafe.co.za for more information

The Best Things to Do When It Rains in Cape Town

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#4 Visit a Brewery | 3 Main Road | Newlands

If you are a big beer lover, why not use a rainy day to drink some good stuff, while learning more about the behind the scenes process of a brewery. Newlands Brewery is one of the oldest breweries in Cape Town, and they invite outsiders in to learn more about their famous lagers. The original brew house dates back to 1859. Your tour will end in the on-site pub, and you can enjoy two drinks of your choice. Tour only offered to persons 18 years and older, no children allowed, including babies. Bookings essential.

Cost: Adults R100 | Pensioners/students R60

Tour times: Tuesday to Thursday 10:00, 12:00 & 14:00 | Wednesday evenings  6pm (subject to min numbers) | Friday 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 & 16:00 | Saturday 10:00 & 12:00

Visit newlandsbrewery.co.za  for more information

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#5 HintHunt | Third Floor | The Old Biscuit Mill | 373-375 Albert Road | Woodstock

Forget about the gloomy weather while you race against time in an escape game. One hour, a mystery to solve, and three to six people to rise to the challenge. You’ll be locked into the room, where you will find a series of clues and puzzles to solve. There are two scenarios to choose from.  It’s a worldwide craze that has now hit our South African shores as well. Put your thinking caps on!

Cost: R200 per person

Opening hours:  Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 17:30 | Sunday 10:00 to 16:00

Visit hinthunt.com for more information

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#6 Warm Up Next to a Fireplace

Cape Town is a culinary fanatic’s dream come true. There are so many restaurants, your head will be spinning to try and squeeze them all in. On a cold, rainy day many of the city’s restaurants light up a fireplace to warm things up.

Read our post 10 Restaurants with Fireplaces in Cape Town for a few ideas. Or download the DinePlan app to hunt down the perfect spot.

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#7 Cape Town Comedy Club | The Pumphouse | Dock Road | V&A Waterfront

Laugh off the bad weather in the company of the country’s best comedic talent such as Shimmy Isaacs, Nik Rabinowitz, Martin Evans, KG, and more. Founded by the local funnyman Kurt Schoonraad, it’s a great combination of a comedy dinner show. Grab your pizza and a beer, sit back and get ready for your endorphins boost.

Cost:  R95 per person (Wednesdays & Thursdays with early bird tickets on selected shows) | R120 per person Fridays & Saturdays | R60 per person Half Price Sundays (on selected shows only)

Show times: Wednesday to Sunday from 20:30 to 22:30 (doors open at 18:00 for pre-dinner)

Visit capetowncomedy.com for more information

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#8 The Labia Cinema | 68 Orange Street | Gardens

This is the oldest independent art-repertory cinema in the country. It was opened in 1949 by Princess Labia. Originally it was an Italian Embassy ballroom, transformed into a theatre for live performances, before it was converted into a movie house. Showcasing the best art nouveau movies, your visit here is guaranteed to be like no other cinema. Buy your glass of wine plus a pastry and watch a movie in an authentic cinema space.

Cost: Adults R50 | Children/ Students/ Seniors/Fanatics members R40

Show times: subject to the movie

Visit www.thelabia.co.za for more information

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#9 Go to the Theatre | 76 Strand Street | City Centre

The Mother City boasts with a variety of theatre options. The little theatre at the Alexander Bar & Café is perfect for a rainy night. It only seats 40 people, so you are guaranteed an intimate experience. Make sure you arrive early to enjoy dinner in the retro restaurant section downstairs. It features quirky décor elements, such as operational rotary phones, which you can phone to order from the bar. Or use it to chat to that cute lady you saw at the table across the room. The shows include a wide variety of styles – from stand-up comedy, to cabaret, to acoustic sets.

Cost: shows range from R50 to R150 per person

Show times: dependent on the show, starts between 19:00 and 21:00

Visit alexanderbar.co.za for more information

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#10 Visit an Indoor Market

With the weather being notoriously fickle in Cape Town, many of the regular markets have adapted a way to still offer you a great experience, despite the skies opening up. Out of our list of the Top 5 Cape Town Farmers Market Experiences you can enjoy three out of the five markets regardless of the weather.

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Cape Town has a wide array of accommodation options for visitors. Among the favourites are boutique hotels that offer a personal touch of comfort and luxury. Stylish interiors, swimming pools, relaxing spas, high-end restaurants, cozy bars and luxurious rooms with Table Mountain views are only some of the characteristics of the boutique hotels in Cape Town. And because our main objective is to help you get to know a little bit more about the Mother City, we made you a list of the Top 10 Boutique Hotels in Cape Town.

#1 Compass House Boutique Hotel

Top 10 Boutique Hotels in Cape Town

Compass House Boutique Hotel is a luxurious boutique hotel that offers a warm ambiance, exceptional style, and unparalleled comfort. Its amazing location in the heart of Bantry Bay makes it possible to easily access the many popular beaches of Cape Town and the bustling city centre. This boutique hotel enjoys a warm atmosphere, with a fusion of interior design styles, blending the best of Mediterranean, Asian and African flavours. All the rooms have panoramic views of the ocean and direct access to the deck and pool area with an ocean-facing, 22-metre infinity pool. The top-floor suite takes luxury to another level with a Jacuzzi on its own private balcony­.

Visit compasshouse.co.za for more information.

#2 The Tree House Boutique Hotel

Top 10 Boutique Hotels in Cape Town

The Tree House Boutique Hotel lies in the vibrant and trendy Green Point suburb, within close proximity to many of the great attractions in the Mother City. This boutique hotel features stylishly decorated rooms with a seating area and a flat-screen satellite TV. They also have a terrace with an outdoor pool and a spa where guests can opt in for a relaxing massage or body treatment. Tea-and-coffee-making facilities are available, as well as free WiFi and parking. The hotel aims to provide an exceptional guest experience with a sense of escape, wonder, and respite.

Visit thetreehouseboutiquehotel.co.za for more information.

#3 52 De Wet Luxury Boutique Hotel

Top 10 Boutique Hotels in Cape Town

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On the slopes of Lion’s Head with views of the ocean stretching further than the eyes can see, sits 52 De Wet Luxury Boutique Hotel. This luxury boutique hotel offers luxurious en-suite rooms, each one individually designed and furnished to make your stay as relaxing as possible. Each of the contemporary rooms offer a flat-screen satellite TV, minibar and a hairdryer. The hotel also features a restaurant, sun deck, and an outdoor swimming pool.  Enjoy breakfast beside the infinity pool while absorbing the panoramic ocean views. Stay here for an unforgettable holiday or business trip.

Visit 52dewet.co.za for more information.

#4 The Glen Boutique Hotel & Spa

Top 10 Boutique Hotels in Cape Town

The Glen Boutique Hotel and Spa lies in the Cape Town suburb of Sea Point. It is an elegant boutique hotel that offers luxurious rooms to its guests and features an outdoor pool with sun loungers and spa facilities. All rooms are stylish with modern furniture, a satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, and private bathrooms equipped with double volume showers. Some rooms overlook the pool or have a balcony with views of the mountains, others look out over the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel’s spa offers a spacious steam room, a traditional Swedish sauna, and a hot tub. In-room massages are also available. They also offer apartment accommodation located just 350 metres from the hotel and guests of these apartments can have access to the hotel facilities.

Visit glenhotel.co.za for more information.

#5 MannaBay Fine Boutique Hotel

Located at the foot of Table Mountain, MannaBay Fine Boutique Hotel is one of Cape Town’s latest and most elegant boutique hotels. MannaBay offers one of the most intimate experiences available in the fairest Cape. They have seven uniquely designed suites which set the bar for contemporary luxury. These uniquely themed rooms with state-of-the-art technology include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and iPod docks. All rooms are also fitted with heated floors and a marble bathroom. MannaBay has an atmosphere of comfort, with dramatic wallpaper choices, monogrammed linen, bookshelves filled with well-thumbed books, eclectic furniture and arresting South African artworks. If you want to have a taste of timeless quality and modern comfort, MannaBay Fine Boutique Hotel is the place to be!

Visit mannabay.com for more information.

#6 Rouge on Rose Boutique Hotel

Top 10 Boutique Hotels in Cape Town

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Situated in the colourful Bo-Kaap neighbourhood and against the slopes of Signal Hill, Rouge on Rose is located within easy walking distance of the city centre and the V&A Waterfront. This boutique hotel perfectly combines sophistication with comfort, elegance with charm and chic with minimalism, offering a home-away-from-home experience to its guests. Rouge on Rose features air-conditioned suites, each neatly decorated in a contemporary style and equipped with a flat-screen satellite TV and DVD player. Guests can choose between spacious Deluxe Suites or the larger Self-catering Suites that are equipped with a kitchenette. The famous Table Mountain is just 5km away and Camps Bay Beach can be reached within 15 minutes by car.

Visit rougeonrose.co.za for more information.

#7 POD Camps Bay

Top 10 Boutique Hotels in Cape Town

POD, set in the vibrant suburb of Camps Bay, is an elegant boutique hotel. It’s infused with raw African design, seaside sophistication, stunning decors and idyllic mountain plus ocean views. POD has made a name for itself as one of the most sought-after accommodation options in the area. This glass-walled, clean-lined, contemporary structure offers luxury accommodation just a few footsteps away from the trendy Camps Bay beachfront. A variety of restaurants and bars are within walking distance. Its 17 spacious modern rooms are all air-conditioned and fitted with deluxe bedding. In-room media includes iPod docking station, satellite TV and a DVD player. They also have an outdoor pool where you can chill and swim after a fun adventurous day in the city.

Visit pod.co.za for more information.

#8 The Andros Boutique Hotel

Top 10 Boutique Hotels in Cape Town

Set in a park-like garden in Claremont, the Andros Boutique Hotel is a manor house with country chic rooms. This heritage home has 15 well-appointed rooms. It is set in sprawling grounds, with elegant drawing rooms, a great little bar, popular spa, and excellent in-house chef. Some rooms have panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and gardens. The hotel also has a gym, a sauna, and an outdoor swimming pool.

Visit andros.co.za for more information.

#9 Cape Heritage Hotel

Top 10 Boutique Hotels in Cape Town

Cape Heritage Hotel is situated in Cape Town’s fashionable Heritage Square. It offers direct access to the city’s vibrant street life, business precinct, shopping, and fine dining. The hotel is known for its contemporary chic and historic graciousness. The Cape Heritage Hotel is an integral part of the restored Heritage Square. This intimate boutique hotel offers guests a chance to experience history with the most modern standards of services and accommodation. The hotel’s décor is predominantly inspired by the Cape’s early history. Each room is completely unique in shape and décor. But they feature lovely high-beamed teak ceilings, and standard hotel comforts such as air-conditioning, mini-bar, and king-sized beds.

Visit capeheritage.co.za for more information.

#10 One&Only Cape Town

Situated in the V&A Waterfront, One&Only Cape Town offers an unprecedented level of luxury and style that creates a welcoming atmosphere for all visitors. This luxury boutique hotel has elegant rooms and suites. Each has a private balcony which boasts with panoramic views of Table Mountain and the harbour. One&Only Cape Town offers access to a world-famous restaurant, beautiful bar, and extraordinary spa facilities which includes a sauna and a range of massage treatments. It has an outdoor infinity pool, a sun-lounger terrace, and free Wi-Fi. One&Only Cape Town also serves as a gateway to unique Cape Town adventures such as tours to Robben Island, wildlife safaris, wine country excursions and more. This urban chic resort and hotel truly sets new standard for the South African hospitality industry.

Visit oneandonlyresorts.com for more information.

Top 10 Backpacking Hostels in Cape Town

Cape Town is a prime tourist destination in South Africa. Thousands of travelers visit every day to explore the wonders of the Mother City. Among them are backpackers wanting to make the most out of their stay. And because we aim to help make your visit an unforgettable one, we made a list of the Top 10 Backpacking Hostels in Cape Town.

#1 Never @ Home

Top 10 Backpacking Hostels in Cape Town

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Never@home is one of the biggest, hippest and most modern hostels in Cape Town. A pioneer of next generation hostel accommodation, Never@Home is located on the bustling Green Point strip. This popular backpacking hostel is surrounded by some of Cape Town’s best restaurants and coffee shops. It is within walking distance from Cape Town’s CBD and the famous V&A Waterfront. A Spar supermarket is right next door and across the road is the FIFA Cape Town Stadium. There is also a MyCity bus station located close by.

Aside from its superior location, Never@Home also offers a variety of room types priced at different levels. There is free WiFi, a communal kitchen, and a swimming pool. It has a modern yet relaxed environment and excellent security.

Contact:

Tel: +27 21 434 9282

Email: reservations@neverathomehostels.com

Visit neverathomeworld.com for more information.

#2 The Backpack

Top 10 Backpacking Hostels in Cape Town

The Backpack is an award-winning, Fair Trade accredited hostel located right on the edge of the city centre. It’s within walking distance to the restaurants, bars, cafés and shops of Kloof and Long Streets. This backpacking hostel is highly popular for its prime location. It comprises of three turn-of-the-century houses ingeniously linked together. It is a stylish hostel known for its eclectic charm, boasting aesthetically South African designs inspired by the Mother City’s fusion of cultures, colors, authentic fabrics, inspirational and colourful street art.

The Backpack is owned and managed by Lee Harris and Toni Shina. They focus on creating a meaningful and relaxed travel experience for backpackers. It features a contemporary design with a relaxed, communal vibe. The chic facilities include a swimming pool with stunning views of Table Mountain; lockers and safes to store your valuables; and a kitchen if you feel like cooking. Its ideal location with plenty of restaurants and bars within easy strolling distance makes The Backpack one of the best backpacking hostels in Cape Town.

Contact:

Tel: +27 (0) 21 423 4530

Cell: +27 (0)63 792 3611

Whatsapp: +27 (0)63 792 3611

Email: backpack@backpackers.co.za

Visit backpackers.co.za for more information.

#3 Atlantic Point Backpackers

Top 10 Backpacking Hostels in Cape Town

The Atlantic Point Backpackers located in Green Point, is one of the best backpacking hostels in Cape Town. Atlantic Point focuses on giving all their guests a great experience by offering the most spacious budget accommodation options in Cape Town, ranging from dormitory rooms to private double rooms. Each room comes equipped with a reading light, heater, ceiling fan, and private lockers. They have all the facilities you would expect from a top quality backpacker. There is a laid-back lounging space with a 40″ flat screen TV where you can relax and watch a movie.

There is also a lively bar and outdoor braai area for those looking to meet and mingle with other backpackers. Their communal kitchen allows you to prepare your own meals. The Atlantic Point Backpackers offers excellent value for money by setting the travelling trends and upholding a high standard of service and quality.

Contact:

Tel: +27 21 433-1663

Email: info@atlanticpoint.co.za

Visit atlanticpoint.travel for more information.

#4 Sunflower Stop Backpackers Hostel

Top 10 Backpacking Hostels in Cape Town

Nestled beneath the picturesque Signal Hill is the Sunflower Stop Backpackers Hostel which offers relaxing and comfortable accommodation for budget travelers in Cape Town.  The hostel’s prime location will give you easy access to the best that Cape Town has to offer. The sun-soaked beaches, the V&A Waterfront, the buzzing nightlife, and the majestic Table Mountain are just a few minutes away from this convenient location. They offer spacious, neat and clean dorms, doubles, twins and quad rooms; a communal kitchen; and a TV room.

All the backpacker dormitories have individual secure lockers so you need not worry about your belongings. They also have a pool, a braai area and a buzzing bar where you can meet and mingle with exciting new friends. You can also check their specialist backpackers’ tour desk for helpful travel tips and the best prices in town. You can book day trips and adventure tours as well.

Contact:

Tel: +27 (0)21 434-6535

WhatsApp: +27 (0)82 3013229

Email: ashley@sunflowerstop.co.za

Visit sunflowerstop.co.za for more information.

Related: Top 10 Luxury Hotels In and Around Cape Town

#5 Once In Cape Town

Top 10 Backpacking Hostels in Cape Town

Once in Cape Town is centrally located on the vibrant Kloof Street and within walking distance of a variety of parks, restaurants, bars, fashion boutiques, grocery stores, and the famous Long Street. This hostel is perfect for adventurous and young at heart backpackers. They offer a variety of affordable and clean rooms from their budget “Loud and Proud” rooms, to twin standard rooms, balcony rooms, ladies only 4-bed multi-share, and mixed multi-share dorms.

Their family rooms sleep between two and six persons. All rooms boast an ensuite bathroom, handmade room amenities, and crisp white linen. Their King rooms come with views of the mountain. There is also a courtyard to chill in and a big kitchen for self-catering. A light breakfast is served every morning in the hip and buzzing Yours Truly café at the front of the building.

Contact:

Tel: +27 (0) 87 057 2638

Email: book@onceincapetown.co.za

Visit once.travel for more information.

#6 The B.I.G Backpackers

Top 10 Backpacking Hostels in Cape Town

The Backpackers in Green Point or “B.I.G” for short is situated in the residential suburb of Green Point. It’s a wonderful hybrid backpacker and B&B which offers fun, vibrant, affordable options that will introduce you to the best the city has to offer. It is ideally located within walking distance from the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Stadium, transport systems, gym facilities, restaurants and coffee shops. Most of the city’s greatest attractions are within close proximity.

B.I.G. Backpackers sets itself apart from most backpacker hostels by offering only en-suite choices. They have 12 en-suite private double/triple/family rooms, six en-suite dorms and the most engaging hosts you could hope for. Their dedicated and friendly staff are committed to making sure everything runs smoothly during your stay.

Contact:

Tel: +27 (0)21 434 0688

Email: info@bigbackpackers.com

Visit bigbackpackers.com for more information.

#7 Ashanti Lodge Gardens Backpackers

Top 10 Backpacking Hostels in Cape Town

Ashanti Lodge Backpackers Gardens is your gateway to Cape Town. Set in a converted Victorian house in the Gardens suburb right at the foot of Table Mountain, this laid-back hostel is well known for its superb facilities, outstanding service, and excellent security. They cater for all accommodation needs — from camping and backpacker dormitories to single, double and twin rooms with shared bathroom facilities. They offer simple mixed and female-only dorms which sleep 6 to 8 guests and feature bunk beds, lockers, and free Wi-Fi. Private rooms, some with ensuite facilities, are also available.

Their sparkling pool, landscaped garden, and spacious balconies allow you to chill and meet other travelers. You can also join the party in their legendary Kumasi Café/Bar with its cool cocktails, delicious meals and magnificent mountain views. Ashanti also serves a free simple backpacker breakfast in their well-equipped communal kitchen every morning. And because Ashanti is within walking distance from the city centre, there are a variety of cafés and restaurants nearby Staying in this stylish backpacker hostel is a fun, friendly, and effortless way to discover the Mother City!

Contact:

Tel: +27 (0) 21 423 8721

WhatsApp: +27 (0) 72 953 7363

Email: info@ashanti.co.za

Visit ashanti.co.za  for more information.

Related: Best Car Rental Companies in Cape Town

#8 91 Loop Boutique Hostel

Top 10 Backpacking Hostels in Cape Town

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Backpackers-style accommodation is being taken to new heights at this unique boutique hostel, located right in the heart of the city. 91 Loop is nestled between hipster Bree Street with its thriving cafés and restaurants, and Cape Town’s backpacker party destination, Long Street. This boutique hostel guarantees that you will be sleeping on one of the best beds Cape Town has to offer at very affordable rates. 91 Loop offers two types of rooms: Ensuite and Pod. The former has a few variations, with different numbers of beds, while their pod experience can best be described as a room within a room.

The various rooms are all named after different world cities such as Johannesburg, Nairobi, and Auckland. The rooms boast a minimalistic look and feel but with special features that include high-quality mattresses, reading lights, space for charging, complimentary Wi-Fi and hi-tech lockers for storing valuables. And because your safety and the safety of your valuables are of paramount importance, all rooms and your personal locker are RFID key-card controlled and the entire building conforms to the highest British standards when it comes to fire safety. Breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks are also available downstairs at the on-site bar, The Honey Badger.

Contact:

Tel: +27 (0)21 286 1469

Visit 91loop.co.za for more information.

#9 Hout Bay Backpackers

Top 10 Backpacking Hostels in Cape Town

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This quiet and comfortable backpacker hostel is situated in the beautiful fishing village of Hout Bay. Hout Bay Backpackers is just 20 minutes from the Cape Town city centre and is easily accessible by public transport. It is the perfect place for budget travelers wanting to explore Hout Bay as it is within walking distance to the beach and shopping hub, where a variety of activities are offered such as surfing, fishing, diving, sailing, hiking trails, and township tours. There are also loads of live entertainment as well as top restaurants offering sumptuous cuisine and award-winning wines.

Hout Bay Backpackers is a three-story converted home furnished to accommodate different types of groups, from the family unit to the couples’ suites, to rooms for traveling friends. Their dormitories all have ensuite bathrooms, sleeping a maximum of six people per dorm. All rooms lead onto private wooden decks with uninterrupted views of Hout Bay Beach, harbour and the majestic Chapman’s Peak drive. The long balcony that stretches across the top floor leads into the communal lounge with DStv and an indoor braai/fireplace at its centre.

But what sets this hostel apart from other backpacker hostels in Cape Town, is that they offer their visitors the opportunity to get involved in volunteer projects. You don’t only get to travel and explore Cape Town, you also get to give back to the community.

Contact:

Tel: + 27 (0) 21 790 0427

Email : info@houtbaybackpackers.co.za

Visit houtbaybackpackers.co.za for more information.

#10 Stoked Backpackers

Top 10 Backpacking Hostels in Cape Town

Stoked Backpackers is located literally just a stone’s throw from the Surfers’ Corner in Muizenberg. This hostel’s ideal location is perfect to explore Muizenberg and its surrounds. Experience surfing, kitesurfing and stand-up paddling (SUPing) on one of the best beaches of Cape Town. There are also boat tours that will take you to whale watching, freediving and scuba diving. Or if you are brave, you can cage dive with the great white sharks.

Stoked Backpackers is a three-story building offering a variety of shared dorm accommodation options, as well as some private family rooms, doubles, and twin rooms. Their communal lounge and deck have unbeatable views of the ocean. The kitchen is fitted with everything necessary for you to whip up a culinary masterpiece. If you want to get a great cup of coffee and tasty bites, Stoked Backpackers has an awesome café where you can hang out with other travelers and locals.

Contact:

Tel: +27 (0)21 709 0841

Email: info@stokedbackpackers.com

Visit stokedbackpackers.com for more information

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Green Elephant Backpackers

Top 10 Backpacking Hostels in Cape Town

Green Elephant Backpackers is in Cape Town’s lively student area – Observatory. Established in June 1994, this backpacking hostel offers budget accommodation to backpackers, medical interns, volunteers, students and visitors looking to meet fellow travelers with its three fully furnished houses. The main house has dorm rooms, wireless internet, a festive bar, a BBQ area, and a swimming pool.

The other two houses have private rooms and are quieter and ideal for long-stay guests. All double rooms have 4-poster beds in a relaxing and comfortable space. Linen and towels are provided. They also feature a solar heated swimming pool which complements the hot Jacuzzi for great relaxing parties. This friendly backpacking hostel also has excellent travel information and a booking office to make your stay in Cape Town worth your while.

Contact:

Tel: +27 (0) 21 448 6359

Visit greenelephant.co.za for more information.

Experience the vibrant city atmosphere, dive into the interesting culture and make new friends along the way! Happy backpacking!

 

Boulders Beach African Penguins

Boulders Beach Cape Town is one of the most instagrammable places in Cape Town, South Africa and probably the whole continent of Africa.

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Job description: Traveling the world, ticking off all the animals I can possibly kiss ☺️ :::: Didn’t think penguins 🐧 would make the list (and they technically didn’t cause they tried to bite me haha) but still it was an epic adventure with @livetheadventure #livetheadventure :::::: Ps – don’t forget it’s Aggie’s Giving Tuesday – send me a cause you’re passionate about that needs attention and I’ll share my favorite 3 on stories later today! ::::: The crew: @rayawashere @funforlouis @helenowen @zackkalter @nashgrier @g1avasis @chelseakauai @sam_kolder @michaelmoretti @jbxcreative @mijlof ::::: #bouldersbeach #capetown #penguins🐧 #🐧 #bucketlist #southafricaza

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2. @emmett_sparling – Emmett Sparkling

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3. @chelseakauai

4. @clydeothomas – Flight

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5. @wildlifejosh

6. @marcocreates

7. @_bjornhansen_

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If only we could have a limitless budget to explore the Mother City! Until we figure out how to do this, we’ll have to keep an eye on our budgets. We’ve hunted down a few fun things that you can indulge in, without feeling guilty about your spending.

#1 Catch a Comedy Show at The Cape Town Comedy Club

Situated in the Pump House at the V&A Waterfront, you can get your dose of endorphins from top South African comedians including Alyn Adams, Nik Rabinowitz, and Dave Levinsohn. While you are enjoying the laughs, you can also order some food.

Top Ten Things to Do in Cape Town for Under R100

Tickets to weekday shows (Wednesday or Thursday) cost R95 and Sunday night shows are R60.

Visit capetowncomedy.com for more information.

#2 Have a Meaty Township Lunch at Mzoli’s

This unique culinary experience is situated in Gugulethu. So before you head over, remind yourself to not expect a flashy fine dining outing. In fact, there won’t even be knives and forks on the tables. And no waiters at your beck and call. It’s a down to earth authentically local experience. You can buy your beer or wine at the bottle store across the road before heading over to the butchery to select your braai meat. After you’ve selected your meat, head over to the braai grids, and wait for your freshly braai’d meat.

You determine the price of your meal. The average prices range from R89 per kilogram for the mutton chops and R60 per kilogram for the boerewors. And their homemade bread is a must, R10 per slice.

Top Ten Things to Do in Cape Town for Under R100

Visit the Mzoli’s Facebook page to stay in the loop with upcoming events.

#3 Catch a Movie under the Stars

Top Ten Things to Do in Cape Town for Under R100 - The Galileo Open Air Cinema

The age of drive-in theatres are now a thing of the past, but the Galileo Open Air Cinema has put a fresh spin on outdoor movies. Imagine watching a movie at a wine farm. Or in Kirstenbosch Gardens! Other venues include the V&A Waterfront rooftop, Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville, and various wine estates in Stellenbosch and Somerset West. They screen old classics and new blockbusters. Screenings are scheduled throughout the week during the summer months, from October to April. They also offer picnic baskets and there are food stalls as well.

Online bookings: a standard ticket costs R70 | Warm ticket with blanket included R79 | Comfy ticket with chair included R88 | Warm & comfy ticket with chair and blanket included R95

Visit thegalileo.co.za for more information.

#4 Have a Beer at Perseverance Tavern

It’s not every day that you get to sip a beer at the oldest surviving pub in the country. The Perseverance Tavern poured its first beer in 1808 and has remained operational ever since. For 28 years it went under the radar and only became an official pub with a liquor licence in 1836. In the beginning it also operated as a hotel. Surviving for more than 200 years is a feat to be cheersed with a beer!

You can buy a beer from R20.

Visit perseverancetavern.co.za for more information.

#5 Enjoy Theatrical Dining

This restaurant puts a new spin on “dinner and a show”. Your waitron will surprise you with their hidden talents. During the evening the waitrons spontaneously jump on stage and transform into a glitzy entertainer, wooing you with their sultry voices. If you are brave enough, and you know the lyrics, you can join them on stage! It’s a great way for students from the art schools around Cape Town to practice their performance skills, while saving money towards their studies.

You can determine your budget for the night, whether you simply want to pop in for a quick drink, or stay for a scrumptious meal.

Visit stardustcapetown.com  for more information.

#6 Visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Top Ten Things to Do in Cape Town for Under R100

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A visit to this world-renowned botanical garden is a must! Nestled against the slopes of Table Mountain on the Southern suburbs side, it feels like a little tropical forest in the city. The gardens cover five out of the six South African biomes. It was founded in 1913 with the main purpose of preserving and showcasing the country’s unique flora. Make sure you take a stroll to the top of the gardens and walk on the Boomslang walkway.

Entrance fees: R70 (adults) | R40 (students with valid SA card) | R20 (children 6 to 17 years) | Children under 6 have free access.

Visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens website for more information.

#7 Visit the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum at the V&A Waterfront

The museum opened in 2013 and has been bestowed with many international accolades. It offers an interactive experience of the South African rugby history. View the largest collection of Springbok memorabilia in the world! You can admire the Springbok jacket of Paul Roos, the original Springbok Captain, and listen to audio recordings of classic games.

Entrance fees: R75 (Adults) | R50 (Pensioners over 60 | R50 (students with valid SA card) | R50 (children 6 to 18 years) | Children under 5 have free access.

Visit sarugby.co.za  for more information.

#8 Visit the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA)

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Another world-first in the city, a museum solely dedicated to contemporary African art. And the housing of the artwork is a masterpiece in itself. The old grain silo dates back to 1921. Thomas Heatherwick was the mastermind behind the conversion of the silo. Read the TimesLive interview with the innovative architect. There are a 100 gallery spaces to explore, so make sure you set aside enough time to admire the unique collections.

You can enter for free on Wednesdays between 10 AM and 1 PM (only for African citizens with a valid ID/Passport/Driver’s Licence); on Museum Night and Heritage Day (24 September) between 10 AM and 6 PM.

Alternatively, pay half-price (R95) on the first Friday of every month between 4 PM and 9 PM

Visit www.zeitzmocaa.museum for more information

#9 Explore the City on a Bicycle

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There’s just something about getting on a bicycle that reconnects you with your adventurous side. This is a nifty way to explore the city from a unique perspective. The UpCycles bikes are classic Dutch-style, single speed bikes, with back pedal brakes (important thing to know, so you don’t panic when you can’t find the brakes!) Their upright shape and sprung saddles will keep you comfy while you admire the city views. They also have bikes with child seats. They also offer more advanced mountain bikes, aluminium road bikes and pedal assist ebikes (on request for pre-booking). Their drop-and-go stations are located at The Pavilion on the Sea Point Promenade, Breakaway Café (Waterkant Street Fan Walk), Silo 5 (V&A Waterfront Silo District), and Camps Bay (Bay Hotel). You can hire the bike at one station, and return it at another.

Bike hire: one hour costs R75 or two hours for R110 (if you want to go a little over your cheapie budget)

Visit upcycles.co.za for more information

Another option is to go for a guided bicycle tour around the city, but this will cost more than R100.

#10 Swim at the Long Street Baths

The Long Street Baths date back to 1908, a true historic gem. Although the interior has been upgraded, the original look is preserved. It has a 25m indoor heated pool that’s perfect for a quick morning or lunchtime workout session. The Turkish bath section has specific times dedicated to men and women. Tuesdays from 10:00 to 14:00 are exclusively for the ladies.

Turkish baths entrance R64 per hour or R120 per 4 hour session
Indoor pools entrance R23 (Adults) | R12 (Children) | free for pensioners
Hot baths/showers entrance R19 (Adults) | R19 (Children) | R19 (Pensioners)

Visit capetown.gov.za for more information.

Read about all the amazing public pools in Cape Town here. If you are up for more adventure explore Cape Town’s 19 tidal pools.

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Cape Town is a playground for everyone. There is plenty of indoor and outdoor fun to be had. We’re not going to list the obvious family fun options. But for in case you’ve forgotten: ten blue flag beaches, endless mountains to conquer, the Top 10 Parks in Cape Town, and Cape Town’s 19 Amazing Tidal Pools.

Family-Friendly Things to Do in Cape Town

Let’s tell you about more fun things to do with your family in Cape Town. There are a lot of options that will entertain both the kids and the grownups.

#1 Go Karting

go karting Top 10 Fun Things to Do With Your Family in Cape Town

Create a friendly competitive moment with your older kids. Who can do the quickest lap? The Kenilworth Karting track has become an old favourite institution in the city. And there is also another track to try at Century City.

Visit karting.co.za for more information.

#2 The Clay Café

the clay cafe Top 10 Fun Things to Do With Your Family in Cape Town

Let the creativity run rampant, each family member creating their own masterpiece. Best part, you get to keep your crockery creation afterwards. Don’t worry if you’re not too creatively inclined, the helpful staff will teach you a few tricks. Stop for a bite at the restaurant afterwards to chat about the experience and admire each other’s artwork. There is also a huge outdoor play area for the kids to blow off steam after sitting still.

Visit claycafe.co.za for more information.

#3 College of Magic

college of magic Top 10 Fun Things to Do With Your Family in Cape Town

The school has been teaching people the art of magic since 1980. It will stimulate both your kids’ minds and your own. Junior courses are hosted on Saturday mornings and adult courses on Thursday evenings. You can also simply sit back and watch the experts put on a mesmerizing public show. These magical performers can also be booked for a private show at a kids or staff party.

Visit collegeofmagic.com for more information.

#4 Rush Trampoline Park

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Reconnect with your inner child alongside your kids at this indoor park. The wall-to-wall trampolines are sure to burn some calories, keeping you fit and make the kids sleep like angels afterwards. They have two branches in the city. One is situated at Stadium on Main in Claremont, on the third level of the parking lot. The other is in the Greenstone Mall, corner of van Riebeeck and Modderfontein Road. Besides the wall-to-wall trampolines, there are also three basketball slam dunk lanes, two dodgeball courts, two long trampoline lanes for epic flips,  plus a battle beam and more.

Visit rushsa.co.za for more information.

Insider info: get free entry with a City Pass

#5 HintHunt

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A unique way to bond as a family, if your kids are over the age of 9. Older kids above 15 can also crack the mysteries on their own. You’ve got 60 minutes to figure out the mystery to escape the room. Don’t worry, it’s not a small confined space, so you won’t feel claustrophobic while solving the riddles and puzzles. With enough team work, you can crack the code before the hour is up!

Visit hinthunt.co.za for more information.

#6 Cave Golf & Scratch Patch

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Putt-putt is one of those fun activities that can be enjoyed by all ages. Spice up the traditional game in a cave setting at the V&A Waterfront! Before or after the game, stop at the Scratch Patch, and let the kids discover the wonder of gemstones while hunting for their own ones. There’s another branch of the Scratch Patch in Simonstown.

Interesting fact: close to half of the world’s gemstones are found in South Africa

Visit scratchpatch.co.za for more information.

#7 Bugz Family Playpark

Cave Golf Top 10 Fun Things to Do With Your Family in Cape Town

This is a kid’s paradise! The expansive park features outdoor and indoor play areas, suitable for kids aged 2 to 10. Entertainment includes a water slide, choo-choo train, quad bikes, swing horses, real horse rides, a tree house, and even a castle. If you’re lucky the Bugz characters will make a special appearance. And don’t forget to watch the magic show. Fun galore!

Visit bugzplaypark.co.za for more information.

#8 ZipZap Circus School

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Ever dreamed of running away with the circus? Well, here you can sample the circus life. Best of all, the programs are hosted free of charge. They are funded by organisations and individuals passionate about the Zipzap vision. The programs are customized for various age groups, from kids to adults. If you rather want to watch the experts entertain you, pop in at one of their shows during the year.

Visit zip-zap.co.za for more information.

#9 The Blue Train Park & Putt-Putt

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No, this is not the famous train that travels to Gauteng. It’s a smaller one with an epic location next to the ocean, in Sea Point. The train has been operating for 50 years, maintained by the Sea Point Rotary Club. Both kids and adults can ride the fun train. Before or after your ride, squeeze in a round of putt-putt with a sea view. You can park next to the putt-putt course and walk along the Promenade to the train.

Visit thebluetrainpark.co.za or puttputtcapetown.co.za for more information.

#10 Imhoff Farm

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A farm outing is always fun for city dwelling kids. Situated in Kommetjie, the expansive space has something for everyone. The kids can play at the Higgledy Piggeldy petting zoo while the adults relax at the Blue Water Café. And pop in at the Old Cape Wine Shop before you leave. Other activities offered include Imhoff Equestrian Centre with outrides on the Noordhoek Beach. Plus a very unique experience – riding a camel! You’ll score brownie points with the kids for the rest of the year. You can also host a kids party at the farmyard.

Visit imhofffarm.co.za for more information.

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When exploring Cape Town, it’s easy to get stuck on the major tourist attractions. Table Mountain, the aquarium, Boulder’s Beach, Robben Island. And although you will definitely not be disappointed when visiting the iconic tourist attractions, if you stay in the Mother City, you might feel the need to spice things up a bit.

Dig A Bit Deeper into The Mother City Fun

We’ve found a few alternative activities to enjoy. From foodie fun, to outdoor activities, to learning new skills. Cape Town truly has something to offer every type of person.

#1 Tuning the Vine – Inner City Wine Route

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You don’t have travel all the way to the Stellenbosch winelands to taste good wine. Now you can simply venture into the CBD and embark on an inner-city wining adventure. The route meanders between 13 venues, each offering you a snippet of their best wine selections. Meander from Tjing Tjing Torii, to Publik Wine Bar, to House of Machines and other distinguished venues tucked away in the city centre. The event occurs once a month, at R150 per person. Your wine tasting will be infused with wine-tasting challenges, food pairings, and live music. The ticket includes access to the various venues, a glass, and a tasting map.

Visit tuningthevine.co.za to stay in the loop.

#2 Visit the R10 Restaurant

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The Xpresso Café believes that good coffee (and tea) should be affordable. And a cup of good coffee (or tea) should be accompanied by a yummy munchie, also at an affordable price. So, they decided to make everything on their menu, yes you heard right everything, only R10. The concept keeps things plain and simple, but delicious. They are open Mondays to Fridays from 7am to 6pm, on Saturdays from 7am to 4pm and Sundays from 8am to 1pm.

They have branches in Durbanville, Canal Walk, Cape Town CBD, Cape Gate, Stellenbosch, N1 City, Vangate Mall, and Table Bay Mall.

#3 Life-size Chess in The Company Gardens

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Feel like you’ve fallen down Alice’s rabbit hole and pretend you are part of a Wonderland scene with this oversized chess set. It’s situated close to the Company Gardens Restaurant. If you feel a bit tired after dragging the big pieces around, pop in at the restaurant for a refreshing beverage. It was recently revamped by the Madam Zingara group, breathing a breath of fresh air into the eatery with its sought-after location.

#4 Embark on A Real Life Treasure Hunt

The Gallivanting Goose is a fun treasure hunting concept. Explore areas you’ve seen a hundred times before in a fresh new way. At the start of the hunt, you get a special smart device loaded with the game and used for navigation. Choose between the following venues: V&A Waterfront, Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Town City Walk, Hout Bay, and Stellenbosch. Do you have the strategic, navigational, and problem-solving skills it takes to be the winning team?

Visit thegg.co.za for more info.

#5 Smash A Few Plates

Every month, on the last Saturday, you can fill your tummy with great Greek food and then party like only the Greeks can. Drink ouza, say “opa!” and decadently break a plate.  Hosted at Mykonos Taverna, in Sea Point, this popular Greek restaurant is a firm favourite in the local culinary scene. So, make sure you book a table to avoid disappointment.

Visit mykonostaverna.co.za for more information.

#6 Hike to The Kleinplaas dam

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Cape Town is full of hiking opportunities, tucked away within the city borders. If you are looking for a leisurely weekend outing that the whole family can enjoy, this is a great option. The dam lies in the Redhill area, situated above Simon’s Town. Along the way there are also interesting old ruins to explore.

#7 Learn to Salsa

Dancing is a fun couples’ activity to do. The Que Pasa dancing school hosts fun free dance classes every Friday night at La Prada, 107 Bree street (CBD), starting at 21:00. Or join at Jade Bar, 39 Main road (Greenpoint) on Sunday nights, starting at 20:00.

For more info, visit quepasa.co.za

#8 Fine Dining on Peaceful Waters

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The V&A Waterfront has a magical vibe. It’s always abuzz with activity. And now an even more exciting restaurant has entered the scene, a first of its kind in the city. The Alba offers you a floating restaurant experience. While you are feasting, you can stare out over the calm waters of the harbour.

The 22m long cruise boat can seat 72 people for an unforgettable dining experience. It’s designed as an all-weather boat, so come rain or sunshine, you can enjoy a unique dining experience. Plus, it operates every day of the year. You can also book out the Alba for your private function. The cruise and dine options range from R495 to R695, depending on the time of day.

Book your floating seat now!

Related: Top 10 things to do at the V&A Waterfront

#9 Become A Chocolatier

Lindt chocolate is a world-famous brand. If you are a hardcore chocolate fanatic, you most likely have an opinion on the various types of chocolate they create, with the cocoa percentage varying from milky sweet to darkly bitter. You can book a class to learn how to make your own chocolate delights with the delicious Lindt chocolate. Classes range from R345 to R475. Choose between making truffles, cupcakes, a cake, macarons, or a fondant pudding. They also offer kids chocolate making classes.

Visit the chocolate studio website to book now.

#10 Explore the Abandoned Zoo

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Did you know the city once had a zoo? It was functional from 1931 to 1975. Cecil John Rhodes requested it, and it included animals from his own menagerie. Situated close to the Rhodes Memorial it makes for an interesting exploration adventure with friends. Investigate the eerie remains of the old cages and other structures.

Back in the day it was very popular and offered free access to the public. Look out for the lion’s den, it is the most distinguishable structure.

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There’s so much to do in Cape Town. And unless you have a sugar daddy (or mommy) refilling your wallet every day, your budget will not be happy with you going on an endless spending spree. Luckily there are ways to still have fun and not break the piggy bank.

We’ve sourced a few fun activities that are cost effective, but still guarantees priceless entertainment.

#1 Take a Hop-On Hop-Off Train Trip

Cost: R35 for hop-on, hop-off ticket

The Southern Line train travels between Cape Town city centre and Simon’s Town. Although caution to safety has to be taken when travelling on the trains, this particular line is geared towards tourists and in a very good condition. It’s a great way to see the variety of Cape Town city life whizzing past you.

Top Ten Things to Do in Cape Town for Under R50

You will also be treated to epic ocean views between Muizenberg and Simon’s Town.

With the hop-on, hop-off ticket you can stop in Muizenberg to surf (or watch the surfers); stop in Kalk Bay for an affordable fish and chips lunch at Kalky’s, right on the working harbour edge; and end your adventure in Simon’s Town with a visit to Boulder’s Beach.

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#2 Visit the Rondevlei Nature Reserve

Cost: R12 (adults) | R6 (kids)

A little nature spot hidden within the city borders! Situated in Grassy Park, it’s about 20 minutes’ drive from the city centre. The reserve was established in 1952 and covers 290 hectares. It features a museum, viewing towers, bird hides, picnic spots, and a special network of footpaths. The reserve boasts with about 256 indigenous plant species and 20 mammal species including Cape Clawless Otters, Large-Spotted Genets, Cape Grysbok Porcupines, and Eland. Plus, the most famous inhabitants, hippos!

For more information, visit zeekoevlei.co.za

#3 Traditional Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

Cost: R30 for a mini ceremony

Cape Town is a truly cosmopolitan city, embracing a wide variety of cultures. This Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony is a unique experience, offering you a first-hand idea of what life in Ethiopia is like.

The Addis restaurant will transport you to the country for a moment, with their authentic Ethiopian furnishings and music.

For more information, visit addisincape.co.za

#4 Create Your Own Cool Runnings Toboggan Moment

Cost: from R48.50

It’s the only African track of its kind. If you’ve seen the movie, you know that you don’t need snow to enjoy this adrenaline-filled activity. Situated in Tygervalley, it is a stainless steel 1.25km track with 17 s-bends, exhilarating corners as well as a tunnel. You get to regulate your speed, so it’s perfect for hard-core and wannabe adrenaline junkies. The sled can take two people, great for a family activity.

For more information, visit www.coolrunnings.capetown

#5 Iziko Museums

Cost: Between R20 and R50

From South Africa’s natural history, to cultural treasures – the Iziko Museums preserve a variety of specimens for you to admire. List of museums, scattered across the city: Bo-Kaap museum, Groot Constantia Manor House, Koopmans-De Wet House, Maritime Centre, Michaelis Collection at the Old Town House, Planetarium, Rust en Vreugd, SAS Somerset, Slave Lodge, Social History Centre, South African Museum, South African National Gallery, Bertram House, and the William Fehr Collection at The Castle of Good Hope. Read our post about The Iziko Museum Mile

For more information, visit iziko.org.za

#6 Groot Constantia

Cost: Free to enter, R50 for wine tasting

It is the oldest wine estate in the Cape, boasting with formidable Dutch architecture. The first wines were produced in 1685, under the supervision of Simon van der Stel, and it has continued producing fine wines without interruption ever since.

You can pop in at the Groot Constantia manor house Iziko Museum, before indulging in wine tasting and a delicious bite at one of the farm’s two restaurants. If you want to be more active, try one of the trail running routes meandering through the leafy grounds.

For more information, visit grootconstantia.co.za

#7 City Sight Seeing Harbour Cruise

Cost: R45

Although the other City Sightseeing tours are over a R100, these ones tick the box for being super cheap. You can choose between the harbour or canal cruise, both departing from the V & A Waterfront. The harbour cruise will take you out at sea, exploring the working harbour of the city. With the canal cruise, you can explore the little canals meandering between the Waterfront and CBD. Both will offer you a unique perspective on the city.

For more information, visit citysightseeing.co.za

#8 Braai at Oudekraal

Cost: R31 (adult) | R16 (child)

One of those truly South African activities. Add a new element to your usual braai with epic views. This spot lies between Camp’s Bay and Llandudno. It features cosy little coves between the robust boulders, with beautiful beach stretches.

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There are more than 40 braai spots available. Some have grids, but it will be safer to bring your own along. And make sure you head over early, it’s a very popular spot.

Visit the SanParks website for more information

#9 The Labia Theatre

Cost: R50 or R40 with Fanatics card discount

It is South Africa’s oldest independent art-repertory cinema. They focus on showing mostly foreign films, independent movies, and historical cinema as well as alternative plus art circuit films. So it’s like going to Cinema Nouveau, but in a stylish retro cinema. There are also regular film festivals to expose yourself to thought-provoking cinema.

Plus, you can order a glass of wine and a nibble to enhance your movie experience (and take it into the movie!).

For more information, visit labia.co.za

#10 Mountain Biking in Meerendal

Cost: R30

An outing in the winelands is always fun! The picturesque wine farm has created tracks to explore the beautiful area. The route is mostly flat and easy, but it does include a few hills that can be challenging for novices.

But the spectacular views will definitely make up for the hard work!

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For more information, visit meerendal.co.za

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Cape Town is surrounded by amazing surfing options, the ocean wrapping itself around the city borders. The wind patterns around the coastline varies, offering surfers a chance to pick and choose what kind of surf conditions they want to test out. And at Cape Point the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet each other, which also creates unique weather patterns.

The following is our pick of the best surfing spots in Cape Town. We also list the experience level for each Cape Town surf spot. We recommend keeping an eye on magicseaweed.com for up to date surfing conditions.

#1 Muizenberg

Beginner

Situated in False Bay, it’s about half an hour’s drive from the CBD. Surfer’s Corner is a great starting point if you’re new to surfing, or if you are a long-boarder. The Muizenberg waves form clean lines and are usually gentle. If the wind starts to blow in a northwesterly direction, nice barrels are formed.

Best Cape Town Surf Spots,Muizenberg

The beach is very popular. You can grab a beer or coffee  after a good surfing session from the restaurants lining the beachfront.

#2Long Beach

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Intermediate to Experienced

On the other side of the Table Mountain range, lies Kommetjie, another firm favourite of local surfers.

Long Beach, Best Cape Town Surf Spots

It’s roughly a 40-minute drive from the CBD. Once the southwesterly wind starts blowing, the surfing conditions become perfect, when the swell is strong enough (and most of the time it is) With the waves breaking both left and right, it creates ideal circumstances for both natural- and goofy-footers.

#3 Scarborough Beach

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Intermediate to Advanced

Situated 45 minutes from the CBD, this almost-secret surfing spot is rarely overcrowded. The conditions are perfect for surfers as well as body boarders. It’s a stunning location, with the looming mountains as a beautiful  backdrop for your surfing session.

#4 Crayfish Factory

Advanced

Close to Scarborough, but with more tricky conditions to manoeuvre. Known as just “the factory” under the locals, it’s a great spot to challenge your surfing skills. Waves can reach up to 15 feet at times. You’re guaranteed the most epic surfing experience when the north or northeasterly wind starts blowing. Because of the big waves, you need very good paddling skills to surf here.

#5 The Hoek

Advanced

Situated about 30 minutes from the CBD, close to the Noordhoek beach, this spot is only ideal in the summer.

The Hoek-Best Cape Town Surf Spots

But during these three months, it provides epic tubing opportunities. Get ready to take on the tubes when the South Easter starts blowing.

#6 Dungeons

Advanced Only

Situated about 30 minutes from the CBD this right-hander spot is for hardcore surfers only. You need to travel by boat from the Hout Bay Harbour to reach it. The Cape Town surfing spot was put on the map by the Red Bull Big Wave Africa competition. You can only attempt to master these waves as a tow-surfer, as the waves can reach up to 60 feet. Read more about it in our post here.

#7 Llandudno

Intermediate to Advanced

Situated about 15 minutes from the CBD, you will be mesmerized by the beauty of this beach, tucked away at the bottom of a hill. Big boulders hug both sides of the cove, framing the serene blue ocean perfectly. It creates great hollow waves to stretch your skills.

#8 Glen Beach

Advanced

Situated around the corner from Llandudno, this spot is also only suitable for highly-skilled surfers. The hollow waves here are very powerful. It lies between the Clifton beaches and Camps Bay. Remember to look up at the Twelve Apostles mountains to take in the full beauty of this stunning Cape Town surfing spot.

#9 Big Bay

Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced

The experience level is dependant on the swell’s size. This beach is about 30-minute drive from the CBD, towards the West Coast. It lies between Bloubergstrand and Melkbosstrand. It is also a very popular windsurfing spot. The most ideal surfing conditions occur when the easterly or southeasterly wind starts blowing. Stop at Doodles or Pakalolo on your way back for a refreshing drink.

#10 Derdesteen

Intermediate

Situated 30 minutes from the CBD, it also lies on the way to the West Coast. It’s a great secret surfing spot.

Derdesteen-Best Cape Town Surf Spots

With multiple take-off points, you won’t be brushing shoulders with your fellow surfers when it gets busy. The spot is most suitable in autumn or winter with less hardcore winds than in summer. During these two seasons the seabed is also shaped for the ultimate surfing experience.

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