Best Romantic Restaurants in Cape Town

Celebrating a special occasion is not complete without a romantic candlelit dinner for two. You’re likely to be on the lookout for the ultimate place where you can spend a great night with your loved one. You want the perfect venue, with decadently delicious food.

If you are looking for the best spot to spend a quiet and heartwarming moment with your partner, here are some of the best romantic restaurants in Cape Town.


Location: 70 Prestwich Street, De Waterkant

This stylish De Waterkant restaurant is the best place to treat your partner to some fresh oysters and indulge in the delicious flavours of the sea. Beluga also does its best to cater to lovers who are celebrating a special occasion.

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The menu includes not only sushi but also anything from curry to calamari, all made with fine attention to detail. Beluga also has a delicious dessert cocktail, the perfect way to end  an amazing night. So, if you are celebrating something special whether it’s an anniversary, a wedding proposal, or a first date — this restaurant is definitely a great choice.

Four & Twenty Café & Pantry

Location: 23 Wolfe Street, Chelsea Village

The concept of this charming patisserie in the Chelsea Village area is inspired by Paris. Along with its birthplace, the restaurant also has that romantic French flair that everybody in love wants a taste of. The place is decorated with delicate roses and painted with bright colors of pink; old school black and white silent movies; and a cozy window seat with a quiet courtyard at the back where lovers can retreat after an enjoyable night.

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If you are  looking for a romantic dinner that is not so heavy on the pocket, Four & Twenty has a mix of favourite classics spiced up with innovative flair. These include much-loved pastries such as cupcakes and heart-shaped lemon cake.


Location: Vineyard Hotel Colinton Road, Newlands

If you want that dreamy fairytale type of romantic dinner, then this restaurant is definitely the best choice. Myoga is the perfect “Disney Princess” type of contemporary restaurant that not only has good food but also has one of the best views in Cape Town.  This upscale restaurant is located at the luxury Vineyard Hotel in Newlands. After a romantic dinner, lovers can take a stroll through the leafy pathways where they will find benches to relax next to the Liesbeek River and a cute little bridge that’s ideal for marriage proposals.


Location: 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa Victoria Street, Camps Bay

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Looking for a one of a kind fine dining experience? Azure at the Twelve Apostles serves all kinds of classic South African dishes. To add a little bit more punch to your romantic night, you can choose a spot by the terrace, which overlooks the ocean. It’s located at the foot of Table Mountain, which makes it one of the best places to relax with your partner.

Thorfynns Restaurant

Location: Mountain Road (off Beach Road), Noordhoek

This restaurant is the best place to go to treat your date with a nature-filled outing. You can expect a wide variety of culinary styles on the menu, which includes South African dishes that are locally sourced, organic, and free range. Although this restaurant is a little casual, the rustic setting is very romantic in a homey and cozy way.

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Baywatch House offers you luxury accommodation at an affordable price, tucked away in the suburbs. It’s situated less than a kilometre from the beach (10 minutes’ walk). The guesthouse is perfect for both leisure and business travellers.

With a home-away-from-home atmosphere and excellent facilities, this cosy little guesthouse is a great base to explore the city and surrounding areas. Start or end your day with a walk on the outstretched white sandy beaches of the Blouberg Strand area.

Sink Into Comfort and Relaxation

You can request an airport shuttle to arrive at Baywatch House without the hassle of organizing your own transport. Not only is Baywatch House located walking distance from the beach, you can also take a short walk to the shops and restaurants nearby. The warm hospitality and personal service will further enhance your holiday experience.

The guesthouse is located close to the MyCiti bus rapid transport system. This handy public transport system offers you effortless access into the city centre and surrounding areas, to explore without worrying about finding parking or hailing a taxi/Uber.

You can also host an intimate event at Baywatch House. The space is perfect for a themed birthday party, a pamper party, a small meeting, or a fun high tea. With meticulous attention to detail and an out-of-the-box approach, you are guaranteed a memorable experience. Let the Baywatch House team assist you with every aspect of your event.

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Luxurious Accommodation

Baywatch House boasts with five comfortably decorated rooms. Two of the five rooms can sleep three guests, the other two rooms are perfect for couples or solo travellers. You can also book out the whole house for 12 guests.

The rooms are equipped with double and single beds, cupboards, fans and a small safe, heaters, hairdryers, as well as a mini fridge with a kettle at the tea/coffee making station. Clean linen and towels are supplied and you can request daily room servicing. The rooms are all bright and comfortable with free Wi-Fi and tea or coffee. Baywatch House guarantees you a good night’s rest, warm hospitality and personal service. The garden has a lovely swimming pool and braai area. And you will be spoilt for choice every morning at breakfast.

Baywatch Guesthouse won a Travellers’ Choice Award from AfriStay. It’s one of the top accommodation destinations in Cape Town. The prestigious award is based on the consistent and excellent reviews from guests during 2017 and 2018.

Explore the Mother City

You can also request the services of Baywatch House’s registered tour guide and embark on a tailor-made tour of the city or surrounding areas. The Baywatch House staff can also help organise water sport activities such as kite surfing at the world-famous Kite Beach. Or book a session at the Milnerton Links golf course, situated near the guesthouse.

Its location on the Atlantic Coastline will offer you some of the best views of Table Mountain and Robben Island. Plus spectacular sunsets over Big Bay, Little Bay and Dolphin Beach. Other attractions to explore close by include the Milnerton Lighthouse, Canal Walk Shopping Centre, the Durbanville wine farms, and the Koeberg Nature Reserve. You can also travel up the West Coast to appreciate the rugged beauty just-just outside the city borders.

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Baywatch House offers various tailor-made tours. Take in the mesmerizing views of the Mother City. Explore Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch, Groot Constantia, and the V&A Waterfront. Experience the breath-taking beauty of Chapmans Peak drive as you head towards Cape Point. Visit Robben Island and see where Nelson Mandela stayed. Or indulge in a Cape Winelands tour. An outing to the Aquila Game Reserve is a must to see the famous African Big 5. And the West Coast Flower tour (a half-day guided tour) is a wonderful experience in the springtime.

Or you can inform the Baywatch House staff about your specific interests and the registered local on-site tour guide will recommend activities for you. He is passionate about Cape Town and will share his personal knowledge with you to ensure that you have a trip of a lifetime.

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You can make an online booking with Baywatch House. Alternatively, you can contact them via phone or email to check availability. Mel and Pat are ready and waiting to take care of your accommodation needs, ensuring you have a pleasant stay.

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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

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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

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#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

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#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

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#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

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#5 Workshop 17

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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

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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

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#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

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#8 Cubeways Workspace

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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

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#9 Akro

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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

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#10 №80 Hout Street

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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

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Cape Town experienced its worst drought in a 100 years from 2017 till 2019. The city launched a Day Zero campaign to bring greater awareness to the severity of the situation. It was speculated that the Mother City would become the first city in the world to run out of water.

Luckily Capetonians jumped into action to do everything they could to save water, and many great water saving initiatives were launched to prevent this from happening. You can follow the transformation of the drought at

How Does the Drought Affect Water Quality in Cape Town

In the aftermath of the drought, during 2019, some Cape Town areas experienced a change in the water taste. A strong earthy taste appeared in the tap water. Asking water experts about this phenomena, they reassured residents that there is nothing to worry about.

The raw water supply increased in geosmin. This is a natural organic compound that increases in water after the rain starts to fall again, breaking the dry spell. The human palate is very sensitive to this compound. It can be detected in the smallest concentrations, even a few small parts per trillion litres of water can be tasted. The compound also often increases during hot weather.

One of the biggest water supplies to Cape Town, is the Theewaterskloof Dam. And the geosmin increased substantially in the raw water sourced from here. But there is no need to worry, the water is still safe to drink. The tap water of Cape Town is compliant with special SANS 241 water standards.

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The geosmin is also responsible for the pure freshness smell that hangs in the air after a good rainfall. Although it causes a strange taste, with hints of beetroot, it can’t cause any harm to humans or animals drinking the geosmin-infused water.

Water supplied by the Blackheath Water Treatment Plant to Central Cape Town areas and the Southern suburbs are affected most. To counter the build-up of the geosmin compound in the water, the city is treating the raw water supply with powdered activated carbon to reduce the geosmin’s effect.

A Good Rain Season in 2019

Everyone feels great relief that the ominous Day Zero has been pushed back indefinitely. The combination of water saving efforts by Capetonians and a good rain season, has pushed up the dam levels to over 50% in 2019. Since 2015 the drought slowly increased and by 2017 the city was in major crisis mode.

Both locals and tourists are still encouraged to stay in water saving mode, as the hit on the water supplies surrounding the city will still take three to five years to recover. Luckily the municipal water supplied to household taps remain safe to drink, thanks to the city’s constant efforts to monitor the water quality.

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The global community sat up and took notice of the Cape Town water crisis. Although the Day Zero campaign shed good light on the situation, it also made many foreigners weary to visit the country, fearing health risks associated with bad water sources.

Throughout the drought the city employed experts to constantly monitor the water quality, linked to the dam levels. The Day Zero date was set as an estimation when the city’s water supplies would drop below 10%.

The municipality anticipated the consequences of running out of water, not wanting to drop below this point. This safety measure ensured that both locals and tourists could rest assured that the tap water would remain safe to drink throughout the water crisis.

Luckily the emergency plan never had to be executed, as the rain season slowly returned to normal in 2018 and even more so in 2019. And the greater awareness around the severity of the situation helped to preserve the existing water resources. Cape Town also employed water restrictions, linked to severe fines, ensuring that residents comply with the overall water saving strategy.

How to Save Water

There are a few habits you can adopt to contribute to the ongoing effort to conserve the Cape Town water resources:

  • Don’t take a bath
  • Take a short or stop-start shower
  • Flush the toilet only when necessary (if it’s yellow let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down)
  • Catch water from the shower and use it to flush the toilet or water plants
  • Close the tap while brushing teeth
  • Catch rainwater for garden use
  • Consider installing a rainwater tank
  • Don’t do washing too often

Cape Town has a great bustling cultural atmosphere. And across the city you will find little hubs of creativity, offering world-class shows to theatre fans.  You can pick and choose between musicals, ballets, and other productions. There’s something for everyone’s taste! Enjoy a wide variety of original South African works, and excellent international productions.

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The Artscape Theatre | DF Malan Street | Foreshore

It’s one of the biggest theatres in the Mother City, with a strong focus on the performing arts. The space also creates a platform for audience development education, youth music competitions, writing programmes, and a resource centre. Some of the world-class productions that have graced the stage include Swan Lake, War Horse, and The Sound of Music. Pop in at the Arts Café before a production. They are also open per occasion for breakfast and lunch. Subject to production times.

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Fugard Theatre | Corner of Calendon and Buitenkant Street | Zonnebloem (District Six)

This popular theatre is named after Athol Fugard, a world-famous South African playwright. It’s located in the Sacks Futeran building, an iconic National Heritage Site, which has been meticulously preserved. There are three different theatre spaces inside: a bioscope, a 150-seater, and a 280-seater. With is location in the historic District Six area, it often lives up to its challenging heritage with thought-provoking shows such as A Human Being Died That Night, and Waiting for Godot. Make sure you arrive a bit early to enjoy the bar, which is open two hours before each show as well as afterwards. You can also take your drink into the various venues.

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Alexander Upstairs Theatre | 76 Strand Street | CBD

The Alexander Bar is a rustic restaurant with a vintage feel to it. And upstairs it has a little intimate theatre space, with only 40 seats. They host a wide variety of shows including comedy, live music, drama, readings and more. Grab dinner before or after your show and take your drink in with you. There are often two shows a night to choose from, one usually starting at 7PM and the other at 9PM.

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The Rockwell Dinner Theatre | 32 Prestwich Street | Green Point

The unique dinner theatre inside the Rockwell Hotel was created by showbiz heavyweight Richard Loring (African Footprint fame), together with his good friend Roland Seidel. The theatre offers an all-round entertaining evening with dinner (buffet style) and a show. Almost every night of the week you can sit down with your plate full of delicious food and listen to stories of Cape Town’s vibrant history. Kaapse Stories from the Mother City is an interactive musical production with song and humorous storytelling.

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The Theatre on the Bay | 1a Link Street | Camps Bay

Another legendary name in the South African entertainment world, is Pieter Toerien. He stepped onto the scene when he was only 17 years old and have influenced the entertainment landscape of the country with many valuable contributions. His own personal theatre hosts a mix of local and international drama, comedy, cabaret, musicals, and dance. And you can pop in at the Sidedish Theatre Bistro for a decadent meal before your show.

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The Baxter Theatre | Main Road | Rondebosch

The Baxter Theatre Centre was built in 1976. It strived to challenge the repressive apartheid regime by staging multi-racial and experimental shows, ignoring racial discrimination and censorship. Over the years countless theatre legends performed at the centre including famous names such as Andrew Buckland and John Kani. Till this day the theatre strives to stage high calibre acclaimed productions that challenge theatre patrons. Pop in at the Long Bar for a quick drink or sit down and relax at the buffet-style Baxter Restaurant before your show.

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The Maynard Open-Air Theatre | Maynardville Park | cnr Wolfe Road and Piers Street | Wynberg

The yearly Artscape Shakespeare-in-the-Park hosted at this popular outdoor theatre is a favourite activity of Capetonians. The stage is surrounded by 720 seats. But beware, you must dress warmly, even though the shows are in summer. Pack a picnic basket and stop in the park for a pre-show picnic. And there are also drink and food stalls available. Shows are mostly hosted during the summer months and include classical music performances and comedy shows.

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The Rainbow Puppet Theatre | Constantia Waldorf School | Spaanschemat River Road | Constantia

This is the only permanent puppet theatre in South Africa. On Saturday mornings and during school holidays a fairy tale, inspired by Grimm’s classics, is performed in the kindergarten section of the Constantia Waldorf School. Every month, the productions are rotated to keep the magic fresh.

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The Barnyard Theatre | Willowbridge Lifestyle Centre | 39 Carl Krone Drive | Tygervalley

The Barnyard Theatre group has venues scattered across the country. Currently they are situated in Willowbridge but will be relocating to Tyger Valley Shopping Centre in September 2019. Their in-house productions are vibrant and highly entertaining. The performers and musicians will keep you enthralled. This is another dinner and a show option for you to consider. You can bring your own picnic basket or order pizza at the theatre.

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The Masque Theatre | 37 Main Road | Muizenberg

This first-class 174-seater theatre hosts dramas, musicals, and dancing shows. They also showcase film shows. You can book the venue for private seminars and presentations as well. You can join the Theatre Club for special perks.

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The Kalk Bay Theatre | 52 Main Road | Kalk Bay

Another little intimate theatre, seating only 78 people. Mingle around in the bar area while you look down at the stage below. They serve snacks, drinks, and light meals. Every Tuesday night there’s a fun show called ‘Theatresports’. You get to watch the performers do live improvisation.

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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

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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.

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#2 The Tree House Boutique Hotel

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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.

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#3 52 De Wet Luxury Boutique Hotel

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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.

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#4 The Glen Boutique Hotel & Spa

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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.

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#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!

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#6 Rouge on Rose Boutique Hotel

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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.

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#7 POD Camps Bay

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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.

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#8 The Andros Boutique Hotel

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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.

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#9 Cape Heritage Hotel

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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.

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#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.

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Have you ever imagined yourself as part of the MasterChef team on the telly? Or do you perhaps follow the South African reality cooking show, Kokkedoor? Well, you now have the opportunity to make that dream come true in a unique way!

The Kokkedoor set is situated in Montague Gardens at the Atlantic Studios. The show is hosted by Hetta van Deventer-Terblanche and Nic van Wyk, as well as popular food blogger, Sam Woulidge. And the studio now host private cooking experiences during the filming downtime, in collaboration with Fork It events.

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Cook Up a Storm

The Kokkedoor set features 10 fully-equipped cooking stations. Step inside the glitzy television set, with its modern look and extravagant décor. You can also hire out the space to host a private event. The state-of-the-art venue space can be transformed to fit your needs.

Homebrew Films decided to open up the fully operational real life television set to the public. Now you can become a self-made Kokkedoor with the help of Chef Anthony Mayer. He is also one of the consultants on the show, and can tell you more about what goes on behind the scenes of the popular reality cooking show.

Learn From a Master Chef

Anthony is passionate about cooking and food. He will patiently teach you the tricks of the trade – from how to chop sprouts properly, to how to make a delectable Asian soup. Learn how to prepare a delicious Sunday roast, choose the best cut of meat, bake a cake, and refine your culinary skills. There are new themed classes regularly and the dishes are also seasonal-based.

Choose from a wide variety including:

  • Magical Morocco
  • Italian “Mama Mia”
  • Asian & African Fusion
  • Spain on a Fork – An evening of Tapas
  • Quick Easy Winter Dinners
  • Curries from around the World

There’s Something for Everyone

Whether you already feel like a master chef, or you’re just a wannabe, Anthony’s Fork It classes are suitable for all skill levels. It’s perfect for those who love to cook and the ones who want to learn more. Most of all, it’s perfect for anyone who loves food! There are also surprise guest appearances scheduled at selected classes. You might meet your favourite TV chef in real life! The studio is also completely self-efficient, with generators taking care of the load shedding worries. Plus, there is convenient secure parking.

The Fork It cooking experiences are aimed at the everyday chef, anyone who wants to polish their cooking skills is welcome. Each class is carefully planned and hosted personally by Chef Anthony Mayer. You can become a Kokkedoor in your own kitchen!

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The morning Fork It classes are perfect for stay-at-home parents and caregivers. These classes cover the various aspects of cooking for a family. And the evening classes are great as a fun outing with friends, or as a couple. But you don’t have to arrive with a partner, by the end of the evening your tummy will be full of the delicious food you cooked yourself, shared with the new friends you made during the cooking experience. Each class ends at a banquet-style table where you share the food with your cooking team members.

You can also use these classes as a fun team building experience. Chef Anthony believes in creating an immersive cooking experience. All the classes are completely interactive and you will also receive a booklet with the recipes that you learned to cook during the class.

Meet the Chef

In the culinary world, the name Anthony Mayer is familiar to many. He worked as a private chef for various celebrities as well as at top VIP villas in Constantia, Llandudno, Camps Bay, and beyond. Anthony also managed his own highly renowned restaurant in Durban before joining Homebrew Studios as a chef consultant.

His cooking style is firmly rooted in the South African tastes, but he loves to mix in international influences such as Moroccan, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and the Far East. He brings home all the culinary tricks from his extensive travels abroad.

Fork It is an exciting new adventure in Anthony’s culinary journey. His passion for food will encourage you to explore more in the kitchen, and his friendly teaching style will make you feel right at home.

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If you are looking for a unique outing, a Fork It cooking experience should definitely be on your to-do list! Pretend you’re part of a reality cooking show and take your cooking game to the next level with the help of an internationally acclaimed professional chef.

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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.


Tel: +27 21 434 9282


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#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.


Tel: +27 (0) 21 423 4530

Cell: +27 (0)63 792 3611

Whatsapp: +27 (0)63 792 3611


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#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.


Tel: +27 21 433-1663


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#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.


Tel: +27 (0)21 434-6535

WhatsApp: +27 (0)82 3013229


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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.


Tel: +27 (0) 87 057 2638


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#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.


Tel: +27 (0)21 434 0688


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#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!


Tel: +27 (0) 21 423 8721

WhatsApp: +27 (0) 72 953 7363


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Related: Best Car Rental Companies in Cape Town

#8 91 Loop Boutique Hostel

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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.


Tel: +27 (0)21 286 1469

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#9 Hout Bay Backpackers

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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.


Tel: + 27 (0) 21 790 0427

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#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.


Tel: +27 (0)21 709 0841


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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.


Tel: +27 (0) 21 448 6359

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


When travelling to a foreign country, it’s always tricky to wrap your head around the new money system. We’ve got all the information you need during your stay in South Africa. Whether you decide to use cash or cards – here’s all you need to know.

The South African Currency

The South African money system works in rands and cents. The coins are 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2 and R5 and the notes are R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200. One rand is made up of a 100 cents. As with all currencies, the exchange rate fluctuates, but to give you a general idea of the strength of the South African rand against the major world currencies:

Pound R18,35
Euro R15,96
US Dollar R14,26
AUS Dollar R9,87
Hong Kong Dollar R1,82

*Exchange rates calculated on 15 May 2019

To work out your currency against the rand, click here.

Although some people think of South Africa as a third world country, a better way to describe it, is a developing country. There are still lots of growth potential in the economy, but the financial system is well-developed with an extensive bank network across the country. But it is best to convert a bit of your travel allowance into cash because some smaller businesses do still operate in cash only.

You can consider using your foreign credit or debit card, or a special travel money card. There are also a wide variety of ATMs that you will find along your travels. Some are linked to a specific South African bank, others designed specifically for foreign bank accounts.

Money Options in South Africa

We would advise you to consider a combination of cash and electronic money for your visit to South Africa. Below a breakdown of your financial options when travelling to South Africa.

Credit and Debit Bank Cards

Using your familiar bank card can make you feel more at home in a foreign country, but it can become a costly option. Visa and MasterCard cards are accepted throughout South Africa. So you will have access to your local account. The cards are accepted wherever you see their signs including local businesses, restaurants, and ATMs. You don’t need to pre-arrange your travel money, but you must be prepared for possible hiccups along the way when using foreign currency with a foreign card. And remember to inform your bank that you will be using your card in a foreign country.


The convenient aspect of using your own bank card, is that you don’t have to pre-arrange a card and weigh up different travel money alternatives. You have access to all the funds in your account, so you don’t have to worry about running out of money. And a credit card is handy when booking your plane ticket, accommodation, and other online services.


Your bank’s service charges for overseas transactions might be very high, and unclear. Also, if you use the card to draw money at local ATMs, the withdrawal fee is pricey. If your card gets lost or swallowed by a local ATM, it will be a big and costly hassle to replace it. To reissue a card can take up to four weeks, if it needs to be shipped to South Africa. If your card has advanced security measures, it may not be compatible with the local machines.

Card fraud must also be kept in consideration, and if your card is accessed, all your money can be stolen. Most banks do offer a money-back guarantee in case of fraud committed, but the policy may be limited during travel. Every time you use your card, the foreign currency will be converted to rand, which is linked to a service fee. Plus, if the exchange rate suddenly drops, your travel budget can be greatly affected.

A Visitors Guide to Money and Currency in South Africa

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Travel Money Cards

Most international travel cards do not support the South African currency. But there is a local card available to foreigners from Bidvest bank. It is linked to Visa, which allows you to draw money from any local ATM supporting it. You can also swipe it at local businesses supporting Visa cards.

It is a debit card that you can use to pay for any products or services. You can also draw cash at ATMs or supported point of sale merchants such as PEP stores (clothing) or Checkers and Pick ‘n Pay (supermarkets). This card offers you easy cash access, and it is linked to a fixed exchange rate. You can also use it to fill up your car with fuel at supported petrol stations.

The card offers 24-hour support. You can also activate SMS notifications to keep track of your spending. With the Bidvest Rand Currency Card you can make hotel reservations, but you can’t make car rental bookings with it, unless the agency supports cash/debit card payments. You can collect the card at a local Bidvest bank branch, located across the country in major shopping centres and at the airport. Click here for more information.


The prepaid card is not linked to your main bank account, making it a good secure option. There a set transaction fees so that you can budget your holiday spending. With the SMS notifications you can also keep track of your spending to budget better.


If you use a different travel card option than the Bidvest Rand Currency Card, you will still be transacting locally in a foreign currency, which is linked to a fluctuating exchange rate. You will also be paying transaction fees to convert the money. There may be hidden transactional fees to take into consideration.

If you choose to use the Bidvest Rand Currency Card, you will need to arrange collection of it and have an alternative source of money in the meantime. (But there are branches located in both the Cape Town and Johannesburg airports)

While fees may look low, there are often a number of hidden costs, and card holders should note that they will generally be charged a percentage on ATM withdrawals rather than a fixed rate. The cards are only valid for a certain period of time and must be cashed out before return. The cards can only be reloaded at the official bank branches.

Traveller’s Cheques

These used to be a very popular travelling money option. They are pre-printed vouchers for a specific currency instead of cash. But they are not widely recognized in South Africa. Instead credit or debit cards are preferred.

Traveller’s cheques are not a viable option for travel in South Africa.

A Visitors Guide to Money and Currency in South Africa



As mentioned, carrying a small amount of cash with you in South Africa is advisable. Especially if you want to explore off the beaten track. If you don’t want the hassle of figuring out an international banking system, it could be the best option for you.


You are guaranteed that you can make effortless payments wherever you go, without worrying about finding an ATM to draw money. There are also no extra banking fees to worry about. And it’s not linked to your main account back home.


It is not advisable to carry around a big amount of cash with you. You can easily become a target of local thieves, who know how to spot an outsider in the country. If your cash gets stolen, there’s no bank guarantee backup to recover it.

Converting a large sum of money means you will have a big bulk of notes to carry around. And when you start using the money, coins have a way of multiplying and filling up your wallet. You might also not get the best exchange rate for your conversion to cash. It can also be tricky to keep track of your spending, if you are using only cash. Plus, you will have difficulty making a hotel or car reservation with only cash. Oftentimes the institutions would require a credit card as a deposit surety.

Recap: What Is the Best Way to Use Money in South Africa

A combination of local South African money in cash form and an electronic money format is the best way to manage your money while travelling in South Africa. Whether you decide to stick to your own bank card, or use a travel card, it’s advisable to not convert all your spending money into cash.