With its location between the ocean and the mountains, Cape Town is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It's energy and creativity combine with natural, historical, and cultural treasures to make Cape Town a destination that enchants at every turn. You can explore either on your own or with a local guide, by car, bike, or on a cruise. You can also get a bird's-eye view by flying over the city in a helicopter or by going paragliding.
Table Mountain is Cape Town's best-known landmark. Hike to its top if you're feeling bold, or go at a more leisurely pace and take a cable car. When you reach the summit, a panoramic view of the city will be your reward. Keep your eyes open, and you might spot a few hyraxes, a local animal that looks a bit like a marmot, relaxing in the setting sun. Not far from here, you can also venture along the trail that leads up Lion's Head and watch the sunset from Signal Hill for another spectacular sight. If you have a few hours to spare, you can explore the Kirstenbosch botanical garden. Its collection of 7,000 species of mainly southern African plants and flowers includes iconic proteas.
Feel the energy of Cape Town's diversity as you wander through the different neighborhoods, like the colorful, Malaysian neighborhood of Bo-Kaap, the Company Garden Park, the bustling shops and restaurants of Long Street, Kloof Street, or the historic District Six. Make sure to explore the waterfront area on foot and check out the Watershed shopping center and covered market, which includes over 150 stands by South African brands—perfect for picking up a souvenir. A visit to the brand new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) is a must for art lovers.
Then, head to the city's east to explore another cosmopolitan neighborhood: Woodstock. This area is filled with street art, which you can explore with a local artist guide. You can also browse through The Neighbourgoods Market in Woodstock, located in the Old Biscuit Mill. This Saturday morning market is a festival of flavors, where you can sample local dishes in a warm, lively atmosphere.