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The Mod Maven’s Guide To A Weekend In Cape Town

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Located down south in South Africa, lies the beautiful city of Cape Town. If it isn’t already on your radar,  then it most certainly will be by the end of this post.  Having recently been voted as the most beautiful city in the world it is easy to understand  why it is adored by South Africans and Foreigners alike.

Nestled at the foot of the iconic Table Mountain, the city sprawls between mountains and the ocean. From lying on sandy beaches, to beach bars and 5 star hotels, mountain hikes and Sundays spent meandering a wine route. There is something for everyone in Cape Town. This city will certainly steal your heart.

Spending one weekend in Cape Town is not nearly enough time to explore all that it has to offer. And you will most certainly be back after your first visit. So to wet your appetite, here is where you can stay, what you can do and where to eat in Cape Town for a weekend.

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Where To Stay

Budget

Under $150

The Verge Aparthotel

Located in Sea Point these apartments are located in an adeal location for travels around the city. Here you will be close to the beaches, amazing restaurants and transportation. Not to mention the beautiful views and the Sea Point promenade.

If hostels aren’t for you but you’re still on a budget then these apartments come hotel are for you. They offer a front desk service, a laundry service, daily housekeeping and the apartment comes fully fitted with a kitchen. If you’re not looking to cook then there are plenty of restaurants in close proximity.

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The Mod Maven Cape Town Guide

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Sunny & Central garden Cottage( AirBnb)

AirBnb can be a relatively cheap way to stay in any country. There are many amazing and affordable places in Cape Town.  Do note that many of these places book very quickly during the Summer period ( November – February). So be sure to book in advance.  This garden cottage is ideally located and has ample space if travelling with another person.

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Mid Range

Under $300

The Protea Hotel by Marriot

Located close to the VA Waterfront, the beach and amazing restaurants. Offering a gym, breakfast, a full spa and all the other amenities you would expect from a hotel.

Clifton Beach Apartment

This affluent suburb of Cape Town has some of the most expensive real estate in South  Africa. With amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean this apartment is a must. This apartment is only a 30 seconds walk form the iconic Blue flag beaches of Clifton.  You’ll be ready to move in and will never want to leave.

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Splurge

$400 + /night

Tintswalo Atlantic Luxury Hotel

If you’re looking to splurge then this hotel is for you.  The 30 minute drive itself from the city centre is a beautiful one. Winding along the coastal road until you reach the hotel. Nestled in the Table Mountain National Park, this hotel is a slice of heaven.

Typically fully booked well in advance, it is best to book as soon as possible. Tintswalo is beautiful in every season.

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The One & Only

A brand synonymous with luxury, The One & Only Cape Town delivers on all fronts.  Albeit pricey, they do offer various specials and early bird prices. So be sure to check well in advance. It’s great to save even if you are splurging.

Located in the heart of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, it is an ideal location. Nestled in a natural amphitheatre shaped by the cliffs of the Devils Peaks and Lions Head. It has panoramic views of the iconic Table Mountain and amazing ocean views. A view like no other.

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Where To Eat

There are so many amazing restaurants in Cape Town that it is simply impossible to try all of them in one trip. With an array of cuisines available you’ll never go hungry or be short of choice. But first things first. Let’s start with where to get a coffee.

Coffee Shops

Truth Coffee

Start your day off with a cup of coffee from a coffee shop voted the best coffee shop in the world. It’s a relaxed atmosphere with a steampunk vibe.

Tribe Coffee

A cult local favourite adored by the locals. They serve great breakfast too.

Bootlegger Coffee

Created by Capetonians in Cape Town. This small local chain has stolen coffee lovers hearts with its great coffee and great cafe vibes.

Brunch, Lunch & Dinner

Clarke’s Bar And Dining Room 

This local haunt has amassed a cult-like following. Located in the heart of the city in Bree street.  If you love hamburgers then this is your go to spot.

Source: Clarkes Bar ( @clarkescapetown) 

Fuego

Fuego is an award winning Latin America Taqueira ( taco joint) in Sea Point. Tacos are handmade and there are various other favourite Latin dishes on offer.  Great for Happy Hour and cocktails too.

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The Old Biscuit Mill

The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock is  a creative hub. Local creatives showcase their talents whilst there are an array of coffee shops and restaurants. The best is to go on a Saturday morning to the Market where you can sample and but amazing food from local traders.

Kitima

Asian style food in a beautiful Cape Dutch building. The prices are a little higher than average but the goo food and ambience make it worth it.

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The Granary Cafe

The perfect spot for lunch or dinner, but you really wan to go to The Granary Cafe for the Royal Tea. A collection of the Pastry chefs sweet and savoury tea time delights.

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Tashas

With beautifullly presented food and stunning decor, Tashas is a firm favourite. Here they are all about details. Big and small. Restaurants are sophisticated whilst still inviting and giving a homely feel. Think decadent comfort food.

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Where To Go For Sundowners

It would be sacrilege to be in Cape Town and not visit one of the many sundowner/ cocktail places. Even if you don’t drink alcohol, you’ll still be happy with the settings.

The Grand Cafe 

The ultimate beach cafe that offers classic charm and luxury while allowing you to “escape” from the hustle and bustle of the city. Located on a private beach, next to the VA Waterfront and with Table Mountain as a backdrop. There are 5 bars to choose from and this is the perfect spot for lazy summer sundowners.

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Cafe Caprice

Cafe Caprice is the epitome of Cape Town’s cosmopolitan social scene.  It has one of the best, if not the best, sunset viewing spots and is located right at Camps Bay Beach.   It is a landmark on the Camps Bay Promenade.

Head Outdoors

Go To The Beach 

There are many beaches to choose from. Camps Bay, Clifton, Llandudno, Blouberg, Muizenburg, Bikini Beach and more. Explore them all.

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Kirstenbosch Gardens

The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens are exquisite. During Summer concerts are held in the gardens at sunset. Take a picnic, visit the restaurant or meander through the gardens.

Table Mountain

There are daily trips up Table Mountain. Weather permitting of course. You can either take the cable car up and down, or if you feel like a bit of exercise the hike up and down is great too. Depending on which route you opt to take, the hike can take approximately 2 hours. Once on the Mountain enjoy some snacks and walk the length of the mountain. It truly is majestic.

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Go On A Sunset Cruise

A nice way to end the day is to see the beautiful city from the ocean. Hop on a sunset cruise and enjoy the view and a sundowner. Cruises leave from the VA Waterfront.

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