a mini-guide to cape town, south africa

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and among the peaks and mountains there lies a city

As I finally get my grip on life in London, I’ve started to pen a bucket list of things I want to do.
And though there is so much that needs to be learned and done, I thought travel is the best method to
learn, dream and rejuvenate. So we started traveling! Places of history, of culture, of natural beauty.
And so I will start travel mini-guides of cities that encompasses a bit of food, history, shopping and more…

To start off the sub-series, a Cape Town mini-guide it will be.
C&É traveled with Emirates and planned the rest of the trip through independent tour guides.

{cape town mini-guide} via chevrons & éclairs
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camps bay, long street and V&A waterfront

Though this is quite a big chunk of Cape Town, some of my favorite places to shop, peruse and meander
were Camps Bay, Long Street and the Waterfront. Camps Bay houses a flurry of higher-end restaurants
that overlook the ocean, some gorgeous houses and evenings accompanied by sunsets. We treated
ourselves to a lovely seafood dinner here to cap off the week in Cape Town! Long Street reminds me
New Orleans. Full of quirky, little shops, cafes, pubs and shops with African textiles with a modern
twist. You can literally find anything on this street. Long Street then opened up to the V&A Waterfront
with pier-side views, higher end hotels, and tons of malls and shops and restaurants! Though
it’s a bit touristy, it could be a fun place to visit when looking for souvenirs.

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eat

We had lots of great food to eat in Cape Town and really you can’t beat the seafood. South African food is historically nutty in flavor, full of meat, and combines sweet and savory flavors. The traditional dishes draw from the English, Dutch, French and German cuisines with bits of exotic spices and blends due to the spice trade…

MAMA AFRICA • 178 Long Street • +27 21 426 1017
Perfect for a proper taste of South Africa, and Cape Town for that matter. Try their Cape Malay seafood dishes to get an exotic touch of asian spiced intermingling with Cape Town’s known prawns. I went for the South African national dish made of curried mince, dried fruit, dense spices and

MONDIALL • Alfred Mall, Dock Road • +27 21 418 3003
Mondiall is a bit of a modern establishment catering to the Cape Town tourists. But Mondiall made the list due to their incredibly vibrant dishes full of flavor and color in addition to their service. Right before venturing out to Robben Island, we decided to indulge in some breakfast burritos and a bit of soup since it was chilly. It was the right mix before our tour.

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robben island

After the passing of Nelson Mandela when I was in graduate school at St. Andrews and with one of
my closest friends being South African, I was curious to see how his political movements and ambitions
impacted the country and much of the world’s movements thereafter. It was inspiring to take a
tour of Robben Island, where he was held as a prisoner for some years. We received a tour from
a former prisoner that walked us through his narrative intertwined with Mandela’s strive for
freedom and equality.

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houtbay harbor & market

Before heading out to the main peninsula to see the view of Cape Town from greater heights,
we ventured out to Houtbay Harbor to see the seals of Cape Town and visit the markets. I will be
honest, I bought most of my souvenirs here and even a box of Africa’s famous rooibos tea!

The seascape is so beautiful, and try to head there extra early to avoid the crowds and to get
the lovely blue hues of the sea in your photos.

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penguins at boulders beach

I think the happiest moment in my recent life has been the moment I step foot on boulders beach in
Simon’s Town. The beach is infiltrated with them and they’re seriously the cutest, little things.
I was particularly enamored with the story about how scientists moved the penguins to another
island/beach place to prevent any harm, but in a matter of weeks, they were back on Boulders Beach!
Can you imagine them just waddling back home? Cracks me up.

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cape peninsula

I don’t think I need to twist your arm when I say that you need to do a true tour of the peninsula.
Visiting the south-western most point of the continent, baboons, ostrich running on beaches, and the
most stunning views your eyes will ever see. It is just so painfully beautiful that the photos don’t do it justice.

We toured first up Cape Point, where after walking up to the lighthouse and backdown then grabbed
an ice cream {beware of baboons}, and then headed down to Cape of Good Hope. The raw earth and organic
air was the exact cocktail combination for a good escape for any city girl.

Be sure to hire a tour guide to do this tour with you as they usually know the best places to
capture photos, times to visit, and snacks to eat! My friend and I ended up booking through
our accommodation with BazBus for their 1-day Cape Peninsula Tour.

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  • this looks beautiful. i’d love to travel here.

  • Great photos! I was most surprised to see Penguins in South Africa! Haha. Seems like an awesome area to visit!

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  • lingo10

    Wow I would love to visit south Africa, to see the landmarks, sights, and the history of the people & apartheid. It must be so amazing, to go so far away on vacation, enjoy!

    http://beehonthelook.blogspot.com

  • Carly

    Capetown looks like a dream! Thanks for the guide. I will definitely be using it if I ever get the opportunity to travel there
    Dresses & Denim

  • Absolutely beautiful photography Supal! It’s making me relive memories of spending time there a few years back – such a beautiful and picturesque place!

  • bri

    WOW! Thank you SO much for posting this! It’s always been my dream to go to SA!

    xo,

    Bri

    http://www.cityfashiongirl.com

  • Cee

    What a wonderful post. A dear friend of mine is from South Africa and she often talks about what a beautiful place it is, but seeing it in photos really takes my appreciation of the place to a whole new level. Plus I absolutely adore penguins so I dream of seing Boulder Beach for myself one day, those penguins look so adorable playing in the sand!
    xox,
    Cee
    http://www.cocoandvera.com

    • It is incredibly beautiful, Cee! And trust me when I say the people are just so, so nice! The penguins are definitely an added bonus, you should see the little baby fur balls, they totally melted my heart haha 🙂 x

  • felisha

    Oh wow! I would LOVE to visit Cape Town! Your photos make it look so dreamy!

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    • Honestly, I don’t think I did the city justice haha. It was too beautiful for words, you must visit! Thanks for the comment, Felisha! x

  • Beautiful photos! You look so happy. And the monkeys!! <3