This is your definitive Cape Town travel guide written by a local. A regional out and about guide that introduces you to popular and non-touristy restaurants, things to do and places to visit in Cape Town. Consult this Cape Town travel guide if you are battling to decide where to stay while on holiday in Cape Town.
Cape Town is the buzzing and laid back capital of the Western Cape that enjoys a Mediterranean climate. Cape Town is a coastal place, with endless views of mountain and sea. It’s an adventurous destination filled with exquisite foods, and is arguably one of the best places in the world for outdoor adventures. Locals live the holiday lifestyle, and prioritise fun over..well…most things.
Bring your eccentricity to this creative coastal town and indulge in the spoils of the Mother City.
Discover each region in the tabs below. You can’t choose an inferior region to stay in Cape Town, it’s really up to personal opinions, budget and travel needs. The Good news? Each suburb in Cape Town is easily accessible, and the two furthest points are within 1 hour of each other.
General info about Cape Town
- Transport : We recommend hiring a car in Cape Town. Public transport isn’t reliable and safe. Uber is used regularly and is reliable. There are also plenty of private transfer companies available.
- Money : Cash and cards are widely accepted. ATMs are widespread. Cape Town is a very global city! Just don’t carry wads of cash around. Snapscan and Zapper (phone apps) are also widely accepted.
- Crime : You’ve got to be streetwise. Don’t walk alone at night in dodgy areas. Lock your doors – cars and accommodation. Don’t leave items on your car seat. Don’t leave bedroom windows open. If coming home at night, check to see if you’re being followed. Certain areas are safer than others – check with your accommodation provider for tips. Cape Town is one of the safest cities in South Africa.
- People : Capetonians are lovers of food, fun and good wine. They’re good natured people who spend ample time outdoors. They’re laid back in style, but seem to be on trend with most things. Just beware – Capetonians have no problem being late for a social event ! Pretty much everyone is welcome in Cape Town – we’re liberal and loving !
- Medical : The whole of South Africa has exceptional private medical care, and Cape Town is no different. There is easy access to Medi Clinics and Doctors. Your accommodation provider should have details about the closest clinics and hospitals; both of which are in abundance.
- Language : There are 11 eleven official languages in South Africa, but the 3 most commonly spoken languages are English, Afrikaans and Xhosa.
- Climate : Cape Town enjoys a cool Mediterranean climate. Summer is hot, with average temperatures of roughly 25 degrees celsius. Peak summer season is Jan – March, a period of time when the gusty south easter wind tends to die down. Winters are cold and stormy, peppered with warm sunny days. That warm down jacket you bought that ski trip will be too hot for a Cape Town winter.