Cape Town frequently gets voted as one of the world's most beautiful cities. I think it is a combination of mountains, ocean and charming buildings that does the trick for most. I do official know the reasons to visit Cape Town which make it so very appealing. I remember a time when I was incredibly grateful to have a commute with either a mountain or an ocean view, I tend to not be awed by the city's beauty anymore. I lived there for too long and with that, I think came a mix of taking it for granted and also being able to look behind the scenes. The traffic is still horrid, all charming buildings are owned by white people and the mountain regularly burns because people are assholes.
On my last trip there, I realized that while I was excited to return and to spend time with friends and family, work and eat at my favorite places, I wasn't so excited to write about it. It didn't feel like travel, it felt like home....comforting, but as they say - nothing to write home about.
Luckily my friend Alex came for a visit and as it was his first time, we needed to cover some touristy things. I rolled my eyes on the inside upon the prospect of driving all the way to Cape Point but being forced to do it, it also opened my eyes to its beauty again.
Not only did we get to see all the wonderful things Cape Town and its surrounding has to offer but also eat and drink it all the time. If you want to gain a few pounds in style this is the place for you!
So in case, you haven't been, here are some visual reasons to visit Cape Town. And if you live there, here is why you should say thank you every single day.
This is THE road. Victoria Road connecting Camps Bay and Hout Bay. If it is not voted one of the most scenic roads in the world, I don't know what's wrong with people. It is one of the most scenic roads in the world. If you live in Hout Bay, chances are this is the view on your commute. Aren't you a lucky fish?!
Hout Bay also does a few more things right, namely harbor views, pink skies, and baos.
In case you missed a good view when flying in, I highly recommend to take a helicopter for a spin. NAC invited Alex and myself for a little flight over the Peninsula and I can really confirm that if you want to take a helicopter ride somewhere, Cape Town is the place to do it.
I don't want to sound all girly, but how pretty is this little rosegold heli? I was sold the moment I lay eyes on it. Unfortunately taking it home was not part of the goodie bag.
Early bird/worm all the way. Sunrises don't get much prettier than in Muizenberg.
While I can't resist some penguins and like Boulders Beach as much as your next Capetonian and visitor, I much prefer adjacent Windmill Beach. The beach is so hidden that you almost always have it to yourself (well, until a class of schoolboys arrived and caught me changing my bikini bottom in plain sight) and if you get lucky a penguin may still cross your path in the water.
Babylonstoren more than just a garden, it is a piece of heaven. Come for a stroll, come for a meal, come to play with the animals and definitely don't forget to go for bubbly tasting.
From here it is just a little hop to Stellenbosch, home of the most amazing wine with a view and...
Apparently the rocks shine like a black pearl in the rain, luckily I couldn't prove this as we had nothing but glorious sunshine.
Honestly, Cape Point was a disappointment. How I managed a few shots with no other people in, I do not know. We did however, come across some paw prints while walking around in the dunes. Okay, while Alex was taking a wee. While I am still not sure what they were, we were super excited - lions, tigers or bears? Oh my!
From Cape Point we headed up via Misty Cliffs which were deceptively un-misty; too much sunshine?
So we headed on to Noordhoek to rediscover an old favorite of mine - the Foodbarn. Meet my starter, Umami:
And the dessert. Luckily we had a hunch and decided not to share but to order two. I almost asked for another one.
To walk it off, head back to the beach. Noordhoek Beach that is.
For those who like to get high, there is always a mountain or two to climb.
Then there is always the promenade where you can meet runners, wannabe runners, and Cape Town's finest canines.
In case you get hungry from all the fresh air views again, here is something else:
Unfortunately crayfish is now on the SASSI red list so for now you shouldn't eat it. However, luckily there is plenty of other seafood to be found in Cape Town and this picture to feast your eyes on. I was a bit shellfish and ate more than my fair share for a while (this picture was taken before Christmas before it got red-listed!).
Have you been to Cape Town and what was your favorite part?