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March 30, 2010

How to spend a weekend in Cape Town

Recently a friend of mine took a long-overdue weekend visit to the Mother City. She hadn’t seen all that Cape Town has to offer, so I decided to plan an unforgettable trip by selecting a few great things to do in Cape Town.

After she jetted in on Friday afternoon, we swiftly made our way to Signal Hill for a few sundowners, before heading to Beluga to enjoy some of the best sushi in Cape Town.

signal hill

Photos by Mike Metelerkamp

Saturday consisted of lunch in vibey Kloof Street, followed by a magnificent sunset cruise aboard the luxury Tigger 2 catamaran. The cruiser departed from the V&A Waterfront with its course set for Clifton Beach, where it docked,  allowing us to enjoy a vivid sunset over the Atlantic, accompanied by fine Champagne and canapés.

tigger 2 yacht

On Sunday, I pulled out some tickets for the Table Mountain Cableway.  The weather was perfect for a trip up the mountain, where we enjoyed 360° views of the city and a third, but completely unique sunset over the sea.

table mountain view

The final item on the weekend’s itinerary was watching a movie on the rooftop of the Grand Daddy Hotel in Long Street. If you haven’t been up there, you should make an effort to see the creativity that has gone into designing this hip hotel.

On the rooftop sits a bar, surrounded by seven American Airstream trailers, each with their own theme; they are highly sought after to spend the night in. In the middle of all this is the Pink Flamingo, an open-air movie cinema. Here the hotel screens cult classics and provides movie-grade popcorn, sweets and complimentary drinks, and blankets, for you to enjoy a slightly different night out at the movies.

grand daddy hotel

There were a hundred other attractions in Cape Town that I wanted to put on the list, but I’ll have to save those for another weekend.

Next time you have a friend visit, do something similar ...  you’ll have just as much fun as they will.

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