Things To Do In Summer in Cape Town
Table Mountain: check. Robben Island: check. V&A Waterfront: check. Once you’ve ticked off Cape Town’s top attractions, there is still plenty for you to do in Cape Town in the summer. Here are a few of our favourite activities…
Stroll along Sea Point promenade
Runners, dog walkers, skaters, and families flock to the stretch of promenade from Mouille Point to Bantry Bay for good reason — it’s a special place! Stroll along the paved and grassy promenade that winds its way along the coastline, check out the cool art installations, or make use of the outdoor gym. If the water at Rocklands Beach looks a little too chilly, you can also take a dip in the Sea Point public pools.
Surf’s up in Muizenberg
If you’ve always wanted to learn how to surf, Surfers Corner in Muizenberg is the perfect spot. The water is warm, the waves are forgiving, and you can hire boards and take lessons from pros at the nearby surf shops – Surf Emporium, The Corner Surf Shop, and Gary’s Surf School. Great whites occasionally pop in to visit the bay, so be sure to check the surf spotter flags before heading into the water!
Fish and chips at Kalky’s
All that surfing is bound to work up an appetite, so hop on a train headed for Kalk Bay. Potter around the main street before grabbing some fish and chips at Kalky’s. Something of an institution around these parts, Kalky’s offers up generous portions, fresh fish, and a local vibe that you’re not likely to find anywhere else. Don’t expect anything fancy, though, and be prepared to wait in a long queue.
Browse the Neighbourgoods Market
Woodstock doesn’t always make it onto the tourist itinerary, but the Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill in Albert Road has helped change that. Every Saturday morning – from 9am to 2pm – over 100 specialty traders set up store at the market. Think artisanal bakers, local farmers, organic merchants, butchers, and purveyors of fine food. Go hungry and get there early because this market gets busy really quickly. There’s plenty of space to sit around and chat, so make a morning of it.
Afternoon tea at the Mount Nelson
Unless you’ve got particularly deep pockets, you probably won’t get a chance to stay at the Mount Nelson. This grand old hotel – affectionately known as the Pink Lady – is still one of the most prestigious hotels in the city. Your ticket in: afternoon tea. For a totally reasonable sum, you’ll get to spend the afternoon in the immaculate gardens (or posh lounge), sipping on tea – or, if you’re feeling reckless, French champagne – and nibbling on cucumber sandwiches, freshly baked scones and an assortment of sweet and savoury morsels.
Discover your favourite vintage
The view from the Beau Constantia tasting room is hard to beat… unless, of course, you are looking out over the Franschhoek valley from the tasting room at Haute Cabrière, or you’re perched on the crest of the Helshoogte Mountain Pass at Delaire Graff. With views as good as the wines, it’s hardly surprising that wine-tasting is a firm summer favourite at the tip of Africa. Find a designated driver, pick a wine route – Constantia, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek or Paarl – and discover what makes our wines so special.
Bid the day goodbye in style
Sunsets in Cape Town, especially those along the Atlantic seaboard, are pretty darn spectacular this time of year. Pack a picnic and head down to one of the beaches in Clifton, Camps Bay or Llandudno. Sun-worshippers, families, couples, and friends relax on the soft white sand as the sun kisses the ocean good night. Drinking alcohol is prohibited on the beaches, so if you’re after something with a bit of a kick, opt for one of the bars and cafés along Camps Bay’s seaside strip.
Hike in the moonlight
Lion’s Head, the distinctively shaped peak next to Table Mountain, can be climbed at any time, but Cape Town locals know that the best time to do so is at full moon. Head up at least an hour before sunset so that you don’t miss out on the brilliant display, and make your way down in the moonlight. Lion’s Head offers up gorgeous panoramic views of the Mother City, and is considerably easier to climb than Table Mountain. Be warned though, there are some tricky parts with ladders and chains, and you can expect to be joined by crowds if the moon is full.