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What To Do In Cape Town


Our Top Picks!

Looking to get the most out of your Cape Town experience? You have come to the right place! Cape Town has so many activities, eatery's and excursions around, you just need to know where to look and where to go. At 91 Loop we have some cool recommendations of things to do and places to see that won't cost a cent, hiking trails, beautiful beaches, local markets, walking tours and cultural events. For everything else, why not go to our in house travel agency Backpacker by STA, they will help you book some amazing tours at the best rates in SA!

You can contact STA directly for all pricing and further details.

Phone +27 21 204 3330
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What are you waiting for? Get out there!

We have tried to group our Top Picks under the following easy to use headings...

  1. Adventure
  2. Culture
  3. Food and Wine
  4. Shopping
  5. The Jol (Party)
  6. Getting around and General

Adventure

Cape Town is home to the Cape Floral Kingdom, one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world, right in the heart of the city and protected by the Table Mountain National Park. The Park stretches in a north-south direction from the eponymous Table Mountain and Signal Hill to the very point of the Cape Peninsula, Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope.

There are several safe and cool spots to enter the reserve and a lifetime's worth of hikes to do! We would recommend heading up the cable car and exploring from there, entering at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens or Silvermine Nature Reserve (A little further away). The southern section of the Park is accessible through the Cape Point gate and is best explored with one's own car or joining a tour hosted by our in-house travel agents at Backpacker by STA.


Table Mountain

Platteklip Gorge (Afrikaans: "Flat Stone"):

This is the simplest and easiest way to hike to the top. Following a trail up a ravine along the front-face of the mountain, in addition to conveniently ending quite close to the Upper Cable Station, where the restaurant and shop at the top offer well-deserved refreshments. Platteklip Gorge starts from Tafelberg road, about 20 minutes walk from the Lower Cable Station, which you can reach using the MyCiti Bus Route, The Hop-on Hop-off buses or simply Uber.

This route offers beautiful views of the city bowl on the ascent, but catches the morning sun quite early and doesn't offer much shade, so midday on the trail during summer can be harsh.

The trail up takes between 1.5-2.5 hours depending on the fitness and pace of the group.

Skeleton Gorge

This beautiful route is a local favourite, and follows a stream through lush indigenous afromontane forest from Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Although more strenuous with a heavy climb at the start, the trail is shaded by trees most of the way; offering some respite from the heat. Once at the top, there is a short detour, that will take you to the "beach" at the Hely-Hutchinson Reservoir; ideal spot for a break. We recommend taking the trail via Maclear's Beacon (the highest point on the mountain) if crossing over to the cable station.

From the bottom to the cable station takes between 4.5-6 hours depending on your pace.

Cable Car

The Lower Cable Station is on Tafelberg Road, off Kloof Nek Road, and about a 15-minute drive from the city centre. Just before turning left onto Tafelberg Road, look out for a digital signboard on your right, which indicates whether they are open or closed.

You can also reach the Cableway, by taking the MyCiti bus along routes 106 and 107 (to Camps Bay) and getting off at the Kloof Nek stop then walking to the Lower Tafelberg Road stop just a stone's throw away, from where they operate a free shuttle service to the Upper Tafelberg Road stop right outside the Lower Cable Station. The free shuttle service runs until 7pm daily. We recommend purchasing your tickets online in order to avoid insanely long queues.

Table Mountain Tour - Springbok Atlas

See Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain, and then head into town to see the city highlights up close with an expert guide. After descending from South Africa's iconic flat-topped mountain by cable car (ride at own expense), you'll see top Cape Town attractions, like the Diamond Works, as well as colorful neighborhoods like Malay Quarter on Signal Hill, during a luxury minibus tour.

Lions Head

Lions Head is definitely Cape Town's busiest hike with dozens of locals and tourists flocking daily to peak this beautiful landmark that gives you 360 degree views of the beautiful mother city. This a hike not to be missed and you can reach the top within an hour. Most Fridays one of our staff members leads a walk up the mountain for some sundowners and the opportunity not only to see the sun set over the Atlantic but also beautiful views of the city lighting up on the way down as the evening lays its blanket across the city. Its R150 and includes a water and transport!

It is also possible to do Lion's Head on your own if you happen to miss the Friday Sunset Hike for some reason. Although Uber is the most convenient option, you can also take the MyCiti bus to the Kloof Nek stop along route 107 going to Camps Bay; and then from there walking along Signal Hill Drive to the Lions Head footpath. Happy Trails!

Sea

Shark Cage Diving - Book at Backpacker by STA

Marine Dynamics – Price on Request

It`s been all about Cape Town for too long now - off the beaten track you`ll find the quiet fishing village of Gansbaai where shark diving off of Dyer island is some of the best in the world. Take a day out in the Cape and come face to face with the legendary Great White Shark (If you dare)!

Seal Snorkeling - Book at Backpacker by STA

Cape Town Bucket List – Price on Request

Embark on a once in a lifetime Cape Town adventure and snorkel with the ocean's friendliest creatures, the Cape Fur seal! Make the best of your stay while in Cape Town! Seal Snorkeling is a great way to observe our beautiful underwater life without all the extensive training and complicated equipment required for scuba diving. You will be provided with the wet suit, mask, snorkel and fins as well as a short training session to make sure you are comfortable with the mask and snorkel.

Surfing Lessons - Book at Backpacker by STA

Stoked School of Surf – Price on Request
Learn to surf at our professional mobile surf school with some of the best surfing instructors in the area. Everyone is welcome from 4 years of age and older with included boards and wet-suits. Your lesson will take place on one of Cape Town's pristine surf locations, all depending on the weather and the swell obviously. The price includes cool photos of the day and transport from 91 Loop and back.

Whale Safaris - Book at Backpacker by STA

Marine Dynamics – Price on Request

All cruises depart from Kleinbaai harbour near Gansbaai. Dyer Island is located 8 km from shore and is completely protected for the conservation of its many resident bird species, including African penguins. After spending time with the whales, the boat will make its way to Dyer Island. During this stretch there`s occasionally the chance to bump into some Humpback whales, who prefer the deeper water. We also spot Giant Petrels and Cape Gannets. At Dyer Island we can approach close enough to view African Penguins, Cape Cormorants and many other bird species.

Beach vibes

Dolphin Beach is located in Tableview, from where you can see the classic view of Table Mountain across the waters of Table Bay, with Robben Island also visible. A definite must for the selfie bucket list! Like the other beaches around Table Bay the beach is exposed to the wind so for sunbathing, calm conditions are best. There are some great venues for eating and drinking in the area, and they are great for sundowners as well.

Llandudno Beach is considered one of Cape Town's best beaches with the rocky points on either side framing the white sand. The views are fantastic, especially during sunset, and the beach is perfect for sunbathing and all other classic beach entertainment. There are also some beautiful pathways to walk if you feel like some strolling and exploration (it's a ten-minute stroll to Sandy Bay nude beach, for those who like letting it all hang loose). The waves can, however, be quite strong so it's recommended to stay close to the shore if you're not a strong swimmer. This beach is also very popular amongst surfers.

Muizenberg Beach is great for walking, swimming, surfing and sunbathing anywhere along the long stretch of white sand that this beach has to offer. There are also so many activities on offer along the beach, with loads of surf-schools all over where you can either book a tutor or rent equipment, and even two 18-hole putt-putt courses at the Muizenberg Waterslides. The waves are not too powerful making them nice for swimming, body boarding and surfing. There are also loads of vibey coffee-shops and restaurants along the beach-front to explore.

St James Beach is a small charming beach along the False Bay coastline between Muizenberg and Kalk Bay, and is well-known for its iconic colourful beach huts and the large tidal pool where you can take a dip regardless of sea conditions in water that is calmer and warmer than the surrounding sea. There is also a large intertidal zone, where you can do some exploring among the rocks surrounding the beach area, which is rich in sea creatures and other ocean treasures.

Sky

Sky Diving - Book at Backpacker by STA

Mother City Sky Diving – Price on Request

Get ready to leap! 100% Exhilarating. Unforgettable Experience. Spectacular Views.

Heli Tours - Book at Backpacker by STA

Cape Town Helicopter Tours – Price on Request

This 45-minute private helicopter tour from Cape Town highlights the dramatic natural scenery of the Cape Peninsula and its two famous capes – Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point. Fly over Table Mountain National Park and along the shores of False Bay, taking in the beautiful beaches and the rugged coastline as you reach the capes. Then soar over Boulder's Beach and the surfers' paradise of Muizenberg before heading back to the city over the beautiful vineyards of Constantia.

Paragliding - Book at Backpacker by STA

High 5 Paragliding – Price on Request

Cape Town is one of the most spectacular places in the world to paraglide. Lion's Head is the site that you'll fly from most commonly because of its location and the stunning views of Table Mountain and the Cape Town area. Tandem paragliding instructional flights are a great way of getting into paragliding or just experiencing the joy of free flight. Flights last anything from 10-30 mins.

Bush

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

Kirstenbosch Gardens is rated as one of the most beautiful and largest botanical garden hosting an extensive range of both indigenous plants (The Cape Floral Kingdom is one of the richest bio-diversity hotspots in the world!) as well as a wide variety of foreign plants maintained by the South African National Botanical Society. The vast rolling lawns and quiet dells are perfect for a picnic or quiet stroll. It is accessible via the City SIghtseeing bus or car.

Adults: R70
SA Students (with card): R40
Children (6 - 17 years): R20
Under 6 years: Free

Cape Point - Book with Backpacker by STA

azBus Cape Peninsula Tour – Price on Request

Vitalise your body and feed your mind with guided commentary, fabulous scenic cycling and easy hiking. Cruise through Chapman's Peak Drive overlooking the beautiful city of Cape Town. Visit the harbour of Hout Bay for a "wake up" snack and an optional boat ride to visit Seal Island (extra charge). See the penguins at Simon's Town and end up in Cape Point for an exhilarating cycle. Enjoy a delicious picnic alongside the ocean and a leisurely stroll to the southwestern-most point of Africa.



Culture

Art

First Thursday

On the first Thursday of every month, explore art galleries and cultural attractions in Cape Town and Johannesburg until late.

First Thursdays is a public event and free to attend. Art galleries and cultural events around Cape Town's central city stay open until 9pm or later on the first Thursday of every month, allowing anyone to explore the city on foot and experience the cultural wealth this city has to offer.

91 Loop also usually has an exhibit during the evening, and you can join our guest liaison, Arnoldt, on a free tour of the galleries around the city before returning back to the hostel where we'll have a DJ playing till midnight.

Museums

District 6 Museum

On 11 February 1966 District 6 was declared a white area under the Group Areas Act of 1950, and by 1982, the life of the community was over. More than 60 000 people were forcibly removed to barren outlying areas aptly known as the Cape Flats, and their houses in District Six were flattened by bulldozers.

The District Six Museum, established in December 1994, works with the memories of the District Six experience and with that of forced removals more generally.

Open 9:00 - 16:00 from Monday to Saturday

The South African Museum

The South African Museum houses more than one and a half million specimens of scientific importance. The collections now range from fossils almost 700-million years old to insects and fish caught last week. There are also stone tools made by people 120 000 years ago, traditional clothes from the last century, and T-shirts printed yesterday.

Open 09:00 - 17:00 every day

Bo-kaap Museum

Monday - Saturday 09:00 - 17:00

The Bo-Kaap Museum, situated in the historic area that became home to many Muslims and freed slaves after the abolition of slavery, showcases local Islamic culture and heritage. The Bo-Kaap itself is well worth a visit. Colourful houses, steep cobbled streets, the muezzin's calls to prayer, and children traditionally dressed for Madrassa, add to this unique Cape experience.

Robben Island

Book Online - Tours 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

You will be taken on a fully guided bus tour of the island and also a fully guided tour of the maximum security prison where Mandela spent 18 years and visit his cell. You will then take the ferry back to the mainland where you can explore the V&A Waterfront.

Zeitz MOCAA

Wednesday - Monday 10am - 6pm

The Recently opened gallery is the first museum of contemporary art of its size in Africa and is housed in what used to be a large grain silo until the 1920's. This extraordinary museum was named after Jochen Zeitz, the former CEO of Puma and billionaire philanthropist who so generously provided the majority of work. Going to the Zeits MOCAA is a unique experience that puts African art on a whole new level.

City

Free walking Tours

Tip your guide! That's all Free walking Tours Cape Town ask, conveniently their 11am Tours also collect guests directly from reception at the hostel at 10:30am. If you don't make it for the hostel pick up, their meeting point is Motherland Coffee at Mandela Rhodes Place on the corner of Wale Street and St George's Mall. You have the option of the following tours:

Starting Times

Tour

11:00am

Historic City Tour & Apartheid to Freedom Tour & Jewellery and Diamond History Tour

2:00pm

Bo-Kaap Tour & Apartheid to Freedom Tour & Taste of Cape Town Tour

4:20pm

Historic City Tour & Bo-Kaap Tour

Historic City Tour

Our Cape Town tour of the heroes and villains of colonialism, drama and harmony and a great deal of personal insight in living and being a real Capetonian. Get introduced to the different era's of Cape Towns and South Africa's history and some of the people who shaped it.

Highlights usually are Company's Garden - The oldest living citizen in Cape Town - The Parliament and the old president's house – Green Market Square – The Castle of Good Hope – The most spoiled citizens of Cape Town – The Slave Lodge

Bo-Kaap Tour

See the colourful houses, smell the spices of the East, hear the mosques calling for prayer, let the Cape Malay food tempt your taste buds and get a feel of what else to do in Cape Town. On the way there we might even show you a hidden place to get a local beer...

Highlights usually are The oldest Mosque "Auwal Masjeed" – "Tuan Guru" himself – The old Tailors House – The different coloured houses – Biesmiellah Cape Malay Restaurant – The Atlas Spice Trading Centre – smell the spices of the east – The beautiful Chiappini Street – Passing through Long Street and Bree Street.

Apartheid to Freedom

'Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.' George Santayana. Get introduced to the history of apartheid in Cape Town and the places related to it. Hear about the apartheid laws and the consequences they had. Hear about the struggle for freedom and what happened the day Mandela was released.

Highlights usually are St Georges Cathedral and Desmond Tutu – The Cape High Court and the "apartheid benches" – A stop by District Six – Mandela's first speech as a free man.

Taste of Cape Town

See some of the places and people that you easily miss when visiting a city, as the guide will introduce you to his or her own collection of Cape Town specialities. A taste of this and a sense of that. Try the South African specialities like Boerwors, Snoek, Biltong, local Craft Beer, see the street performers that are part of Cape Towns every day street life, visit galleries with real Capetonian arts, and get inspiration on where to go for dinner later. This tour is never the same two days in a row, as we depend on who's open and working. Bring a bit of cash for the different taste-bites or to tip the street performers, then come along and see what happens.

This tour does not run on public holidays and Sundays.

Jewellery and Diamond History Tour

Learn about South Africa's colourful mining history, see how jewellery is produced and be dazzled by the diamonds and jewellery that South Africa produces. On this tour we go for a walk to visit a factory where you can see jewellery being moulded, cut, polished and fitted by the same people who's houses we walk by on our Bo-Kaap tour. We also get to learn how diamonds are cut, we get to see beautiful jewellery and diamonds and on the way the guide will share stories of Cecil Rhodes and the great mining boom in Kimberley, and maybe a tale or two from Cape Town's colourful past as well….

This tour does not run on public holidays and Sundays.

Township Tours - Book at Backpacker by STA

African Eagle

Discover the multicultural side of Cape Town and interact with the locals. From District Six where forced removals change the lives of many people, to informal settlements where traditional healers and shebeens add to the rich culture of township life.

Labia Theatre

The Labia Theatre is an independent movie house located in 68 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa. The original theatre features four screens. For the past 37 years, it has been operating as a cinema on the alternative circuit appealing mainly to the more discerning viewer who enjoys its quality product and the charm of its old-world ambience.

Live Music

Cape town is home to a few spots that have great live music, most spots do it part time and the few below a little more regularly!

Cafe Roux

Located around the corner in Shortmarket street Cafe Roux pairs awesome food and dining with stripped down sets of some of SA's biggest recording artists, check out their website for details.

www.caferouxsessions.co.za

Mercury Live and Lounge

Mercury and its neighbour the Shack are stalwarts of the Cape scene playing host to diverse local and international bands and electronic acts. This old school venue is a great place to take in a band and have a no nonsense drink!

Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset concerts

Is there a better spot to take in a local artist than the the beautiful Kirstenbosch botanical gardens? Every sunday in the summer season it plays host to some of South Africa's best and up and coming local talent. So Pack a picnic, take some wine and book your tickets!

https://insideguide.co.za/cape-town/kirstenbosch-summer-concerts/

The Crypt Jazz Club

The Crypt is a Jazz club situated underneath St George's Cathedral, which has become widely known as the people's church. The entrance to the Crypt is on the side of the church very close to the big round arches. It offers fantastic live Jazz and amazing food, the owner is dutch born and has a passion for cheese, so you can expect some quality cheese.

Food and Wine

Cape Town and its surrounds is home to the majority of South Africa's wine producing areas! From the oldest farms in Constantia to the So called "French Corner" Franschhoek a 300 yr old area to the north, there are enough estates for one to spend a lifetime (and a Headache or two!) sampling them all!

Wine tours

Red Bus

The City SIghtseeing company operates an additional route that covers the Constantia Wine Route as an extension to their peninsula sightseeing tour stopping at Groot Constantia, Eagles Nest and Beau Constantia. You can Buy a ticket online for a discounted rate or if you are a bit last minute you can get from their ticketing station in long street, 2 blocks from 91 Loop! https://www.citysightseeing.co.za/shop/?city=CPT

Wine Flies

Wine Flies tours are different; something memorable, immensely fun, but mostly a real South African experience in the heart of the wine lands. A must if you want to experience the best of everything the wine lands has to offer, learn about winemaking history, indulge in local treats and share stories with our people. Check out their website to make a booking.

http://wineflies.co.za/contact-us-bookings/

Breweries

So you say you like beer? Well South Africans apparently too, we were rated as some of the biggest beer drinkers in the world in 2012 at about 60 litres per capita, which is well above the world average of 22 litres. Cape Town also offers a host of breweries so you are in for a treat. At the Honeybadger we stock some of the many interesting beers Cape Town has to offer but if you want to see a bit more from the breweries themselves here are our favourites:

Drifter (Woodstock)

Tasting Room (only open Fridays from 5 - 9 pm) - Unit 5, number 156 Victoria Rd. Woodstock 7925 ,

Named after the owner Nick's family boat, Drifter has become a stand out brewery in South Africa with their beers representing the ideals of their brand perfectly : adventure, creativity and craftsmanship. Try their Scallywag IPA for a hoppy taste explosion or the Stranded Coconut for a more relaxed session ale that has been infused with real coconut flakes.

We sell their Buchu Gin & Tonic at the Honeybadger, give it a go.

Darling (Darling)

Tasting Room - no tastings in CT

One of the first brewers established brands on the microbrewing scene, Darling has created some of the most loved craft beers beers like the legendary Slow Beer. They have also gone beyond the norms with regards to brewing by ensuring their beers are all organic and launching a zero carbon footprint beer, so go ahead drink beer cuz it's good for the world. Try their Slow Beer which helped launch the South African craft industry or their Long Claw Saison which received gold at SA beer awards in 2016. We always have a different Darling beer on Tap, ask the barman in the Honeybadger what we have today.


Newlands Spring (Newlands)

The first official brewer in South Africa started waay back in 1895 to quench the thirst of the growing number of miners that all arrived in Johannesburg. Back then it was still called Castle, which so happens to be South Africa's best selling beer brand. After the initial craze of microbrewing hit the South African market SAB(technically AB InBev) decided to get involved, and boy did they. All of their beers are made from the spring water on site, hence "Newlands Spring" . They have 4 variants, a Weiss, a Pale Ale, a Blond and more recently a Lager that we serve on rotational basis at the Honeybadger.


Devils Peak (Salt River)

The Taproom - 150 Cecil rd, Salt River, Cape Town, 7925

Open Monday-Saturday 11:00-24:00 ; Sundays 11:00-18:00

The big name in the South African Craft Brewing Industry , Devils Peak has made its way into the bellies and hearts of every avid beer lover. They are at the forefront of innovation with a wide range of experimental beers and some that you would already know. If you want to see them at work first hand you can visit the Taproom in Woodstock to taste their beers with some great bar food items.

Restaurants

Cape Town has over recent years become one of the most innovating foodie cities in Africa with a host of restaurants popping up all over the place. If you're staying at 91 Loop you will be lucky enough to be right in the centre of it all with some of our favourite restaurants just around the corner. Here are a few suggestions but if you want to find out more, ask us, we all have our top picks and would be happy to give recommendations. Remember to make a reservation as restaurants fill up fast!

City Central

House Of H

Our best friends across the road! Heinrich Koen (or H to those in the know) is an accomplished (understatement!) chef who has worked under the likes Jamie Oliver and Aldo Zilli. Chef H makes the best steaks, briskets and oyster mushrooms in Cape Town hands down! All of their supplies are ethically and sustainably sourced and H and Poppie's no-nonsense self-service attitude makes the dining experience with them a real vibe so go chat to H, pick a steak and enjoy! (Booking advised for dinner)

www.houseofH.co.za

Gold African

GOLD, a unique African restaurant in the heart of Cape Town.
Their set fourteen course Cape Malay and African menu is a taste safari that will transport
you from Table Mountain to Timbuktu. This culinary experience is accompanied
by a unique interactive traditional entertainment.

http://www.goldrestaurant.co.za/

Mama Africa

Mama was established in 1995 as a celebration of South Africa's new democracy and of the vibrant diversity and hospitality of our continent. Since her opening Mama has served as an oasis for tourists and locals alike to meet, eat, drink and interact in a warm welcoming environment. Their kitchen offers hearty meals, their bar a friendly meeting spot and their band offers local sound which is sure to generate a true feeling of well-being and joy.

http://www.mamaafricarestaurant.co.za/

Kloof Street

New York Slice

If our director Glen is in town you will find him here!! The best New York-style pizza, big slices, big tastes and ice cold beers right on the street! If you are looking for a casual slice of pizza look no further!

Black Sheep

This is a rustic bistro with a sophisticated edge. What excites us about this place is both the variety of options on their ever-changing menu and the interesting use of ingredients. They know how to work with the star ingredient of each dish – from springbok fillet to fish curry. The black board menu never disappoints! Their pork-belly is dangerously delicious and they always have interesting starters. Be sure to book a spot as they are very popular!

https://blacksheeprestaurant.co.za/

Eastern Food Bazaar

Eastern Food Bazaar is a collection of Indian food outlets all under one roof. The food is served canteen style but don't be fooled by their laid-back approach to service, they have some seriously tasty options influenced by North Indian and Cape Malay classic dishes. This is definitely not to be missed whether you like Indian cuisine or not. http://www.easternfoodbazaar.co.za/

El Burro

Authentic Mexican never looked this good! From the décor to the waiting staff attire, you'll feel inspired to order a shot of tequila or a margharita. Try the chicken mole poblano, or the fajita and their Sriracha daquiri is also something a little different. If you like this, you'll like their sister restaurant – El Taqueria on Kloof Nek road (very close to 91). It's a tapas-style variation on El Burro. http://elburro.co.za/

East City

Leftys/ Downtown Ramen

This uncut diamond serves some seriously delicious barbeque-inspired food in Cape Town. Lefty's has some nice areas to chill outside or if you prefer loud music and a dark ambience then have a seat at the bar. They have a two for one Gin 'n Tonic special every day (treat!) and they serve by far the best ribs in town. Good burgers and deep fried chicken and waffles!!

Just like its older brother Lefty's, everything about Downtown Ramen screams unique. Uncomplicated goodness served in a large black bowl. Offering a selection of either Bao or Ramen they will spoil you with their unbelievably flavourful food. They know what they're about and their mightily authentic.

Photo by : City By Mouth

Maria's

Situated in the charming Dunkley Square, Maria's feels like you're eating at your Greek friend's family's place for Sunday lunch! Not sure what you might be hungry for? Go Mezze mad and try a few items off of their Mezethes menu, ideal for when you're more than 2! Definitely give the marinated aubergines or the slow-roasted lamb main a try.

Roxy Late Night

More commonly known as Roxy's, this is the spot for a relaxed chill when you're not quite sure where the day/night might take you. They have amazing specials on drinks throughout the day and the kitchen stays open until 02:00 am, so if you find yourself in that side of the city at 01:30, why not end the night with some great chilli poppers and a cheap beer?

They have a beer special Monday through to Sunday where there beers are R10 each between 4pm-6pm.

Coffee and breakfast

Truth Coffee Roasting

One of the coolest places to enjoy some amazing coffee and a delicious breakfast. They roast their own coffee in-house and offer one of the best breakfast and lunch menus in town. If the steam punk-inspired decor doesn't do it for you, the croque-monsieur definitely will! They also do a mean eggs benedict and the duck liver pate is something a little different.


Photography by : Shanna-Jones Photography

Jason Bakery

One of Bree street's many gems, Jason's is known around Cape Town as everyone's favourite place to grab a freshly baked bite. Serving a variety of pastries and cooked breakfast that surprise and delight. Ask about the omelette of the day or try their Doughsant if you're feeling sweet.

Shopping

The V&A Waterfront

South Africa's biggest tourist attraction that sees more than 23 million guests pass through its doors annually. The V&A Waterfront is South Africa's oldest working harbour and houses more than 450 retail outlets that range from high end clothing to simple day to day basics. This is also the best place to get foreign currency outside of normal business hours as they only close at 21:00 from Monday to Sunday. They also have some pretty cool food and arts markets that are open daily from 09:00 to 17:00.



Markets

Oranjezicht

Held every Saturday at the historic Granger Bay site of the V&A Waterfront, the OZCF Market Day is a community farmers-style market for independent local farmers and artisanal food producers. At the OZCF Market customers can do weekly food shopping (veg, fruit, bread, organic dairy, free-range eggs, honey, muesli etc), try out some delicious cooked and raw foods and be inspired about helping to build an alternative food system. Additionally, customers can buy edible plants and seedlings, compost and gardening supplies and equipment.

Entrance: There is no fee to enter the market. Pedestrian entrances are open directly from Beach Road, and cyclists, joggers, dog walkers and others are most welcome.

Public transport: The MyCiTi 104 route stops opposite the market on Beach Road and at the main V&A Waterfront stop. The T01 also stops there, as well as on Granger Bay Blvd a block from the market.

The Old Biscuit Mill

Housed in the historic sky-lit warehouse of The Old Biscuit Mill, the market quickly established itself as a catalyst for - and celebration of - the urban renaissance that has seen the once-dilapidated neighbourhood of Woodstock become the thriving heart of the city's creative industries.

A decade later it remains the essential showcase of Cape Town's finest micro-merchants, designer-makers, specialty-producers and food-alchemists.

A vital platform for the nurturing and growth of the individuals who turn their passions into prosperity, and a vibrant weekly meeting place to enjoy community, swap ideas and stories, and collectively contribute to the iconic culture of the Mother City.

City Bowl Market on Hope Street

EVERY THURSDAY EVENING FROM
16:30 - 20:30

They have around 30 different stalls to choose from, all of which are carefully handpicked traders that offer the highest quality, freshest ingredients & a passion for food.

Variety is key at the City Bowl Market, with cuisine from around the globe, everyone is certain to find something that suits his or her taste buds and dietary needs.

Bluebird Garage Muizenberg

EVERY FRIDAY EVENING FROM
16:00 - 22:00

As the cornerstone of the Muizenberg community, the Blue Bird Garage Food & Goods Market takes place every Friday night in a beautiful old postal plane hangar on the edge of this urban village. You will find this space filled with a collection of local artisans, specialty cooks, bakers, producers and designers. We bring the butcher, the baker, the t-shirt maker together under one eclectic, creative, vibey roof.

Bay Harbour Market

Open every Friday 5 – 9pm and Saturday/Sunday 9.30am – 4pm for the happiest shopping in Cape Town!

The Essentials

Barber

Walk out the door and continue up Longmarket and you will arrive at the original kick ass barber, Barnet Fair! Our homies there will sort you out with the freshest fade, cleanest cut or highest high top! ±R200 for a cut (http://www.barnetfair.co.za/bree-st/)

Pharmacy

Clicks is a pharmacy just two blocks away on the corner of Burg and Church street. They are a big national chain and should have any medicine and health products you need! Pharmacies in SA will require your name, surname and place of residence when buying medicine so feel free to use 91 Loop and our Number 0212861469 when making a purchase.

Supermarket

There are two supermarkets in close vicinity to 91 Loop, Pick 'n Pay on Strand street which is great for general groceries and Woolworths on St Georges mall which is great for fresh fruits and picnic items (although a bit more expensive).

Clothes

The inner city is home to some amazing local designers and stores, take a walk around and browse, if you are looking for something a little more generic or cheap we suggest heading over to the V&A mall where stores such as H&M, Cotton On and Top Shop have branches as well as technical outfitters Cape Union Mart.

We also have on premises GONE Outdoor Co. purveyors of patagonia brand outdoor wear and wetsuits.

The Jol (party for the initiated)

Start the night

The Honeybadger

Possibly the best place in Cape Town? Maybe we are a little biased! We cook easy-going food without pretenses, 91 Loop is your home and by extension the Honeybadger should feel like your lounge! We also have a fully stocked bar and on occasion parties and live music. Check it out!


Hanks

This is a local secret, it's a great hidden spot through an unassuming door to enter the cellar of a church with moodily lit booths, thick stone walls and eclectic art set the mood as it hosts occasional live music and DJ's a great selection of spirits, cocktails and craft beers. It also has an amazing outside area for summer evenings. Its sister restaurant, Love Thy Neighbour, is accessible through a passage serving artisanal greek and cypriot dishes.

The Village Idiot

Want a gastro-pub take on some classic South African dishes? The Village Idiot has it! It is fast becoming the homeground for Friday after-work drinks of the professionals that inhabit the foreshore precinct. Check in for some vibey beats, a craft beer or two and interesting decor.

Yours Truly

The Home of the Hipster! Yours Truly has two locations, one is a tiny bar two blocks away on Loop street that occasionally hosts live bands. Great salads and sandwiches! The second is in Kloof street underneath our mortal enemies Once in Cape Town… The pizzas are great and the local art school provides loads of characters! Up Stairs (Up Yours) is a daytime deck bar that often hosts the most eclectic DJ lineup!

Rock and Roll

Aces and Spades

A good bar where bad things happen! Want to party to Bon jovi, Tame Impala and Journey all in one night (Don't stop Belieeeeving!) then Aces is the place for you! They also occasionally host live bands and rock 'n roll karaoke!

The House of Machines/ The Sneaky Sausage.

A kick-ass hipster biker bar/coffee shop with amazing mixologists, old school cocktails and some pretty great food. They have low-key live music most nights of the week and residences of some of SA's greatest underground rock acts. Upstairs is the sneaky sausage where you can, you guessed it, get a variety of wursts :)

Surfarosa

Part of THE FIRM in Harrington street is Surfarosa a punk rock surf dive bar… Think wacky decor, rock and roll tunes and occasional live bands!

House/Electro

Fiction

A long running alternative electro and DnB-spot, owned and operated by legendary SA Producer HAEZER. Check in here late on any Thursday, Friday or Saturday for an excellent time!

Reset

A space to reflect the complete spectrum of electronic dance music. They invite you to rethink your approach to the nightclub experience and revel in an inclusive environment which celebrates Cape Town's diversity through music.

District

The second part of THE FIRM, District plays host to many headlining DJ's bands and international acts.

Hip Hop/RnB

The Waiting Room is home to the most eclectic line up of hipster AF acts. Check out their Hip Hop Tuesdays!

Commercial/Sophisticated

Coco

Get turned up, bottle service and Hennessy. This club is for those seeking the high-end life while getting down to ass moving tunes.

Harrington's

The third part of THE FIRM is Harrington's, a high-end cocktail bar with groovy lounge beats, slick decor and a pink carpet.

Getting around

My Citi Bus Service

MyCiti is the easiest and cheapest way to get around town, they do not accept cash, guests would be required to buy a MyConnect card and load cash onto it to start riding. The MyCiti routes are the best way to see the city's playground and postcard-pictured landmarks.

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Bicycle Rental

Uber/ Taxify

We think Uber is the best way to get around the city, download the App or its local competitor, Taxify, and use it to call cabs all around the city. Uber in South Africa also offers the "Cash" payment option so keep an eye out for that!

We are also more than happy to call and/or arrange an Uber for you at front desk!

Metrorail Train System

Metrorail is the cheapest and safest (sometimes) method of transport to get to and from the Cape Peninsula area (Muizenberg, St James, Kalk Bay, Simons Town, Noordhoek). There are two classes of travel and it is recommended for tourists to travel in the "Metro Plus class".

Prior travel arrangements can be made at our front desk and STA travel for travel arrangements to Boulders Beach (Penguins) or the Cape Point Nature Reserve as it is not accessible via public transport routes.

Guests may also take a train to Claremont/Newlands, where they can get off and take an Uber to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden from there.

Safety Warnings : It is advisable to travel with a group of people, don't take the train after dark, refrain from carrying too much cash in your possession, store any valuables (cameras, phones, etc) in your bag and make sure it isn't visible. Remain alert at all times when taking a train.

Metrorail Train Station is situated on the corner of Adderley and Strand Street.

Other points of interest via MyCiti / Train : Canal Walk (Century City/Ratanga), Cavendish, Stellenbosch, Blouberg

Walking & Safety

Tourists should try to walk in groups of two or more, as they can often easily be identified and seen as an easy target. The Cape Town CBD changes significantly as the darkness settles and it is advisable to rather take a metered taxi/uber should need be. Long Street in the evening is usually a vibey place to be and is safe in the evening - make sure you know where you heading to before going to Long Street as coming off as lost or not knowing the area quite well will make you an easy target and you will most likely get robbed / pickpocketed. (NB refrain from wearing "nice shoes", and avoid anyone trying to compare shoe sizes with you, as this is a classic pickpocket techniques).