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Know to locals as "Mother City," gorgeous Cape Town is a seaside metropolis just waiting to be explored. With so much to see and do, fitting everything into one day is quite a task — but it's manageable. Here are your absolute must-dos for one day in Cape Town.

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  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller

8 Places

1 City Tip

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8 Places

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

Tramways

Cape Point Nature Reserve

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Neighbourhoods, Piers & Boardwalks, Marinas

Afternoon Tea

Restaurants

Camp's Bay Beach

Beaches

Waterfront Adventures Day Cruises

Boat Tours

Harbour House V&A Waterfront

Restaurants

City Sightseeing

City Tours, Hop-On Hop-Off Tours, Walking Tours, Sightseeing Tours, Day Trips

Fazielah W's City Tips

  • A hired car is the easiest and quickest way to get around Cape Town for the day. Search online for the best deals.
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    Table Mountain Aerial Cableway
    Tramways
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    Fazielah W Says:

    One of the New7Wonders of Nature, Table Mountain towers over Cape Town, and while it's impressive from the ground, it's wondrous from the peak. You can hike up, but the five-minute Table Mountain Aerial Cableway ride is fun and easy, especially when you're short on time. At the top, the sprawling views of Mother City go on for miles.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Book your tickets online to avoid the lines.
    • The Table Mountain Café at the top of the mountain has a delicious and affordable buffet that is perfect for refueling for the rest of your day. I love the homemade quiche!
    • Remember to take along a jacket or sweater, as it can get cool on top.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 231 things to do in Cape Town Central
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Another World Must. 17/01/2018
    • A nice 360 degree ride 17/01/2018
    • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway
    Address:
    Tafelberg Road
    Lower Cable Station
    Cape Town Central 8001
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 424 8181
    Price range:
    US$18 - US$18
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:30 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Cape Point Nature Reserve
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    Fazielah W Says:

    Iconic Cape Point, the most southwesterly point of Africa, is a must-visit nature reserve within Table Mountain National Park. Here you can spot an incredible diversity of flora and fauna. The best way to get a taste of the area's rich maritime history is to hop aboard the Flying Dutchman funicular, which will take you up to its powerful lighthouse.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is an entrance fee to Cape Point, and The Flying Dutchman tickets are a separate expense.
    • If you have an extra hour or two to spare, do the Shipwreck walk along the shore. You’ll learn all about the infamous Flying Dutchman, the namesake of the funicular.
    • Stop for lunch at Two Oceans Restaurant, which offers breathtaking views of the Point along with delectable sushi offerings.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 231 things to do in Cape Town Central
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Two Oceans Meet 17/01/2018
    • Wow 17/01/2018
    • Cape Point Nature Reserve
    Phone:
    +27 21 551 0288
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$7
    Other:
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    Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
    Neighbourhoods, Piers & Boardwalks, Marinas
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    Fazielah W Says:

    The V&A Waterfront is a seaside shopping mecca, with plenty of retail stores and 80 tasty restaurants. Here you will find world-renowned brands like Gucci and Louis Vitton trading alongside industrious local companies. Cool down with an ice cream, have a snack at one of the bustling Food Court outlets, or stop by one of the bars along the harbor. My favorite is Mitchell’s Brewery, which has been quenching the thirsts of visitors and locals for years.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • During summer, the V&A Waterfront hosts free concerts and live theatrical performances at its outdoor Amphitheater. Check the program online.
    • If you are doing the sunset cruise, bundle up with a jacket and warm hat to ward off the saltwater chills. Search for tours and timings online.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 231 things to do in Cape Town Central
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best place in Cape Town for Tourists 17/01/2018
    • A city within a city 17/01/2018
    • Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
    Address:
    19 Dock Road
    Merchant House
    Cape Town Central 8002
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 408 7600
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Afternoon Tea
    Restaurants (Contemporary)
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    Fazielah W Says:

    The Mount Nelson Hotel represents the Mother City's iconic culinary side. A popular social spot among the rich and famous, the Nellie, as it is affectionately known, is the hotel at which to be seen in Cape Town. Its Afternoon High Tea is well known and very affordable too — so dress up and tuck in!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • For a true high tea experience, grab a table in the Garden of the Mount Nelson.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #63 of 924 restaurants in Cape Town Central
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • High Tea 10/01/2018
    • Best start to 2018 03/01/2018
    • Afternoon Tea
    Address:
    76 Orange Street
    Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
    Cape Town Central 8001
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 483 1000
    Price range:
    US$20 - US$100
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    13:00 - 15:00
    15:30 - 17:30
    Other:
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    Camp's Bay Beach
    Beaches
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    Fazielah W Says:

    If there is one beach on which you simply have to sunbathe in Cape Town, it's the gorgeous Camps Bay. Renowned for its photo shoot-worthy beauty, this spot attracts celebs, locals, and visitors in equal measures.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Trendsetter
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Parking is an issue, so be sure to get there early or book a cab to get to and from the beach.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Camps Bay
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great beach but has freezing water! 15/01/2018
    • Beautiful Views 14/01/2018
    • Camp's Bay Beach
    Address:
    Victoria Road
    Camps Bay
    Camps Bay 8005
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +91 44 6531 5613
    Other:
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    Waterfront Adventures Day Cruises
    Boat Tours
    Fazielah W Says:

    End your day with a gorgeous sunset cruise around the Table Bay Harbour. Yachts and charters depart from the quayside, and your experience will include a free glass of sparkling wine. This is one great company, but there are many more out there.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bundle up with a jacket and beanie to ward off the saltwater chills.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #44 of 68 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Cape Town Central
    • Great sunset cruise 26/02/2017
    • Glorious Sunset cruise. 16/01/2017
    • Waterfront Adventures Day Cruises
    Address:
    Shop 7, Quay 5, V&A Waterfront
    Cape Town Central 8002
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 418 3234
    Other:
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    Harbour House V&A Waterfront
    Restaurants (Seafood, Sushi, Soups)
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    Fazielah W Says:

    Dining in Cape Town is a gourmet feast for both the tummy and eyes. I love the Harbour House at the V&A Waterfront for its amazing dishes and incredible views!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Booking is essential, as fine-dining restaurants like Harbour House fill up quite quickly.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #42 of 924 restaurants in Cape Town Central
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fine food 17/01/2018
    • Good food, poor service 17/01/2018
    • Harbour House V&A Waterfront
    Address:
    Quay 4 Pierhead
    Cape Town Central 8001
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 418 4744
    Other:
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    City Sightseeing
    City Tours, Hop-On Hop-Off Tours, Walking Tours, Sightseeing Tours, Day Trips
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    Fazielah W Says:

    If you're keen to take in the sights of Cape Town and see all of the iconic attractions without having to drive, then you can't do better than the hop-on, hop-off City Sightseeing Cape Town bus. Purchase your tickets at Stop 1, just outside of the Two Oceans Aquarium, and get ready for a fun and informative tour of the Mother City.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can buy your Table Mountain Aerial Cableway tickets along with your City Sightseeing tickets, ensuring you get the full iconic and awe-inspiring experience.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 339 Tours in Cape Town Central
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good value 17/01/2018
    • City sightseeing 16/01/2018
    • City Sightseeing
    Phone:
    +27 21 511 6000
    Price range:
    US$13 - US$13
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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