The Next 2 Days/48 Hours
in Cape Town
For all its cosmopolitan charm, Cape Town can be overwhelming for even the most seasoned travellers. With a fine line between tourist destinations and local hangouts, the two, more often than not, overlap. Keen to spend the next two days living like a local in Cape Town? Let's get on it, here are some of the things to do if you only have 48 hours in Cape Town:
Up and at 'em
Up and at 'em. If you only have 48 hours in Cape Town, there's no time for luxuriously lazy mornings in bed. Besides that, if you're going to live like a local, you'll soon realise that Capetonians take breakfast very, very seriously. Whether it's simple avocado on toast, middle-Eastern inspired shakshuka or classic Eggs Benedict, make sure you start your day on the right foot. TRUTH Coffeein town not only offers breakfasts that result in a queue out the door, but also arguably the best coffee in the city. Roasted on the premises, it'll be a great introduction into the Cape's obsessive coffee culture.
Get on your bike, or rent one
From the CBD, head over to Sea Point and the Promenade – an 11km pathway right along the coastline. Rent a bicycle from Upcycles and enjoy a leisurely ride, dodging the ocean spray as you go. Perfectly showcasing how the lines between tourist and local blur in the city, expect to be joined by families, runners, cyclists and enthusiastic dog-walkers. Good routes include heading towards the Green Point Urban Park by the stadium, or even down to the V&A Waterfront. A game of putt-putt and an ice-cream cone are almost mandatory afterwards.
Put on those walking shoes and head down to Newlands Forest for a wander. Enjoy the cool shade of the morning, while taking in the pine-scented air and marvelling at the mountain in front of you. And yes, even as locals, we still marvel. Be responsible and take water, a warm jacket and cellphone with you – while surrounded by families and fellow walkers, you are still on the slopes of a mountain.
Get all dolled up
While jeans form an essential part of the 'Cape Town uniform', the city looks for no excuse to get dressed up – and, of course, the Sun Met celebrated with Mumm is the most glamorous event of the year. Whether you're going for pared-down chic or full-on glitz, don't miss out on this world-class horse racing event.