If cities were romances, Cape Town would be the love-at-first-sight kind: That first glimpse of Table Mountain from the sky, presiding over a gently curving coastline lapped by brilliant blue waters, is an image that leaves you instantly hooked. But there’s plenty to pull you in long after landing, from its chic hotels, world-class restaurants, and thriving art scene, to its dazzling cultural diversity and rich, if complex, history. Each day in the Mother City will see you unearthing new details that will have you falling in love all over again.
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Top 10 Things to Do on Your First Trip to South AfricaTraveling coast to countryside, from Cape Point to Kimberley, you'll see penguins on a Cape Town beach, track sable across a private game reserve, and stay in a five-star hotel near the Cradle of Humankind. Consider this a primer to your first-ever trip to South Africa.
21 Best Restaurants in Cape TownThe maturity and diversity of the food here has given the city a well-earned reputation.
13 Best Bars in Cape TownIn this city, a night out can be as classy or as crazy as you want it to be.
10 Best Wineries & Tasting Rooms in Cape TownThese area wineries are at the top of their game.
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10 Best Food Markets in Cape TownMake like the Capetonians do, and check out these thriving markets while they're in full swing.
HemelhuijsA design-forward restaurant that looks like it could be a gallery, but happens to serve seasonal comfort food drenched in nostalgia.
The Foodbarn RestaurantFlavors are bold and the portions are hearty at this rustic-chic restaurant in Noordhoek Farm Village.
The Test KitchenIt’s as much about the drama as it is the food at South Africa’s top restaurant, resulting in a meal you’ll be talking about for years to come.
The Shortmarket ClubSultry, speakeasy-style lair in central Cape Town with a retro look and cutting-edge flavors
La ColombeCape Town fine-dining mainstay that makes appearances on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
The Woodlands EateryThe Woodlands Eatery, which is set at the bottom of Table Mountain, is the perfect spot for great cuisine in a laid-back environment.
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