Cape Town

Your critical guide to hotels, restaurants and going out in Cape Town

Written by local experts

Editor's picks

Hipster hangout, gourmet burgers

Royale Eatery
Restaurants & cafés

Experience burger heaven in an Amélie-inspired wonderland of antique props and sheet-music wallpaper.

A favourite for celebrity-spotting

Planet Bar
Bars & pubs

A spot particularly fabulous in summer when you can enjoy the lush garden while sipping champagne.

Stock up on Pan African folk art

Greenmarket Square
Shops

One of the most beautiful and architecturally interesting city squares in the southern hemisphere.

Major attractions

Robben Island Museum

Museums

Robben Island has become synonymous with Nelson Mandela, who spent 18 years in its maximum security prison. Fascinating and inspirational.

Boulders African Penguin Colony

Attractions

A meander through the colony's breeding ground is a joy. Watch as the birds waddle about and play peekaboo from their twiggy burrows.

Rhodes Memorial

Attractions

This grandiose shrine, dedicated to imperialist Cecil John Rhodes, was built on his favourite lookout point in 1912 and features an inscription by his friend Rudyard Kipling.

What's on in Cape Town

Crowds gather for an evening's entertainment Crowds gather for an evening's entertainment - © Kirstenbosch Sundowner Concerts

Cape Town's calendar is full of fantastic festivals celebrating everything from wine-tasting to kite-flying to whale-watching.