In my opinion I live in one of the most beautiful spots on earth. A recent trip to Camps Bay once again established how lucky we are to have our gorgeous mountain on one end and the cool blue ocean on the other, with stunning restaurants, coffee bars and cocktail spots on practically every corner.
Camps Bay is one of the most popular spots for tourists when they are visiting the city (head over to Accommodirect.com to browse the best places to stay). It is just a hop and a skip to the city center, but you’re also separated from the constant buzz. If you do opt to stay on this side of the mountain, however, don’t spend all your time sipping strawberry daiquiris at Cafe Caprice. I have put together a few of my top things to do that will bring you closer to the heart of the city.
Chill at Glen Beach
This one is obvious, really. Glen Beach in Camps Bay is a gorgeous strip of white sand and bright blue (if freezing) ocean, with the Twelve Apostles mountain range lying off to one end. If you’re going to unpack for the day, this is definitely not a bad spot.
I recommend you go nice and early. For one the beach is fairly quiet during the first part of the day, and the wind tends to pick up towards the afternoon. You can rent an umbrella on the beach, but it is better to take whatever you can with you.
If you can, it is also better to take an uber / taxi or walk to the beach. Parking can be a tricky situation along this popular strip.
Catch a show at Theatre on the Bay
I love the fact that you can catch a live theatre production right on the beach front. Pieter Toerien’s Theatre on the Bay offers local and international dramas, musicals, comedy, cabaret and dance performances. You can head over here to see what’s currently showing.
Grab lunch at a swanky new hot spot
Capetonians love discovering new foodie hot spots in and around town. One that has been making quite a few waves (see what I did there?) is the new La Parada Del Mar that just opened on Victoria Road overlooking the beach.
I popped in over the weekend and was thoroughly charmed by the chic, island-vibe interior, complete with pineapple-print cushions and palm trees. The food was good, the service was great and the location is perfect. I recommend you go with a couple of friends and order a variety of tapas to try out.
If you really want to experience the heart of Cape Town then you need to get up into the mountains. Enthusiasts can tackle one of the several breathtaking routes up Table Mountain, you can make your way up the popular Lion’s Head or if you just want a quick and fairly easy stroll you can head out onto the Pipe Track.
It is also worth taking a walk from Lion’s Head to Signal Hill to experience the breathtaking views of the city bowl all around to Camps Bay. We like to park our car at the top, walk or run the trail to Lion’s Head and back (or of you are up to it, take the tar road back for some incredible views) and then enjoy the sunset with everyone else on the mountain.
Join a full moon beach meditation
Shift often organizes mass meditation and yoga gatherings on Camps Bay Beach, coinciding with the full moon. This popular gathering often sees over 1500 people come together, taking part in a lineup of practices that kick off late afternoon and go right into the evening. What starts with yoga often ends in drumming and poi dancing, so it’s worth sticking around. Keep an eye on their Facebook page or website for event updates.
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