24 hours in Cape Town

If you’re in Cape Town for one day, this guide will show you what to do with the 24 hours that you’re in this coastal city. Don’t worry because Cape Town offers a lot of attractions and activities that will keep your schedule fully booked.

9:00 A.M.
Start your day by getting coffee (or tea!) at the V&A restaurant. You’ll need this for the jampacked day you’re about to have. After you’re done with your coffee, go to the Long Street which is lined up with Victorian style buildings. These buildings are occupied by eateries, bars, shops, and boutiques. Get a light snack in one of the eateries in between your window shopping session.

11:00 A.M.
Next up, go to the lush Company’s Garden which features a diverse collection of trees and flowers. Get to know African natural history and art by visiting the South African National Gallery and the Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium. If you’d rather not do that, you can just sit down by one of the shady spots and benches in the area.

1:00 P.M.
Feeling hungry? The Company’s Garden has a restaurant serving sumptuous contemporary cuisine. You can also return to the city and have your lunch at the café deli The Kitchen. For dessert, head to The Dining Room, which is just a couple of steps away.

2:00 P.M.
Time for more exploration so take a short ride on the red bus and go to the Bo-Kaap which is an iconic neighborhood in Cape Town consisting mostly of Muslim residents. Take pictures of yourself standing by the brightly colored houses and cobblestone streets. You can also visit the museum nearby which features exhibits of the history of the area.

4:00 P.M.
Up next is an experience you cannot miss: a ride at the Table Mountain! Get your ticket at a kiosk in the Aerial Cableway Station and hop on a cable car. Here, you can enjoy panoramic views of the city as well as the Atlantic Ocean, Signal Hill, and Lion’s head.

6:00 P.M.
You’re probably feeling tired and famished at this point so head on over to the Tobago’s Bar & Terrace at Radisson Blu Hotel for some food and drinks. For premium whiskies, you’ll like Bascule with its relaxing atmosphere and spectacular views of the marina. If you’re still up for an adventure, you can take a cruise at the Waterfront where you can take in the view of the warm sunset.

9:00 P.M.
You’ve explored the important points of Cape Town and by now, you are ready to retire. Go to the Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore for an ultimately relaxing accommodation. The hotel boasts excellent customer service and a very good buffet breakfast that’ll fill you up good the next morning.

- V&A restaurant: Quay 4 Pierhead, Cape Town Central 8001
- Company’s Garden: 19 Queen Victoria St, CBD, Cape Town, 8000
- South African National Gallery: Government Ave, Company's Garden, Cape Town, 8000
- Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium: 25 Queen Victoria St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001
- The Kitchen: 111 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915
- The Dining Room: 117 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7925
- Bo-Kaap: 71 Wale St, Schotsche Kloof, Cape Town, 8001
- Aerial Cableway Station: Tafelberg Road | Lower Cable Station, Cape Town Central 8001,
- Tobago’s Bar & Terrace: Radisson Blu Hotel, Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Beach Rd, Granger Bay, Cape Town, 8005
- Bascule: Cape Grace Hotel, W Quay Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002
- Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore: 29 Heerengracht St, Foreshore, Cape Town, 8000

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