Last week I was invited to embark on a whirlwind tour of my home town, Cape Town with a group of some of my favourite local travel bloggers… The idea was to spend just 5 hours in Cape Town exploring a few of the best spots in the city.
On the itinerary were neighbourhood gems such as BoKaap and Woodstock, both places I have definitely not spent enough time discovering. PLUS the bonus was that I would get to enjoy lunch with these special friends at one of the best restaurants in the city! How could I say no!?
So what was our 5 hour Cape Town tour itinerary?
If you only have a few hours to see the best of this unique city, I suggest you book your rental car and follow our route – it’s the perfect “taster” tour to whet your appetite for a repeat (and longer) visit!
Due to meet at Around About Cars just off Long Street in the centre of town, my first port of call was for a quick takeaway coffee and croissant breakfast at Jason’s Bakery on the corner of Bree & Bloem Street, known as one of the best bakeries in the city and a thriving hub of hipsters grabbing their quick morning fix. If there’s time I’d take a stroll further up Bree where there’s an abundance of shops and creative artisans peddling their pretty wares…
A quick stroll down the street found us at Around About Cars head office where I discovered I was to be the driver for the day of a Land Rover Discovery, by far the biggest car I’ve ever driven on the road!
Our first destination was to see the sea… as most first time visitors to Cape Town would prioritise. We headed off along the Atlantic Seaboard through Sea Point, Fresnaye, Clifton and Camps Bay until we reached a look out spot located between Bakoven and Oude Kraal. Here we enjoyed another coffee (hot chocolate for me!) courtesy of the unique Detour Coffee trailer that makes it’s way here every morning between 7 & 11 (if you’re lucky and he hasn’t already left for the day – the hours here are very flexi!)
We perched on the wall and sipped our hot brews overlooking the pounding waves and endless horizon of the Atlantic Ocean and then turned around to enjoy the incredible Twelve Apostles mountain range looming over us. If you’re in the market for a few African curious or souvenirs this is also a great spot to stop as across the road you can find a variety of vendors peddling their wares from masks, to tablecloths, wooden carvings and more…
Sufficiently watered it was time to head over Kloof Nek to one of the brightest suburbs, BoKaap. Navigating the back streets we found a perfect parking and set off to snap our way around this picturesque part of the city. The beautifully bold colours of their homes popped against the stark grey clouds of the sky. It was hard to know which direction to point your camera!
The beautiful bold colours and quiet street scenes of the backstreets of the Bo Kaap make this one of the best neighborhoods to spend some time exploring in Cape Town. Don't forget your camera! #aroundaboutct #BoKaap #capetown #colour #bright #yellow #fun #travel #landrover #backstreets #southafrica
Along the way we were warmly greeted by many of the locals going about their daily business who were only too happy to share their memories of growing up in this vibrant neighbourhood.
From one dynamic neighbourhood to another… it was time to set off for Woodstock. Located on the edge of the city this area is an up-and-coming one where locals live comfortably alongside the new urban cowboys making this their newest stomping ground.
There are loads of little shops to explore including The Palms decor development, The Woodstock Exchange and the ever popular Neighbourgoods Market located at the Old Biscuit Mill. Our main aim for the last hour of our morning was to discover some of the stunning street art and graffiti that the area is internationally renowned for…
Woodstock is def a place I want to spend more time exploring… Around every corner is another amazing mural of the most incredible street art and graffiti. Here is @vaughanmac_ working his camera magic while juggling a sleeping babe in the car and keeping tabs on a car load of busy bloggers scattering the streets of Woodstock. The only guy, besides baby Caleb, he still finished the day with a smile! #aroundaboutct #woodstock #capetown #streetart #graffiti #art #urbanbeauty #backstreets #southafrica #travel #fun
And then it was time for lunch! After our busy morning we were only too pleased to make our way to one of Cape Town’s hottest foodie spots, The Pot Luck Club at The Old Biscuit Mill also in Woodstock.
We took the glass elevator to the top of the 6th floor and climbed out to the most amazing panoramic views of the city including Devil’s Peak, Lion’s Head, Signal Hill and a sliver of Table Mountain. Plus the patchwork quilt of roofs that is Woodstock…
But the astonishing view isn’t the draw card here, that would be the food! The Pot Luck Club is a must-eat at spot that’s worth booking ahead for if you know you’re going to be in the city. Plate after plate of deliciousness was served and it was hard to keep going… but somebody had to and I was only too happy to oblige!
The food is served in small taster portions that are perfect to share which meant our table of 6 was able to sample almost all of the options on the menu! The feast follows the 5 taste sensations of Salty, Sweet, Umami, Sour and Bitter and it’s recommend to try at least one dish from each.
The highlight? The decadent dessert offerings…
The delicious desserts of @thepotluckclubct The fave? The chocolate soufflé and grandilla sorbet! A throwback to our whirlwind tour of #capetown with @around_about_cars #aroundaboutct #dessert #potluckclub #pudding #granadillasorbet #chocolate #food #instafood #instadaily #delicious #yum #becomingyou
And then it was time to return our ride to Around About Cars and say our sad farewells – to each other and to the car!
It was an amazing whirlwind tour of Cape Town and really so much fun seeing the city through the eyes of a tourist. Far too often I drive past these amazing places without a second glance and this day made me realise what a truly special privilege it is to live in such a diverse and dynamic place….. and there’s still so much to explore. I can’t wait.
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Contact Around About Cars
Address: 20 Bloem Street (just off Long Street), 8001, Cape Town
Images: Kathryn Rossiter via Instagram