Cape Town, South Africa: Beautifully Diverse

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Have you ever seen a more stunning skyline than Cape Town's harbor with the impressive Table Mountain towering in the background? While the view is beautiful, Cape Town's attributes go far beyond its cityscape. A deeper look at this metropolis reveals a place steeped in history, culture, and diverse natural beauty. My complete, three-day itinerary for Cape Town can be found on my website, thetriparchitect.com.

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Honored as one of the “seven most magnificent botanical gardens in the world,” Kirstenbosch displays a diversity of flora and fauna from all around South Africa.

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This neighborhood has stunning beaches and a good selection of restaurants and bars.

Camps Bay

This neighborhood has stunning beaches and a good selection of restaurants and bars.

This combination winery/luxury hotel has three restaurant options, one of which is La Colombe, considered by many to be the best restaurant in all of Cape Town. If you’re interested in eating here, make a reservation well in advance.

Constantia Uitsig restaurant

This combination winery/luxury hotel has three restaurant options, one of which is La Colombe, considered by many to be the best restaurant in all of Cape Town. If you’re interested in eating here, make a reservation well in advance.

This scenic vineyard is tucked away from the valley’s main avenues. The pleasant owners of this quaint farm are quietly producing some of the region’s best wines.

Buitenverwachting

This scenic vineyard is tucked away from the valley’s main avenues. The pleasant owners of this quaint farm are quietly producing some of the region’s best wines.

While a tad touristy, the Waterfront is a scenic place for a stroll.

V&A Waterfront

While a tad touristy, the Waterfront is a scenic place for a stroll.

Enjoy tapas at one of the city's best restaurants.

Fork Restaurant

Enjoy tapas at one of the city's best restaurants.

Robben Island, which is a short boat ride from the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, held political prisoners during the apartheid, including Nelson Mandela.

Robben Island

Robben Island, which is a short boat ride from the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, held political prisoners during the apartheid, including Nelson Mandela.

The District Six Museum contains artifacts from a neighborhood that was leveled during apartheid, as well as memories from its 60,000 displaced residents.

District Six Museum

The District Six Museum contains artifacts from a neighborhood that was leveled during apartheid, as well as memories from its 60,000 displaced residents.

This converted factory now houses stalls with art, crafts, fashion, and design shops, as well as a number of enticing food and drink options. The ostrich burgers are popular, but don’t settle on one thing until you’ve made the free-sample rounds.

The Old Biscuit Mill

This converted factory now houses stalls with art, crafts, fashion, and design shops, as well as a number of enticing food and drink options. The ostrich burgers are popular, but don’t settle on one thing until you’ve made the free-sample rounds.

This hip thoroughfare is where you’ll find the majority of the city’s independently owned stores.

Long Street

This hip thoroughfare is where you’ll find the majority of the city’s independently owned stores.

Get there early if you want to try their famous bacon croissant. Don’t worry if they’re already sold out; there are plenty of other delicious pastry options.

Jason Bakery

Get there early if you want to try their famous bacon croissant. Don’t worry if they’re already sold out; there are plenty of other delicious pastry options.

This bar is located in a converted Victorian house and is a classy spot for after-dinner drinks. On Tuesdays, they host local jazz musicians.

Asoka

This bar is located in a converted Victorian house and is a classy spot for after-dinner drinks. On Tuesdays, they host local jazz musicians.