Enjoy Cape Town’s endless offerings, all in just a short distance from LABOTESSA.
CLIFTON & CAMPS BAY
The ultimate hangout spot for both locals and international jet setters. Feel the warmth of the golden sun while you stare – through your designer sunglasses – at the incomparable beaches before you. This immaculate area has four beaches (conveniently named 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Beach) and has achieved blue flag status due to its turquoise water and white sands.
Just up the road, you will find Camps Bay – a long sandy beach with palm trees and an incredible promenade lined with cafés, restaurants and cocktail bars. Here Cape Town’s fashionistas mingle with tourists against the spellbinding backdrops of Lion’s Head and the Twelve Apostles. Travel slightly further towards Llandudno to find the local hidden gem – Bakoven Beach.
CASTLE OF GOOD HOPE
The Castle is known as the oldest surviving building in South Africa and has been the centre of civilian, political and military life at the Cape from approximately 1679.
In its current state, the Castle arguably represents one of the best preserved 17th century DEIC architecture on the entire globe.
The Company’s Garden is Cape Town’s green lung. This oasis right in the centre of the city is a favourite for both locals and tourists. The site is important historically, and is a thriving urban space where buskers strum guitars while office workers sun themselves over lunch hour.
Greenmarket Square is one of the liveliest hubs in Cape Town. It’s the second oldest public space in Cape Town, after the Grand Parade. There are many things to do at Greenmarket Square, from exploring the market and grabbing a bite to eat, to exploring the art and discovering the story of the historic cobbled square.
Nestled between Robben Island and Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront lies in the heart of Cape Town’s working harbour. The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront has become South Africa’s most visited destination with magnificent ocean and mountain views. The area incorporates – much like LABOTESSA – historic elements within its innovative design. The premier shopping centre and entertainment venues rub shoulders with creative office locations, world-class hotels, and luxury apartments in the residential marina. Shop, play, work, live… it is all happening at the continent’s most famous shopping centre.
Yes, the mountain does indeed seem to be as flat as a table top when seen from below. But once you’ve climbed your way to the top, you’ll realise that the mountain has many secrets – jealously guarded by the blanket of clouds often surrounding it. For the past 50 years or so, the world-famous cable car has made access to the top easier, but the mountain hasn’t lost any of its appeal to hikers, rock climbers, and nature lovers. For locals, the mountain is a symbol of the ethos of Cape Town itself – unpredictable, majestic, multifaceted but always welcoming. You’ll spend a lifetime living in the shadow of the mountain and still, discover a new side to it every day.
With a bird’s eye view of the Atlantic Seaboard, Signal Hill connects Kloof Nek to Lion’s Head in a distinctive shape of a lion’s rump. Locals have long favoured the view when packing a champagne-filled picnic basket. From the vantage point of its 350m high summit, the view on a clear, early evening is simply out of this world.
Robben Island is a small island just off the coast of Cape Town, that houses a commemorative museum and is both a South African national heritage site and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Robben Island, meaning ‘seal island’ in Dutch is accessible by a 30-minute ferry boat ride that departs from the V & A Waterfront. Along with a guided tour through the prison and island, visitors can experience the history of the island here.
CAPE OF GOOD HOPE
This iconic landmark is world famous and an incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Cape of Good Hope is home to the magnificent spot where “two oceans meet”, and only 50 km / 31 miles north of Cape Town.
KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDENS
Referred to as, ‘the Cape Floral Kingdom’, Kirstenbosch is one of the world’s “grand” botanical kingdoms. It offers one of the best picnic spot in summer, along with the entertaining concerts in the garden’s amphitheatre. The gardens hold an incredible range of plant species, all of which are unique to the gardens and Cape Town.
The Cape region is a world-famous producer of high-quality wines. The Constantia Vineyards are amongst the oldest vineyards in South Africa. Constantia is a heavenly green- experience with unique architecture, beautiful locations and endless goods, gourmet and galore experiences.