Cape Town and its surrounds have been shining in the global spotlight recently. From two of our restaurants classed with the world’s culinary’s finest, to two of our most scenic hotels ranked as the best on the continent and not to mention our small towns that have millionaires from all around the world flocking in their direction. It’s safe to say that our part of the world is feeling the love.
Adding to the Mother City’s list of accolades is another crowning that perfectly packages all of the above. Recently, Cape Town was voted as one of the best cities in the world.
The 53 best cities in the world list for 2022 is compiled by London publication Time Out. Taking to quiz thousands of city-slickers, Time Out wanted to know what life was currently like in cities around the world. From the theatres and galleries to the restaurant and nightlife scenes, “the idea is to create a global snapshot of city living, and point people in the direction of the places locals are really raving about,” said Time Out.
“We’ve highlighted places that aren’t boring or overly expensive or overrated,” it added before explaining that beyond the cities’ best attributes, practical factors like public transport and sustainability were also added into the mix to determine which cities would make the world’s best list.
The editors also banded together to share their inside scoops on what the it factors are for each of the cities.
Perched on the list’s 11th spot is Cape Town. Time Out describes Cape Town’s it factors as being one of the best cities in the world for outdoor adventures, an oasis of beauty (a common description by locals at 93 percent) a place of theatre nurturing and a hub of different activities. 87 percent said that Cape Town offers the kind of environment where relaxation is made easy, and 93 percent rated Cape Town highly for the versatility of things to do.
Other big cities that graced the list were Edinburgh, Chicago, Medellín, Amsterdam, Marrakech London, New York and many more.
The locals have spoken, as have true words. So, where does one start on enjoying Cape Town’s magic, based on these factors?
- Hiking: The best way to see the city’s beauty is to climb to the most epic views. Try an easy hike, a unique excursion like Elephant’s Eye, or one of our waterfall hike adventures to get into one of the city’s best-loved activities.
- Water activities: It may be winter, but there are still dime-a-dozen ways to enjoy our water wonders, from water bikes to kayaking featuring dolphins. Need more ideas? We’ve got the goods with our water-based activities list.
- Beaches and tidal pools: Ocean lovers’ will hardly be in shortage of a new seascape to explore. Check out our ultimate guide to tidal pools and which beaches to try.
- The outdoors featuring a glass of wine: There are many ways to enjoy a glass of vino and the beauty of our vineyards, including e-biking adventures the famous Franschhoek wine tram and more.
Appreciating the beauty of it all
- Sunset spots: When it comes to some of the most beautiful sights to see in Cape Town kicking off with a sunset session will have your camera roll waning and your eyes widening with wonder. Where to start? Try our guide.
- Most photogenic spots: Cape Town loves the camera, and if you’re ready to get snapping, here’s where to go.
- Art in the city: We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to art galleries in Cape Town. Get your gallery on or roam the streets in search of epic street art. We guarantee your world will be far more colourful.
- Travel through the senses: Cape Town can be appreciated in every sense. Try hearing your way through Cape Town and listening to its magic.
- Check out some things to do in Cape Town.
Dip into a melting pot of cultures
- Try one of our historic theatres, get lost in some live music, venture to the Bo-Kaap for a kaleidoscope of traditions and learn how to cook authentic Cape Malay cusine, or experience the quirky kid of Cape Town – Observatory.
More magic to explore:
- If you’re hungry for more of Cape Town, take adventure cues from the 2022 locals’ bucket list or take some nods from our favourite things to do.