The Mother City prides itself on a thriving cultural scene which incorporates elements from historic sites all the way through to galleries filled with modern art.
With hundreds of worthy sites to choose from, you could find yourself wondering where to start once you touch down on your cheap flight to Cape Town. Here’s a heads up on where to get your cultural fix first.
Your choice of theatres in Cape Town will depend on what your particular interests are, but you can’t go wrong at one of the following:
The Baxter Theatre is a Cape Town icon, having defied censorship during the dark days of Apartheid, to offer theatre for the people by the people. Today, the Baxter is still going strong with shows on every day of the week except Sundays. Check out their webpage to see what‘s in store during your trip. Whether you fancy a bit of Jazz, high drama or a comedy show, The Baxter Theatre will not disappoint.
Maynardville Open Air Theatre
For a taste of the great outdoors tempered with artistic finesse, the Maynardville Theatre is one of Cape Town’s finest. With a 700 seater wooded amphitheatre, a gorgeous park for pre-show picnics overlooking the lake, this venue is considered the home of Shakespeare in Cape Town.
Don’t miss the chance to enjoy your own Midsummer Night’s Dream at the annual Shakespeare Under the Stars Festival. There’s ballet, comedy and more up for grabs in this quaint setting.
With its long history, Cape Town is filled with monuments, museums and historic sites. Don’t miss out on these lesser-known treasures during your trip.
The South African Jewish Museum
This interesting collection of synagogues, antique objects and historical works is a recreation of a traditional Eastern European “Shtetl” or small village within its confines. Apart from interesting insights into this minority South African group, the SA Jewish Museum is known for hosting non-Judaic exhibits such as the Nelson Mandela Documentary which is currently screened daily.
The District Six Museum
Located in a once thriving mixed-race area of Cape Town, District Six was the scene of forced removals in times gone by, when the suburb was rezoned ‘whites only’. Today, Cape Town remembers the past and celebrates the folk who once lived there with many of the original buildings preserved as historic sites.
The museum encompasses several blocks and is best enjoyed on walking tours which whisk you back in time to visit the descendants of those who once lived here, culminating in a trip to the main museum which showcases the fascinating past of the area.
3. The Bo-Kaap
The colourful houses of the Bo-Kaap have become synonymous with Cape Town and are a part of the amazing Cape Malay culture, that forms such a rich part of the city’s heritage. Find out more about these inimitable folk at the Bo-Kaap Museum, learn about Goema Music and try some of their sweet, spicy traditional eats.
4. Art Galleries
Cape Town prides itself on being home to no fewer than 50 different art galleries, with more opening up all the time. Try to see as many as you can, but don’t miss these top two.
Zeitz MOCAA at The Silo
This masterpiece of architectural creation has been the talk of the town since it opened its doors in late 2017. Make your way to the Silo District during a shopping trip to the V&A Waterfront and you’ll see one of the largest collections of contemporary art created by Africans in the world.
South African National Gallery
One of the South Africa’s oldest venues for showcasing artworks, Iziko’s SA National Gallery is filled with creations from all over the world. The schedule is changed up regularly and features items such as fine art, sculpture, photography, architecture, beadwork and textiles.
5. Cultural Cuisine
Some of Cape Town’s cultural highlights defy being placed into neat little boxes. Try some of these unique experiences on for size.
6. The Eastern Food Bazaar
Get a taste of all things Oriental in this alleyway between Longmarket and Darling streets. Here you can munch on shawarmas, curries, biryanis, fried rice and noodles, while you enjoy the Bollywood beat at this lively market.
The food bazaar is a flavourful introduction to the Indian and Chinese communities which now call Cape Town home.
7. Township Cookery Tours
Another delight for foodies involves getting down with the locals in Gugulethu, Khayelitsha and Langa. Here guided tours offer forays into local homes and restaurants where you will learn to prepare and get to taste traditional African dishes, made from the freshest vegetables and chargrilled meats.
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