Things to Do
Popular things to do in Cape Town and surrounds
Lynn will assist with the booking of tours for Cape Town and surrounds
These include ~
Cape Town Day Tours ~ Cape Winelands Food and Wine Tours ~ Cape Town outdoors events~ Whale Watching~ Robben Island Tour~ Trail Runs ~ Shark Cage Diving~ Township Tours
Devonport House has their own personal trainer who gives bespoke training on our pool deck for guests who book his services. Let us know if you are keen to book a training session, we would require one week’s notice
We are able to book an onsite massage therapist at your request. Please confirm bookings a week in advance
Cape town has many beautiful Golf courses and Jacques being an avid golfer will gladly arrange a round or two for you, some of the courses nearby are Metropolitan and King David Mowbray and numerous other courses at your choice.
The waterfront is named after Prince Alfred, who began construction on the harbour in 1860, and his mother Queen Victoria. The V&A Waterfront encompasses 22 landmarks, including the Chavonnes Battery Museum, which dates back to 1725 and is the harbour’s oldest heritage site. You can opt to do a self-guided walking historical tour, which starts at the Information Centre, or you can take the 90-minute guided tour that departs daily from the Chavonnes Battery Museum at 11h00 and 14h00
V&A Waterfront is divided up into five shopping districts: Victoria Wharf, the Watershed, The Alfred Mall and Pierhead, The Clock Tower, and Breakwater Point. With more than 450 stores, you’ll find everything from local designers to big international brands. For crafts and local talent, make sure you pop into the Watershed, and, if it’s art or jewellery you’re after, head over to The Alfred Mall and Pierhead.
With its spectacular views and holiday vibe, Cape Town is at the cutting edge of culinary trends and tastes. Whether Visitors or residents of the Mother City are looking for beach cafés with a view of the sea, sidewalk coffee shops, fine dining restaurants, neighbourhood pizza joints, buzzing cocktail spots or hipster hangouts, they’re in for a treat!
Cape Town hosts some of the world’s best restaurants and every dining experience can be a gastronomically delightful one! Lynn offers assistance with an online concierge service for restaurant bookings
Arts and culture
Cape Town’s history in arts and culture is layered and has many stories to tell. It is made up of both light and dark passages which lends itself to an artistic and cultural scene of great depth and creativity. The mix of cultures and people in the Mother City has created an eclectic and exciting tapestry of art, design, theatre and music.
Cape Town’s arts and music scene is exciting and innovative and there are a number of local theatres and performance spaces offering the best of our homegrown talents. Large scale operas and musicals equalling the West End and Broadway are generally staged in Cape Town’s biggest theatre venue ,the Artscape Theatre Centre. While the more intimate space of the Fugard Theatre is home to award winning local musicals and critically acclaimed theatre pieces – both local and international. Intimate venues, backyards, training spaces, community theatres and city festivals offer an amazing and exciting way of experiencing the diversity of talent and theatre that Cape Town performers bring to their audiences.
Beaches of Cape Town
Camps Bay and Clifton beaches are a stone’s throw away from Devonport House. Hop onto an Uber or Mi Citi bus and get dropped off at world class beaches for endless fun in the sun!
The four Clifton beaches in Cape Town are regarded as being amongst the most beautiful in the world. The white sands and blue waters have been the subject of countless travel photos over the years. During South Africa’s summer months, the four Clifton beaches in Cape Town attract sun-lovers from all corners of the globe. It is the ideal location for sunbathing, beach sports, people-watching and relaxing. From these beautiful beaches, patrons can gaze out across the sparkling waters of the Atlantic Ocean and up to the majestic mountain peaks such as Lions Head and the 12 Apostles that tower above Camps Bay. Because of Cape Town’s extended daylight hours in summer, you can tan as late as 6.30pm, while it only gets dark much later.
Camps Bay Beach
Palm-fringed, with platinum blonde sands (and bathers to match), Camps Bay beach is where the well-to-do and the famous congregate to see, and be seen. This Cape Town beach is all about being gorgeous, from its manicured shoreline overlooked by millionaires’ mansion, to dazzling sunsets and minimalist swimwear. If hours of sun and thong watching have raised your temperature, cool off in the natural tidal pool, or head for one of the stylish sundowner venues overlooking the bay.
From authentic arts and crafts and artisanal food that will have you returning for more to perfectly functional electrical goods that are about a quarter of the price than in the store and handcrafted gifts made by charismatic entrepreneurs; you can expect to find everything and anything amidst the hustle and bustle of Cape Town's marketplaces.
Oranjezicht City Farm Market Despite the name, this local farmer’s market is actually located under tents and trees in the Granger Bay section of the V&A Waterfront. Boasting stunning sea views and a range of fresh produce, the market celebrates local food, culture and community in support of the educational mission of the nonprofit Oranjezicht City Farm. It is managed by the same people who started urban farms, and who work together to promote small-scale food production in the city.
When Saturday, 09h00-14h00(rain or shine)
V&A Food Market If you like your artisanal street food affordable and open seven days a week and served with live music on the weekends, you’ll love the V&A Food Market at the Old Power Station.
Greenmarket Square You'll find arts and crafts, hand painted fabrics, wood carvings, glassware, clothing, curios and much more at one of Cape Town's oldest markets. Visit between 09:00 and 16:00 from Monday to Friday and between 09h00 and 15h00every Saturday to meet vibrant market sellers.
Woodstock Neighbourgoods Market This award-winning market features over 100 specialty traders every Saturday, creating a weekly platform for local farmers, fine-food purveyors, organic merchants, bakers, grocers, mongers, butchers, artisanal producers and celebrated local chefs to showcase and sell their delicious wares. 09h00-15h00
The Bay Harbour Market From its seaside perch, this indoor weekend market has put the town of Hout Bay back on the map as it celebrates Cape Town, and South Africa as a whole, as a hub of creativity, culture and cuisine.
Devonport House has access onto Signal Hill nature reserve, where locals walk their dogs and enjoy the nature reserve.
From leisurely rambles to invigorating hikes, Cape Town has something for everyone.
Whether you’re after a windswept coastal wander, a mountainous hike with spectacular views, or a leisurely amble through one of the Cape’s lush nature reserves, Cape Town offers it all!
Important note Although the Cape is rich in natural beauty, tourists and locals are urged to take necessary precautions when exploring secluded areas, as crimes and accidents do happen.
Those venturing into the Table Mountain National Park should have the following emergency numbers on hand: 086 110 6417/ 107 or 021 480 7700. Criminal incidents should be reported to the nearest police station as soon as able.
We also recommend @safetymountain as a useful resource for hikers. This free safety tracking service allows you to notify local trackers of your contact details, intended route and travel time via whatsapp. You are then able to provide hourly updates on your progress, and to notify trackers when you are safely off the mountain.
It helps to have a map, and for that, SANParks and The Inside Guide recommends Slingsby Maps as an essential resource for hiking enthusiasts. Detailed maps of some of the Cape’s best hiking trails are available, including the Pipe Track, Cape Point and the Cederberg. Contact Slingsby Maps at 021 788 4545 for more information.