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7 Lesser Known Sites In and Around Cape Town

teaDitch the crowds and experience some of the more unique activities and places in the city on your next visit to Cape Town. Our inside sources have given us the skinny on luxury Cape Town activities that won’t have you queuing to enjoy them.

Take Tea under the Trees in Paarl

Paarl is an often underrated destination for travellers to Cape Town. Teetotallers get their chance to sip and savour delicious farm to tempting tipples at St Pieter’s Roche in Main Road. It’s a totally relaxed time and caters for the vagaries of the Western Cape weather so you can enjoy the glorious views and vibe even when raindrops fall.

You can even bring your best friend along provided they are on a leash.

Catholic Shrine in Constantia

For a lesser known bit of history, visit the Schoenstatt Catholic Retreat in Constantia. This detailed replica of the original in Schoenstatt, Germany is an architectural gem shrouded in ivy. Placed among the sprawling gardens and hundreds of trees on the estate, the shrine is a place of contemplation and can only be visited with permission from the sisters.

Centre for the Book

A monument to everything book-related, this Edwardian treasure is one of the finest of its kind in the city. Marvel at the ceremonial hall modelled after an ancient Greek theatre with it 56 ft. high dome and granite base.

Sign up for one of the writing workshops or join in one of the community projects hosted here if you are looking for something different to do.

The Milnerton Market

Vintage, collectibles and bargains galore are the deal at the car boot market which takes place on Paarden Eiland on weekend mornings.

Woodstock Exchange

Just 1km outside of the city, this industrial area has evolved into Cape Town’s design epicentre with workshops, cafes, collectives and boutiques to explore. Spend a morning with the city’s up-and-coming creatives at this centre of emerging business.

Noordhoek Common

Live the country life for a moment on Noordhoek Common where you can walk and relax among the grazing horses, riders, picnickers and dog walkers.

St James Coastal Walk

Once known as Cape Town’s Golden Mile, this pathway through paradise begins just behind Muizenberg’s railway station. Take your soul for a stroll along this paved walkway all along the oceanfront with only the fishermen for company.

Explore another side of Cape Town if you have time to spare.

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