HERE IT IS: my little Cape Town Q&A you guys been waiting for! I collected all of your questions you sent me and picked the most common ones. I hope I can answer all of your Q’s with this post. If you have more questions regarding my move to Cape Town (also read this post) or about the City/South Africa, in general, let me know and I may do another round.
WHY DID YOU MOVE TO CAPE TOWN?
Because I am starting my studies here and since my first time in Cape Town I always wanted to live here.
WHAT KIND OF VISA DO YOU HAVE AND HOW LONG ARE YOU GOING TO STAY?
As I am going to be a student I have a classic “STUDY VISA” which is a “Temporary Residence Permit” limited to the time I am attending University in South Africa. So it will expire at the End of 2019 when I hopefully got my Bachelor Degree.
IN WHICH NEIGHBOURHOOD IN CAPE TOWN DO YOU LIVE?
I live in Sea Point. I never used to spend much time in this part of Cape Town before I actually moved here. And I am actually so happy that Janine & Julia chose an apartment for us here. I can see Lions Head and the Atlantic Ocean from our Balcony and the Sea Point Swimming Pools right in front of our doorstep.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT CAPE TOWN?
Well it is impossible to pick one. But if I have to choose I’d say the fact that Cape Town just has it all! From beautiful beaches and turquoise waters to stunning mountains, costal road, the wine lands, a nightlife scene, a buzzing downtown area, the harbor, cool coffee spots, amazing restaurants… oh I could go on. You kinda have the whole world in one city (or a short drive away).
WHICH UNIVERSITY ARE YOU GOING TO ATTEND?
Cape Town is mostly known for the UCT and of course for the Stellenbosch University. I am going to start studying at the CTCA (Cape Town Creative Academy) which is a small private University in Woodstock only offering four different art related courses.
WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO STUDY?
I am going to do my Bachelor Degree in “Communication Design”.
DO YOU HAVE A JOB IN CAPE TOWN? HOW DO YOU AFFORD STUDYING & LIVING ABROAD?
The same way I did in Germany. I am working as a freelancer & blogger and luckily it doesn’t really matter where I live as long as I have my MacBook and Wifi.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HIKE?
Touristy but still my favorite: Lions Head. I would always suggest you to hike Lions Head instead of Table Mountain simply because the hiking trail itself is more fun as you go all the way around Lions Head and you have a stunning 360° view over the city. It is a super easy hike. When you are really fast you can make it to the top in about 30 minutes.
WHAT THREE THINGS WOULD YOU DO IN CAPE TOWN IF YOU JUST HAVE 24 HOURS?
I couldn’t decide on just three things so here is a little day plan:
8.00 AM: Morning hike on Lions Head. Takes approximately 2 hours to get up & down and stop along the way to take photos.
10.30 AM: Breakfast at the Neighbourgood Market at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock (my favorite) OR at any of the Cafés I recommend below.
12.30 PM: Take a dip in the freezing cold atlantic ocean at the beautiful Clifton 2nd Beach.
2.00 PM: Lunch with a view, pizzas, beetroot salads and a glass of bubbly at The Roundhouse.
4.00 PM: Time to head down south. Make a mini road trip down to Nordhoek and explore the famous Chapmans Peak Drive. It’s one of the worlds most stunning costal roads for a reason.
7.30 PM: The view from The Bungalow in Clifton is perfect to watch the sunset from. Stay there for Dinner & Drinks.
11.00 PM: Head back to the city for some fun. My favorite Cocktail Bar is Orphanage on Bree Street. From there you can walk to Arcade for some dancing.
DO YOU THINK CAPE TOWN IS SAFE?
Well… that is a tough one and I don’t really feel like giving you security advice. I actually discussed this question with Janine & Julia but they were also unsure of giving one straight answer. This question seriously took me the longest to answer. So here’s the thing: Cape Town is definitely not as dangerous as you might think when you listen to the media but it is still not super safe. I’ve been coming to CPT for more than 10 years now and neither did I nor my Dad had one single situation in which we felt uncomfortable about our surroundings. I want to be honest, of course a few of my closest friends have been robbed at different places around town in the last months. But mostly this sounds more dramatic than it is and things like this only happen in the evening when it gets dark/during the night…
There are some simple rules you should follow and you will be okay: don’t walk alone when it’s dark, rather oder a Uber to get from one Bar/Club to the other instead of walking through the city, be aware of your surroundings, avoid sketchy areas and streets, don’t leave any valuable belongings visible in your car and don’t be naive but nice and respectful to every person you come across. Cape Town is (according to me) the greatest city in the world and you should enjoy it to the fullest and not spending your time here wondering around scared and anxious.
WHAT ARE YOUR THREE FAVORITE BREAKFAST PLACES?
There are countless amazing spots all over the city. Cape Town is a real paradise for foodies! My current favorites are:
> CLARKES · 133 Bree Street · 8000 Cape Town
my favorites: “Hash Eggs” order it poached and their fresh juices
> SKINNY LEGS LUXURY CAFÈ · 70 Loop Street · 8001 Cape Town
my favorites: the pancakes, the beetroot/avocado toast & their chocolate shake.
> LOADING BAY · 30 Hudson Street · 8001 Cape Town
my favorites: the bircher Muesli & they have the best iced coffee (“white ice”).
> TRUTH COFFEE · 36 Buitenkant Street · 8000 Cape Town
my favorites: their Muesli & the omlette, and of course they have pretty good coffee ; )
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BEACH TO HANG OUT?
Cape Town is surrounded by a dozen of stunning beaches. It’s quiet hard to pick a favorite. But our go-to beach for an afternoon tanning sesh is always Clifton 2nd because that’s the closest to our apartment. If you have some more time drive down to Llandudno. It’s another favorite of mine : )