Cape Town backpacker accommodation is not only affordable but is also a unique way to experience the city in amongst the locals. Whether you’re just after a bed to sleep on, something more luxurious, or a combination of the two, this guide has you covered.
Where to stay
Budget Options. Hostels are the perfect money-saving spots to lay your head. Usually found close to the bustling activity in the city; when staying at a backpacker’s hostel you’ll find yourself amid your Cape Town adventure in no time. The most famous of which is likely the European Urban Hive Backpacker on Long street. Don’t miss these other backpackers.
Best of Both. If hostels aren’t for you, or if you would prefer to stay longer, then perhaps consider an Airbnb. Otherwise one of Cape Town’s many guest houses may be for you. Check out the top guest houses in Cape Town.
Glamping. Further outside the city, you’ll find plenty of camping destinations. Some offer the bare minimum and others, a more ‘opulent’ experience. Find your perfect spot here.
Where to eat.
Long Street authentic food. Long street, Kloof Street and Bree Street (all within walking distance of each other) are overflowing with unique, authentic and delicious restaurants, cafes and bars. While some are pricier than others, you’ll always find the perfect spot to get your fill.
Local Markets. Whilst more common on weekends, you won’t find a greater spread of delicacies than at a traditional Capetonian market. From raw and vegan, to hot and spicy, to fresh fish and sweet treats, there is no end to the culinary marvels you can explore. Check out the best food markets.
What to do.
Hike Lion’s Head. The breath-taking views of the city found at the top of Cape Town’s many peaks and mountains should not be missed.
Explore the City. Every street in the Mother City is rich with history and there is no shortage of quaint shops and small eateries to explore around each corner. Long Street and the surrounding streets always have something to offer, day or night.
Explore Botanical Gardens. The colourful variety of indigenous plant-life that flourishes during summer time is best seen in botanical gardens such as Kirstenbosch. These are often also the venues for evening concerts.
Experience the nightlife. Cape Town comes alive at night and with many bars and clubs in both the city centre and the beachfront, there’s always someplace open for some fun after-dark.
Visit the Beach. Perfect for a sunrise yoga session, Muizenberg is the hotspot for early-birds. Sunsets, on the other hand, are spectacular at Blouberg when framed by Table Mountain. Each beach along the coast has something magical to offer, from tanning to surfing, Cape Town has it all.
It’s clear to see why Cape Town is such a popular destination among tourists; the adventures to be had (even while sparing your wallet) are widespread and colourful. Now you just need to pick a car to experience it all :)