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You guys have probably scrolled trough endless city guides for cape town while searching for places to visit but have you ever thought about a guide that gives one a whole schedule of things to do? I put together a guide with timings, showing you guys my perfect day guide for a trip to cape town..
vegan cupcake tarvel
9AM, Breakfast time. What would be better than enjoying healthy food in the morning. Dolce Bakery is a smaller bakery shop, which opens during the week daily from 7am-5pm and weekends from 8am-2pm. The bakery invites it´s guests to sip on healthy smoothies, vegan cupcakes and a creamy cashew cheese, that is used for bagels and pizzas.

healthy clean eating cape town

The bakery however also offers gluten free dishes and meaty, so as vegetarian options. Dolce Bakery has also WIFI access and can be suitable for those who are looking for an office on the go. The atmosphere within the bakery shop is bright and colorful. Walls, all decorated with lovely messages of customers will give one a smile and happy boost into the day. Prices are very fair and start with R8 for baking goods and R59 for (vegan) pizza.

vegan glutenfree restaurant

Dolce Bakery also offers cakes and cupcakes on order for birthdays or other occasions. Their Instagram account is giving a sneak preview on their creative artworks.

Dolce Bakery
239C Lower Main Rd, Observatory, Cape Town, 7925

woodstock exchange

11AM, Nearby the bakery one will find Woodstock Exchange. The small center is a mixture of shops, offices, cafes and creative labs. Woodstock is one of the new hip areas, comparable to Wynwood in Miami. 

Grandt Mason

An absolute must see is the Grandt Mason shop, that is located inside the center. The shoe label was found is 2002 by the young south African designer and creative head, with a vision to give a sustainable change. The vegan shoe label offers however a self-customizing service, which I even tried myself. 

shoes design designer south africa

When entering the shop, one can decide out of different shoe shapes and models. After than there is a whole load of materials to decide of, in all colors and patterns. For those who are doubtable about their shoe size there is also the chance to get that measured. Beside my visit and designing my own pair of shoes I was able to take a look behind the scenes, as the atelier is located within the head store.

Grandt Mason 2002 design

The shoes, self-customizing service and more information are all available online and the shoes are shipped worldwide. Especially for me this is a great option to have something special to style with my looks and a great memory of my travels. Beside that the whole process is exciting and a fair project for everyone involved.

Woodstock Exchange
Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915

plant vegan cape town

1PM, While Cape Town started to have many restaurants and vegan friendly places within the last years, plant still remains the all pant based restaurant and of course this spot had to be on my list while traveling to Cape Town.

vegan food plant cape town

Plant has a French owner. The French inspiration is also visible within the menu, with original pastries and crepes. However, plant also has a slight Asian influence and offers edamame, rice paper rolls and buddha bowls on the menu. The food is absolutely fresh and delicious and especially the cheese dishes are a must try

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Plant just recently reopened so make sure to pay the lovely team a visit. The restaurant offers seats inside and outside. The restaurant is located within Cape Town city center and easy accessible trough long and loop street.

8 Buiten St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000

kapstadt downtown

3PM, Beside all the food places you guys wouldn´t want to miss the sights when visiting cape town. As I was a little bit in a rush, I couldn´t make it to the mountains and beaches but however I would one these things to do and calculate a whole day instead of only a few hours. For those who might just have an overlay stay and still want to see something and take nice photos I recommend the Cape Town Waterfront and Bo-Kaap, also known as Malay Quarter, which is next door of the Hilton Cape Town City Centre. 

kapstadt waterfront

It is famous for being the most colorful street and attracting visitors will countless colorful houses. Nearby are also the futuristic and modern glass buildings and skyscrapers so make sure to walk around and get the best out of both “worlds”.

mai thai spa cape town wellness

5PM, After such a long day it is the best to take a rest. Cape Towns best secret, the Mai Thai spa, might be just the perfect city oasis to calm before heading out for dinner. The family owned spa is run by a brother and sister and offers Thai and African inspired treatments, with original products and interior.

spa wellness oasis treatment massage

I enjoyed a 90-minute Mai Thai Signature massage, done by the lovely therapist Sumatra. The spa is all influenced by Thai and African culture and has staff from both nationalities. The team has been super friendly and welcoming and with a small backyard with lights and flowers the whole spa transforms indeed to an oasis for body and mind.

It is already well known as one of the best spas in cape town, offering treatments with QMS! and OPI. As I was trying the 90-minute Mai Thai Signature massage, I highly recommend it. Very special about this treatment is the stretching aspect, as the therapist will do some stretching exercised with arms and legs and this again will lead to get solved of the tension, especially (for me) in the shoulder and lower back area.

Mai Thai Wellness Spa is set in an historical 19th Century house in Dixon Street, the heart of De Waterkant Village in Cape Town -nestled between Table Mountain, the City Centre and the Victoria Alfred Waterfront. Also known as “De Waterkant Old Town”, it is a friendly village of chic restaurants, art galleries, boutiques and French style sidewalk cafes.

Mai Thai Wellness Spa
18 Dixon St, De Waterkant, Greenpoint, Cape Town, 8001

double tree hilton cape town

7PM, The last stop on this guide is the Liberty's Restaurant, which I visited while staying with the Hilton Double Tree Cape Town hotel. My absolute highlight while staying with the Hilton Cape Town Double Tree hotel has however been the dinner, which is the reason while I wanted to include it into my guide.

green star liberty´s hilton

This chic restaurant offers an extensive a la carte menu and all-day dining in a discreetly glamorous atmosphere. Having spent 15 years honing his culinary talents across Europe and South Africa, executive chef Simon Kemp has made the DoubleTree by Hilton Cape Town - Upper Eastside kitchen his creative home. Experimenting with a fusion-style menu, Simon is also a master at the traditional: his handmade burgers are legendary.

The hotel is currently also working on a new menu. While I had a little chat with he chef he told me that the hotel is also creative special menus for requests on vegan menus, per example. The menu however includes vegan friendly options and wide varieties of Asian, Arabic and western foods. It is a great mix for every kind of taste.

dinner fine dining hilton hotel

After dinner you guys could return home and take a rest, before the sun goes up again and a new day in the cosmopolitan metropolis Cape Town waits for you. I also want to take the chance to say “thank you” to the mentioned partners, who kindly invited me and supported me to create this guide. For me these places have been honestly special, out of a personal experience. The whole “package” (service and quality) is given. The owners of there shops are true souls and actually in the first line to assist one while visiting. 

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cape Town - Upper Eastside
31 Brickfield Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7935