Cape Town, South Africa
Celeste, 30
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What are the Cape Town spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

If you're visiting Cape Town for the first time, go eat something at Clarke's and then take a drive up to Signal Hill to take a look at the city from a great vantage point.

Do’s and don’ts in Cape Town: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):

You should tip when eating out. Normally 10% is cool, but you can do more or less depending on how you experienced the service. Download Uber or Taxify while you're visiting – it's the easiest way to get around if you're not hiring a car.

How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?

On average, you're looking at spending about R250 - R550 on a night out in Cape Town. It just depends on how big you're wanting to go and whether you'll eat something as well.

Which Cape Town shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?

I usually shop online or go thrifting.

Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?

Gardens is a great suburb to explore at night or during the day. You should also check out Bree Street – it's got some wildly delicious restaurants.

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Cape Town?

New York Pizza Slice on Kloof Street. Their pizza slices are about R26 and you can also grab something to drink there. It's just hard not to grab a second slice too!

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

Go to Rick's Café in Park Road, Gardens. They have fireplaces and serve great comfort food.

Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?

The Secret Gin Bar on Wale Street is a vibe. It's a casual space and just feels like you've been transported somewhere else, even as a local. It's a little oasis in the city bowl.

Your go-to brunch spots:

I love going to Clarke's on Bree Street. They have mimosas and their breakfast options are really vast and incredibly tasty. I've literally been there more times than I can count and I've never been disappointed.

Your perfect night out in Cape Town includes:

Dancing randomly and smiling at strangers. I like nights that aren't planned so I usually just pick a spot to have something to eat and see from there. Anything is possible most times though – it just depends on the night.

Which local creators do you admire?

So many – I'll just pick three though: Nyota Parker, Lady Skollie and Dope Saint Jude.

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