Having the privilege of studying is fantastic, but studying in Cape Town is something special. It is very hard to explore the city that you are in whilst studying. Because of this, it is very likely that you will be stuck on Rondebosch Main Road and when feeling adventurous head to Long street. Bubbles form all the time because familiarity is comforting. But grab my hand, let me introduce you to my Cape Town.
First Stop: Touristy Things
Cape Town is a wonderful creative city- however; before we get alternative, let’s explore the simple things in the Town area. Go to museums. The Iziko museum, Planetarium and National Art Gallery are located in the perimeter of the Company Gardens on Queen Victoria Street. With your student card handy you can take a trip into these museums and galleries (at a discounted price) while enjoying a walk through the Company Gardens.
After this go to The Slave Lodge located on the corner of Wale and Spin Streets. This wonderful museum takes one on the journey of the slaves whose first stop was Cape Town before being traded. This experience is interesting and also important when living in this wonderful City.
After that, head into ‘The Fringe’ area (where The Assembly and Opium are located) and pop into The District Six Museum, this wonderful museum illustrates the story of one of the strongest communities that experienced forced removals during the Apartheid Era. It is a moving experience.
Second Stop: Outdoors
Cape Town is a gorgeous city and even though winter is fast approaching, before the rain forces everybody into hibernation grab a couple of friends and venture into the great outdoors.
Take a hike up Lions Head and watch the sunset. Learn how to surf at Muizenburg Beach. And my favourite of all, is to participate in Moonlight Mass. This movement involves, cyclists, Long Boarders, Roller Skaters and Skate boarders banding together and cycling (or skating) from the Green Point circle, outside the stadium, all the way down to Green Market Square. Moonlight Mass happens every full moon, weather permitting.
Third Stop: Alternative Day into Night Life
With Cape Town being the World Design Capital next year some incredible things are happening in the creative realm of life. From music to art to food, Cape Town is buzzing. During the day take a walk or a cycle down Bree Street, which has been renewed by private stakeholders making it a cool hub for creatives, tourists and locals to enjoy. Have lunch at Clarkes and even enjoy a skate at their mini skate park at the back of the restaurant. Have brunch at Jason’s, an Iced Coffee at Frank’s Cafe, and some irresistibly delicious French toast at, French Toast. As the sun goes down head to &Union for some craft beer and end off the night at Orphanage for some cocktails and deep house.
A number of gigs that one must try at least once are:
- LEGGO! – Known as Cape Town’s Premium Bass Night head to The Waiting Room and enjoy some takkie-squeaking, foot-stomping, body-moving sounds of resident Dj White Nite, every Thursday! It is R30 at the door, and if you invite them on Facebook, follow White Nite on Twitter as well as LeggoSA (@whitenitedj and @LeggoSA) there is always an opportunity to win guest list. This week the amazing Dank and RVWR will be joining White Nite on the decks.
- Boogie Boutiques: The Writers Bench– this awesome winter event kicked on 29 March 2013 at the District Six Homecoming Centre on Buitenkant Street. It started with bang by featuring Zaki Ibrahim. This event is said to occur every last Friday of every month.
- Cold Turkey– This wonderful event that happens every Sunday turns the last day of the weekend exciting! By featuring all up and coming Djs and musicians a like to perform from 13:00- 23:00. Come and bring some meat and braai, hang out on the grass and enjoy the afternoon vibe before coming alive on the dance floor. Cold Turkey features the king of Trap Blotchy as well as top bass DJ Rebel Clef as the residents. Cold Turkey never disappoints. R30 before 4pm and R50 thereafter, pop by The Crusaders Memorial Sports Hall and indulge in some Beer, Braai and Bass.
This is just a taste of my Cape Town. It is thrilling, changes quite often but always delivers the best of times and thus the best memories. So pop your bubble and try something new.
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