Things We Found Endearingly Strange About Cape Town

Okay, okay, we get it – I’m obsessed with Cape Town. I’m positive I’m not the only one who’s fallen head-over-heels for this city. I mean, is there anywhere else you can find a vibrant city surrounded by gorgeous, white sand beaches, with a literal mountain as the backdrop and incredibly cheap prices? (Not a rhetorical question – by all means, if such a place exists, I need to know!) Besides the commonly-known qualities of Cape Town, there are some quirks that make it unique and even more memorable. Here’s a quick list of some quirks I found pretty amusing about Cape Town.

Strange, But Consistent Menu Items

Chicken livers. “Drunken” camembert. What do these have in common? You can find them on the menu at many different restaurants in Cape Town.

Obsession with Reservations

What is the deal?!? Almost every single restaurant we ate dinner at was packed, regardless of the day of the week. And while we totally respect the foodie culture, we do not understand why you need a reservation for dinner. Luckily, since there are only 2 of us traveling and we both eat at ridiculously early hours, we rarely had a problem getting a table.

Insanely Strong Wind

How had I never heard about the winds of Cape Town before? They are absolutely wild. Word of caution: don’t give in to the temptation of wearing dresses and skirts. Stick to shorts and pants unless you want to risk flashing everyone on the sidewalk.

Always Crowded Grocery Stores

Pete, at the grocery store across the street from our apartment for the hundredth time: “Ugh. I don’t get it! The line is always long!” Me: “Maybe it’s because we always go after working hours?”

Fast forward to the next day, a Tuesday, when we went at 10am: chaos; absolutely packed. And then the time we tried to go mid-day on a Wednesday? You guessed it; still crowded. (And yes, we go to the grocery store daily; don’t judge.) No matter what day of the week or time of day we went, you could always count on the grocery store to have a decently long line. ~*Mystery Remains Unsolved*~

Official Languages

This one’s more about South Africa in general, but…there are eleven official languages of this country. ELEVEN!! At any given time or place in this city, you’re likely to hear three different languages:  English, Afrikaans and Xhosa.


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What are some quirks you love about Cape Town? How about other cities you’ve enjoyed?

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