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Cape Town

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Meet Cape Town

Combining big city energy, the calm of a coastal community, and access to amazing animals, it’s no wonder that digital nomads are flocking to Cape Town.

Along with Pretoria and Bloemfontein, Cape Town is one of South Africa’s three capital cities. After Johannesburg, it’s got the largest population, meaning that there’s always a buzz of activity, both economic and recreational. Although sitting within a developing country, Cape Town is growing and modernizing rapidly as it becomes one of the world’s tourist hotspots. In 2014, it was rated by both the Daily Telegraph and the New York Times as the best city to visit. This increased profile was no doubt helped by the city hosting both the rugby and soccer world cups. In recent years, it’s become increasingly popular with families and backpackers looking for an exciting outdoor adventure within a safe and stable environment. Many come for the safaris - where the Big Five animals can easily be spotted - but some stay for the low living costs and lively, remote work-friendly atmosphere.

Where to live in Cape Town

Cape Town has gained a reputation for crime and unfortunately, in some neighborhoods, this isn’t completely unwarranted. Digital nomads relocating to the city should therefore think carefully about where they live, being sure to avoid problematic areas. In particular, it’s the outskirts of the town where muggings and violent crimes can take place, especially if you’re a foreigner exploring the area on your own. Instead, stick to more touristy areas near the center, while always being aware that busy streets can attract pickpocketers, as is common in large cities around the world.

Best Neighborhoods in Cape Town

There are some prosperous neighborhoods in Cape Town where you’re bound to feel at home. These vary from quiet and green residential suburbs to up-and-coming urban hipster areas. By choosing the right neighborhood, you’ll get all the vibrancy and energy that Cape Town has to offer while being safe from more dangerous surroundings. Cape Town is a relatively large city, meaning that each neighborhood has a distinct personality and forms its own community. That’s why it’s useful to research each one beforehand and make sure you find a home that you feel happy and comfortable living in.

Amazing Apartments, Coliving Spaces and More

We've been rounded up the best housing options in Cape Town. All are available on flexible terms, so you can stay one month or as long as you want

1 Bedroom Apartment in Cape Town City Centre

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Top Floor Apartment in Cape Town

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1-Bedroom Loft in Cape Town

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Quick Facts About Cape Town

If you’re wishing that you knew more about the amazing city of Cape Town, then this is for you. It’s important to learn a little about the destination before you visit. That’ll allow you to figure out whether this place is right for your interests and personality while also helping you avoid culture shock upon arrival. Here are some quick facts about Cape Town so that you can get to know it better.
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Work in Cape Town

As a large city, there are employment opportunities in Cape Town. However, most require a university degree or many years of experience. Many ex-pats have complained about their lack of success when it comes to looking for work, especially when compared to comparatively sized towns. There are some big employers worth applying to, though. These include Amazon, Woolworths, the University of Cape Town, Vodacom, and Bloomberg. If you have the right experience, you could find a well-paid job.

How good is Cape Town for Digital Nomads or Remote Work

Remote work is changing how the global workspace operates. In a trend that is showing no signs of slowing down, remote work is rapidly on the increase all around the world—especially in a place like Cape Town. And about 25% of remote workers describe themselves as digital nomads—those who like to travel or stay in cities around the world while they work. So, how good is Cape Town for both of these growing movements?

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Food and Drink in Cape Town

South African cuisine reflects the eclectic mix of cultures that have arrived in the city over the centuries. From sushi to fish and chips, the local restaurant scene caters to all tastes. The sushi is especially worth trying since this is a thriving fishing town and you’ll have access to the freshest ingredients. Meat is generally a big part of the local diet, focused mostly on chicken, with plenty of beef and pork as well. It’s also possible to eat big game meat if you’re looking for something different. Cape Town is considered the home of a dish called the gatsby. This is a large sandwich stuffed with meat, fries, and a selection of sauce. It’s cheap, readily available, and guaranteed to leave you feeling satisfied and full. Cape Town also retains a strong Indian influence, serving up different types of curry in the hollowed-out interior of a loaf of bread, a dish that you’ll find on the menu listed as bunny chow. At some point, you’ll likely experience a braai which is the South African version of a barbecue. Expect plenty of meat but there are also grilled vegetables for vegetarians to enjoy. The most highly-rated restaurants include the Pot Luck Club and the Belly of the Beast.

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Top 6 Things To Do in Cape Town

Once you’ve settled into your new Cape Town home, scout out the best coffee shops, top swimming spots, and what local activities are on offer. At some point, you’ll certainly want to take up the potentially once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go on a true African safari to spot the world’s largest and most impressive mammals. You should also take the cable car up Table Mountain and spend some time exploring the web of hiking trails. Within Cape Town itself, get involved in watersports at your local beach, and don’t forget to explore the city’s history at the Jewish Museum, the Castle of Good Hope, and the South African National Gallery.

The Nelson Mandela Gateway To Robben Island

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town

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Bay Harbour Market

31 Harbour Rd, Hout Bay, Cape Town

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Green Point Park

1 Fritz Sonnenberg Rd, Green Point, Cape Town

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Cape Town Stadium

Fritz Sonnenberg Rd, Green Point, Cape Town

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Iziko South African Museum

25 Queen Victoria St, Gardens, Cape Town

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South African Jewish Museum

88 Hatfield St, Gardens, Cape Town

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