You don’t have to look very far to find some great photo opportunities in Cape Town, to make things even easier though, here are 20 places I consider to be the most Instagrammable places in Cape Town, South Africa.
It’s no secret that Cape Town offers something for everyone. With beautiful beaches, impressive mountains, adventurous hiking trails, wildlife & bustling city life, there is always something to do. All of these features make Cape Town a pretty great place to get some awesome photos & a real hotspot if you want to snap some incredible shots for Instagram.
This is Cape Town, & if you’ve read our post on the best beaches you’ll find in South Africa’s mother city, you’ll know that we’re big fans of these sandy shores & no two shores are quite the same.
That’s why we’re going to be starting off right on the coast with the cutest beach in the world (probably).
Boulders Beach – Cape Towns Penguin Beach
Home to African Penguins, this is one of the few spots in the world where you can get up close with Penguins & maybe even snap a selfie if they’re in a photographic mood.
Chill out on the boulders, on the sandy shore, or take a dip in the warm waters of False Bay & maybe a penguin will come your way.
Then head over to the Penguin sanctuary right beside to catch a glimpse of these aquatic birds in their natural habitat.
Camps Bay in Cape Town
Not just a beautiful long beach, but you’ll also find some trendy & stylish restaurants, cafés & boutique shops along Victoria Road.
The perfect time to visit Camps Bay is just before sunset for a great sundowner at a local café or for a beautiful image of the mountainous backdrops from the still tidal pools (if no one’s taking a dip, that is).
Are clichéd images too much of a cliché?
I don’t think so. If you don’t take yourself too seriously (which you really shouldn’t be doing on a social network anyway) cliché pics can be a whole lot of fun & Muizenberg has some of the most clichéd pics in Cape Town.
I’m talking about those awesome colorful beach huts. It’s almost as if they were made for Instagram. 😉
Translating directly to Blue Mountain Beach, Bloubergstrand, or Blouberg, is the perfect spot to capture Table Mountain in its full glory. The blue haze and view of the mountain give this area its name, and you won’t be surprised to know that most pictures you’ll see of the mountain are taken from this side of the bay.
Now it’s just a matter of finding a great way to frame the mountain for your Insta.
Woodstock & the Old Biscuit Mill
We’re done with the beaches for now & we’re heading into one of Cape Town’s more hipster areas, namely Woodstock.
With plenty of old factories & warehouses being converted to modern & trendy spaces, Woodstock is an Instagrammers playground. You’ll find impressive street art littered throughout the area & no stop is complete without visiting the Old Biscuit Mill.
If you happen to be in town on a Saturday, make sure to hit up the Neighbourhood market at the Old Biscuit Mill for some great stalls, food & more.
The most colorful neighborhood in Cape Town.
Found on the slopes of Signal Hill, this vibrant area is the perfect place to add some color to your Instagram.
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
This pink oasis in the heart of the city is a picture-perfect hotel that wouldn’t look out of place in the Hollywood Hills or even Bollywood.
Wander through the historic and pristine walls of this exquisite hotel whilst taking some pretty classy pics.
Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel
Don’t let the view from Long street fool you, once you enter the Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel, you’ll know why it’s one of the most Instagrammable places in Cape Town.
The historical facade does an excellent job of hiding the intrigue behind the walls… or more precisely, what’s on the roof. Namely, a trailer park. Not just any trailers though, you’ll find 7 vintage airstream trailers perched on the roof in the middle of the city.
Book one of these incredible trailers or just visit the rooftop sky bar for a great time & don’t forget to take plenty of pictures.
The Rock in Fresnaye
Unfortunately, I don’t think Dwayne Johnson has bought any property in Fresnaye. Instead, you’ll find one of the best views over the Clifton beaches perfect during sunset.
It can be a little bit tricky to find, but these coordinates on google maps should help you get there just in time for the setting sun.
Kirstenbosch Gardens & the Boomslang
The Kirstenbosch Gardens cater to so many, with local flora, open-air concerts during the summer, great food & also being the start to the best hiking route up Table Mountain.
One of the newer additions is called the Boomslang. A treetop walkway that provides long views over the flora & is the perfect spot to capture some views you wouldn’t be expecting to find on the platform.
Before we head to Table Mountain, let’s take a look at one of the more underrated peaks in Cape Town, namely, Lions Head.
This peak presents beautiful elevated views of Table Mountain & the 12 Apostle mountain range on one side, Sea point & Fresnaye on another & the Cape Town bay on the other.
There’s plenty of interesting spots that could pique your picture taking interest on the winding way up. Don’t forget to bring along plenty of water.
P.s. One of the most popular attractions by Lions Head was Wally’s Cave. This local landmark has been closed to the public since 2017 due to the erosion of the trail. You’ll get a large fine if you’re caught on the trail, but you should really avoid this spot for sustainability reasons & your own safety.
The top of Table Mountain
Table Mountain will provide some breath-taking views regardless of whether or not you’re hiking up or taking the cable car.
Take a look around and check out the water reservoirs found on the top of the mountain. The Hely-Hutchinson Reservoir is a particular treat, with beach sand & fynbos leaving you and your followers wondering how exactly all this got here. 😉
For the best views of Lion’s head, take the hike up to Kloof Corner. You’ll just need to be prepared to tackle quite a few stairs.
Like most views, it makes for a beautiful sunset, so you may need to plan a good few weeks to take advantage of all of these breathtaking sunsets.
The Pipe Track
An adventurous hiking route that takes you from Table Mountain and past the 12 Apostle mountains.
You’ll find many spots to take some great photos whilst enjoying the great outdoors in the South African fresh air.
At the end of the Pipe Track, you’ll come across the Tranquillity Cracks trail. Here you’ll encounter unique rock formations that could look like quite a squeeze… They’re called cracks for a reason. 😉
Little Lions Head
Known as also as Kleinleeu Koppie in Afrikaans, much like the larger Lions Head, the Little Lions Head provides some brilliant views.
This time, the views are that of Llandudno beach, Hout Bay & surrounds.
One of the most beautiful roads in the Western Cape.
You’ll find it challenging not to take some great photos.
We’re getting a little bit further out of Cape Town now, but Cape Point, as well as the Cape of Good Hope, are worth making the trip down south.
You’ll find impressive rock formations, brilliant beaches & mighty seas.
The vineyards around Cape Town not only provide great wine, but they can also be the perfect backdrop to some great pictures.
Groot Constantia, Steenberg & Vergelegen vineyards are some of the most picturesque vineyards in the Cape.
Old Mac Daddy Luxury Trailer Park
This one is quite a way out of Cape Town, but this luxury trailer park impressed me so much I had to include it.
Each airstream trailer & apartment attached has its own unique design with 12 different themed trailers, designed by some of Cape Town’s best artists.
If you’re willing to make the 75-minute drive into the Elgin Valley, Old Mac Daddy represents a great getaway out of the city with a real exclusive opportunity.
All that’s left is to take those beautiful photos, upload them to your Instagram and watch the likes fly on in.