Six things to do in Cape Town in between business meetings
While not as bustling an economic hub as Joburg, Cape Town wins the award for both business and pleasure. When you find free time between preparing for meetings and presenting new proposals, try out these six activities that let you enjoy Cape Town’s character and allow you to regroup for the next project.
1. Stop by an art gallery
Inspiration can come from the most unexpected places. Take some time out from working your analytical left brain and let your right brain be stimulated by works of art from some of the most talented artists in the country. Cape Town is a cultural hot spot, with acclaimed galleries both big and small, dotted around the city.
- Youngblood Gallery at 70-72 Bree St (pictured)
- AVA Gallery at 35 Church St
- MOMO Gallery at 170 Buitengracht St
2. Walk the city
Cape Town is well known for its walking and bicycle culture. If you have time, a great way to get fresh air and experience the beauty of the city is to walk around any one of the suburbs in the CBD, as well as those along the Atlantic Seaboard such as Sea Point and Green Point. Hiring a bicycle and riding along the Sea Point Promenade can be a wonderful way to see the ocean views across Robben Island and Table Bay.
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3. Take a visit to the Company Gardens
If you need a serene time-out while on your lunch break, the Company Gardens is a tranquil spot where you can recuperate from your stressful day. Take a seat on one of the benches under the welcome shade of the leafy trees and allow yourself a moment to breathe deeply and enjoy the scenery. Don’t be surprised if some squirrels come to join you, so make sure you snap a few photos.
4. Grab a coffee
Artisanal coffee goes hand in hand with business – because everyone needs a pick-me-up when they’re trying to get work done. There are scores of coffee spots around the city, which provide well-made cappuccinos and freshly baked goods and breakfasts. While you’re on the go and wanting to experience life outside of your hotel accommodation, then drop by the following coffee shops:
Truth Coffee, 1 Somerset Rd, Green Point
Table Thirteen at 8 Ebenezer Rd, Green Point
Origin Coffee, 28 Hudson St, Green Point
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5. Hit the gym
If you’re staying in the CBD, there are numerous gyms to visit for a quick session to burn off calories and increase endorphins. Virgin Active branches are found in both Green Point and Wembley Square in the CBD where you can work out on the machines, attend a fitness class or swim some laps.
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6. Sundowners at the Cattle Baron
A local watering hole well-known for its business clientele, the Cattle Baron below the Capital Mirage Hotel is the ideal place to unwind with a drink or two with clients or partners; the best antidote for a particularly busy day. Set among the Victorian architectural beauty of De Waterkant, it’s perfect for a drink overlooking the bustling urban quarter or for a sumptuous steak dinner inside.
So next time you’re in Cape Town for business, remember to take full advantage of your free time and explore some of the highlights of the city.