Cape Town South Africa 🇿🇦
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Key information about Cape Town

Population

4,617,560

Country
South Africa
Money
Currency
ZAR - South African Rand (R)
Exchange rate
1 USD = 14.06 ZAR
ATM fees

25 - 50 ZAR per withdrawal (plus your own bank's fees)

Credit cards

Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops

Tipping

10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere

Airport
Main airport

Cape Town International Airport (CPT)

Airport to city center

Uber (215 ZAR), MyCiti Airport Shuttle (50 ZAR)

Other options

George Airport (GRJ) is around 55 minutes away from CPT by air and around 5 hours by road. The two cites are connected also by bus routes (7h+).

Transportation
Taxi apps

Uber, Bolt

Public transportation

MetroRail: ~10 ZAR per ride, depending on distance
MyCity BRT (bus): 30 ZAR per ride with MyConnect Card

Getting around

You can buy a MyConnect card at any station across the city for 35 ZAR. Buy MetroRail tickets at stations.

SIM card
Best options

MTN, Vodacom

Expected cost

405 ZAR for 5GB valid for 1 month

How to buy

Airport or authorized operator branches. Make sure to have your passport ready.

Language
Official language(s)

Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English

Level of English

Very high

Food
Tap water

Not drinkable

Overall cuisine

South African cuisine has been shaped by a long history of Dutch, Malay, British and Indian settlements, making the food diverse and strong in flavor. There is a strong emphasis on game in all of its different forms, as well as spicy sauces and sautéed vegetables and dry-cured meats. Creamy desserts and liqueurs compliment large and flavorful meals.

Local food specialities

Bitlong and droewors, boerewors, Cape Malay curry, bobotie, melkert, gatsby, bunny chow

Eat like a local

Cape Malay shacks, food trucks, street food joints, local grills, small bakeries and food markets

Vegetarian / vegan options

24 options on HappyCow

Food delivery apps

UberEats, Orderin

Supermarkets

SPAR: These stores are a favorite in Cape Town for their wide variety of goods and good quality offers. They are easy to find across the city and offer generally good prices. Good produce and bakery areas. Here you are likely to find the best range of imported goods.
Pink N' Pay: These large stores are easily accessible across South Africa and hold a range of goods at convenient prices. Local goods and fresh produce available.
Shoprite: This is South Africa's largest grocery retailer and offers a good range of goods but limited variety. Some expats and locals have complained about service at its stores. Good prices across the board.
Woolworths: This premium food retailer combines high-quality good sections with homeware, clothing and beauty departments for a more refined and complete shopping experiences. Here, prices will be slightly higher.
Oranjezicht City Farm Market: This market right in the heart of the city's main shopping district has Cape Town's best fruit and vegetables and is a great place to shop like a local.