The 10 Best Airbnbs in Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town offers unique experiences and stunning scenery
Cape Town offers unique experiences and stunning scenery | © ams images / Alamy Stock Photo
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12 June 2020

A striking cityscape backed by Table Mountain, Cape Town is a treasure trove of unique experiences and stunning sights. Its enviable spot tucked between mountains and beaches couldn’t be better: self-proclaimed sommeliers can indulge at the many vineyards that line its perimeters, while budding photographers will be captivated by the incredible views that await at the top of the aerial cableway. To make sure your visit is extra-memorable, stay in one of the many Airbnbs on offer in this dynamic city.

Sunny central apartment

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Located in the hub of the city, this one-bedroom apartment is ideal for those looking to be in the heart of the action. A reimagining of a classic farmhouse interior, the apartment glows with natural light, while refurbished wood and exposed brick find harmony with industrial tables and seating. A particular highlight is the balcony, with its view overlooking both the architectural and bucolic sights of the city, including Lion’s Head Mountain and Signal Hill. Head down to find yourself on the edge of the Company’s Garden, a lush pocket of paradise in the middle of Cape Town.

Triplex penthouse with mountain and ocean views

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This striking city penthouse oozes elegance with its svelte shades of grey and pristine white, and unbeatable views over the entire city. Spread over three levels, the rooftop patio has an inviting panorama-surrounded plunge pool, where you can float before views of Table Mountain. Light floods into the rooms through a glass ceiling (which doubles as one of the bedroom floors) and floor-to-ceiling windows that fold back to create a huge open-plan lounge and terrace, where you can sip Pinotage as the skies turn amber, before heading into the buzz of the centre, just a 15-minute taxi ride away.

Luxury villa-style apartment with private infinity pool

Apartment, Luxury
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Tucked away in the suburbs, this safari-style villa is filled with tropical plants and textured natural materials, while off-white walls are decorated with African art. But the real reason to book is the spellbinding infinity pool, its endless drop underlining the sweeping vistas of the city and mountain and lined by a jungle-like tangle of towering plants.

Oceanfront apartment on Clifton Beach

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The crashing ocean waves will be your wake-up call in this exquisite one-bedroom apartment, its sandy-walled decor a warm reflection of the surrounding beaches. White linens and pine shutters capture the serene seafront ambience, and colour is added in expert touches: a fuchsia blanket here, a heart-shaped chair there. Gaze at the vivid cobalt waters from every room – framed perfectly through wall-to-wall picture windows – and end the day with a relaxing soak in the bathroom’s huge tub. If you can bear to tear yourself away, head down to Clifton Beach to feel the sand beneath your toes and try a tipple at one of the many waterfront bars.

Trendy loft apartment near Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

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Situated in the popular LGBTQ-friendly neighbourhood of De Waterkant, this stylish loft apartment is at the centre of vibrant bars, boutiques and restaurants, with the buzz of the V&A Waterfront a stone’s throw away. If you aren’t throwing back sundowners at Café Manhattan, you’ll be relaxing in the cosmopolitan confines of this urban one-bedroom apartment. Its industrial metal furnishings and leather Chesterfield sofas make for a striking interior, while exposed brickwork and panelled wood floors add extra warmth. The open-plan studio space comes with a queen-size bed, deep-soaking tub, Smart TV and a small terrace where you can sip coffee from the kitchen’s Nespresso machine.

Waterfront apartment on Clifton Beach

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The fresh, coastal interior of this beautiful beachside space mirrors its panoramic ocean views. Guests can admire the vistas from the tranquil waters of the shared pool, perched up a small hillside, or curl up with a book on the terrace’s sun loungers. With space to sleep two – in a king-size bed poised before floor-to-ceiling windows framing sweeping ocean views – it’s made for a honeymooning couple looking for some luxurious peace and privacy. Idyllic walks are also on your doorstep: hike the scenic trail up to the point of Lion’s Head for some more picture-perfect views.

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  • Ultramodern hillside house with underwater spa

    Apartment, Luxury
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    Burrowed in the hillside overlooking Hout Bay, this incredible piece of architecture is the sort of place you’d find Gordon Gekko sipping sundowners. The opulent interior channels tropical luxury and marbled elegance – with pine furnishings and a spa complete with sauna, steam room and salt bath – while the exterior has to be seen to be believed: a ‘floating’ deck sits on the glistening waters of the infinity pool, and a labyrinth of greenery hugs its perimeter, parting only to frame incredible views of the metropolis and rugged mountains behind. Up to six guests can splash out for a slice of serenity in this palatial retreat, discovering treasures like the underground bedroom window revealing the pool’s hidden depths, a second sheltered lagoon for shaded swimming and an outdoor BBQ grill for sunset dinners.

    Contemporary house with rooftop jacuzzi

    Guesthouse, Luxury
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    Situated in the peaceful residential area of Sea Point, this eclectic two-bedroom can sleep up to four guests. Colourful bohemian decor adorns the floors and walls, such as an Andy Warhol-style depiction of Nelson Mandela, chequerboard bathroom tiles and even the occasional kooky flying pig ornament, adding lashes of character to the vibrant property. Head up to the rooftop for a taste of the high life, sinking into the restorative waters of its private hot tub with a bevvy in hand. A bustling food scene is also moments away – book a table at the delectable Hussar Grill to try their award-winning steak.

    Central apartment with private balcony

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    Those who’d prefer to spend their pennies embarking on a renowned wine tour through the vineyards will not be able to resist this eclectic apartment opposite the Woodstock Exchange. Drenched in contemporary geometric patterns, the red and blue lined open-plan studio includes a matte-black bathroom, double bed and private balcony to fully appreciate the awe-inspiring mountain vistas. On top of this, the award-winning building it sits in includes a gym, games area and pool to cool off in after a day in the sun – also achievable with a cold craft beer at Devil’s Peak Taproom just a 20-minute walk away.

    Duplex loft in the city centre

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    Character is carved into the very structure of this two-level loft apartment. A fusion of Persian and animal print rugs, expressive artwork, towering mustard-yellow velvet drapes and shabby chic accents – in the shape of old vintage trunks and a distressed metal fridge – make this space an interior design addict’s dream. A spiral staircase is a focal point in the bohemian space, and the queen-size bed is worth the climb, offering direct views of the city’s skyline through the main floor-to-ceiling window (although unfortunately the staircase does limit accessibility). Once you have taken in its plush, cavernous interior, you can head outside to find yourself in the hustle of the city centre with the nearby Swan Café serving up a memorable morning coffee.
    These recommendations were updated on June 12, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.