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Best AirBnB’s in Africa: Cape Town
Cape Town is hands down one of the best places to AirBnb. Amazing architecture, low cost of living, and views of mountain tops and ocean waves at almost every turn — it’s hard not to instagram every moment. Curating the Cape Town list was hard because there were so many good ones out there — there are more than 300 listings no matter what category you choose. We focus here on the “awe-worthy”, host, and proximity to the best things to do (including TSTMKRS app experiences).
Mountain Views and Kloof St. Vibes // $52 per night
One of our favorite things to do in Cape Town is to vibe out at Ashoka on Tuesday nights — one of our least favorite things the ride back home after one too many of their delicious cocktails. Never fear — Desiré’s beautiful flat is within walking distance of our favorite bar and tons of other Kloof St faves. The open plan lounge and patio area have an Upper West Side Vibes but with even better views. The entire place looks straight out of Real Simple magazine and the host is on site to help when you need it.
What we love most: Proximity to Kloof St., the open spaces
Bo-Kaap Traditional // $35 per night
If you’ve ever looked at photos of Cape Town and seen the technicolored buildings, you’re looking at the historic Cape Malay neighborhood of Bo-Kaap. Less than a 5 minute walk from Long Street party central, Bo-Kaap is a sought after neighborhood for Capetonians. Andrew’s place is amazing, traditional architecture, drenched in sunlight, and full of spaces to relax or entertain (which Andrew himself does from time to time). Hang out on the rooftop or borrow one of two bikes available for guests and explore the city.
What we love most: Free bikes!, Rooftop, Location
Luxury Vibes in Sea Point // $64 per night
A completely modern take on seaside living, Anika’s Sea Point digs are just between everything you want to visit in Cape Town’s center city and all the beaches and scene in Camps Bay. Tricked out with a pool, built-in braai (South African BBQ), and amazing living room for hosting — you can reserve any of these for private entertaining in advance which is a plus. Anika is an avid runner so for those of you that don’t let that Kanye’s Workout Plan rest while you’re out of town — she can give you pointers on the best routes near her home.
What we love the most: the pool, perfect for hosting new homies
Sea Point Beachfront Views // $180 per night
Sea Point is an up an coming neighborhood full of restaurants and shops, it somehow manages to feel like a cross between Los Angeles and San Francisco — which is kind of a utopia. Brinke’s place has a Scandinavian vibe and a living room you could spend your life in. Modern but comfy with a wide window to gaze out at the ocean, it’s the kind of scene where great books or written (or hangovers nursed).
What we love most: the view, close to everything in Sea Point
Best Rooftop Ever in Green Point // $66 per night
Located on Signal Hill, one of the spots where you can find one of those yellow Table Mountain photo frames and the ultimate place to “Sunset and Chill” Andrews place is a quirky place to set up shop in Cape Town. Each room has an interesting, adventurous vibe but the crown glory of this place is it’s rooftop. Complete with a jacuzzi, BBQ area, and bar — our favorite part is the astroturf.
What we love most: You can have a party — just not a crazy one, the rooftop, the decor
Funky Cold Medina in Green Point // $29 per night
Carin’s house made the list for it’s sheer uniqueness. It’s bold, bright, and artsy at an unbeatable price. Carin works from home which works well if you prefer a host that is super accessible. You can walk to the V & A Waterfront (the weekend market there is amaze-balls!) and the Sea Point promenade or catch the MyCiti bus to get further out.
What we love most: unique, free wifi, access to the waterfront
Wake and Bake in Camps Bay // $83 per night
If the beach rather than town, is your number one reason for visiting the Western Cape, Camps Bay is the perfect HQ that still gives you plenty to do. Barbara’s ultra modern digs make you feel like you’re up in the Hollywood Hills except you’ve replaced the touristy sign with an epic view of the ocean (and your off suite pool).
What we love most: sunset views, proximity to camps bay and clifton beaches
Sustainable Living in the Waterkant // $50 per night
The Waterkant is a vibey neighborhood in the heart of Cape Town that’s currently undergoing a resurgence. Super trendy with fashion concept stores, open plan eateries, and close to all of Cape Town’s attractions, it is the perfect place to call home. Patrick and Ricky’s place is UBER hospitable, they’ve even gone through the work of having a printed guidebook letting you know what to check out in their ‘hood.
What we love most: the host loves guest interaction, the guidebook, and the edible garden on the balcony
Secret Garden in Obz // $26 per night
Obz, short for ‘The Observatory” is a neighborhood not often explored by many Cape Town visitors but is home to many a hippy and academic. There is actually a working observatory perfect for checking out the stars on a clear night. Kali’s place has “Namaste” vibes with outdoor spaces that flow together and encourage creative thinking. It is comfy, artsy, and just an UBER away from everything you want to see in town.
What we love most: the outside garden, the art throughout the home
All Beach Everything in Muizenberg // $39 per night
Home to those funky rows of beach houses that you’ve most certainly seen on the gram, Muizenberg is a beach-side suburb of Cape Town that is known as the birthplace of surfing in South Africa. Sabi and Erik’s place is perfect for people who want to be away from the city and enjoy the vibes of a true beach town. Kalk Bay, home to fishing boats and an idyllic vibe is just a 30 minute walk away. This place is almost always booked so plan in advance if you want the chance to rest your head here.
What we love most: whale watching from the living room, the surfboards
Couples, Small Groups (up to 4 guests)
Waterkant Rooftop Spot // $96 per night
Traveling with bae and know you’ll need to do some entertaining, on a business trip and need to host a few people to seal the deal. This designer apartment in the Waterkant is perfect for both and close to bars, restaurants, and even some places to dance when it’s time to head out.
What we love most: The rooftop
Romantic yet Vibey in the Waterkant // $63 per night
Another gem in one of our favorite name’s is Heather’s unique apartment spread out over three unique floors. The loft bed at the top looks perfect for “snuggling” and the outdoor deck has a daybed perfect for getting your read on. It seems like the perfect place for a couple on a honeymoon or a much needed break from the kids.
Succulent in Woodstock // $85 per night
Woodstock, the artsy neighborhood home to the Neighborhoods Market and The Pot Luck, is one of our favorite hoods to explore what’s new and innovative in Cape Town. Home to startups and artists alike, staying here is like getting an inside scoop on trends by walking out your front door. Astrid’s place is magnificent in the way that no developer leasing out an unfilled apartment can be. You can tell that she designed it with love.
What we love: That Astrid calls it Afro-Scandi decor, the mirrors in the living room, proximity to the design district
Industrial Chic Loft in Woodstock // $99 per night
Also in Woodstock, but a bit further away, Hans’s loft is designed for an architect — which makes sense in a neighborhood that helped Cape Town become one of the world’s design capitals. The open floor plan and huge windows make you feel apart of the city just by entering the space.
What we love: The designer touches, mountain views
Modern Vintage in Tamboerskloof // $147 per night
Looking to get away from the turn up? Tamboerskloof is situated at the foot of Lion’s Head mountain and is a tucked away suburb filled with small eateries and shops. Andries and Dean have restored a beautiful home and blended original details with modern colors and additions.
What we love: The art and color choices, zen vibes
Unique Place In The Center of Things // $78 per night
We love that Miguel’s place has an “I do what I want” sort of vibe. From the bright colors to the projector (which he calls a private cinema) it is the perfect place to spend some QT in the Mother City. The icing on the cake? Rooftop jacuzzi with mountain views.
What we love: The IDGAF of it all
Bree Street Live // $129 per night
Bree Street is one of the best places to be if you want to be right in Cape Town’s Central Business District (CBD). Some of our favorite new cocktail bars and supper clubs are in walking distance of Mareli’s place. It has every amenity you would want: balcony, views ( a working telescope is included), a pool with a cocktail deck, and outstanding decor.
What we love: Every. Last. Thing.
Sex and the City Vibes in Cape Town // $86 per night
Mia’s place will have you never wanting to leave Cape Town or at least trying to figure out how to teleport her apartment to your current city of residence. It’s dramatic views of table mountain and the rest of CPT (as it’s called) is stunning and the white couches make you want to get your Olivia Pope on and cuddle up with a glass of red wine (don’t spill!).
What we love: The view, the vibe, the sexiness
Thatched-Roof Brilliance // $77 per night
If you’ve got a longer stay in Cape Town or are traveling as a family Albert’s eco-chic home is perfect for exploring things a bit further away from the city. Nearby beaches like Fish Hoek and Simon’s Point (with those wonderful penguins) are an easy drive away. This is the perfect place if you’re looking for a relaxing vacation vibe with some people you love (or at least like).
What we love: The architecture, eco-friendliness, zen vibes
Ball So Hard + Groups of 6+
Tropical Villa in Green Point // $331 per night
Okay, so technically Antrim Villa is a guesthouse not a true “home”, however you can rent the whole thing for $331/night and have the privacy of a refurbished Victorian mansion in the heart of the city. If FOMO inducing Instagram photos aren’t enough to make you book, i’s actually the first guesthouse to be certified Fair Trade. iPod docking stations, an outdoor shower, and pool towels are nice finishing touches.
What we love: The palm and bamboo by the pool
Ball Till You Fall (On The Beach) // $2509 per night
Clifton Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, that plus amazing architecture and design make Adam’s place worth every penny. From the palm to the bungalow vibes to the cool floating bunk beds in one of the bedrooms this is a perfect place to bring family or a group of friends.
What we love: The entire outdoor area is magnificence
Moroccan Vibes Near Sea Point // $302 per night
Catherine’s place is at the mid point of trendy Sea Point and the beaches of Camp Bay. It’s rooftop seating area has a Moroccan flow that’ll make it hard for you to actually leave the house. Catch every sunset if you can.
What we love: the house is built perfectly on the slope of the mountain where sunsets are best
The Perfect Place for a Braai // $754 per night
Hilton’s house in Fresnaye is the thing epic BBQ’s are made of. Not too overdone but definitely beautiful, the pool, grill, and open plan all say stay a while and have a beer. You also can’t beat the price — just 10 minutes from downtown Cape Town this 5 bedroom stunner is the perfect place for all things crew love.
What we love: Every room has a view so you don’t get that one salty housemate that got duped
Modern Treehouse // $556 per night
Everyone knows Cape Town for it’s epic beaches and mountain views, but there is an amazing forest right in town. Stuarts villa is right in the thick of the forest but still just 10–15 minutes away from any where you want to be in town. Yes — UBER comes here!
What we love: A different, non-obvious place to stay
An Artsy Home on Table Mountain // $539 per night
Jessica’s place is filled with South African art, a marked difference from other places on our list. We love the vibrancy of her place, the many seating areas, and the sun that pours through every room. The big backyard is a plus, especially for days when you actually want to sit still.
What we love: The art.
Magazine Dreams in Oranjezicht // $1795 per night
Located just outside of Cape Town, Oranjezicht is a place where everyone is living like it’s tryouts for the cover of Martha Stewart Living. With enough space for 10 people it’s an amazing place to call home for a few weeks. We do mean weeks though, this place has a 14 night minimum :/
What we love: The kitchen.
A True Beach House // $104 per night
Scarborough is a town down on the Cape Peninsula and is a great place to stay if you’ll be in the Cape Town Area for at least two weeks and want some true downtime at a more secluded beach. Alan’s house is super dope to us because it has a chalkboard wall in the kitchen, and you know chalkboards are our thing right? (you probably didn’t, but you do know).
What we love: Alan keeps it super real, be sure to close those windows or be met by Baboons.
Phew! That was expansive — with more than 1,000+ listings to choose from and tons of suggestions, coming up with a Best of AirBnB list for CapeTown was exhausting. Be sure to give us a shout (in the form of #tstmkrsafrica on Insta or Twitter) if you end up trying any of these out at our suggestion. One city to go in our series. Stay tuned!
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