Cape Town for Digital Nomads

Your Ultimate Guide to Remote Work in Cape Town

Why workation in Cape Town:

  • โœ…Vibrant tech scene & ample coworking spaces
  • โœ…Stunning natural landscapes & outdoor activities
  • โœ…Rich cultural experiences & world-class cuisine

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Great destination for:

๐Ÿšตโ€โ™€๏ธ adventure | ๐Ÿ–๏ธ beach | ๐ŸŒ„ mountains | ๐ŸŽจ culture | ๐ŸŒณ nature | ๐Ÿฅพ hiking&walking | ๐Ÿฆ’ safari | ๐Ÿธ nightlife | ๐Ÿ™๏ธ city break | ๐Ÿ” food & drink | ๐Ÿ˜Ž great for singles | ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž great for couples | ๐Ÿšผ child-friendly | ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธsafe for solo travellers

The local vibe in Cape Town

Cape Town pulses with a laid-back yet vibrant energy. Nestled between mountains and ocean, its streets are a mix of modern buzz and historical depth. You'll find surfers chasing waves, artists capturing beauty, and locals savoring the world-renowned wine and food scene. The air carries a blend of languages and the scent of braais. Sunsets paint the sky as Table Mountain watches over, reminding everyone of nature's majesty amidst the city's lively hum. It's a place where every moment feels like a discovery.

Pros & Cons of Cape Town for digital nomads

Pros Cons
โœ… Affordable cost of living โŒ Safety concerns
โœ… High-quality Internet โŒ Safety for diverse groups
โœ… Rich recreational and cultural activities โŒ Seasonal weather variations
โœ… Pleasant climate conditions โŒ Air quality issues
โœ… Welcoming community โŒ Business environment challenges
โœ… High-quality healthcare โŒ Smoking prevalence
โœ… Freedom of speech and stable political climate โŒ Population density and urban crowding
โœ… Minimal language barriers โŒ Road safety issues

Key travel details for Cape Town

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โŒš Time difference
UTC +2 hours
๐Ÿ›œ Internet speed
Fast 47 Mb/s
๐Ÿ’‰ Recommended travel vaccinations
๐Ÿงญ Travel advice (U.S. Department of State)
๐ŸŸจ Exercise Increased Caution

Our favorite cafรฉs with good Wi-Fi & workspaces

All cafรฉs recommended by us are certified laptop-friendly.

#1 choice
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Bootlegger Coffee Company

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โœ… Free Fast Wifi

โœ… Handy plug points

โœ… Great coffee and tasty food

Mon-Fri: 7:30 AM- 10:00 PM | Sat-Sun: 7:30 AM- 10:00 PM

What to expect when working remotely in Cape Town

Nestled between the majestic Table Mountain and the glistening Atlantic Ocean, Cape Town, South Africa is not just a feast for the eyes but a haven for digital nomads. This city, with its breathtaking landscapes and vibrant street life, offers the perfect blend of inspiration and relaxation, making it an ideal spot for those looking to merge work with exploration.

The heart of Cape Town's appeal to digital nomads lies in its array of cozy coworking spaces, buzzing cafes, and a strong sense of community among remote workers. Beyond just a place to plug in your laptop, Cape Town invites you to immerse in a culture rich with diversity and history, promising a workation that's as enriching as it is productive.

Cape Town's workation score

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๐Ÿšถ Walkability
๐Ÿ˜„ Happiness
๐Ÿธ Nightlife
๐Ÿ˜ Fun
๐Ÿ™Š English speaking

A glimpse of life in Cape Town

What fellow nomads say about Cape Town

"This place should be number 1 on the Nomad list. Can't understand why the internet score is so low! We have anywhere from 100mbps upload and download in most cafes to 550mbps up and download in our apartment! The internet is blazing fast! The cost of living is amazing compared to places like Mexico which are getting so expensive. I would say it is on par with COL in Canggu. The people are super friendly, the food is incredible and cheap! The view and the endless amount of things to do will blow your mind. The weather is IMO one of the best in the world between November and April. We stayed in Sea Point, Die Waterkant, and Camps Bay and felt completely safe here. Obviously like most places. Don't walk to bad places at night, stick with the crowds and you'll be fine. Have fun in Cape Town๐ŸŒž"

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"I stayed in Cape Town for 3 months in late 2021 and loved every minute of it. We rented a villa in Camps Bay = the BEST suburb ever. I felt like I was on a tropical island with the beach on one side and the mountain with a ton of glorious walks on the other. Internet speed was great, unlimited fiber with up to 100mbps. We mostly cooked at home as the grocery store was within walking distance, but the restaurants in Cape Town are so good - and so cheap too. Crime wasn't a problem, we never felt unsafe, but we're all streetwise so we wouldn't just go stupid walking somewhere or do stupid things to get attention. Crime in Camps Bay is non-violent, mostly petty crime. I will make this a regular stop on my nomadic work trip."

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"I lived in Cape Town for 5 months and loved it. The work life balance is fantastic, after work there is the beach or there are countless options for walking or hiking, all accessible from the middle of the city. Wifi is so so, but never had a problem working with a sim card / mobile phone hotspot as a backup. So many great restaurants and coffee shops. I mostly worked from coffee shops, but there are also many co-working spaces. Security is an issue, yes, but you just have to be smart (i.e. don't walk alone in the dark, don't blink your valuables). I have my own pepper spray and always carried it with me, but I am more vulnerable as a woman alone. The best areas to stay in are Sea Point and Green Point. I have a German salary and found it quite cheap. The people are super friendly. For me it is one of the nicest cities in the world and I will definitely go back."

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Daily Budget for Cape Town

Hostel: $10-$25 per night
Guesthouse/Private Room: $25-$50 per night
Hotel: $40-$150 per night
Food and Drinks
Local Eats: $4-$10
International Cuisine: $8-$25
Wine at a Bar: $3-$8
Coffee at a Cafe: $1-$4
Public Transport: $0.75-$2 per trip
Taxi/Rideshare (short distance): $4-$12
Car Rental (daily): $20-$40
Activities and Sightseeing
Table Mountain Cableway: $10-$25
Robben Island Tour: $20-$50
Beach: Free-$10 (for rentals)
Souvenirs: $3-$25
SIM Card with Data: $5-$20
Total daily budget: $50-$180

Travel tips for exploring Cape Town

How to Get There

Upon arriving at Cape Town International Airport, the most convenient transportation options to the city center include taking a licensed taxi, booking a rideshare service like Uber, or renting a car for more flexibility during your stay. For a smooth journey, consider booking your ride in advance or using the official taxi services available at the airport to avoid any hassles.

Greeting Phrases

While English is widely spoken in Cape Town, greeting locals in Afrikaans brings a personal touch. Here are some common phrases:

  • Good morning - Goeie mรดre
  • Good afternoon - Goeie middag
  • Good evening - Goeienaand
  • Hello - Hallo
  • Thank you - Dankie

FAQ Cape Town

How crowded is Cape Town?

Cape Town is a bustling city with a mix of tourists and locals. The city center and tourist attractions can get quite crowded, especially during the peak summer months from December to February. However, there are always quieter spots to be found if you explore beyond the main areas.

What is the nightlife like in Cape Town?

The nightlife in Cape Town is vibrant and diverse, with something for everyone. From chic rooftop bars and beach clubs to cozy pubs and world-class nightclubs, the city comes alive at night. Areas like Long Street, Camps Bay, and the V&A Waterfront are popular for an evening out.

What kinds of people can I expect to see in Cape Town?

Cape Town is a cultural melting pot, home to a diverse mix of ethnicities and nationalities. You'll encounter a broad spectrum of people, from local Capetonians of various cultural backgrounds to tourists from around the globe. The city's rich history and vibrant contemporary culture are reflected in its people.

Are there healthy eating options available in Cape Town?

Yes, Cape Town is well-known for its health-conscious lifestyle, and there are plenty of healthy eating options available. Many restaurants and cafes offer a range of organic, vegan, and vegetarian dishes, along with fresh seafood and locally sourced ingredients.

Is Cape Town pedestrian-friendly?

Many areas of Cape Town, especially the city center, V&A Waterfront, and Sea Point Promenade, are pedestrian-friendly with well-maintained sidewalks and pedestrian zones. However, some areas outside the city center may lack infrastructure for pedestrians, so it's advisable to use caution and public transport or taxis.

Does Cape Town experience frequent power outages? How long do they last?

Cape Town, like many parts of South Africa, experiences load shedding, which are planned power outages to reduce electricity consumption. The frequency and duration can vary, ranging from a few hours to longer periods, depending on the national power grid's status. It's advisable to check the current load shedding schedule and plan accordingly.

What is the natural environment like in Cape Town?

Cape Town is renowned for its stunning natural beauty. The city is set against the backdrop of Table Mountain and surrounded by pristine beaches and the Atlantic Ocean. The Cape Floral Region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a unique and biodiverse environment with thousands of plant species. From mountain hikes to beachfront strolls, Cape Town's natural environment is both diverse and accessible.

Is it easy to access other destinations from Cape Town?

Yes, Cape Town is well-connected and serves as a gateway to many other destinations in South Africa and beyond. The Cape Town International Airport offers domestic and international flights, while the city's roads and highways make it easy to explore the Western Cape and other regions by car. Additionally, there are luxury trains like the Blue Train and Rovos Rail for those looking to travel in style.

Map of Cape Town

The weather in Cape Town


Rainy days -- peak tourist season

7-Day weather forecast in Cape Town


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โœ… Local emergency number 10111 (Police), 10177 (Ambulance)
โœ… Best hospital Groote Schuur Hospital | Main Rd, Observatory, Cape Town, 7925 | +27 21 404 9111
โœ… U.S. embassy 2 Reddam Ave, Steenberg, Cape Town, 7945 | +27 21 702 7300

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