Guidebooks for Cape Town from all the major travel publishers are listed below. Links to Amazon (UK, US and Canadian stores), Waterstones (UK) and selected publisher websites allow you to purchase the guidebooks online at best value with one simple click (individual chapter downloads are also available for selected Lonely Planet titles). Before choosing your title, check our buying guide to see the types of guidebooks available or click on the publisher logos below.

City Guidebooks for Cape Town

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Insight Cape Town - City Guide

City Guides

With their user-friendly rounded spine and portable size, Insight City Guides are a pleasure to handle. They're a joy to use, too, because they present a city's main attractions and cultural context in a strikingly visual style while retaining Insight Guides' traditional strength of in-depth and elegantly written text. These are cities seen through the eyes of local writers who know what it's like to live there, not just visit. As well as providing a wealth of travel tips for visitors, Insight City Guides also offer real insight into the destinations' history, culture, politics, arts and, above all, the people.

Cape Town - City Guide

Feb 2011 (current ed.)
256 pages


Frommer's Cape Town Day by Day

Day by Day

These attractively priced, four-color guides offer dozens of neighborhood and thematic tours, complete with hundreds of photos and bulleted maps that lead the way from sight to sight. Day by Days are the only guides that help travelers organize their time to get the most out of a trip.

Cape Town Day by Day

Nov 2009 (1st ed.)
184 pages

Author(s): Lizzie Williams

Insight Cape Town - Smart Guide

Smart Guides

Smart Guide’s unique and innovative A-Z format allows you to plan your trip according to your personal taste. Area overviews conveniently highlight the best each district has to offer helping you set priorities for your holiday. Packed with authoritative, easy-to-access information, the themed headings cover over 400 amazing things to see and do. Including architecture, bars, cafes, churches, fashion, hotels, museums, nightlife, restaurants, shopping, theatre and much more for a truly tailor-made, individual travel experience. 

Cape Town - Smart Guide

Jan 2009 (current ed.)
144 pages


Berlitz Cape Town Pocket Guide

Pocket Guides

Our new-style Berlitz Pocket Guides are packed with all the information you need to get the most from your visit. Small in size, but big on content, they cover all the sights and attractions, as well as giving helpful tips on hotels, eating out, shopping, outdoor activities, nightlife and much more. They also feature a wealth of beautiful photographs that capture the essence of the destination. Berlitz Pocket Guides are available for well over 150 destinations worldwide.

Cape Town Pocket Guide

Sep 2011 (current ed.)
144 pages


DK_Eyewitness_Travel Cape Town and the Winelands - Top 10

DK Top 10s

Covering over 66 destinations, including Paris, New York, Bangkok and St. Petersburg, Top 10 Travel Guides are the UK’s number one city guide series. Perfect for travellers taking a short trip or weekend break, these pocket-sized guides highlight the very best of every destination with the help of dozens of Top 10 lists. Every new title and edition now comes with a handy pull-out map and guide to help you get straight to the best things to see, do, buy, taste, avoid and much more.

Cape Town and the Winelands - Top 10

Jul 2014 (current ed.)
128 pages


Insight Cape Town - Pocket Guide

Pocket Guides

Insight Pocket Guides pioneered a new approach to guidebooks, introducing the concept of authors as "local hosts" who provide readers with personal recommendations for places to see and things to do, just as they would give honest advice to a friend who came to stay. Itineraries are carefully chosen and timed, including full- and half-day options and excursions to cater for all tastes. And to make things really easy, itineraries are cross-referenced to a large fold-out map that folds neatly into the book. The graphic photography brings the destination to life.

Cape Town - Pocket Guide

Nov 2005 (current ed.)
120 pages


Lonely_Planet Cape Town City Guide

City Guides

If you really want to spend a bit of time in one city and get the most out of your stay, a city guide's your best bet - part history, part planning and filled with expert recommendations. Book some accommodation, plan a day trip, get the lowdown on public transport - all the stuff you need to really get to grips with the city.

Cape Town City Guide

Oct 2012 (7th ed.)

Author(s): Simon Richmond, Lucy Corne

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