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arrange a Gospel Tour, which includes a church service in the township and lunch at a local restaurant. If shopping is on your agenda, head to Canal Walk ( www.canalwalk.co.za/home.html), a mall comprised of local and international chain stores and an Afri-Bazaar, featuring clothing and crafts from local vendors. For nightlife, don’t miss Long Street, in Cape Town’s downtown area, for bustling clubs, pubs and pop in to browse at some of Long Street’s local art galleries.

As a testament to Cape Town’s popularity, the number of visitors has steadily increased over the last few years, yet Cape Town effortlessly retains its quiet charm and sophistication. The added bonus of the strong dollar to rand exchange rate and fewer crowds in their fall season, means Cape Town should be on everybody’s bucket list this summer.

How to get there: South African Airways offers daily non-stop flights from New York’s JFK and Washington, Dulles airports to Johannesburg. Cape Town is a 90 minute flight from Johannesburg.

Where to stay: The Twelve Apostles Hotel

Tour operators: Escape to the Cape

Lisa Bonner is an entertainment lawyer with offices in New York City. Follow Lisa on Twitter @lisabonner