Scenic Platteklip Gorge
One of the most well known and straight forward hikes up Table Mountain is Platteklip Gorge. This steep canyon goes pretty much straight up the main face overlooking the city of Cape Town.
A very nice addition to this hike is a short section of the contour path from the lower cable way station to the start of the gorge. (The contour path wraps around this, the North face and continues right around the Eastern slopes to Constantia Nek. This full distance is a days hike on its own)
From Tafelberg rd, you had up the steep steps behind the cable car to the contour path. Once on the contour path you hike for about 45 minutes just below the rock bands on a mainly flat path. Not only are the views incredible but there are many features of the rock face that are interesting such as a couple of waterfalls and one section where you actually walk behind the waterfall.