Cape Town Areas
character and colourful houses, many of which are national monuments and date back to the 1750s, with cobbled streets that rise up to meet the lower slopes of Signal Hill on which the suburb lies.
The Bo-Kaap’s inhabitants are a blend of cultures. Not only were these people incorrectly branded as ‘Cape Malays’ but the Bo-Kaap became known, and remains so today, as the Malay Quarter.
There is a strong Muslim influence - more than 90% of the people who live here are Muslim. This is a throwback from the apartheid era when the Bo-Kaap was declared an exclusively Cape Muslim residential area, and people of other religions and ethnicity were forced to leave.
Guided tours through the suburb are particularly interesting and take in local shrines and Mosques.
Cape Malay food has earned a reputation combining fruit, spices, vegetables and meat and can be sampled in a number of traditional restaurants in the area. The Bo-Kaap museum, which presently shows the lifestyle of a typical 19th century Muslim family, is worth a visit, and the CBD is moments away.
Bantry Bay is a suburb of Cape Town situated on the slopes of Lions Head and overlooking a rocky coastline in one of the most exclusive bays on the Atlantic Seaboard. It is also known to be the most wind free suburb of Cape Town and is also an ideal base from which to explore Cape Town due to its central position.
Bantry Bay is within easy reach of Table Mountain and the cableway, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and the city bowl are only 5 minutes away and the suburb has its own deli. For other restaurants and shops head off to Sea Point. The promenade here is great for evening walks.
Staying in the Blouberg area means you are in close proximity to a number of excellent beaches as well as being on the doorstep of the West Coast and its attractions. The Blouberg beaches, with their famous view towards Table Mountain, are extremely popular with watersports enthusiasts - particularly kite surfers and windsurfers.
In Spring the West Coast flowers put on a dazzling display and there are also a number of nature reserves nearby that nature lovers will enjoy. You're still within easy driving distance of the city centre and its attractions, while Canal Walk Mall is around the corner for hours of shopping, restaurants and entertainment.
Camps Bay is a trendy suburb and the most popular amongst tourists. Set against the impressive backdrop of the Twelve Apostles mountain range, Camps Bay beach is one of Cape Town largest and most beautiful beaches.
Camps Bay restaurants and bars line the palm-tree promenade opposite the long stretch of white sand. It is vibey all day and in particular at night when Cape Town’s trendier set, residents and holiday makers want to come out and play, enjoying sundowners and world class food at the many chic sidewalk cafes and bars.
Fondly known as the ‘mother city’, Cape Town lies in the arms of Table Mountain.
The centre of Cape Town is a-buzz, day or night, with a mix of culture, nature and history and an eclectic mix of people. This is the business centre but it’s also a chance to experience South Africa’s past - the South African Museum, the Castle of Good Hope, Company Gardens, Government Avenue and other museums and galleries lining the centre of town.
Long Street is a quirky mix of African curios, antique shops, book shops and a bevy of coffee shops, restaurants and bistros. During peak season, market stalls line some of the avenues near Greenmarket Square and there is an array of art exhibitions that can be visited.
The city centre is compact and small enough to explore in a couple of days. Historical walks around town will help you gain insight into the rich history that contributed to the mix of cultures unique to Cape Town. The nightlife in the city centre is busy with theatre and restaurants offering anything from African to European, fusion to traditional, Eastern to Western, and clubs and music venues.
The upmarket suburb of Clifton lies in one of the most superb settings against the backdrop of Table Mountain. It is a haven for International jetsetters and a very popular destination due to its blue flag status.
Clifton Beach is made up of 4 distinct coves and the beaches are called 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th. When the summer south-easter blows, the Clifton beaches are usually well sheltered from the wind. All of the beaches are accessible via stairs leading down from the road above. In summer, plan to get to the beach early as parking is very limited.
Besides being a popular daytime venue to soak up the sun rays, swim or play beach bats, Clifton beach is also well renowned for evening sundowners and picnics in the presence of one of Cape Town’s magnificent sunsets.
De Waterkant is a modernised rendition of the Bo-Kaap, a trendy area that has maintained, and even accentuated, the colourful, bright semi-detached houses - restoring them into fashionable cottages that, together with the cobbled, tree-lined streets and spectacular views, bring to mind New York’s Greenwich Village and London’s Soho.
The Village of De Waterkant is essentially a business area during the day, where people live, work, lunch and shop, but by night it’s alive with energy and offers some of the city’s best restaurants, wine bars and delis.
From De Waterkant you can walk to the city centre; the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and the Table Mountaincableway are a quick drive away; and the fashionable Atlantic beaches and trendy Atlantic Seaboard suburbs are close at hand to explore.
District 6 lies in the foothills of Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak, with wonderful views, just outside the city centre. But it is marred by a history not easily forgotten by locals, despite land restitution and an attempt to make up for the apartheid government’s misguided policy of segregation.
District 6 Museum, set in the heart of District 6, keeps alive the memories of the district and displaced people everywhere. It is well worth a visit.
Cape Town’s foreshore, which lies on the waterways of Table Bay, adjacent to the VICTORIA & ALFRED Waterfrontwith the city centre behind it, is virtually dominated by the International Convention Centre (CTICC) and a number of prominent hotel chains.
Cape Town's foreshore is at the forefront of development in Cape Town. The hosting of international conferences in the city of Cape Town is on the increase as the city continues as a sought after destination.
The Nico Malan Theatre Centre is home to the Cape Town Philharmonic and Cape Town Performing Arts Board. Access from the foreshore to the heart of the Mother City is excellent. One can walk to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, from where there are a number of tour buses around the city, or walk to the city centre, where an array of historical buildings and an eclectic mix of cultures, restaurants and little avenues, make a day or two of exploring thoroughly enjoyable.
Set on the slopes of Lion’s Head, betweenSea Point and Bantry Bay, Fresnaye is one of Cape Town’s most fashionable residential areas. The fact that Fresnaye is sheltered from the wind makes it one of Cape Town’s most expensive real estate along the Atlantic Seaboard.
The trendy beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton are just up the road, within walking distance. Fresnaye is close to Sea Point’s Main Road with an eclectic offering of shops, bars, clubs and restaurants.
Lying between Oranjezicht and Tamboerskloof, within a stone’s throw of the centre of Cape Town, Gardens is a very popular suburb and one of the oldest and most established parts of Cape Town.
Gardens is situated at the foot of Table Mountain just outside the hustle and bustle of the city here. Houses here have an air of the colonial about them which has resulted in many of these as being given over to guest houses or hotels, whose large rooms with high ceilings and wooden floors are much sought after.
Company Gardens, the oldest garden in South Africa, is just down Government Walk and virtually synonymous with the suburb of Gardens. The gardens are today one of the most botanically interesting city parks in the country.
Trendy Long Street and Kloofstreet are both easily accessible from Gardens and are full of restaurants, coffee shops and bistros offering the full range of gastronomic delights. Gardens is perfectly situated to quickly access the popular Atlantic beaches across KloofNekas well as the Table Mountain cableway and various other highlights like the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the Castle of Good Hope and Cape Town’s various museums and galleries.
Set virtually next door to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfrontin its own bay, the suburb of Granger Bay lies on the Atlantic Ocean with some of the most stunning views of Table Bay and Robben Island.
Granger Bay’s major draw card is its accessibility. The suburb lies only 20 minutes’ from the airport, is minutes from the city or Cape Town's International Conference Centre - providing the business traveller with a number of options - and yet also lies within easy reach of Cape Town’s most trendy beaches and suburbs. Therefore, this suburb is a great choice when looking at accommodation options.
The Green Point Market, held every Sunday in the car park outside the stadium, is one of the largest markets in Cape Town and well worth a visit. And the Sea Point promenade can be accessed from Granger Bay and provides a wonderful walk.
The gay-friendly suburb of Green Point has become one of the trendiest residential areas in Cape Town, particularly since the development of the Cape Quarter, which is a shopping centre found in the heart of Green Point.
Green Point lies between the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and Signal Hill on the Main Road en route to Sea Point. Green Point has a village feel with narrow streets, sidewalk cafes and stylish shops. Many of the homes are Victorian-style restorations with balconies and trellises. Green Point is a vibrant and lively part of Cape Town both night and day, particularly after dark when local pubs, clubs and cabaret restaurants serve as a popular hangout for locals and visitors.
The Green Point Common serves also as the site for the Sunday morning market - one of the largest markets in the mother city with examples of traditional African art pieces, music and crafts.
Higgovale is one of those wonderful suburbs that, as well as being sought after, upper-class and tasteful, has some of the most spectacular views from its situation on the slopes of Table Mountain.
This green and leafy suburb is only moments away from Kloof Street and the many bistros and quirky shops, and Table Mountain National Park is literally on residents’ doorsteps, giving one easy access to nature, and residents the best of both worlds.
Life up here on the slopes is relaxing and quiet and most homes look out over the city and Table Bay, almost around the mountain to Hout Bay, on a good day. Getting to the Atlantic beaches is a quick 10 minute drive, and the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is not only visible from this part of the city, but also easily accessible from here.
The village of Mouille Point, which lies between Granger Bay and Three Anchor Bay just outside the centre of Cape Town, is literally a suburb of apartments overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, RobbenIsland and Lion’s Head. However, it is most famous for its lighthouse, which is actually called the Green Point lighthouse
The golf course, the sea side promenade and the sports and sailing clubs based on the nearby Common have made Mouille Point quite a sought after address. It also has an array of world class restaurants as well as a deli, hair salon and a mix of shops.
Mouille Point is only minutes away from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and the centre of Cape Town with its vibrant Long Street, trendy Kloof Street and the many museums, galleries and restaurants.
Oranjezicht is a stylish little village, lying in the foothills of Table Mountain.
Kloof Street, and the vibey restaurant and café culture, is within walking distance of Oranjezicht. Getting into the city centre is a mere five minutes, surrounded by buildings rich in history, restaurants, bistros and cafés, and various museums and galleries that will keep you entertained for the better part of two days.
Oranjezicht has a popular park, which lis on Upper Orange Road, named De Waal Park which is popular amongst children and dogs.
It’s only 10 minutes’ drive from Oranjezicht to the Table Mountain cableway, just off KloofNek, and over the other side of the mountain are the Cape Town beachesof the Atlantic Ocean - Camps Bay and Clifton - that offer fantastic swimming, people watching and sun bathing opportunities.
This bustling suburb is just outside the city centre between Mouille Point, Green Pointand Bantry Bay. This suburb endures a 24-hour cosmopolitan vibe.
Sea Point is divided by Main Road, with its many shops, takeaways, restaurants, clubs and coffee bars. It hums with activity all day long. Up the slopes of Signal Hill, lie large, private villas whilst in the other direction, lining the famous Sea Point promenade that draws locals and visitors for walking and jogging or just people-watching, are Sea Point’s luxury beachfront and self-catering apartments.
The promenade runs the length of Sea Point’s beachfront, stretchingfrom Bantry Bay to Mouille Point and is particularly a hub of activity during the early mornings or late afternoons. A number of children’s parks run alongside the promenade and there is a chlorinated swimming pool at the pavilion.
Camps Bay and Clifton beach and the city centre and Victoria & Alfred Waterfront are minutes away.
Tamboerskloof lies at the foot of Lion’s Head. It is one of the oldest residential suburbs in Cape Town known for its large, beautiful Victorian-style homes. Gorgeous views of the bay, Lion’s Head and the mountain make this a popular suburb and an easy one in which to base yourself when in Cape Town.
Tamboerskloof is perfectly placed to explore the rest of Cape Town. Kloof Street is a quick walk from Tamboerskloof and known as the city’s ‘restaurant mile’. Browsing the bookshops and antique stores can be as much fun as the sidewalk cafes, which provide hours of entertainment. And Long Street is only 10 minutes’ walk from here.
Three Anchor Bay
Three Anchor Bay lies right between where Green Point and Sea Point meet, just 10 minutes from the city centre of Cape Town. The beautiful upmarket suburb has a little beach which is popular amongst sea kayakers who paddle out from it along the coast to Clifton.
Well-known landmarks that one can walk to fromThree Anchor Bay is the lighthouse as well as Sea Point’s busy promenade. The promenade is never uneventful, whatever the time of day, with people walking, jogging, rollerblading, skate boarding or simply enjoying the views from benches along the seaside walkway.
This little suburb has easy access to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Green Point’s stadium and the Atlantic beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton. There are a wealth of places to visit and things to do, and Three Anchor Bay has some of the trendiest restaurants and pubs in the city.
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
One of Cape Town's biggest tourist attractions. Much of its charm lies in the fact that this busy commercial harbour is set in the midst of a huge entertainment venue with pubs, restaurants, specialty shops, craft markets, theatres and movies.
Situatedin the heart of Cape Town's working harbour, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront has become South Africa's most visited destination. Set against a backdrop of magnificent sea and mountain views, exciting shopping and entertainment venues are intermingled with office locations, world-class hotels and luxury apartments in the residential marina.
Seal-watching is available and visitors to the Two Oceans Aquarium will enjoy a fascinating underwater world. Boat trips around the harbour and along the coast are always popular as well asHelicopter flips for the more adventurous. The Information Centre provides maps and information on special events planned for the day.
Vredehoek, a residential suburb that lies just outside the city centre on the lower slopes of Devil’s Peak.
Staying in Vredehoek offers some of the best views of the city, over the Waterfront, the harbour and Table Mountain, even if the wind seems to blow a little more here. Old Victorian houses share space with popular restaurants and trendy bars, and the suburb’s proximity to the Gardens Centre shopping mall makes stocking up rather easy.
Company Gardens, The National Art Gallery, Museum and Houses of Parliament are all within walking distance, and the Table Mountain cableway is only 10 minutes’ drive from Vredehoek. The city centre is also easily accessible from this peaceful suburb.
Set on the slopes of Devils Peak, with fantastic views out over the harbour, Woodstock is, as many suburbs in Cape Town, divided into two by Main Road - upper Woodstock with its larger, graceful and carefully restored Victorian semi-detached homesand Woodstock proper, which managed to survive the trauma of the Group Areas Act to become a mixed-race suburb associated with crime, litter and dilapidated drug houses. This image has drastically changed and an urban renewal has seen a number of warehouses and Victorian cottages converted into trendy character spaces to encourage commercial investors such as the Neighbour Goods Marketin the refurbished Old Biscuit Mill - an extremely popular Saturday morning meeting place, where buying local food has taken on new meaning.
Staying in Woodstock gives the visitor a real sense of inner-city living, whilst positioning one close to the city centre, bustling Long Street, the museums, galleries, trendy Kloof Street and the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Table Mountain looms in the background and one has a sense of the city as it really is.