Cape Town area guide

Tour Mother City from its dramatic coastline to the iconic Table Mountain

Cape Town area guide The colourful Bo-Kaap, aka District 2 - © Jurie Senekal/Time Out
By Lisa van Aswegen

City Bowl

Sitting between Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the south, the City Bowl is the city’s hub. Its backbone is Long Street, home to numerous shops and bars. Cafés, art galleries and nightclubs co-exist happily in the city centre, while the Company’s Gardens provides much-needed green space and is surrounded by many of the city’s museums. The neighbouring mountains oversee Cape Town in spectacular fashion.

Atlantic Seaboard

Stretching from the shopper’s haven of the V&A Waterfront all the way to secluded Llandudno – with Cape Town’s hottest beaches, such as Clifton and Camps Bay, in between – the Atlantic Seaboard happily mixes gritty Sea Point street life with glitzy Camps Bay partying. This is the place to don your designer shades and watch the sun set over the ocean.

Southern Suburbs

Further south on the Cape Peninsula lie the leafy, affluent suburbs of Constantia and Newlands, with the spectacular Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens and the wine farms of Constantia the major attractions.

Southern Peninsula

Cape Town’s deep south boasts Cape Point and the charming seaside villages of Kalk Bay, Simon’s Town and Hout Bay. Warmer waters to the west make these beaches ideal for a day of swimming and enjoying local seafood.

Northern Suburbs

The views of Table Mountain from Milnerton and Table View are simply perfect. The beaches at both Table View and Blouberg Strand are notoriously windy, making them popular with windsurfers and kite flyers. Further inland lies the ’burb of Durbanville, with its wine farms, and beyond are the Winelands towns of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek.

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