Long Street

sights / Architecture

Long Street information

Location
Cape Town , South Africa
Address
Long St
City Bowl
Getting there
Bus: Dorp/Leeuwen
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A stroll along Long St is an essential element of a Cape Town visit. This busy commercial and nightlife thoroughfare, partly lined with Victorian-era buildings featuring lovely wrought-iron balconies, once formed the border of the Muslim Bo-Kaap. Along it you’ll find the Palm Tree Mosque , dating from 1780, the SA Mission Museum , the oldest Mission church in South Africa, and the city's newest public art installation Open House Cape Town .

By the 1960s, the street had fallen into disrepute and it remained that way until the late 1990s, when savvy developers realised the street’s potential. The most attractive section runs from the junction with Buitensingel St north to around Strand St. By day browse the antique shops, second-hand bookshops or the street-wear boutiques; by night party at the host of bars and clubs that line the strip.