Long Street

Lonely Planet review

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 several old mosques, including the Palm Tree Mosque , dating from 1780, as well as the SA Mission Museum , the oldest Mission church in South Africa.

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. Whether you come to browse the antique shops, secondhand bookshops or the street-wear boutiques, or party at the host of bars and clubs that crank up at night, a stroll along Long St is an essential element of a Cape Town visit.