Grand Parade & Around
Castle of Good Hope
Built by the Dutch between 1666 and 1679 to defend Cape Town, this stone-walled pentagonal castleremains the headquarters for the...
Sacks Futeran Building
For many generations the Futeran family traded soft goods and textiles from these premises and before that part of the building was the...
Clad in rose- and gold-veined black marble and decorated with one of the longest continuous stone friezes in the world (designed by Ivan...
Cape Town City Hall
One of the several venues where the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra , South Africa’s ‘orchestra for all seasons’, plays concerts. The CPO...
The fabulous female team here, stars of the reality TV series Charly’s Cake Angels, make – as they say – ‘mucking afazing’ cupcakes and...
Darling St, City Bowl · interesting places nearby
Grand Parade & Around information
A prime location for Cape Town’s history, the Grand Parade is where the Dutch built their first fort in 1652; slaves were sold and punished; crowds gathered to watch Nelson Mandela’s first address to the nation as a free man after 27 years in jail from the balcony of the Old Town Hall; and the official FIFA fan park for the 2010 World Cup was set up. A market is held on part of the square which is also used for parking.
Facing the parade, the city has allotted R7 million for the renovation of the grand Edwardian Cape Town City Hall , now used occasionally for music and cultural events. Nearby Drill Hall, dating from 1889 and where Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 21st birthday, has been sensitively restored and turned into the city’s Central Library .