Attractions

Top Choice Gardens in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Company’s Garden

These shady green gardens, which started as the vegetable patch for the Dutch East India Company, are a lovely place to relax. They are planted with a fine collection of botanical specimens from South Africa and the…
Top Choice Area in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Bo-Kaap

Meaning ‘Upper Cape’, the Bo-Kaap, with its vividly painted low-roofed houses, many of them historic monuments, strung along narrow cobbled streets, is one of the most photographed sections of the city. Initially a …
Architecture in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Mutual Heights

Clad in rose- and gold-veined black marble, Mutual Heights is the most impressive of the City Bowl’s collection of art deco structures. The facade is decorated with one of the longest continuous stone friezes in the…
Square in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Greenmarket Square

This cobbled square is Cape Town’s second-oldest public space after the Grand Parade. It hosts a lively and colourful crafts and souvenir market daily. Apart from the Old Town House, the square is also surrounded by…
Cathedral in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

St George’s Cathedral

Known as the People’s Cathedral, this was one of the few places of worship that was open to people of all races during apartheid. Classical concerts are sometimes held here; see the website for details as well as ti…
Museum in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Iziko Slave Lodge

Dating back to 1660, the Slave Lodge is one of the oldest buildings in South Africa. Once home to as many as 1000 slaves, the lodge has a fascinating history; it has also been used as a brothel, a jail, a mental asy…
Architecture in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Long Street

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 th…
Square in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Grand Parade

A prime location for Cape Town’s history, the Grand Parade is where the Dutch built their first fort in 1652; where slaves were sold and punished; and where crowds gathered to watch Nelson Mandela’s first address to…
Museum in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Castle of Good Hope

Built by the Dutch between 1666 and 1679 to defend Cape Town, this stone-walled pentagonal castle remains the headquarters for the Western Cape military command. There are free guided tours of the site (11am, noon a…
Memorial in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Prestwich Memorial

Construction in 2003 along nearby Prestwich St unearthed many skeletons. These were the unmarked graves of slaves and others executed by the Dutch in the 17th and 18th centuries on what was then known as Gallows Hil…