Attractions

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

De Tuynhuis

Dating from 1700, but altered during the British administration of the 19th century when it was the home of the British governor, De Tuynhuis was originally used to accommodate dignitaries of the VOC not housed at t…
Notable Building in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Houses of Parliament

A tour around parliament is fascinating, especially if you’re interested in the country’s modern history. Opened in 1885, the hallowed halls have seen some pretty momentous events; this is where British Prime Minist…
Notable Building in Green Point & ­Waterfront

Robinson Dry Dock

One of the Waterfront's most fascinating sights is this large dry dock, opened in 1882 and still used to repair ships today. Named after Governor Sir Hercules Robinson, it was used to repair over 300 ships during WW…
Notable Building in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Centre for the Book

This grand domed Edwardian building first opened in 1913 as the headquarters of the now-defunct University of Good Hope. More recently it has become an annexe of the National Library of South Africa. Pop inside to a…
Architecture in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Market House

The most elaborate example of art deco architecture on Greenmarket Sq, this building has majestic stone-carved eagles and flowers on its facade as well as balconies.
Architecture in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Protea Assurance Building

This dazzling white art deco building fronting onto Greenmarket Sq was built in 1928 and renovated in 1990.
Architecture in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Heritage Square

This beautiful collection of Cape Georgian and Victorian buildings was saved from the wrecking ball in 1996. As well as a hotel and several cafes and restaurants, you'll also find a vine that has been growing in the…
Notable Building in Green Point & ­Waterfront

Breakwater Prison

Today it's Cape Town's Graduate School of Business, but in the past this complex housed thousands of prisoners whose hard labour helped build the V&A harbour. Look out for graffiti carved by convicts in an old s…