Where to Stay

City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

For

Ideal for exploring the city on foot, with plenty of transport to other regions. Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant have characterful guesthouses and hotels.

Against

No beaches. City Bowl is dead on Sundays, when most businesses close. Mosques in the Bo-Kaap and the nightlife of De Waterkant can disturb peace and tranquillity.

East City Corridor

For

These edgy, slowly gentrifying areas have hip urban vibes. Great restaurants, lots of microbreweries.

Against

Safety can still be an issue; short on both greenery and beaches.

Gardens & Surrounds

For

Lots of lovely boutique guesthouses; easy access to Table Mountain.

Against

The hikes up and down the hills will keep you fit; pack earplugs for the howling wind factor.

Green Point & Waterfront

For

Direct access to V&A Waterfront; breezy promenade walks and Green Point Park.

Against

Coping with the crowds at the Waterfront.

Sea Point to Hout Bay

For

Good seaside bases. Camps Bay is one of the city’s ritziest suburbs. Hout Bay is handy for both Atlantic Coast beaches and Constantia Vineyards.

Against

Sea Point has its grungy areas; the popularity of Camps Bay pushes up prices and the crowd factor. From Hout Bay it’s a longish drive to main city-centre sights.

Southern Suburbs

For

Leafy and upmarket areas; near Kirstenbosch and vineyards of Constantia.

Against

No beaches; city-centre sights are a drive away.

Simon’s Town & Southern Peninsula

For

Good for families and surfers wanting nice beaches; vibey village atmosphere. Simon’s Town is historic and has easy access to quiet beaches and the rugged landscapes of Cape Point.

Against

Nearly an hour’s drive from the City Bowl. Lack of big-city atmosphere and attractions.

Cape Flats & Northern Suburbs

For

Close to airport and on way to Stellenbosch. Firsthand experience of black African culture.

Against

Cape Flats suffers wind and dust storms. The surrounding poverty. Distance from city centre. Safety issues after dark.