Cape Town in detail

Where to Stay

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City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De WaterkantIdeal for exploring the city on foot, with plenty of transport to other regions. Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant have characterful guesthouses and hotels.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 CorridorThese edgy, slowly gentrifying areas have hip urban vibes. Great restaurants, lots of microbreweries.Safety can still be an issue; short on both greenery and beaches.
Gardens & SurroundsLots of lovely boutique guesthouses; easy access to Table Mountain.The hikes up and down the hills will keep you fit; pack earplugs for the howling wind factor.
Green Point & WaterfrontDirect access to V&A Waterfront; breezy promenade walks and Green Point Park.Coping with the crowds at the Waterfront.
Sea Point to Hout BayGood seaside bases. Camps Bay is one of the city’s ritziest suburbs. Hout Bay is handy for both Atlantic Coast beaches and Constantia Vineyards.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 SuburbsLeafy and upmarket areas; near Kirstenbosch and vineyards of Constantia.No beaches; city-centre sights are a drive away.
Simon’s Town & Southern PeninsulaGood 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.Nearly an hour’s drive from the City Bowl. Lack of big-city atmosphere and attractions.
Cape Flats & Northern SuburbsClose to airport and on way to Stellenbosch. Firsthand experience of black African culture.Cape Flats suffers wind and dust storms. The surrounding poverty. Distance from city centre. Safety issues after dark.