Observatory is an up-and-coming vibey suburb about one kilometre from the city centre. Frequented by the hip and trendy, it is also one of the best places in Cape Town steeped in history and culture. In Observatory you’ll find many of the city’s top coffee shops like Bootlegger’s and Tribe, as well as a number of antique and vintage clothing stores. It is also home to some of the best Cape Town nightlife with live music and candle-lit bars being the favourites of the weekend crowds. Because of its youthful nature and welcoming ambience, you’ll find great hostels in Cape Town in this area plus spacious apartments.
A delight for the senses, Bo-Kaap looks down on the city centre from its colourful and historically rich architecture. The centre of Cape Malay culture, Bo-Kaap is the best area to stay in Cape Town for a truly unique experience. The suburb is home to South Africa’s first Muslim mosque, and you can learn more about it at the Bo-Kaap Museum. It’s also within walking distance to the heart of the city. For beautiful sights, aromatic smells and authentic tastes like no other, Bo-Kaap is the best place in Cape Town to be.
3. Hout Bay
Hout Bay is the suburbs of the seaside. This quiet, laidback area is a short drive along the coastline from the city, and not only offers some of best beaches in Cape Town nearby, but is also perfect for a romantic getaway or family holiday. In Hout Bay you’ll find the Hout Bay Market as well as Clay Cafe – both very popular attractions for a weekend activity! There are some great self-catering accommodation options in this area as well as cosy guesthouses and upmarket hotels. The 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa is right next door to Hout Bay, and perfect for a visit with unbeatable mountainous views.
2. Sea Point
The affluent suburb of Sea Point sits on Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard. A short drive from the city centre, this seaside area offers a great selection of trendy restaurants and bars, nightlife and close proximity to Cape Town tourist attractions. You’ll also find some of the best hotels in Cape Town in Sea Point such as The Glen Boutique Hotel and Hotel on the Promenade. Also look out for the sea-facing apartments that are popular in this stretch of town. A must-do in Sea Point is a cycle along the promenade with Up Cycles with a stop at The Creamery for some of the best ice cream in the city!
1. City Bowl
There is so much on offer in this Cape Town area! Cape Town’s Central Business District – known as the City Bowl – is the best place in Cape Town to be in the hub of Mother City life. From a buzzing Cape Town nightlife to a number of historic sites and museums on your doorstep, the City Bowl stands out as one of the best areas to stay in Cape Town for all types of holiday makers. In this area you’ll have easy access to places such as the famous V&A Waterfront and the historically hip Long Street. Don’t miss out on enjoying high tea or a stay at the best hotel in Cape Town in this area – the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel.