The Cape Town CBD is an eternal mishmash of activity and the very core of the city where all business ventures, social outings, and nightly excursions blend into one. With a diverse range of coffee shops, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, theatres, museums, craft markets, shopping malls, and hotels, the Cape Town CBD is the perfect central base from which to explore the Mother City.
The Cape Town central business district is the gateway to all of Cape Town’s major attractions. The V&A Waterfront offers the perfect outing with a shopping mall, various restaurants, the Two Oceans Aquarium, Scratch Patch, and a working harbour where boat trips depart to Clifton and Robben Island.
The city centre also boasts the Table Mountain cableway, the Castle of Good Hope, the Cape Town Stadium, and the Cape Town International Convention Centre. You can also enjoy easy access to Cape Town’s best beaches, including Sea Point, Camps Bay, Clifton, and Llandudno.
The Cape Town CBD has an abundance of quirky coffee shops, unique eateries, beer houses, bars, and restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. Whether you feel like Mexican food or Cape Malay cuisine, you’ll find all this and more.
The CBD is also where all the nightlife happens. Not only are the streets around Long Street full of alternative bars and nightclubs, but it also has much to offer in terms of theatre entertainment. Watch a show at The Fugard Theatre, Artscape, Labia Theatre, or the Alexander Bar Upstairs Theatre.
Explore Parliament Street to see the Houses of Parliament, or visit other museums in the area such as the Cape Town Holocaust Centre, Bo-Kaap Museum, District Six Museum, Cape Town City Hall, South African Jewish Museum, and the South African National Gallery. Various walking tours are also available, such as the Cape Spirit City Walk, Mandela Footsteps to Freedom Walk, and Cape Malay Cooking Tour.
Nature lovers will enjoy the cultivated parks around the city. The Company Gardens are a perfect spot to sit back and enjoy a quiet lunch, surrounded by beautiful flowers and gambolling squirrels. If you’re up for a little shopping, the walking street of St George’s Mall offers all sorts of clothing, food, and shoe boutiques. Greenmarket Square offers the ultimate flea market to pick up a souvenir. The Bo-Kaap, also known as Cape Malay Quarter, is definitely worth a visit with its colourful houses, cobbled streets, and pretty mosques.
Adderley Street is one of the most famous streets in the city centre. Here you will find an abundance of shops, cafés, and flower sellers. Don’t miss a drive along Adderley Street to see the colourful Christmas lights in December.
With easy access to public transport, from the MyCiti bus and reputable taxi services, to the open-top City Sightseeing buses and train routes, the Cape Town CBD is your perfect holiday base to get out and see what the Mother City has to offer.