The Heartbeat of the City

Under the watchful eye of the majestic Table Mountain, on her descending slopes, lies the bustling City Bowl area of Cape Town, the so-called heartbeat of the city.

At the top of the mountain slopes a clutter of stunning residential properties and boutique hotels boast magnificent views of the city and Table Mountain. It is from up here that Kloof St begins to meander its way down towards the city centre, flanked by a myriad bars and restaurants. This part of the city exudes a certain café style culture making it an excellent base from which to explore. Backtrack for only a mile or two and you’ll find yourself on the famous Cape Town beaches – only ten minutes outside the city but completely removed from it.

Kloof St eventually meets Long Street, a vibrant thoroughfare running downhill towards the city centre and Waterfront area of town. During the day, Long Street bustles as Capetonians make their way through their daily business. The cafes and restaurants bustle with life. At night, particularly at the weekends, Long Street bursts into life as Cape Town comes out to party. There is nearly always an amazing buzz around Long Street on a Friday and Saturday evening and this is well worth taking in if you are in the mood to party.

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Greenmarket Square, at the heart of the City Bowl, is a bustling market area packed full of hawkers selling anything from cheap watches to boutique African antiques. The square is worth a visit even if it’s just to soak up the vibrant atmosphere.

However, it’s not only shops, markets, bars and restaurants that make the City Bowl so fascinating. The City has managed to retain the majority of its original 19th Century architecture. Strolling through the various streets winding their way up from the fore-shore towards the mountain, it’s easy to imagine the City in its rich historical past.

Cape Town is a cosmopolitan city with different influences as diverse as European, African, Malaysian and Indian and the City Bowl encapsulates this unique blend perhaps more than any other part of the Mother City. The City’s history is captured in the many museums and sights of interest dotted around the city bowl. We particularly recommend the Jewish and South African Museums. Perhaps take these in after a leisurely stroll through the exquisite Company’s Gardens, a great place in which to get your bearings of the City Bowl.

Please ask one of our Travels Experts about the wide range of boutique accommodation within the City Bowl area; we highly recommend this part of Cape Town as a base from which to get the best out of your stay in the Mother City.

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Fast Facts

The lively little grey squirrels that delight visitors to the Company’s Garden are indigenous to North America. They were introduced to Cape Town in the 1890’s by Cape Premier Cecil Rhodes and bred so freely that they soon became familiar residents of the forests and parks in the city.

Insider Information
  • A stroll down Long Street on a Friday or Saturday evening is certainly an eye-opener with its bustling bars, restaurants and clubs.
  • Go shopping in Greenmarket square for arts and crafts- prepare to haggle!
  • The Jewish Museum is well worth a visit with a wide range of interesting exhibits on show.

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  • Cape Town’s City Bowl area hosts a number of excellent drinking spots and eateries.
  • Bars and restaurants can be found along the course of Kloof Street, leading down into Long street, catering for those wanting a fine dining experience (Manolos for example) to a group of friends out to party (The Dubliner pub is a surefire start to any evening!).

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