With its luxurious restaurants, fancy hotels, distinctive diners, pop-up shops, niche bars and colourful street vendors, the Cape Town City Bowl is a bustling hive of activity that offers something for everyone.
The surrounding mountains of Signal Hill, Lion’s Head, Table Mountain, and Devil’s Peak turn the suburbs of the City Bowl into a natural amphitheatre shape. Besides the vibrant business hub of the city, there are peaceful residential suburbs such as Tamboerskloof, Higgovale, Gardens, and Vredehoek, and the hip neighbourhood of Woodstock.
- Cape Town’s City Hall is a beautiful historic building and also the site of Nelson Mandela's first public speech hours after his release from prison
- Venture to the Old Biscuit Mill for loads of exploring - book well in advance to dine at The Test Kitchen or wander around the Neighbourgoods Market on a Saturday
- Signal Hill, Lions Head, Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak surround the CBD and offer excellent hiking routes.
The residential areas are set against the slopes of the surrounding mountains and tend to have tree-lined avenues and beautiful parks. The peace and quiet of these areas is juxtaposed with the vibrant streets of shops and restaurants. It's the best of both worlds with utterly idyllic calm in certain areas and pulsating nightlife in others.
From here the rest of Cape Town is within easy reach. Whether venturing to the beaches of the Atlantic Seaboard, needing a day of retail therapy and activities at the V&A Waterfront, exploring the most south western corner of the continent at Cape Point, or touring the winelands, access is completely convenient in any direction.
A look around the City Bowl's historic buildings, high-rise apartments, bustling business centres, and market squares allows you to experience the rich history that makes the Mother City a cultural melting pot.View other areas >
Here are some places to stay in this area
Signal Cliff Penthouse
CBD & Surrounds, Tamboerskloof
Located high up against the slopes of Signal Hill, this beautifully renovated penthouse apartment is afforded boundless and utterly majestic views of Table Mountain. From this spectacular vantage point the status as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature is even more understandable.
Take advantage of this privileged viewpoint by soaking in the ever-changing landscape that graciously accepts its cue from season, weather, and time of day. During warm weather stays the amazing sunsets against the mountain backdrop can be savoured on the deck with doors flung wide open, while in colder weather the fire warms up the room and the large windows frame the dynamic artwork before you.
House in the Glen
CBD & Surrounds, Higgovale
Stylish and spacious, this beautiful Higgovale villa has Table Mountain as a backdrop with the city laid out before it. Designed with space and light in mind plus a constant focus on indoor-outdoor flow, the villa is ideal for relaxing and socialising with family and friends.
CBD & Surrounds, Gardens
This charming Mother City apartment has an impressive view of the famed Table Mountain as well as views out across the city. It is ideally located for a convenient stay with easy access to the entire Cape Peninsula.