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
Bath Street is a modern conversion of a traditional smaller residence, designed to soak up all that is good about Cape Town. Neatly located between Kloof neck and Kloof street, the elevated position makes for the perfect City escape with a view. The house is in close proximity to all the city highlights, beaches, restaurants and shopping, neatly nestled below Table Mountain and Signal Hill.
Décor has been expertly curated to create a serene space that is modern yet comfortable. A perfect getaway for the yuppy or laid-back traveller
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.