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
Palmkloof Penthouse is arguably one of Cape Town’s most stylish private pads, with magnificent views towards Signal Hill from the spacious patio and overlooking Table Mountain from the south side. Décor has been thoughtfully selected with great attention to detail and natural light flows throughout the apartment. A colour scheme that is calming yet refreshing creates a contemporary South African private stay experience for the discerning traveller.
Higgo Bay Villa
Light and elegantly designed with crisp, clean lines, this is Higgo Bay Villa. With an open plan design that maximises the incredible vantage point of the villa and uninterrupted views of the City Bowl through the beautiful pine trees, you’ll feel right at home in this stylish living space.
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