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The City Bowl and V&A Waterfront

The City Bowl and V&A Waterfront

Historic and modern, classic and contemporary, the city centre of Cape Town is vibrant, entertaining and cosmopolitan. Nestled in a bowl created by the iconic Table Mountain flanked by Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head, this lively city centre offers an abundance of attractions.

The centre of Cape Town, known as the City Bowl is relatively small when compared with other global cities. Historic, colonial-era and modern buildings, residential and business properties sit side by side on a grid that slopes down from the foot of the iconic Table Mountain to edge of Table Bay. It is vibrant, well-functioning City centre that offers a myriad of attractions and activities. The highly popular V&A Waterfront is situated at the working port, and offers excellent accommodation and dining, shopping and entertainment.

Highlights include:

• Table Mountain, a New7Wonder of the World – the summit can be reached via the cableway or hiking trails
• The noonday gun and viewpoints on top of Signal Hill, as well as hikes to the summit of Lion’s Head
• Historic Company Gardens, Houses of Parliament and South African National Gallery
• South African Museum and Planetarium
• District Six Museum, Cape Town City Hall and the historic Castle of Good Hope
• The Malay Quarter, known as the Bo-Kaap on the foot of Signal Hill, and the Bo-Kaap Museum
• Long Street with its trendy bars, restaurants, shops and historic Baths
• Greenmarket Square, St George’s Mall and Adderley Street
• V&A Waterfront with its abundance of restaurants, bars and cafés; shops; the Two Oceans Aquarium, a wide variety of harbour and ocean cruises and the Nelson Mandela Gateway to the Robben Island Museum, a World Heritage Site
• Chic-lifestyle shopping and eating out at Te Waterkant and the cosmopolitan café and club culture of Green Point

Our professionally guided Cape Town Day Tours, Cape Town Experiences, Cape Town Adventures and Cape Town Getaways will help you make the most of your visit.