Where to Stay in Cape Town

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Areas to Stay in Cape Town

Cape Town at a Glance

Living in Cape Town, or the ‘Mother City’, can be a dream come true for everyone. Whether you’re an avid traveler looking for the perfect vacation, or you’d like to settle in Cape Town for a bit longer, the city has a diverse range of neighborhoods which will all take your breath away. With Table Mountain as the backdrop, Cape Town boasts beautiful beaches, an attractive city center, and a very vivid, cosmopolitan atmosphere. A few of the neighborhoods are stylish and surprisingly affordable.

The wealth of Cape Town comes from the vast gold reserves, which consists of 50% of the world’s reserves as well as being one of the world’s leading producers of diamonds, including the rare 25.5 carat blue diamond. Learn about the history of the slave trade and colonisation, hike up Table Mountain and take in the view, head out of town on a safari, meet some penguins, or enjoy some of the finest South African wines at any one of the bars and restaurants with magnificent views over the bay. If you are in Cape Town on the first Thursday of every month then you are in luck, galleries and boutiques open their doors until late!

Cape Town Neighborhoods

  • City Bowl

    lively both by day and night, historical and cultural museums are found here

  • Waterfront

    great for sunsets, tourists' favorite!

  • De Waterkant

    the gay scene, bohemian cafes, bars and delis

  • Sea Point

    along the coast parallel to the beaches, sporty area!

  • Camps Bay

    where the young, glitzy crowd cluster to sunbathe and have sundowners

  • Bo-Kaap

    explosion of history, culture and color

This guide only covers highlights. View all neighborhoods of Cape Town