This is the City's vibrant central business district where Capetonians work and play. The area between Table Mountain and Table Bay is known as the City Bowl. At its heart is the central business district, a relatively small area which, with a good pair of shoes and general sense of direction, can be comfortably done on foot! The City Centre has the Museum Mile, the Company Gardens, Greenmarket Square, St George´s Mall and much more. Numerous excellent hotels, loft apartments, trendy restaurants and bars can be found in the heart of the city.
Numerous excellent hotels, loft apartments, trendy restaurants and bars can be found in the heart of the city. Sidewalk cafes and markets (look out for Adderley Street's famous fresh flower market), give the area a colourful and vibrant flavour and the city's workers enjoy nothing more than strolling and shopping during their lunch breaks. The noon day gun, fired from Signal Hill at 12 noon, has become a much loved tradition and reverberates through the city's streets.
The city bowl holds some of the most interesting and historically significant neighbourhoods and the likes of the Bo Kaap, Oranjezicht, Tamboerskloof and Gardens provide hours of easy meanderings, restaurants and historical sights. The city centre lies encircled by these suburbs that, the closer one gets to the mountain, the steeper they become, so that Higgovale and Oranjezicht lie right up on the slopes of Table Mountain.
Other than soak up the vibe, which is typically Cape Town's, there’s plenty to do in the heart of city bowl. Taking the obligatory ride up the cable car to Table Mountain’s top is well worth the effort, although waiting for a clear day with no sign of the tablecloth is a safer option. Lion’s Head, the conical shaped mountain next to the table top is another mountain worth scaling, particularly on nights of full moon. The 1.5 hour walk to the top is best timed so that the summit is reached as the moon takes to the sky.
Head over the gap known as Kloof Nek between Table Mountain and Lion’s Head and you descend into Camps Bay, just one of the popular Atlantic Seaboard beaches that continue to Llandudno and Hout Bay. Or venture round the western corner of the bowl to the popular De Water Kant, Green Point and Sea Point.
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