Cape Town is a city of approximately 3.5 million inhabitants.
The name Cape Town refers to both the city and the municipality, whose current scope was territorially and politically reorganised in 2000 from six former administrative entities.
The historic City Bowl consists of several suburbs of the City of Greater Cape Town from 1913. The city also has incorporated several towns and suburbs in the 20th century to the present form, which in 2000 was called the City of Cape Town.
Each area has different characteristics, due to its proximity to the sea, mountains or shopping malls; the demographic of the people (e.g. students in neighbourhoods around the university) and the architecture (e.g. streets of terraced houses in Victorian-style or large modern buildings).
For practical reasons the districts of Cape Town are separated into six regions:
- West Coast
- Northern Suburbs
- Southern Suburbs
- City Bowl
- Atlantic Seaboard
- Southern Peninsula
On this page you will find a description of each district, with their principal characteristics.