The city centre is called the City Bowl in Cape Town because it takes the form of a bowl, surrounded by the sea on one side and Table Mountain, Signal Hill and Lion’s Head on the other. It is a natural amphitheatre. Here you will find the central business district of Cape Town, the harbour, the Company’s Garden and residential suburbs.
There are rows of Victorian houses, as well as skyscrapers, and each neighbourhood around the city is unique. Devil’s Peak and Vredehoek have panoramic views, but the wind also howls through this area.
Higgovale is very green and has large villas. Tamboerskloof and Gardens are a mix of houses, villas and spacious apartments. A lot of entrepreneurial youths have infiltrated Bo-Kaap, a traditionally Muslim community; while in the City and Foreshore you can see Art Deco skyscrapers and modern buildings with private pools, gym and business centres.
District 6 is very famous, because of the forced removal of its 60 000 inhabitants during Apartheid in the 1970s. You can visit the District 6 Museum which provides further insight into this tragic story.
Woodstock is situated just outside the centre. It is a creative hub and offers an amazing market selling clothes, food, arts and crafts.
Listing of Cape Town districts:
- City Bowl
- Devils Peak