The City Bowl is a hub of activity. Whether you're interested in trendy dining, live music or shopping, Cape Town provides a wealth of choice. The city bowl's center of action revolves around Loop and Long Streets, which run parallel through the city centre. On Long Street alone you can book a rental car, sample any one of the fine restaurants and plan your entire itinerary through the multiple travel agencies and adventure centres along the way.
There are many great galleries, Africa curio shops and museums in town. St George's Mall is a pedestrian walk lined with shops and restaurants where you can shop for clothing and arts and crafts and listen to local street musicians.Green Market Square is a popular outdoor market where vendors sell clothing, jewellery, African crafts, books and almost everything else. Another interesting feature of town is Heritage Square, one of the more historic locations in Cape Town, renovated with shops, restaurants and the elegantly furnished Heritage Hotel.
Within easy walking distance are Parliament, the Cape Town City Hall, the Supreme Court, the South African National Gallery, the South African Library and the South African Museum.
North of the city centre lies the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront shopping complex and working harbour, South Africa's biggest tourist attraction. Sophisticated planning, creative architecture and restoration have produced a site that rivals other waterfront developments in San Francisco and Sydney. There are over 250 shopping oulets, from simple baroows to world-class boutiques, as well as the Red Shed, an informal trading area where many local craftspeople sell their wares. The Imax Cinema with its 5-storey screen specialises in spectacular nature documentaries. The Two Oceans Aquarium can captivate vistors for hours, particularly at feeding times. The Aquarium offers touch pools and eco-sensitive displays and its innovative approach to education even includes letting children sleep the night there under supervision.
Table Mountain, south of the city centre, offers stunning views over Cape Town and its surroundings. The mountain is more than 1000 metres high and is home to a variety of animal species like the Rock Dassie, closest biological relative to the elephant. A vigorous hike or cable car ride up Table Mountain reveals wonderful scenery. On top of the mountain, you can walk, shop, use telepscopes, take photos, and eat at the restaurant.
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Last updated 18 January, 2017.