Cape Town Sights

Cape Town has grown as a city in a way that few others in the world have. Take a good look at the street names. Strand and Waterkant streets (meaning "beach" and "waterside," respectively) are now far from the sea. However, when they were named, they were right on the beach. An enormous program of dumping rubble into the ocean extended the city by a good few square miles (thanks to the Dutch obsession

with reclaiming land from the sea). Almost all the city on the seaward side of Strand and Waterkant is part of the reclaimed area of the city known as the Foreshore. If you look at old paintings of the city, you will see that originally waves lapped at the very walls of the castle, now more than half a mile from the ocean.

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AGFA Amphitheatre

  • Arts/Performance Venue

If the scattered benches looking out at the harbour activity are full, this open-air space is a good spot to eat your take-way lunch—if...

Adderley Street

  • Neighborhood/Street

Originally named Heerengracht after a canal that once ran the length of the avenue, this street has always been Cape Town's principal...

Blouberg Beach

  • Beach–Sight

Blouberg is divided into two parts: Big Bay, which hosts surfing and windsurfing contests, and Little Bay, better suited to sunbathers,...

Bo-Kaap Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Built in the 18th century, this museum was originally the home of Abu Bakr Effendi, a well-known Turkish scholar and prominent leader...

Buitenverwachting

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

Once part of Dutch governor Simon van der Stel's original Constantia farm, Buitenverwachting (which means "beyond expectation" and is...

Camps Bay Beach

  • Beach–Sight

The spectacular western edge of Table Mountain, known as the Twelve Apostles, provides the backdrop for this long, sandy beach that slopes...

Cape Town Holocaust Centre

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The center is both a memorial to the 6 million Jews and other victims who were killed during the Holocaust and an education center whose...

Castle of Good Hope

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Despite its name, the castle isn't the fairy-tale fantasy type but rather a squat fortress that hunkers down as if to avoid shellfire.

Chapman's Peak Drive

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

Rock slides and unstable cliff faces mean this fantastically scenic drive can often be closed for maintenance, as it was for the greater...

Chavonne's Cannon Battery Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

An archeological sight housing the remains of Cape Town's oldest cannon battery, this museum, which opened in 2008, reconstructs the...

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