Cape Town and Peninsula

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  • 1. Adderley Street

    Cape Town Central | 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 thoroughfare...Read More

  • 2. Camelot Spa at Mandela Rhodes Place

    Cape Town Central | Spa–Sight

    In the center of Cape Town's downtown business district, above the commerce of St. George's Mall, Camelot Spa sparkles with crystal light fixtures...Read More

  • 3. Castle of Good Hope

    Cape Town Central | 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. Built...Read More

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  • 4. Church Square

    Cape Town Central | Neighborhood/Street

    Church Square bore witness to much of Cape Town's dark history. An inconspicuous concrete plaque along Spin Street's median is all that's left...Read More

  • 5. Church Street Arcade

    Cape Town Central | Store/Shop/Mall

    The center of Cape Town's art and antiques business, this section of Church Street is a pedestrian mall filled with art galleries, antiques...Read More

  • 6. City Hall

    Cape Town Central | Government Building

    From a balcony in this building overlooking Darling Street, Nelson Mandela gave the historic speech upon his release from prison in 1990. This...Read More

  • 7. Company's Garden

    Cape Town Central | Garden/Arboretum

    One of Cape Town’s best-kept secrets is also a great place to seek relief from a sweltering summer day if the beach is packed. These lush, landscaped...Read More

  • 8. District Six Museum

    Cape Town Central | Museum/Gallery

    Housed in the Buitenkant Methodist Church, this museum preserves the memory of one of Cape Town's most vibrant multicultural neighborhoods and...Read More

  • 9. Grand Parade

    Cape Town Central | Market/Bazaar

    Once a military parade ground, this is now just a bleak parking lot—with a statue of Edward VII serving as a parking attendant and seagull resting...Read More

  • 10. Greenmarket Square

    Cape Town Central | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    For more than a century this cobbled square served as a forum for public announcements, including the 1834 declaration abolishing slavery, which...Read More

  • 11. Groote Kerk

    Cape Town Central | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Across from the slave tree on Church Square's eastern end is the entrance to the Gothic-style Groote Kerk. One of South Africa's most famous...Read More

  • 12. Long Street

    Cape Town Central | Neighborhood/Street

    The section of Long between Orange and Strand streets is lined with magnificently restored Georgian and Victorian buildings. Wrought-iron balconies...Read More

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  • 13. Old Town House

    Cape Town Central | House/Mansion/Villa

    A beautiful example of urban Cape Dutch architecture, the Old Town House is now home to the extensive Michaelis Collection . This 17th-century...Read More

  • 14. Portobello Café

    Cape Town Central | Restaurant–Sight

    On the other end of the spectrum, if you can't stand the idea of another heavy meal, head to funky Portobello Café, which serves fantastic vegetarian...Read More

  • 15. Scotch Coffee House at the Ivy Garden

    Cape Town Central | Restaurant–Sight

    The Scotch Coffee House at the Ivy Garden, in the courtyard of the Old Town House, serves homemade light lunches with a South African bent ...Read More

  • 16. Slave Lodge

    Cape Town Central | Museum/Gallery

    Built in 1679 by the Dutch East India Company to house slaves, convicts, and lunatics, it also housed the supreme court from 1815 to 1914. The...Read More

  • 17. South African Museum

    Cape Town Central | Promenade/Boardwalk

    This museum has some excellent examples of rock art that will give you insight into the ancient Khoisan culture. The museum also has an interesting...Read More

  • 18. St. George's Cathedral

    Cape Town Central | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This stunning cathedral was once the religious seat of one of the most recognizable faces—and voices—in the fight against apartheid, Archbishop...Read More

  • 19. St. George's Mall

    Cape Town Central | Promenade/Boardwalk

    This promenade stretches from St. George's Cathedral through the city center to the financial district, which isn't that far. Shops and cafés...Read More

  • 20. Westin Heavenly Spa

    Cape Town Central | Spa–Sight

    Breathtaking 360-degree views and ambrosial aromas (courtesy of Africology and Dermalogica products) greet you at this large, streamlined 19th...Read More

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