May 1st, 2019

Where to stay in Cape Town

Written by:

Toby Pheasant


The Insider


Ahhh... Cape Town. The Mother City!

Right down on the southwestern tip of Africa, Cape Town is an absolutely mind-blowing city full of colour, energy, diversity and beauty. With so much on offer, it’s hard to know where to base yourself to make the most of your visit.

Whether you stay in a swanky hotel, or choose to save a bit of money (to put towards a safari…) by staying in an Airbnb, the areas in which we recommend you stay remain the same.

Here are our Top 5 areas in Cape Town:

(see the map at the end of the article for locations!)

Gardens and Oranjezicht:

Gardens and Oranjezicht are two areas right in the heart of the historic centre of Cape Town. If you are coming to Cape Town for only a few days, this is where we would strongly suggest you stay.

With the famous Kloof Street right on your doorstep, you will be perfectly positioned to maximise your time exploring the fantastic restaurants, cafes, shops, galleries and museums, all to a stunning backdrop of Table Mountain and out across the harbour. This is also a really great area to base yourselves for access to all the other areas of Cape Town where you will be able to avoid traffic.

On your Doorstep:

  • Eat: Fyn or Thali
  • Drink: The Stack
  • Shop: Kloof Street
  • Do: Wander around. Head up Table Mountain!

Kloof Street

Camps Bay and Bakoven:

With stunning ocean views, Camps Bay and Bakoven (just above the main drag of Camps Bay) are the obvious choices for those hoping to wake up every morning with a view out over the sea. These two areas may lack a little in terms of culture, but make up for it with the stunning panoramas the areas offer.

On your Doorstep:

  • Eat: Roundhouse
  • Drink: Lawns
  • Shop: Camps Bay Highstreet
  • Do: Sit on Llandudno Beach or climb Lions Head

Camps Bay

Kalk Bay and Noordhoek:

If you’re keen to spend time in Cape Town at the beginning/end of your trip to acclimatise/unwind after a safari, but you aren’t set on being in the heart of the city, then Kalk Bay or Noordhoek would be the best option for you.

These areas are about a 30-40 minute drive from the city centre but offer a completely different perspective/pace. Kalk Bay is a small fishing town on the eastern side of the southern peninsula, just before Simon’s Town (penguin central). Noordhoek is on the other side of the peninsula at the start of the breathtaking Chapman’s Peak drive. It is a lovely little farmers town and a must see even if you aren’t staying there!

On your Doorstep:

  • Eat: Harbour House or Noordhoek Food Barn
  • Drink: Olympia Cafe Kalk Bay or Aegir Brewery @ the Red Herring
  • Shop: Kalk Bay High Street or The Farm Village
  • Do: SUPing with the penguins or horse-ride along Noordhoek Beach

Noordhoek Farm Village


For the wine lovers amongst us, Constantia is a great place to stay if you want to spend time in the winelands but can’t get up to Franschhoek. Constantia is close to the heart of Cape Town but nicely set away in the rolling foothills of Table Mountain. There are also a number of great walks and restaurants easily accessible from Constantia.

On your Doorstep:

  • Eat: Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia
  • Drink: Constantia Glen
  • Shop: Constantia Village
  • Do: Wine Tasting! (and hike up Constantia Nek)



The last area to consider is the V&A Waterfront. If you prefer staying in a bigger hotel then this is the place for you. This is where you will find a huge variety of shops, restaurants and the phenomenal art gallery - Zeitz. There are also some great markets and bars in the area too. The only downside about staying in the Waterfront is that it is more of a tourist hot-spot and lacks a genuine Cape Town feel.

On your Doorstep:

  • Eat: Oranjezicht Market (Weekends only)
  • Drink: Silo Rooftop Bar
  • Shop: Watershed
  • Do: Zeitz Museum

The Waterfront

What do you think of our top 5? Do you agree?

If you think we’re neglected your favourite area, let us know!

Thanks for reading,

The Bonamy Travel Team

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