Best Areas to Stay in Cape Town, South Africa

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Where to stay in Cape Town – A guide to the most beautiful city in South Africa

Cape Town is one of the most famous tourist destinations in South Africa, thanks to its landscapes and modern atmosphere.

The so-called Cape Point (because of its location on the northern tip of the peninsula of the same name) is formed by more than 300 mountains, including the Table Mountain, the Devil’s Peak and the Lion’s Head.
 

It is par excellence a city designed for tourist enjoyment since it attracts extreme sports enthusiasts for climbing, paragliding and kayaking, among others.

Cape Town exhibits the best views of the African continent. You can capture excellent photographs from the top of Table Mountain, at almost 300 metres high.

Other favourite sites for visitors are the Tablet Mountain National Park and Boulders Beach.

The colder version of the city is between the months of May and August, while summer, considered the best time to visit Cape Town, goes from November to February with intense heat waves and little rain.

The main airport in Cape Town is the Cape Town International Airport, home of the national airline South African Airways that connects with the rest of the country and part of Europe.

Arriving by sea is a widely used option since Cape Town’s harbour receives ships and cruises constantly, as it is one of the busiest in the continent.

There are many alternatives to get around Cape Town, such as Metrorail, Transnet, Golden Arrow Buses, taxi companies and car rental centres.

In short, City Bowl stands out among the best areas to stay in Cape Town, as it offers a privileged location, the best hotels, nightlife options and gastronomy. See accommodation in City Bowl.

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Cape Town, South Africa.

The best areas to stay in Cape Town, South Africa

1. Our favourite area: City Bowl

City Bowl is the central area of Cape Town formed by the CBD (Central Business District) and surrounded by the mountains of Signal Hill, Lion’s Head, Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak.

City Bowl is known to be the heart and one of the historical treasures of Cape Town.

The district has some of the most exclusive residential areas such as Devil’s Peak Estate, District Six, Zonnebloem, Higgovale, Oranjezicht, Schotten Kloof and University Estate.

To admire the skyscrapers and modern buildings of the metropolis, you can visit the Central Business District, where you’ll find the venues of Parliament.

One of the biggest advantages of the City Bowl is the proximity to the attractions, and that you can reach any corner of the City Centre on foot.

City Bowl is recommended as the best area to stay in Cape Town for tourists and lovers of cultural activity. It also has many accommodation options, including luxury hotels.
 

Best areas to stay in Cape Town, South Africa - City Bowl

Best areas to stay in Cape Town, South Africa – City Bowl

Accommodation in City Bowl Cape Town - Click to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in City Bowl Cape Town – Click to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Cape Town, South Africa:

  • Heart of the city
  • Pedestrian-friendly
  • CBD’s skyscrapers
  • Luxury accommodation
  • Near the harbour
  • Best area for sightseeing

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel and Spa

The Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel and Spa rises above the centre of Cape Town and offers luxurious suites just 2 km from the V & A Waterfront. All apartments have an open-plan design and contemporary furnishings with a flat-screen TV.

from US$84
Budget

Best Western Cape Suites Hotel

The Best Western Cape Suites Hotel is located at the foot of Table Mountain and offers stunning views of Cape Town. It has a swimming pool with terrace, where you can eat outside. Rooms include free Wi-Fi.

from US$49
Luxury

The Capital Mirage Hotel

The Capital Mirage Hotel enjoys a fantastic location between the centre of Cape Town and the trendy De Waterkant area. It has a rooftop bar and outdoor pool. There is free WiFi and parking.

from US$149

 

 

 

2. Woodstock

Woodstock is a near central district, located to the southwest of the City Bowl and the CBD, in the coastal area.

It is called the “Soho of Cape Town” for its hipster vibe, restaurants, modern art murals, bars and stores.

Woodstock is divided into two areas: Upper Woodstock, characterized by its Victorian architecture, and Lower Woodstock, where you’ll see the smaller houses and hostels of the city.

The district’s largest avenues are Victoria’s Rd and Alberta’s Rd, home to most bus stops, the best shops, restaurants and famous galleries such as Ruth Prowse School of Art.

Woodstock is, par excellence, the best area to stay in Cape Town for young travellers as the most charming hotels are in Upper Woodstock and on the Victoria’s Rd.

Woodstock is an excellent place to stay in Cape Town for lovers of gastronomy and for those who want to know the most alternative side of the city.

Where to stay in Cape Town - Woodstock

Where to stay in Cape Town – Woodstock

Accommodation in Woodstock - Click to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Woodstock – Click to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Cape Town, South Africa:

  • Hipster area
  • Near the sea
  • Great food

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

DoubleTree by Hilton Cape Town Upper Eastside

The DoubleTree by Hilton Cape Town Upper Eastside is located about 5 km from the Cape Town International Convention Centre. This elegant 4-star hotel has a fitness centre and offers free Wi-Fi and parking.

from US$74
Budget

Argyle Inn Cape Town

Located in Cape Town, 9 km from Table Mountain, Argyle Inn Cape Town offers a garden, non-smoking rooms, free Wi-Fi and a terrace. The property is about 9 km from the Canal Walk and 5 km from Long Street.

from US$37
Luxury

Garden Court Nelson Mandela Boulevard

The Garden Court Nelson Mandela Boulevard is located in Cape Town and offers easy access to major highways. It is also a 15-minute drive from the Cape Town International Airport and has a restaurant and pool.

from US$109

 

 

 

3. Bo’Kaap

Bo’Kaap is a historic neighbourhood located on the slopes of Signal Hill, above the centre of Cape Town.

Its name translates into the expression “above the cape” because of its location and height compared to the other districts.

It is an essential place to see in Cape Town, with brightly coloured houses, souvenir shops and traditional architecture, typical of the South African culture.

Some of its most popular attractions are the Green Market, Victoria & Albert Waterfront, the Cathedral and the Museum of Slavery.

Near Strand Street, you can rent cars or connect with other suburbs, thanks to the different bus stops that allow you to move in a few minutes to other areas of the city.

Bo’Kaap is a treasure and historical heritage of the country, so it is a great option when deciding where to stay in Cape Town.

Best areas to stay in Cape Town - Bo'Kaap

Best areas to stay in Cape Town – Bo’Kaap

Accommodation in Bo'Kaap - Click to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Bo’Kaap – Click to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Cape Town, South Africa:

  • Historical area
  • Cape Town’s cathedral
  • Green Market

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Cape Town Lodge Hotel

Located in the centre of Cape Town, Cape Town Lodge Hotel offers a terrace with a rooftop pool, bar and fitness centre. Table Mountain and the famous V & A Waterfront are 5 km away.

from US$69
Budget

Signal Hill Lodge

Located on the slopes of the Signal Hill Nature Reserve, this property overlooks the historic Bo-Kaap neighbourhood in Cape Town. It offers an outdoor pool with a terrace and modern rooms with a flat-screen TV.

from US$51
Luxury

Hilton Cape Town City Centre

The Hilton Cape Town City Centre, located less than 1 km from the International Convention Centre, adjacent to the historic Bo-Kaap area, offers a 24-hour gym and free Wi-Fi. The rooms at the Hilton City Centre, spacious and modern.

from US$128

 

 

 

4. Gardens

Gardens is located towards the southern end of Cape Town, near Table Mountain and Lion’s Head.

It is one of the luxury areas of Cape Town, with elegant restaurants, shops and hotels such as the world-famous Mount Nelson.

Gardens, which used to be just a botanical garden in the past, is now one of the most popular districts of the city, with tourist attractions such as the Labia Theatre and the monument of Sir George Gray

Here, there is also The Gardens Shul Synagogue, the Planetarium, the Izico Museum and the Michaelis School of Fine Arts.

The Gardens area is well-supported by the Golden Arrow bus system, with stops in different corners of the district.

The accommodation in Gardens is mixed, with luxury hotels, apartments with swimming pools and hostels located in the limits of the district.

Gardens is one of the best areas to stay in Cape Town, away from the hustle and bustle of the central area and near the botanical gardens.

Best districts to stay in Cape Town, South Africa - Gardens

Best districts to stay in Cape Town, South Africa – Gardens

Accommodation in Gardens - Click to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Gardens – Click to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Cape Town, South Africa:

  • Exclusive area
  • Mount Nelson hotel
  • Peaceful area

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

29 on Buxton Guesthouse

29onBuxton is located at the foot of Table Mountain, in the Oranjezicht district of Cape Town. The property has an outdoor pool and is 750 metres from De Waal Park.

from US$51
Budget

Ashanti Lodge Backpackers

The Ashanti Lodge Backpackers occupies a Victorian mansion. It is located at the foot of Table Mountain and has a wooden terrace with views of the surrounding landscape. The establishment offers bright rooms.

from US$44
Luxury

SunSquare Cape Town Gardens

Sunsquare Cape Town is 2 km from the Company’s Garden Park and offers views of the city and Table Mountain. It has a bar, fitness centre and outdoor pool. The rooms at Sunsquare Cape Town are modern.

from US$109

 

 

 

5. Camps Bay

Camps Bay is an attractive bay that is located on the west coast of the Cape Peninsula.

Camps Bay is, par excellence, the best area to stay in Cape Town during summer vacations, thanks to its varied collection of beaches such as Oudekraal, Lui Bay, Bakoven, Camps Bay Beach and Glen Beach.

Each beach offers an ideal environment for diving, picnicking, romantic walks in the afternoon, tasting seafood, buying beach items and a great variety of activities.

Victoria Rd. is where most bus stops in the area are, which connect to the central area of Cape Town.

The resort and boutique-type hotels stand out in Camps Bay for being close to the beaches of the district.

Camps Bay is an excellent area where to stay in Cape Town for those seeking luxury by the sea.

Best areas to stay in Cape Town - Camps Bay

Best areas to stay in Cape Town – Camps Bay

Accommodation in Camps Bay - Click to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Camps Bay – Click to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Cape Town, South Africa:

  • Beach access
  • Great for water sports
  • Peaceful area

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Primi Royal

The 4-star Primi Royal is flanked by the Twelve Apostles mountain range and overlooks Camps Bay. It offers elegant accommodation that reflects a blend of African and Asian cultures.

from US$89
Budget

Swiss Cottage Guest House

This Swiss-style country house is located at the foot of the Apóstoles mountain range, just 200 metres from Camps Bay Beach. It offers a lush garden and a terrace with views of Table Mountain.

from US$49
Luxury

Atlanticview Cape Town Boutique Hotel

The 5-star Atlanticview Cape Town Boutique Hotel is conveniently located near beaches, restaurants and tourist attractions in the area, and offers 2 solar-heated infinity pools.

from US$169

 

 

 

6. De Waterkant

De Waterkant is one of the areas north of Cape Town’s City Centre that borders Bo’Kaap and the CBD.

It stands out as one of the largest in the north end of the city.

The district is the epicentre of the LGBT community, the setting for festivals, activities and events that make it the gay neighbourhood of Cape Town par excellence.

On Somerset Road, the great avenue in the area, is the Cape Quarter shopping centre and the Vega’s Cape Town campus.

Walking through De Waterkant is an unforgettable experience in Cape Town, as you get a better idea of its many attractions.

De Waterkant stands out as one of the best areas to stay in Cape Town for its location and for offering central and cheap hotels.

Best neighbourhoods to stay in Cape Town - De Waterkant

Best neighbourhoods to stay in Cape Town – De Waterkant

Accommodation in De Waterkant - Click to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in De Waterkant – Click to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Cape Town, South Africa:

  • Gay-friendly area
  • Cheap hotels
  • Good area for shopping

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

The Grey Hotel

Located in the lively resort of De Waterkant in Cape Town, The Gray Hotel features a rooftop bar with an outdoor pool. This boutique hotel overlooks the Table Mountain and has a restaurant.

from US$84
Budget

Swiss Cottage Guest House

Signature Lux Hotel by ONOMO is a 5-minute drive from the famous V & A Waterfront area and a few steps from the CTICC. The hotel has a restaurant and free WiFi. The rooms have air conditioning and desk, smart TV.

from US$54
Luxury

Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town

This elegant 4-star hotel is just 2 km from V & A Waterfront and the Two Oceans Aquarium. The property offers an outdoor pool, a massage service and panoramic views of Monte Mesa. The modern rooms include a large desk and TV.

from US$99

 

 

 

7. Tamboerskloof

Tamboerskloof is a neighbourhood located on the slope of Table Mountain, close to Gardens and other attractions of southern Cape Town.

It is a remote area of the centre that preserves a peaceful, residential and ideal environment for family enjoyment.

Tamboerskloof is near Tablet Mountain, where you can take a cable car ride to reach the top of the mountain and see the best views of Cape Town.

It is necessary to use public transport to move to the centre and its attractions since the district is 20 minutes by bus from the CBD.

The hotels, apartments and hostels in Tamboerskloof are a good alternative to stay in Cape Town and know the Tablet Mountain.

For these reasons, Tamboerskloof is one of the best neighboUrhoods to stay in Cape Town and enjoy its natural attractions.

Reccommended area to stay in Cape Town - Tamboerskloof

Reccommended area to stay in Cape Town – Tamboerskloof

Accommodation in Tamboerskloof - Click to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Tamboerskloof – Click to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    The Blue House Guesthouse

    The Blue House Guesthouse is located in Cape Town and offers an outdoor pool. It also offers free Wi-Fi. The air-conditioned rooms feature a TV with satellite and cable channels, a seating area and a private bathroom with a shower.

    from US$79
 

 

 

8. Near Cape Town International Airport

The Cape Town International Airport is located 20 kilometres east of Cape Town, away from the City Centre.

It is the main airport in Cape Town and the second largest in the country, just behind the Johannesburg Airport.

It serves as the main hub of the national airline South African Airways, with flights to the entire continent and some outside of it, serving more than 6 million visitors a year.

The surroundings of the airport have a large number of car rental companies and taxi services.

Staying near the airport is ideal for weekend holidays or business travellers, its distance from the centre makes it a cheap area to stay in Cape Town.

Where to stay in Cape Town - Near the airport

Where to stay in Cape Town – Near the airport

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    Hotel Verde Cape Town International Airport

    This modern hotel has a contemporary design and is just 400 metres from Cape Town Airport. Guests can enjoy a stylish bar and a 24-hour deli. The rooms of the Hotel Verde are elegant and spacious.

    from US$99
 

 

 

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