When it comes to fun and entertainment, Cape Town is the mother of all cities, and there’s no such thing as a dull moment if you’re in the heart of it: the Cape Town city centre. Here, you’ll find loads of attractions and entertainment options.
Meet the flower sellers of Adderley Street, something of a Cape Town institution, and make sure you browse in Greenmarket Square, the city’s best-loved flea market. The Pan African Market in Long Street (which is vibrant, particularly at night) is a must for curios and wares from all over Africa.
There are two museums that are an absolute must – the
There are loads of fantastic restaurants in the city centre. Try out Jardine’s (+27 21 424 5640) in Bree Street or the award-winning Aubergine (+27 21 465 4909) in Gardens. The Five Flies (+27 (0)21 424 4442) in Keerom Street is another notable spot and has a great cigar bar to brag about. For something a bit different try the Mesopotamia Kurdish Kitchen (+27 21 464 4664) on the corner of Long and Church Street or Masala Dosa (+27 21 424 6772) in Long Street for authentic South Indian cooking.
Long Street is where it’s all happening, all of the time. Enjoy dinner at Mama Africa’s (+27 21 424 8634) or one of the many other restaurants in the street, and then head out and enjoy a big night on the town. The Dubliner (+27 (0)21 424 1212) is a popular bar, open every night of the week, and Zula Bar (+27 (0)21 424 2442) offers good live music and comedy.
The Cape Town city centre is great for walkers and cyclists, with dedicated paths to ensure that you can travel everywhere by foot or by bicycle.
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Newlands Brewery is the oldest operating brewery in South Africa. Originally called the Mariendahl Brewery, and later the Ohlssons Cape Brewery, it was founded on its current site in 1820 and has established a brewing tradition of quality and excellence that still continues.
The Amphitheatre located at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town is a good spot for live entertainment from concerts to creative workshops and puppet shows.
The Cape Town International Convention Centre is the ideal venue for conferences, exhibitions, trade shows, concerts and other big events. The centre takes up 6.1ha on the city’s Foreshore and is within easy reach of the V&A Waterfront, major hotels and the rest of the city centre.
The Baxter Theatre Centre is situated in Rondebosch, in the Southern Suburbs, and is one of the pre-eminent theatres of the Cape Town social and cultural scene.
The Baxter hosts and produces local and international groundbreaking and award-winning shows. Annual events like the Nando’s Festival, the Vodacom Funny Festival and the Baxter Dance Festival are very popular, as well as classical music concerts, dance, music, drama, ballet, opera and live and intimate theatre. The Baxter’s offerings are diverse.
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