Green Point has been called the Soho of Cape Town – with its funky restaurants and busy nightclubs, the place has an energy all of its own. Wedged between Table Bay, Signal Hill, Sea Point, the V&A Waterfront and the city centre, it sits in the middle of all the local action.
Green Point Urban Park is multipurpose green space that’s free to the public and open seven days a week from 07h00 to 19h00. It includes wide open areas, outdoor gym facilities and a biodiversity garden where you can learn more about local plant species and how they were used by indigenous Khoisan groups.
Green Point Lighthouse, South Africa’s oldest dating back to 1824, is a short walk away, and there’s much more to do besides: Take a long walk or jog along the promenade right next to the Atlantic Ocean; rest on one of the benches and take in the stunning views of the sea; head to one of the children’s play areas which include jungle gyms, swings, slides, a mini train and mini golf course; or pop into the flea market next to Cape Town Stadium (every Sunday) to pick up curios from around the African continent.
There are plenty of restaurants in Green Point. Make sure you try Beluga (+27 (0)21 418 2948), a favourite among the models and celebrity crowd, and Wang Thai (+27 (0)21 421 8702), renowned for its authentic Thai menu.
Coffee spots like vida e caffè (+27 (0)21 434 7266), a top coffee franchise started in Cape Town, and Giovanni’s (+27 (0)21 434 6893) are great places to hang out and people watch.
- Phone: +27 (0)21 487 6800
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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