City Hall and Grand Parade

Cape Town's City Hall. Photo courtesy Ramon Arellano

Cape Town’s City Hall was built in 1905 in Italian Renaissance style, and is one of the last Victorian-style sandstone structures in the Mother City. Despite showing its age, Cape Town’s iconic City Hall continues to be sought out by urban explorers.

Upon entering, beautiful mosaic floors lead to a marble staircase, which guides visitors upwards to vintage stained glass and a 3 165-pipe organ. Its classical, Darling Street facade, and an impressive half-size replica of London’s Big Ben, are also a source of fascination to visitors, particularly those who have been to London.

 It was from the balcony of the City Hall that Nelson Mandela addressed the world, after spending 27 years in prison. On that day in 1990, 250 000 people streamed to the Grand Parade to celebrate the release of the country's future president.

The City Hall is home to the world-renowned Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, which regularly performs concerts here.

Cape Town’s Grand Parade, in front of the City Hall, was the setting for the Cape Town FIFA Fan Fest during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa. As many as 25 000 people were comfortably able to watch live matches on a big screen for the duration of the World Cup.

The Castle of Good Hope, South Africa’s oldest building, is right across the road from the Grand Parade.

St George’s Cathedral and Groote Kerk

More fondly known as “the people’s cathedral”, St George’s Cathedral in Wale Street represents the Anglican diocese mother church in Cape Town.

Montebello Craft and Design Centre

The Montebello Design Centre is one of Cape Town’s best-kept secrets. The centre features more than 20 arts and craft studios and workshops, an historic greenhouse and nursery, a forge, stunning restaurant and organic deli farm shop. It’s a non-profit development project aimed at promoting good local craft and design, and generating job creation.

The Castle of Good Hope

The Castle of Good Hope – the oldest building in South Africa – was once a fort, but today functions as a showcase of the Cape’s early days.


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