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May 06, 2013

Five spots in Green Point

A lake at the Green Point Urban Park. Photo by Stuart Buchanan

From being the site of a concentration camp during the second Anglo-Boer War to one of Cape Town's most stylish suburbs, Green Point is an important part of the city, and definitely not to be missed on your next holiday.

We take a look at five spots to enjoy in Green Point:

Where to stay

The Protea Hotel Victoria Junction is located on Somerset Road, and puts you right in the heart of Green Point's bustling streets. This four-star hotel caters to business and leisure travellers and offers all the amenities you'd come to expect from this chain. It is within walking distance of many of Green Point's attractions, as well as the V&A Waterfront.

Where to take the kids

Another short walk from the hotel is the Green Point Urban Park, a lovely, open green area near the Green Point Stadium. It's a great place to take the kids – there's a jungle gym, swings, climbing ramps and slides. There's also plenty of quiet, shady spots if you'd rather be far away from noisy kids. This is what's so great about the park – it's multipurpose in its design, so whether you bring a picnic basket, soccer ball, running shoes or pram, it's worth a visit. Pets on leashes and bicycles are also welcome.

Where to eat

Andiamo Deli Restaurant & Bar can be found in Waterkant Street, within the Cape Quarter. Its Italian-based cuisine covers breakfast, lunch and supper, and it's also great for cocktails. If you're in a hurry, grab yourself a fresh roll from the restaurant, or the nearby Cape Quarter Spar. I highly recommend the Club Roll.

Where to shop

Just around the corner from Andiamo is the Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village. Encompassing the square where Andiamo is located, as well as a shopping centre facing Somserset Road, you won't be short of options for some retail therapy. Home décor, art and artefacts, fashion, beauty, health and lifestyle stores can all be found here. If trendy and upmarket is what you're looking for, this is it. For the more discerning shopper, check out the Spar in the Cape Quarter – one of the best in the country!

Where to have a drink

You'll find the "pink strip" in Green Point – so if that's your thing (and even if it's not), there are a number of gay bars, clubs and restaurants in close proximity. Check out Bubbles Bar in nearby De Waterkant for some of the best drag shows in town (including a version of Radiohead's Creep you won't soon forget).

For something more relaxed, I recommend Café Extrablatt in Main Road. Free Wi-Fi makes it a great coffee stop during the day, and cocktail specials and beer on tap make for a good way to start your evening too.

Make sure you swing by Green Point on your next Cape Town holiday!

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