May 21, 2013
Top places to be in Observatory
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
Quirky Observatory is the bohemian soul of Cape Town … it is here where you will find some of the Mother City’s most interesting residents and visitors enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes of this whimsical suburb’s numerous cafés, theatres and bars.
Deriving its name from the first Royal Observatory which was located in the area in 1820, Observatory found its footing as a residential and business area in 1916. Known for its characteristic Victorian architectural influences and English street names like Sussex and Norfolk, Observatory is also the location of Groote Schuur Hospital, South Africa’s most famous hospital and the place where the world’s first heart transplant was performed by Professor Chris Barnard in 1967.
In close proximity to the University of Cape Town, Obs, as it’s known to locals, is student central but that’s good news for you – it means you, too, can enjoy the value-for-money entertainment and gourmet options available.
We take a look at the top places to be in Observatory on your next visit to inspirational Cape Town:
Where to stay
A mere 10-minute drive from the bustling city centre and within walking distance of the Main Road and public transport options, these lodgings are perfect for your stay.
Where to take the kids
If you’re travelling with your little ones, Observatory is the perfect spot for them, too.
Home to the illuminating South African Astronomical Observatory and the entertaining South African National Circus (keep an eye on their website for their open-day shows), there is plenty for tiny visitors to see and do.
Where to eat
Whether you’re sampling the delicious sweet treats at the Queen of Tarts or indulging in a decadent dinner at the lavishly decorated A Touch of Madness, you’re spoilt for choice in the gourmet-savvy Obs.
Where to be entertained
Cape Town’s finest thespians and comedians are born in the bosom of eccentric Obs, so catch the up-and-coming talent at the dramatic Magnet Theatre, or book your tickets for the weekly Jou Ma Se Comedy Club showcase at The River Club,
Where to have a drink
Sundowners are a must in Cape Town and the local Observatory watering hole, Obz Café, with its recently refurbished New York-esque decor, is the ideal place to get your sweet cocktail fix.