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Mowbray, Southern Suburbs

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Mowbray, an alternatively chic neighbourhood, with beautiful examples of Victorian terraced homes on the banks of the Liesbeek River, and a student digs with a healthy mix of north Africans and refugee communities that have given Mowbray its reputation as a transitory neighbourhood; one through which people tend to pass, not least due to Main Road Mowbray, which functions as an interchange for buses, taxis and trains. But the anticipated move to decay of Mowbray’s CBD has shifted. Greening projects, such as planting trees, has improved the area, and trendy restaurants and coffee shops have moved into Durban Road - now a food lover’s paradise - where locals sprawl out on to the pavements and catchy names like ‘Fat Cactus’ and ‘Chai Yo’ attract the student population.

Mowbray lies close to the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital. Mowbray stretches from Mostert’s Mill, built on the farm Welgelegen around 1796, to the Rondebosch Common, between Rosebank and the N2. Mowbray has pockets of quiet, leafy residential areas in Little Mowbray, the Village and upper Mowbray with Victorian terrace homes, some of which are national monuments, and gorgeous examples of Cape cottages.

Mowbray is close to the city centre - you can hop on a taxi from Main Road, take the Simons Town rail or use the M3, and Golden Arrow buses travel between Mowbray and Kirstenbosch on a regular basis.

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average visitor rating: 4/5"Visited Roseberrys on Durban Rd. Friendly, warm and delicious Chinese (authentic) and Sushi. Affordable and fresh ..." - Paul, Cape Town

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Featured Attractions in (or near) Mowbray

Cape Town International Airport

Cape Town International Airport is the base from which millions of international travellers begin their exploration of this uniquely beautiful country. It is the second largest airport in South Africa, second only to the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, Gauteng. It is also one of ... more information

Irma Stern Museum

Established in 1971 in the house the artist lived in for almost four decades. Several of the rooms are furnished as she arranged them while upstairs there is a commercial gallery used by contemporary artists. A lively temporary exhibition programme is arranged annually and visitors can enjoy the garden ... more information

Mostert's Mill

Mosterts Mill is open to the public most Saturdays when volunteer millers operate the mill. If you would like to see the Mill in operation or purchase some flour, the "Millers" would be delighted to see you and show you around this delightful example of "Living Heritage". Tel: 088 129-7168 to see if open.

Mowbray Golf Course

Set in a very central area - about 15 minutes from the Waterfront and Cape Town's Airport, Mowbray is a parkland course, which provides an excellent test of golf. The terrain is flat, but plenty of trees and water features make for an interesting experience, with the beauty of the mountain and abundant wild life ... more information

Rhodes Memorial

A national landmark, Rhodes Memorial lies within the Table Mountain National Park and the views from up here are stunning, offering panoramic vistas of industrial Cape Town, out over the airport and the Cape Flats, and on a clear day, the Helderberg and Hottentots Holland Mountain range. Built on the ... more information

Rondebosch Common

Rondebosch Common is unusual - it is not state, municipal or regional council land. In fact it is a donation of private land by Cecil John Rhodes in his will to be left as a permanent open space for the people of Cape Town. It is also a National Monument and one of the best-known ... more information

University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa's oldest university. UCT has more than 60 specialist research units that provide supervision for postgraduate work and is home to more than a quarter of South Africa's A-rated researchers - academics who are considered world leaders in their fields.

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Things To Do in Mowbray

Kings Block house to Kirstenbosch

Where: Cape Town
How much (per person): Free

Start: parking area at Rhodes Memorial Finish: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens Duration: 6 km, roughly 3 hours one way ... more information

Rondebosch Potters' Market

Where: Rondebosch
How much (per person): Free to browse

Ranked by Lonely Planet travellers as the 228th out of 659 things to do in Cape Town, the Potters' Market in Rondebosch Park, on the corner ... more information

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Restaurants in Mowbray

Pizzeria Villagio

Where: Pinelands

With a friendly neighbourhood feel, classic Italian fare, and a warm energy that always makes you feel like a member of the famiglia, Pizzeria Villagio is the place to be. On any given night of the ... more information

The Fat Cactus

Where: Mowbray

The Fat Cactus on Durban Road in Mowbray is somewhat of an institution in the Southern Suburbs offering some of the very best Mexican food in town. Their home on the corner is always buzzing with acti ... more information

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Events and/or Festivals in Mowbray

Discovery Cape Times Big Walk

Location: Various Suburbs in Cape Town
Duration: 1 day

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event starts: 09 November 2014

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