Western Cape DestinationsMowbray, Southern Suburbs
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.