De Waterkant, City Bowl

De Waterkant is, in truth, a modernised rendition of the Bo-Kaap and lies just next to this same suburb. This is a trendy area that has maintained, and even accentuated, the colourful, bright semi-detached houses - restoring them into fashionable cottages that, together with the cobbled, tree-lined streets and spectacular views, bring to mind New York’s Greenwich Village and London’s Soho.

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The De Waterkant Village - now as many as 80 properties within walking distance of restaurants, the Cape Quarter shopping centre and local entertainment - is regarded as a resort-type experience, although this does the charming, character-full village an injustice. The bright, 18th century cottages are given over to guest houses offering authentic ‘local’ living and nestling on the lower slopes of Signal Hill overlooking Table Bay.

The Village of De Waterkant is essentially a business area during the day, where people live, work, lunch and shop, but by night it’s alive with energy and offers some of the city’s best restaurants, wine bars and delis.

A walk along Wale Street towards the Bo-Kaap (‘above town’), brings you to a neighbourhood that is said to hold the highest number of buildings dating back to before the year 1840, in South Africa, that miraculously managed to survive apartheid and the fate of other similar areas, like district six.

From De Waterkant you can walk to the city centre; the V&A Waterfront and the Table Mountain cableway are a quick drive away; and the fashionable Atlantic beaches and trendy Atlantic Seaboard suburbs are close at hand to explore.

Travellers' Reviews

4 Reviews from travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewvery good

We have just returned from a months visit where we stayed in Loader Street, De Waterkant. We are back in the cold weather and missing beautiful Cape Town and especially the friendly people and lovely weather of the Cape. We did lots of sight seeing trips and were always glad to come home to our lovely apartment with the beautiful views of the harbour. We will be back next year! Thats for sure.

Wilfred Ossler (Hamburg, Germany)

Verified reviewexcellent

If you stay in De Waterkant you will have the most amazing views of the city and harbour / waterfront. Its absolutely beautiful especially at night. We found this area very safe and a great place to base ourselves in - we were central to everything. Spent time at the Waterfront (lots of good shopping and great restaurants) and then we spend days doing tours to the winelands. Try the City sightseeing bus - that was great fun and we saw all the highlight of the Cape Peninsula. For nightlife, the city and greeenpoint are at you feet! I absolutely recommend De Waterkant as a great place to stay for any trip to Cape Town!

Margaret P (Durbs)

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