Cape Town Central Area Information

When it comes to fun and entertainment, Cape Town is the mother of all cities, and there’s no such thing as a dull moment if you’re in the heart of it: the Cape Town city centre. Here, you’ll find loads of attractions and entertainment options.

Meet the flower sellers of Adderley Street, something of a Cape Town institution, and make sure you browse in Greenmarket Square, the city’s best-loved flea market. The Pan African Market in Long Street (which is vibrant, particularly at night) is a must for curios and wares from all over Africa.


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There are two museums that are an absolute must – the District Six Museum (+27 21 466 7200) on Buitenkant Street and the Iziko South African Museum, which is part of the collection of eight Iziko Museums of Cape Town.

There are loads of fantastic restaurants in the city centre. Try out Jardine’s (+27 21 424 5640) in Bree Street or the award-winning Aubergine (+27 21 465 4909) in Gardens. The Five Flies (+27 (0)21 424 4442) in Keerom Street is another notable spot and has a great cigar bar to brag about. For something a bit different try the Mesopotamia Kurdish Kitchen (+27 21 464 4664) on the corner of Long and Church Street or Masala Dosa (+27 21 424 6772) in Long Street for authentic South Indian cooking.

Long Street is where it’s all happening, all of the time. Enjoy dinner at Mama Africa’s (+27 21 424 8634) or one of the many other restaurants in the street, and then head out and enjoy a big night on the town. The Dubliner (+27 (0)21 424 1212) is a popular bar, open every night of the week, and Zula Bar (+27 (0)21 424 2442) offers good live music and comedy.

The Cape Town city centre is great for walkers and cyclists, with dedicated paths to ensure that you can travel everywhere by foot or by bicycle.

Amphitheatre, V&A Waterfront

The Amphitheatre located at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town is a good spot for live entertainment from concerts to creative workshops and puppet shows.

Artscape Theatre Centre

If you are in the mood to take in a show, a spellbinding ballet or moving opera then the Artscape Theatre Centre is worth a visit. It’s one of Cape Town’s modern landmarks, home to the Artscape performing arts company, as well as one of the main performing arts centres.

Athlone and Galaxy Disco

Enjoy authentic Cape Malay dining, listen to some swinging jazz, party till you drop and then eat again in Athlone.

Cape Town International Convention Centre

The Cape Town International Convention Centre is the ideal venue for conferences, exhibitions, trade shows, concerts and other big events. The centre takes up 6.1ha on the city’s Foreshore and is within easy reach of the V&A Waterfront, major hotels and the rest of the city centre.

Cape Town Science Centre

The Cape Town Science Centre officially opened its doors at its new premises in Observatory on December 28, 2011, with a mission to make a hands-on contribution to South Africa’s future by strengthening its science and technology culture through interactive methods of teaching.

The centre attracts between 126 000 and 138 000 visitors annually, and has more than 300 permanent interactive exhibits.

Cape Town Stadium

Cape Town Stadium hosted eight matches during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ under the name Green Point Stadium. This included the quarter-final between Germany and Argentina, as well as the semi-final between the Netherlands and Uruguay.

Century City

Located on the N1 just outside the Cape Town city limits, Century City, is a mini city network providing work, leisure and fun activities to those looking for an ultimate lifestyle away from the hubbub of the Cape Town City Centre .

City Bowl Suburbs

With the mountains on one side and the sea on the other, the City Bowl contains the heart of the Mother City.

GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World

Take the family to GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World for hours of entertainment, including gambling, restaurants, ice-skating and ten-pin bowling.

Green Point

Green Point has been called the Soho of Cape Town – with its funky restaurants and busy nightclubs, the place has an energy all of its own.