23 Jul Accommodation and Nightlife in Cape Town
The following is a guest post written by Leon Levy
South Africa’s second most populated city and Africa’s first European settlement, Cape Town is known for its great nightlife, multicultural heritage and famous landmarks such as breath-taking Table Mountain, incredible Cape Point and the romantic and historical harbour. Founded in the Seventeenth Century by Dutch traders, Cape Town has always been a global hub which has attracted an incredible variety of people from across the planet to its pleasant streets. Now the city is one of Africa’s most up and coming vibrant metropolises.
Cape Town hotels are generally clean, well-kept and affordable. There is a great selection of hostels along the main backpacker drag of Long Street in the city centre. The budget traveller can stay in places such as the Penthouse on Long, Cape Town Backpackers and Cat and Mouse Backpackers. Affordable accommodation can also be found near the waterfront on Western Boulevard – check out the Sunflower Stop and Atlantic Point Backpackers.
Luckily a good selection of bars can also be in the city centre. Great Cape Town bars include the upmarket Planet Champagne Bar at the Mount Nelson – during the summer customers can even enjoy a massage and swim in the pool. There are also excellent wine bars such as the Five Flies and Rafikis, reggae and hip hop clubs like the Zulu Sound Bar or establishments with a more exclusive feel – for example La Med on Camps Bay which has one of the most beautiful views of the ocean on one side and the mountains on the other.
Cape Town clubs are again mainly located in the city centre. Live music venues include Mercury Live & Lounge where local as well as the odd international bands can be found in this heady nightclub or for a more chic atmosphere visit Asoka on Kloof Street. Also on Kloof Street the legendary Bombay Bicycle Club has a fantastic view which overlooks the city.