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Where to stay in Cape Town

by pauldcat

Hi all,

Hope someone can help, new on this site so here goes....

We are staying in CT in a couple of weeks for 3 nights and would like some advise.

Q What area would be good to stay in we are looking for a B+B or cheapish place to stay.Or if anyone can reccommend the name of some where that would be fantastic. Some where safe which is near the tourist bits.

Im not sure if CT is as bad as i have been lead to believe but would like to get some info from people that know.

Thank You for your help.


Re: Where to stay in Cape Town

by lynnehamman

I am originally from Cape Town. I can assure you that it is perfectly safe to visit there, provided you use all the usual precautions (eg as in any large city)
Do not walk alone at night in dark areas.
Avoid displaying expensive jewellery
BE AWARE of your surroundings
Use only licenced taxi cabs
Never carry large amounts of cash

(these by the way are things that I would not even do in Sydney, where I now live)

Areas to stay in- near city - have a look at this websitee:

Or else Google " accommodation Cape Town" and look at your options.

The False Bay Coast is a lovely area to stay in too- on the suburban train line and has beautiful beaches.

Re: Where to stay in Cape Town

by kb02

I recently stayed at a very nice family run B&B.
Look at

It is on the Durbanville Wine Route ( and halfway between Cape Town and Stellenbocsh, 2 places you want to see.

The owner is very knowledgeable on Cape Town and surrounds and was a great help to me.

Wherever, enjoy the stay. Cape Town, in my experience, is also by far not as bad as some make it out to be. Best is that you go and see for yourself.

Like Lynn above, I was born and bred in SA. Unlike Lynn, I will be moving back later this year.

Re: Where to stay in Cape Town

by Odinnthor

Not from SA at all, - as a matter of fact i am as far up north as SA is far south....oh, - and welcome to VT mate!

Just to echo the above sntiments that Cape Town is perfectly safe, and likely the most beautiful city in South Africa. I urge you to take a look at Lynnnehamman's pages on South Africa/Capetown as she has much information for you both on the main page and in the tips at the bottom. Have a great journey, and again welcome to VT!.

Re: Where to stay in Cape Town

by Gerald_D

Paul, the key factor for enjoying Cape Town (or SA for that matter) is to have your own transport. Driving and parking is easy, traffic problems are rare, and you can get yourself across town, or out to winelands in 30 to 45 minutes. It boils down to....Have a car?:
-Yes: stay anywhere, lots of options, see three times as much.
-No: you put yourself into the risky tourist choices and not see very much.

So, are you going to have a car?:-)

Re: Where to stay in Cape Town

by smirnofforiginal

Stayed in Cape Town last summer with my children... felt very safe & friendly. Had no troubles at all & no bad vibes either... and we did not hide away after dark either! Noticed a lot of tourist police on the beat so they should put your mind at rest. Agree - have a car - Cape Town is easy to navigate.
Not sure what cheapish budget is but have a look around the internet - some great apartments for (daily) rental as some good prices all the way up to some luxurious ones (we treated ourselves to our last nights in one of these and were delighted!!)

enjoy your trip :-)

Travel Tips for Cape Town

Cape Point - legend

by grets

I love to hear about local legends and superstitions, and this one about Cape Point is justifiably famous. The captain of the ship the Flying Dutchman, Henrik Van der Decken, became increasingly frustrated by the notorious cross-winds of the cape in the 17th century. He swore to make the crossing around the Point, even if it took forever, and he is still trying. Many people claim to have seen the phantom ship, including King George V when he served in the Royal Navy.

Ten Rand a bunch!

by glennkasner

The Adderley Street flower sellers are as colourful in their use of the English and Afrikaans language as the flowers they sell. The've been there for generations and have become an important part of the Cape Town scene.


by AndreSTGT

The Atlantic coast north of Cape Town is a wild, desolate region with very few settlements, but miles of white-sand beaches with the occasional small resort such as Langebaan.
Langebaan has a very scenic location on a lagoon with a couple of offshore islets.

Jazz, Cigars, and Scotch

by phred1910 about Kennedy's

Enter the door and Sinatra meets you, you wander back and sit on your grandmother's chair. Order an 18 year old scotch, kick back, and relax.

And you have to love the poker table discreetly hidden in the back. No problems - everyone from bikers to businessmen

Lola's Cafe

by mke1963 about Lola's Cafe

A hippy-style café, in keeping with the slightly anarchical feel of the upper part of Long Street. It is one of the few places open on a Sunday in this part of town, so it gets particularly crowded with a very mixed, cheerful crowd for Sunday brunch or lunch: I waite 20 minutes for a menu.
Good African music, but a distinctly short menu. The Caprese salad was good, but the bread was a bit tiresome after four slices. Sunday brunch out on the pavement. And there are few places open on Sundays in central Cape Town!


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