City Bowl


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The City Bowl is the traditional business hub of Cape Town. While this is where you’ll find most of the office buildings, a number of these have been converted into apartment blocks as inner-city living has become safer and more popular in recent years. If you prefer to live in a more traditional residential neighborhood and travel into the City Bowl to work or play, you’ll find the MyCiti Buses provide a cheap and reliable service, while ridesharing services like Uber, Bolt, Lyft,  and the female-driver-and-passenger-only ChaufHer is popular too.

Besides the work and residential spaces, you’ll find hotels, restaurants, the Artscape Theatre, and even the thrilling Ski-Hi Ride. Positioned on the roof of Hotel Sky, 28 floors above the ground, the Ski-High Ride drops riders at speeds of over 62 miles per hour. Inside Hotel Sky, the glitzy foyer lounge provides a comfortable space for working and you can grab coffee and snacks from its delicatessen. 

There are plenty of coworking spaces to choose from in central Cape Town, including Ideas Cartel, WeWork, Africaworks Cape Town, and Office and Co. If you’d prefer a relaxed coffee shop environment with boho vibes, The Ladder on Bree Street is delightful. There’s also a small coworking space called Open Co-Workspace nearby. 

If you’re looking for rooftop bars and restaurants, GiGi Rooftop Bar at the Gorgeous George Hotel is a must-visit for delicious food and a trendy ambiance. Other rooftop bars worth visiting include the Asian-inspired Tjing Tjing and Utopia, a great spot for a special date night. While lovely during the day, both the Mediterranean Vixi Social House and the tapas bar La Parada come alive when the music gets turned up at night. For live jazz and the blues visit The Blue Room, a cocktail lounge at the Grub and Vine restaurant.

To find some tranquility within the city, take a stroll beneath the trees of the Company’s Garden where squirrels scamper and pigeons jostle and coo in the hope of being fed. The Iziko South African Museum is at one end of the garden, while the South African National Art Gallery, the South African Jewish Museum, and Cape Town Holocaust and Genocide Centre are also a short walk away.

Elise Kirsten
November 23, 2022
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Elise is a freelance travel writer living in Cape Town who has written about topics as diverse as diving the Sardine Run off South Africa’s Wild Coast to sipping tea in Taiwan‍

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