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Long Street

Admire the Victorian architecture of the buildings and the quirky atmosphere in the bookstores and museums of this iconic street.

Long Street is a historic avenue with diverse international restaurants and eclectic nightlife options. With its bookstores, second-hand shops and ethnic dining establishments, it has a bohemian atmosphere and an important place in local history. Hear how the theaters on this street are renowned for having put on anti-apartheid plays in the 1970s.

Note the eccentricity of some of the shops in this trendy area. Inspect the Victorian architecture and the wrought iron balconies overlooking the street. Among the impressive edifices are the Carnival Court and the Blue Lodge, which are now youth hostels.

Order a drink at one of the coffee houses and watch the vacationers, shoppers and joggers congregate along the street. Rest your feet in the Turkish Baths of the Long Street Baths complex. It has a large main pool and a children’s pool with hot baths and showers.

This main avenue is the place for city-wide celebrations and events. Peruse the intriguing trinkets and artifacts on display in the Pan African Market. Haggle for souvenirs and gifts with an African theme, such as jewelry, art and traditional masks.

Stay into the evening, when the neon signs of fashionable bars and hip nightclubs light up the street. Rowdy clubs with skilled cocktail designers entertain revelers until the early hours of the morning. Many parties are held on the private balconies and rooftop lounges, while the street below is abuzz in summer.

Note that traffic flows one way uphill in a southwestern direction, with the parallel Loop Street carrying traffic downhill. The whole street is 2.3 miles (3.8 kilometers) long.

Long Street runs through the City Bowl part of the Cape Town City Centre. Ride a bus to one of the many stops along the street. Visit the nearby Bo-Kaap neighborhood a few blocks west and see St. George’s Cathedral to the south.


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The Table Bay Hotel ¥22,112
The Table Bay Hotel

The Table Bay Hotel

Quay 6 Victoria & Alfred, Cape Town, Western Cape
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located on the boardwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of Union Castle House, V&A Waterfront, and Two Oceans Aquarium. Cape Town Stadium and Long Street are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
    Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

    Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

    76 Orange Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Company's Garden and South African Jewish Museum. Greenmarket Square and Iziko Social History Resource Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cape Town Station is 25 minutes by foot.

      Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore ¥6,453
      Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore

      Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore

      29 Heerengracht Street, Foreshore, Cape Town, Western Cape
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Cape Town City Centre, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Artscape Theatre Centre and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Cape Town Stadium. Table Mountain Aerial Cableway and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens are also within 9 mi (15 km). Cape Town Station is 7 minutes by foot.

        Quayside Serviced Apartments
        Quayside Serviced Apartments

        Quayside Serviced Apartments

        34 Prestwich Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town, Western Cape
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Cape Town City Centre, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Bree Street and Long Street. Cape Town International Convention Centre and Greenmarket Square are also within 15 minutes. Cape Town Station is 11 minutes by foot.

          The Onyx Apartment Hotel ¥7,914
          The Onyx Apartment Hotel

          The Onyx Apartment Hotel

          57 Heerengracht Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Cape Town City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Long Street and Cape Town International Convention Centre. Greenmarket Square and Castle of Good Hope are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cape Town Station is 9 minutes by foot.

            Circa On The Square Hotel ¥5,843
            Circa On The Square Hotel

            Circa On The Square Hotel

            14 Jetty Street, Roggebaai, Cape Town, Western Cape
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Cape Town City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Long Street and Two Oceans Aquarium. Cape Town Stadium and Table Mountain are also within 6 mi (10 km). Cape Town Station is 9 minutes by foot.

              The Commodore Hotel ¥12,747
              The Commodore Hotel

              The Commodore Hotel

              Portswood Road, Portswood Square, V and A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located by the ocean, within a 10-minute walk of Union Castle House, V&A Waterfront, and Two Oceans Aquarium. Cape Town Stadium and Long Street are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                De Waterkant Cottages ¥4,302
                De Waterkant Cottages

                De Waterkant Cottages

                40 Napier Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Cape Town City Centre, this luxury cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village, Greenmarket Square, and Cape Town International Convention Centre. Two Oceans Aquarium and Table Mountain are also within 6 mi (10 km). Cape Town Station is 14 minutes by foot.