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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 ¥25,692
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 a 10-minute walk of Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and V&A Waterfront. Two Oceans Aquarium and Cape Town Stadium are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    The Onyx Apartment Hotel ¥8,779
    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. Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and Greenmarket Square are also within 15 minutes. Cape Town Station is 9 minutes by foot.

      AC Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront ¥10,348
      AC Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront

      AC Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront

      Dockrail Road, Foreshore, Cape Town, Western Cape
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Cape Town City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and Long Street. Cape Town International Convention Centre and Greenmarket Square are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cape Town Station is 19 minutes by foot.

        ONOMO Hotel Cape Town – Inn on the Square ¥5,316
        ONOMO Hotel Cape Town – Inn on the Square

        ONOMO Hotel Cape Town – Inn on the Square

        10 Greenmarket Square Road, Cape Town, Western Cape
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Cape Town City Centre, this hotel is steps from Pan African Market, Greenmarket Square, and Long Street. Castle of Good Hope and Cape Town International Convention Centre are also within 15 minutes. Cape Town Station is 8 minutes by foot.

          Taj Cape Town ¥11,285
          Taj Cape Town

          Taj Cape Town

          1 Wale Street, corner St Georges Mall, Cape Town, Western Cape
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located on the Strip, steps from St. Georges Mall, Greenmarket Square, and Long Street. South African National Gallery and Kloof Street are also within 10 minutes. Cape Town Station is 9 minutes by foot.

            The Westin Cape Town ¥15,344
            The Westin Cape Town

            The Westin Cape Town

            Convention Square, Lower Long Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located on the waterfront, just steps from Cape Town International Convention Centre and Long Street. Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and Greenmarket Square are also within 15 minutes. Cape Town Station is 12 minutes by foot.

              Hilton Cape Town City Centre ¥11,234
              Hilton Cape Town City Centre

              Hilton Cape Town City Centre

              126 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located by the ocean, just steps from Bo Kaap Museum and Long Street. Greenmarket Square and Kloof Street are also within 10 minutes. Cape Town Station is 14 minutes by foot.

                Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore ¥7,833
                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.