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Long Street
Vacation Travel Guide

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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Top Hotels Close to Long Street

Taj Cape Town
Taj Cape Town
5 out of 5
1 Wale Street, corner St Georges Mall, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥11,046 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located near the airport, just steps from St. Georges Mall and Long Street. Kloof Street and Castle of Good Hope are ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (997 reviews)

"One of the best five star hotels in the World, who looked after us like family at one the the greatest crises the World has ever experienced"…"

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2020

Taj Cape Town
One&Only Cape Town
One&Only Cape Town
5 out of 5
Dock Road, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥101,905 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 15-minute walk of Two Oceans Aquarium and V&A Waterfront. Cape Town International ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (287 reviews)
Our best hotel experience

"Simply the best hotel experience we've ever enjoyed (and we've enjoyed a lot). Everything from when you pull-up, check-in, breakfast (seriously - best hotel breakfast we've enjoyed) and the service and amenities throughout the stay. Kids club is superb, pool is superb, food is superb, location is ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

One&Only Cape Town
The Westin Cape Town
The Westin Cape Town
5 out of 5
Convention Square, Lower Long Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥11,826 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Cape Town International Convention Centre and Long Street. Two ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (751 reviews)

"Lovely staff. Welcoming and efficient. Good location close to waterfront."…"

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2020

The Westin Cape Town
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Taj Cape Town
Taj Cape Town
5 out of 5
1 Wale Street, corner St Georges Mall, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥11,046 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2
Taj Cape Town
One&Only Cape Town
One&Only Cape Town
5 out of 5
Dock Road, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥101,905 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2
One&Only Cape Town
The Westin Cape Town
The Westin Cape Town
5 out of 5
Convention Square, Lower Long Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥11,826 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2
The Westin Cape Town
Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Victoria Junction
Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Victoria Junction
4 out of 5
Corner Somerset And Ebenezer Roads, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥7,196 per night from Feb 26 to Feb 27
Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Victoria Junction
Signature Lux Hotel by ONOMO, Waterfront
Signature Lux Hotel by ONOMO, Waterfront
3.5 out of 5
24 Alfred Street, V& A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥5,045 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28
Signature Lux Hotel by ONOMO, Waterfront
91 Loop
91 Loop
2 out of 5
91 Loop Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥3,284 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2
91 Loop
Unique Lodge
Unique Lodge
3 out of 5
102 Long Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥3,774 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2
Unique Lodge
Cartel House Hotel On Loop
Cartel House Hotel On Loop
3.5 out of 5
113 Loop St, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥9,220 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28
Cartel House Hotel On Loop
Gorgeous George by Design Hotels™
Gorgeous George by Design Hotels™
5 out of 5
118 St Georges Mall, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥9,436 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2
Gorgeous George by Design Hotels™
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.