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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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Signature Lux Hotel by ONOMO Foreshore ¥5,615
Signature Lux Hotel by ONOMO Foreshore

Signature Lux Hotel by ONOMO Foreshore

31 A Heerengraght Boulevard, Cape Town, Western Cape
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Cape Town City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Long Street, Cape Town International Convention Centre, and Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Greenmarket Square and Castle of Good Hope are also within 15 minutes. Cape Town Station is 6 minutes by foot.

    Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore ¥6,632
    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.

      The Table Bay Hotel ¥30,412
      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).

        Hilton Cape Town City Centre ¥11,604
        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 in the historical district, 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.

          Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Cape Town ¥11,383
          Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Cape Town

          Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Cape Town

          22 Riebeek Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Cape Town City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Long Street, Greenmarket Square, and Cape Town International Convention Centre. Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and Castle of Good Hope are also within 15 minutes. Cape Town Station is 7 minutes by foot.

            The Westin Cape Town ¥19,641
            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.

              Taj Cape Town ¥14,954
              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 near the airport, 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.

                One&Only Cape Town ¥81,692
                One&Only Cape Town

                One&Only Cape Town

                Dock Road, V & A Waterfront, 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 Two Oceans Aquarium and Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Cape Town International Convention Centre and Cape Town Stadium are also within 1 mi (2 km).