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Trendiest Neighbourhoods in Cape Town

 In Cape Town, cape town neighbourhoods, Travel

By Bianca Bunge.

It’s a tale as old as time, the battle of the Cape Town neighbourhoods, but who really takes the cool neighbourhood crown, who really is the fairest and trendiest of them all? Well, you’re about to find out! And while this list can be as up and down as the Mother City’s weather and highly dependent on new arrivals, cool old-school trends coming back into style and up and coming rising stars finally making a breakthrough as the new hip and happening Cape Town place to be, these are our current trendy neighbourhood standings. Let the countdown begin!

10. Observatory – The bold bohemian paradise to our Cape Town neighbourhood rhapsody!

 

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Obvs we’re all about OBZ! Yeah, we just couldn’t help ourselves there.. Observatory, more casually known as Obz, is a beautifully bold bohemian paradise located a mere 10 minutes outside of Cape Town’s city centre. Being a trendy melting pot of people means it’s got all the sugar, spice and secret-something-nice you could want in a cool Cape Town neighbourhood, and it’s certainly known to keep even the not-so-social entertained and loving life. Observatory’s Lower Main Road is the celebrated and beloved local hangout spot for artists, hippies, backpackers, students and foodies alike, but it boisterously welcomes anyone and everyone with open arms, even if they might be a little tattooed and rough around the edges, Obz loves everyone all the same! Diverse and multi-cultural Observatory is as easy-going and free-spirited as they come, boasting a variety of cool thrift shops, charming street-lined cafes, quirky restaurants and laid-back hangouts it really has something of everything. It’s also home to some of Cape Town’s coolest graffiti murals, which makes exploring it that much more colourful, cool and exciting!

9. Muizenberg – Chilled vibes & good-surfing times is the Muizenberg way of life!

 

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While the cool and laid-back neighbourhood of Muizenberg might be known for its surfs-up, suns-out take on life, it’s certainly not all surfing and sea-sand, it’s also a pretty cool and trendy Cape Town neighbourhood. But don’t get us wrong, it’s definitely all about the surf, sun and beachfront-fun too, and we won’t have it any other way, and neither would you! Located approximately 20 minutes outside of Cape Town city centre along the vibrant False Bay coastline, Muizenberg has loudly and proudly positioned itself as THE surfing hotspot of the Mother City. But besides chilled vibes, and good-surfing-times, Muizenberg also boasts a variety of cool laid-back bars, trendy hangouts and sought-after beachfront restaurants that’s known to draw quite the crowd. But true to its surfing-village-roots, Muizenberg is one Cape Town neighbourhood that will encourage you to get out there and have as much beach-loving fun as you can handle, because there’s nothing quite like being sun-kissed, sandy, and salty-haired while soaking up the sunshine on one of the most beautiful beaches in Cape Town. Then throw some famous Muizenberg Surfer’s Corner surfing in there and you’re good to go! Plus, it’s world renowned, super Insta-worthy colourful beach huts will certainly add a much-needed dash of Cape Town colour to your life and definitely your Instagram feed too, it’s not known as one of the most ‘Instagrammed’ spots in Cape Town for nothing!

8. Newlands – The best combination of lavish & lush!

 

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The leafy and lush greenery of Newlands has arguably made it one of the most beautiful and sought-after neighbourhoods in Cape Town. Boasting some truly spectacular high-end properties, it’s certainly known to attract the who’s who, but besides stunning architectural gems, Newlands is the real deal when it comes to its natural beauty. Located at the foot of Table Mountain and home to the Newlands Forest incorporated within the Table Mountain National Park as well as the world-renowned Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Newlands is a true natural wonder and any nature lover’s paradise dream come true! All its lush natural surroundings and stunning natural gems therefore also makes Newlands quite the adventure mecca for hiking and exploring! But besides the wild, unapologetic scenic beauty of this stunning Cape Town neighbourhood, it’s pretty cool and trendy too! Offering a diverse range of charming little village-style shopping centres, steakhouses, bars, restaurants and trendy hangout spots, it definitely has a little something for everyone. The area is also well-known by Cricket & Rugby fans as it is home to the 51 000-seater Newlands Rugby Stadium, one of the grand old dames of rugby in this country and the second oldest rugby stadium in the world, pretty cool right! But Newlands is certainly not all about the greenery, cricket, rugby and scenic beauty, it’s definitely earned itself some major Cape Town creative cred too! Boasting some truly epic artistic displays, besides the Barnard Gallery, the Montebello Design Centre is one of Cape Town’s best-kept secrets featuring more than 20 arts and craft studios and workshops. This cool Cape Town neighbourhood therefore definitely has something for everyone!

7. Green Point – The Soho of the Mother City with a touch of Cape Town kiff!

 

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In Cape Town there is an unspoken battle of ‘the Points’, with Sea Point and Green Point both competing for the coveted pointy crown, but today our number 7 spot in the battle for the trendiest neighbourhood in Cape Town goes to Green Point of course, because we’re ALL about the GREEN, even when it comes to our neighbourhoods! Green Point is aptly known as the Soho of Cape Town thanks to its vibrant nightlife scene, incredible restaurants, hip hangouts and trendy coffee shops, but besides great places to drink and eat, there is so much more beneath the Green Point neighbourhood surface! Besides being one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in Cape Town, Green Point’s beautiful surroundings, prime location and close proximity to the beach as well as a range of other exciting Mother City attractions, makes it the ultimate mecca for adventure-seeking and active lifestyle pursuits. The Green Point Urban Park is merely one such natural gem that’s located right there in the heart of the urban jungle, and is the perfect destination for fun family picnics, lazy Sunday lounging amongst the greenery or a scenic run or bike ride if it tickles your fancy! It’s therefore no surprise that people just can’t get enough of that cool Green Point charm, and we’re right there with them!

6. City Bowl / Cape Town CBD – The thriving, thrilling heart & soul of it all!

 

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Let’s be honest, the City Bowl and Cape Town’s CBD are two Mother City neighbourhoods that either brings the best or worst out of any of us. Whether it’s extreme levels of excitement or fear, whatever response or burning desire Cape Town’s inner-city elicits in you, one thing is for certain, if you’re all about the action, this is where you need to be, right in the thick and heart of it all! Cape Town’s inner city may have its haters, but let’s be honest it comes with the trendy neighbourhood territory, but say what you want, the Mother City’s CBD has a certain energy to it, an atmosphere and electricity so palpable you can’t help but want to let loose, let your hair down, and let the cool inner-city vibe take you where it may. With nightclubs that keep the music pumping well into the morning hours, trendy bars and cool hangout spots on just about every corner and sought-after restaurants and up-and-coming eateries that will win over your food-loving heart in a matter of seconds, Cape Town central certainly has it ALL! Besides super trendy hangouts, it’s cool urban lifestyle, high-rise apartment buildings and re-vamped and revitalised central business district gives Cape Town central a certain cool edge you won’t find anywhere else. It’s therefore no surprise that tons of business-savvy youngsters, corporate moguls, Cape Town trend-setters and families looking for a bit of city edge is flocking to the inner-city not only for a good time, but to call it their own, even if it’s just for a while. Boasting some Mother City heavy-hitters like Long Street, the Greenmarket Square, the Old Town Hall, the South African Parliament Buildings, the Slave lodge, St. George’s Cathedral and the Company Gardens to mention juts a few, there is way more to Cape Town central than what meets the eye! It’s an eclectic, bustling, cosmopolitan mix that’s always-hustling, never-say-die, always-keep-the-party going attitude has been known to reel even the most resistant of us in. But what can we say, you can’t resist that inner-city Cape Town magic, so why not let loose, let go and love every second of it anyway!

5. Bo-Kaap – The most colourful, charismatic & culturally diverse Cape Town neighbourhood of them all!

 

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Earning itself the title as one of the most ‘Instagrammed’ spots in Cape Town as well as its most colourful and culturally-rich neighbourhoods, the trendy neighbourhood of Bo-Kaap is bold, boisterous and beautiful and certainly knows how to draw a crowd. Every year people travel from all corners of the globe to catch just a glimpse of that colourful Bo-Kaap charm, and we’re right there with them, and undoubtedly you will be too! But besides its vibrant and colourful surroundings, Bo-Kaap’s history has played a vital role in shaping this beloved Cape Town neighbourhood into what it is today and will forever be celebrated as the historical centre of Cape Malay culture in Cape Town. Besides the celebration of colour and mix of Cape Dutch and Georgian architecture that line the steeply cobble-stoned streets, it’s also home to the Bo-Kaap Museum, the first established Muslim mosque in South Africa, the Auwal Mosque and the Diamond Gallery, one of the largest diamond wholesalers in South Africa, to mention just a few of its gems. But let’s not forget it’s glorious culinary wonders that attract locals and travellers from all around the world in the hopes to savour just a taste of Bo-Kaap’s mouth-wateringly-delicious Cape Malay Cuisine! Call it a Cape Town rite of passage or a gift to yourself and your pallet, but you absolutely cannot visit Bo-Kaap without enjoying a traditional Cape Malay meal at one of the restaurants, there is just NO way! Visiting one of Bo-Kaap’s corner café’s or cool hangout spots is also a real treat! This is one trendy Cape Town neighbourhood that’s cultural diversity, colour and charm is sure to surprise you in the very best way and is worth every second of exploring.

4. Noordhoek – The sleepy sea-side town that truly has it all!

 

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Noordhoek is definitely one of Cape Town most beautiful hidden gems and best kept secrets, but whether it’s Noordhoek’s beauty, charisma or under-cover-trend-setting status that’s earned it the number 4 spot on our trendiest Cape Town neighbourhood count down, we love it all the same! The stunning sea-side town of Noordhoek encourages you to slow down and soak it all in, and you can’t help but want to take it down a notch and march to the beat of the chilled-out Noordhoek drum. Beside some of the most picturesque beaches in the world, Noordhoek has a real village feel, with quiet beaches, delicious organic food, bareback beach rides, mellow live music, and artisanal shops it will almost feel like you’ve escaped to a whole new laid-back world without really leaving the Mother City at all. While this small Cape Town neighbourhood may embrace the quieter side of life with open arms, don’t you dare underestimate it’s charisma and adventurous spirit for one second. Besides being home to a variety of stunning restaurants, vineyard, craft breweries and hangout spots as well as tons of great accommodation locations and epic attractions, Noordhoek also boasts one of the coolest local surfing spots, the Dunes! Featuring solid six to eight-foot waves that provides world-class tubes for an epic ride, this famous Cape Town surfing spot has been known to draw die-hard surfing enthusiasts from all corners of the globe in search of that perfect wave. Known as a bit of a hidden gem, local surfers certainly regard the Dunes as one of their best kept surfing secrets! Surf, sand and a soulful approach to life, dare we say it, the sleepy seaside sensation that is Noordhoek might just have it all!

3. Woodstock – The REAL OG of the trendy Cape Town neighbourhood scene!

 

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The trendy trail-blazing neighbourhood of Woodstock is proof that old-school-cool and real OG street cred never goes out of style, and what is old will become new again! While the hip neighbourhood of Woodstock may be one of Cape Town’s oldest suburbs, it’s also one of the trendiest and it’s certainly planning on staying that way for many decades to come. Compared to the edgy trend-setter that’s New York’s Brooklyn, Woodstock is an artsy creative mecca with a touch of Cape Town grunt, and while it might still be a little rough around the edges in some of its pockets, we love it just as it is! Woodstock is the epitome and most marvellous mix of cultures and diversity perfectly matched to make the neighbourhood a vibrant, bustling blend of food, fashion, arts, and design. Besides its cool Cape Town neighbourhood status, it’s thriving food scene is something only to be admired. Boasting some of the most renowned and sought-after culinary gems, not only in Cape Town but the world, Woodstock has certainly positioned itself as an epic, not-to-be-missed foodie hotspot! Featuring restaurant heavy-hitters like the renowned Test Kitchen, the Tap Room, the Pot Luck Club and The Kitchen, just to mention a few, as well as some really cool hangouts and trendy bars that’s sure to have you celebrating the night away in true Cape Town cool style! Plus, the Old Biscuit Mill is just around the corner too! But besides incredible places to drink and eat, Woodstock is certainly celebrated for its vibrant, eclectic and truly inspiring artistic wonders and thriving street-art-scene that is worth every second of exploring!

2. Kalk Bay – Quirky, cool & care-free & topping the charts as one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world!

 

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The trendy seaside neighbourhood of Kalk Bay was recently named one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world by Forbes, so not only is it proudly boasting super cool Cape Town status, but it’s cool quirks and charismatic sea-side vibe is taking over the world too, and we wouldn’t expect anything less! A real gem and shining star of the vibrant False Bay coastline, the trendy ocean-front fishing village of Kalk Bay is jam-packed with tons of cool hidden gems, secret spots and surprising hotspots you wouldn’t quite expect at first glance, and maybe that’s one of the reasons why we love it so much and proudly dubbed it our 2nd trendiest neighbourhood in Cape Town! Boasting an extensive variety of cool street-lined shops, quaint cafes, stunning beachfront restaurants and stand-out eateries, trendy coffee shops, arty craft shops and so much more, you can easily spend a full day, or maybe even a few, strolling the streets of this small trendy Cape Town neighbourhood and still not be able to experience all it has to offer. And one of the best things about Kalk Bay is that it welcomes locals and travellers from all walks of life, so whether you’re in the mood for an exclusive high-end experience or keen to kick it like the Cape Town locals, Kalk Bay has it all! Besides really good food and cool places to enjoy a drink or savour a cup of coffee, the trendy neighbourhood of Kalk Bay certainly has an adventurous spirit and keen sense of wonder that’s hard to resist. Located just around the corner from Simonstown and Boulders Beach, home to our favourite Cape Town cool kids, the African Penguin colony as well as boasting a variety of caves worth exploring, including the fan-favourite Boomslang Cave, Kalk Bay has become quite the adventure paradise. And not to mention it’s also home to one of Cape Town’s coolest Summer time surfing gems that has become a real fan-favourite surfing spot among locals and surfing enthusiasts around the world. Whether it’s Kalk Bay’s cool laid-back approach to life, treasure chest of hidden gems and secret spots, bold unapologetic scenic beauty, quirky charisma or trend-setting trail-blazing status that keeps us hooked and always wanting more, we just can’t get enough of that Kalk Bay MAGIC!

1. Gardens / Tamboerskloof – The trendiest neighbourhood duo in Cape Town!

 

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Yes, we drink the Gardens and Tamboerskloof neighbourhood cool-aid, we absolutely love it, we’re all about it and we’re praising its trendy status from every rooftop and mountain top in town! Therefore, the coveted title and number 1 spot in the battle for the trendiest neighbourhood in Cape Town goes to, the trendy neighbourhood duo of Tamboerskloof and Gardens, what can we say, sometimes good things comes in two’s! Tamboerskloof is a trendy Mother City neighbourhood that can be found chilling out on the slopes of Lions Head and Signal Hill, adjacent to the cool neighbourhood of Gardens. Together these two trendy Cape Town neighbourhood power-players make the ultimate dream team of beauty, adventure and trendy trail-blazing hotspots! These two cool Cape Town neighbourhoods have fast become two of the Mother City’s most sought-after destinations due to their extensive variety of hip hangouts, cool bars and trendy restaurants, and we’re certainly not surprised! The fact that it’s home to one of the coolest streets on the Cape Town block, Kloof Street, we wouldn’t expect anything else. Right at the centre of it all, Kloof Street really is the ultimate mecca for foodies, forward-thinkers, trend-setters and artistic enthusiasts alike. Home to an extensive variety of trendy hangouts, cool coffee shops, charming café’s, artisan hotspots and iconic award-winning restaurants, as well as a variety of leading art galleries, fashion boutiques, a thriving lifestyle centre and much more. Yes, Kloof Street (& Kloofnek Road) really has it all going on, thereby making it quite the crowd-pleasing hotspot for all those in search of a great time in one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in town. Besides tons of trendy hangouts, there’s way more to the neighbourhood of Tamboerskloof than what meets the eye. Being one of the oldest residential suburbs in Cape Town means that it boasts a variety of beautiful Victorian-style homes that lie side-by-side showcasing a cool art deco vibe and an eclectic mix of architectural styles, making this unique neighbourhood quite an architectural wonder to explore! Tamboerskloof is also perfectly placed to explore the rest of Cape Town and the vibrant energy and always-buzzing atmosphere certainly makes its presence felt here, thereby inviting you to explore everything there is to offer! And if there’s one thing these two Cape Town neighbourhoods have in overload it’s epic hidden gems and the coolest secret spots. All of which seem relatively unassuming at first glance, but as soon as you step foot inside you should definitely be prepared to have your mind blown in all the bets ways! Besides all the trendy street-lined gems, secret escapes and being one of Cape Town’s coolest hangouts and foodie hotspots, Gardens and Tamboerskloof certainly don’t hold back on their surrounding scenic beauty and keen sense of adventure. The fact that Table Mountain, Lions Head and Signal Hill are all just a stone throw away, quite literally, means you have a whole nature lover’s paradise right at your fingertips just waiting to be explored! Topping our trendy Cape Town neighbourhood chart, it’s therefore safe to say that we are head-over-heel, forever hooked on the trendy Cape Town neighbourhood power-duo of Gardens and Tamboerskloof.

By Bianca Bunge.

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