Top 10 Must-See Neighbourhoods in Cape Town

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!

Get ready to explore the most trendy and sought-after neighbourhoods of the Mother City! From established favourites to up-and-coming hotspots, we’ve got the inside scoop on the coolest places to be in Cape Town. Let the countdown begin!

10. Observatory

Obsessed with cool Cape Town suburbs? Then you’ll love Obz! Short for Observatory, this bohemian paradise is located just 10 minutes outside of Cape Town’s city centre. Known for its diverse and multi-cultural community, Obz is the perfect blend of sugar, spice and everything nice that you could want in a trendy neighbourhood. Lower Main Road is the ultimate local hangout spot for artists, hippies, backpackers, students and foodies alike, but anyone and everyone is welcome in Obz, even if they’re a little rough around the edges.

With its variety of thrift shops, street-lined cafes, quirky restaurants and laid-back hangouts, Obz has something for everyone. And don’t forget about the cool graffiti murals that add a pop of colour to the already vibrant streets.

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9. Muizenberg

Welcome to Muizenberg, the ultimate surfs-up, suns-out Cape Town neighbourhood that’s way more than just a beachy paradise! Sure, it’s all about catching the waves, sandy toes, and beachfront-fun, but Muizenberg also offers a trendy and cool vibe that sets it apart from other Cape Town neighbourhoods. Located along the vibrant False Bay coastline, Muizenberg is the surfing hotspot of the Mother City, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s just for surfers. This laid-back neighbourhood has something for everyone, from chilled bars to trendy hangouts and sought-after beachfront restaurants. And let’s not forget the Insta-worthy colourful beach huts that make it one of the most ‘Instagrammed’ spots in Cape Town!

But there’s more to Muizenberg than meets the eye. This neighbourhood is a perfect blend of sun, sea, and sand, with a healthy dose of adventure thrown in. Take a walk along the beach, go for a swim, or grab a board and hit the waves at famous Muizenberg Surfer’s Corner. And if you’re feeling adventurous, explore the rugged coastline or head up to the Muizenberg Mountain for a hike with spectacular views.

So, when you’re looking for a Cape Town neighbourhood that has it all, Muizenberg should definitely be at the top of your list. It’s a vibrant, trendy, and laid-back neighbourhood that offers the perfect combination of beachy fun and adventure.

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8. Newlands

Newlands, one of the most sought-after Cape Town suburbs, is a leafy paradise for the who’s who and nature lovers alike. The spectacular high-end properties nestled amongst the natural beauty attract those with an eye for architecture and an appreciation for the environment. Located at the foot of Table Mountain, Newlands boasts the Newlands Forest and the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens – true natural wonders and paradise for hikers and explorers.

But hold up, it’s not just the greenery and scenic beauty that make Newlands cool and trendy. Oh no, it’s got some serious street cred! For the sports fans out there, Newlands Rugby Stadium is one of the grand old dames of rugby in the country and the second oldest rugby stadium in the world. And for the creatives, the Montebello Design Centre is one of Cape Town’s best-kept secrets featuring over 20 arts and craft studios and workshops.

And let’s not forget the charming little village-style shopping centres, steakhouses, bars, restaurants and trendy hangout spots that Newlands has to offer. It’s clear that this Cape Town suburb has something for everyone – from the nature lover to the rugby fan to the artsy type. So what are you waiting for? Come explore the lush greenery and cool vibes of Newlands.

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7. Green Point

In the battle for the trendiest neighbourhoods in Cape Town, there’s an unspoken competition between Sea Point and Green Point for the top spot, but we’ll give Green Point the number 7 spot, because let’s face it, we’re all about the GREEN. Besides its lively nightlife scene, mouth-watering restaurants, and trendy coffee shops, Green Point is so much more than just a pretty face.

This neighbourhood is not only one of the trendiest in Cape Town, but also boasts a prime location and stunning surroundings that make it a mecca for adventure-seekers and those living an active lifestyle. The Green Point Urban Park is just one of the natural gems located right in the heart of this urban jungle, perfect for lazy Sunday lounging or a scenic run or bike ride.

With its cool charm, great location, and proximity to the beach and other exciting Mother City attractions, Green Point is the ultimate destination for those who want it all. So, whether you’re a local or a visitor, come join the Green Point crew and experience the magic for yourself.

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6. City Bowl & CBD

Are you ready to get your groove on? Because Cape Town’s inner city is where it’s at! Sure, it might have its haters, but let’s be real, it’s just jealous of all the trendy vibes and cool hangouts that this part of town has to offer. From bars and nightclubs that keep the party going until the wee hours of the morning, to up-and-coming restaurants that will make your taste buds dance with joy, Cape Town’s CBD is the place to be.

But there’s more to this inner-city gem than just trendy hangouts and high-rise apartments. The re-vamped and revitalized central business district has given Cape Town central a certain cool edge that you won’t find anywhere else. And with iconic landmarks like Long Street, Greenmarket Square, the Old Town Hall, and St. George’s Cathedral, there’s always something new to discover.

So why not embrace the inner-city magic and let loose, let go, and love every second of it? Trust us, you won’t regret it.

5. Bo-Kaap

Looking for a neighbourhood that’s as colourful and captivating as it is culturally-rich? Look no further than Bo-Kaap, one of Cape Town’s most beloved and vibrant neighbourhoods. With its mix of Cape Dutch and Georgian architecture and steeply cobble-stoned streets, Bo-Kaap is a feast for the eyes, and it’s no wonder that it’s one of the most ‘Instagrammed’ spots in Cape Town. But there’s so much more to this neighbourhood than just its photogenic charm.

Bo-Kaap is also home to the Bo-Kaap Museum, the Auwal Mosque, and the Diamond Gallery, all of which showcase the area’s fascinating history and heritage. And let’s not forget about the food! Bo-Kaap is renowned for its mouth-wateringly-delicious Cape Malay cuisine, which you simply must try during your visit. But it’s not just about the food. Bo-Kaap’s corner cafes and cool hangout spots are also worth checking out. With its cultural diversity, bold colours, and undeniable charm, Bo-Kaap is one of Cape Town’s trendiest neighbourhoods, and it’s not to be missed.

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4. Noordhoek

Let’s give this charming Cape Town neighbourhood the attention it deserves! Noordhoek may be a hidden gem, but it’s certainly not one to be overlooked. Coming in at number 4 on our trendiest Cape Town neighbourhood count down, Noordhoek’s beauty, charisma and under-cover-trend-setting status has earned it a spot on our list. This stunning sea-side town invites you to take a breather and march to the beat of its chilled-out drum. With some of the world’s most picturesque beaches, delicious organic food, bareback beach rides, mellow live music, and artisanal shops, Noordhoek will transport you to a whole new laid-back world without ever leaving the Mother City.

But don’t be fooled by Noordhoek’s peaceful vibes, this small Cape Town neighbourhood has a lot of charisma and adventurous spirit packed into its charming village feel. Not only is it home to stunning restaurants, vineyards, craft breweries, hangout spots and great accommodation, but it also boasts one of Cape Town’s coolest surfing spots, the Dunes! Local surfers regard the Dunes as one of their best kept surfing secrets, with solid six to eight-foot waves that provide a world-class tube for an epic ride.

It’s time to give Noordhoek the recognition it deserves, this sleepy seaside sensation has it all – surf, sand, soulful vibes and a whole lot of charm. It’s certainly one of Cape Town’s most beautiful hidden gems and best kept secrets, and we’re thrilled to have it on our list of trendy Cape Town neighbourhoods!

3. Woodstock

Looking for a Cape Town neighbourhood that’s a perfect blend of old-school cool and new-school trend-setting? Look no further than Woodstock! This vibrant area has been around for decades, but it’s only getting cooler with age. Think Brooklyn, but with a distinctly Cape Town flair.

One of Woodstock’s biggest draws is its food scene, which is seriously impressive. With world-renowned restaurants like The Test Kitchen and The Pot Luck Club, you know you’re in for a treat. And when the sun goes down, the bars and clubs keep the party going all night long.

But Woodstock isn’t just about food and drinks. This neighbourhood is also a hub of creativity, with a thriving arts scene and some seriously cool street art. You could spend hours exploring the colourful murals and inspiring works of art that are all around you.

So if you’re looking for a neighbourhood that’s equal parts cool and cultured, make sure to add Woodstock to your list of must-see Cape Town neighbourhoods!

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2. Kalk Bay

Are you looking for a cool, quirky, and off-the-beaten-path Cape Town neighborhood to explore? Look no further than Kalk Bay! Recently named one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world by Forbes, this seaside village is bursting with charm and character. From its quaint cafes and street-lined shops to its stunning beachfront restaurants and adventurous spirit, Kalk Bay has something for everyone.

But what makes Kalk Bay truly unique is its hidden gems and surprising hotspots. From secret caves to a favorite summer surfing spot among locals and enthusiasts around the world, Kalk Bay is an adventure paradise waiting to be explored. And if you’re a foodie, you won’t be disappointed with the extensive variety of eateries, trendy coffee shops, and craft shops to choose from.

But the best part? Kalk Bay welcomes locals and travelers from all walks of life. Whether you’re in the mood for an exclusive high-end experience or want to kick it like a Cape Town local, you’ll find it all here. So what are you waiting for? Come discover the magic of Kalk Bay!

1. Gardens & Tamboerskloof

When it comes to Cape Town neighbourhoods, we don’t just drink the cool-aid, we guzzle it like it’s going out of style! And when it comes to trendiness, we’ve got our eyes fixed firmly on the dynamic duo of Tamboerskloof and Gardens. These two trendy hotspots are the undisputed champs of Cape Town’s coolest neighborhoods, and for good reason.

Tamboerskloof is nestled against the slopes of Signal Hill and Lion’s Head, right next to the equally hip neighborhood of Gardens. Together, they’re a match made in heaven, with enough trendy hangouts, cool bars, and amazing restaurants to make any foodie’s heart skip a beat.

Of course, the real star of the show is Kloof Street, one of Cape Town’s coolest streets and a mecca for anyone looking for great food, art, fashion, or just a fun night out. But don’t sleep on Tamboerskloof, either – this neighborhood is full of beautiful Victorian-style homes and architectural wonders just waiting to be explored.

And let’s not forget the natural beauty that surrounds these two neighborhoods. Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, and Signal Hill are all just a stone’s throw away, making it easy to get your adventure fix whenever you need it.

So whether you’re looking for trendy hotspots, architectural wonders, or just a little bit of natural beauty, Tamboerskloof and Gardens have got you covered. It’s no wonder they’re our top picks for Cape Town’s coolest neighbourhoods!

By Bianca Bunge.