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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.


Guide to Exploring Long Street


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Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Cape Town £49
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 and Cape Town International Convention Centre. Castle of Good Hope and Kloof Street are also within 1 mile (2 km). Cape Town Station is 7 minutes by foot.

    InnsCape on Castle
    InnsCape on Castle

    InnsCape on Castle

    53 Castle Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Cape Town City Centre, this hotel is steps away from St. Georges Mall and Long Street. Cape Town International Convention Centre and Castle of Good Hope are also within 15 minutes. Cape Town Station is 6 minutes by foot.

      Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel
      Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel

      Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel

      Corner of Burg & Wale Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located in the mountains, just steps away from St. Georges Mall and Long Street. Kloof Street and Castle of Good Hope are also within 15 minutes. Cape Town Station is 10 minutes by foot.

        The Onyx Apartment Hotel £43
        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. Castle of Good Hope and Two Oceans Aquarium are also within 1 mile (2 km). Cape Town Station is 9 minutes by foot.

          The Table Bay Hotel
          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 1 mi (2 km) of Union Castle House, V&A Waterfront and Two Oceans Aquarium. Cape Town Stadium and Long Street are also within 2 miles (3 km).

            ITC Docklands
            ITC Docklands

            ITC Docklands

            The Docklands, 70 Prestwich Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town, Western Cape
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Cape Town City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village, Long Street and Cape Town International Convention Centre. Two Oceans Aquarium and Cape Town Stadium are also within 1 mile (2 km). Cape Town Station is 17 minutes by foot.

              Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
              Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

              Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

              76 Orange Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Company's Garden and South African Jewish Museum. Greenmarket Square and Iziko Social History Resource Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cape Town Station is 25 minutes by foot.

                One&Only Cape Town
                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, within a 15-minute walk of Two Oceans Aquarium and V&A Waterfront. Long Street and Cape Town International Convention Centre are also within 1 mile (2 km).