I always find that when I plan to visit a new city, it is quite daunting trying to figure out in which area to stay. Your location can make a big difference to your experience and will ultimately play a huge role in how you remember your stay.
Cape Town is no different to any other city in that different areas will provide different experiences. Based on what you are looking for and what your needs are, you can decide which part of the breath taking Mother City will service you best. Let me tell you a little more about the wonderful variety of suburbs we have to offer while you study English with us.
One of the most popular areas for our students as well as many international visitors is The Bo-Kaap. Situated on the slopes of Signal Hill this area was formerly known as the Malay Quarter. According to http://www.bokaap.co.za/ the Bo-Kaap is “… a multicultural area, tucked safely into the fold of Signal Hill. Use the cobble stoned streets as your guide and you will be lead into a lively suburb filled with brightly coloured houses from the nineteenth and seventeenth century, Muslim saint’s shrines and many beautiful mosques including the first established Muslim Mosque in South Africa.” The area is no more than a ten-minute walk from the school and will definitely provide you with a unique experience leaving you fully immersed into South African or should I say Cape Malay culture.
On the ocean side of Signal Hill you will find Green Point. As it is also located in close proximity we ensure that we can offer accommodation in this affluent area. It is a popular residential area for young professionals and Somerset Road forms the main thoroughfare lined by numerous restaurants, cafés, boutiques and nightclubs. Probably the best known landmark in this area is the Cape Town Stadium which was constructed for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Green Point in also home to an incredible urban park adjacent to the stadium. The park is a perfect spot to spend a sunny day strolling around and relaxing or to make use of the outdoor gym equipment to make sure you stay in shape.
These are two of the most popular areas in Cape Town, however there is so much more on offer that I would like to share it with you in my next post. There is trendy Woodstock, beautiful Gardens, windy Vredehoek and not to mention vibey Sea Point. Watch this space!