In my previous blog, I discussed how much the location of your accommodation influences your experience in a foreign city. So, if you have chosen Cape Town as that city I do believe you are in luck. The city has been voted one of the world’s most beautiful for a reason, this being that rarely does someone leave disappointed, no matter where they found themselves in the Mother City.
I have mentioned Green Point and Bo-Kaap as very popular areas, but there are so many more. If you head up from the city centre towards the mountain you will notice the suburbs become more green and leafy. The area located on the slopes of the mountain facing the harbour is known as Gardens. You will find an array of great little shops, chic cafes and bars. Gardens is a hip and happening hub which boasts a lovely atmosphere. Kloof street, which is a mere 750m from our Long Street campus, plays host to many restaurants, clothing shops and lively entertainment spots. If you can find a place to stay in this neighbourhood I guarantee you will feel as if you are part of the cosmopolitan, trendy, cool crowd that Cape Town is known for.
On the other side of Signal Hill you will find the renowned area called Sea Point, bordering on the Atlantic Ocean. What makes Sea Point great you might ask? Well, when the South Easter is blowing gale force you can just pop around to find absolute bliss on that side. Sea Point is often sheltered from the wind by the mountains, which is a rare find during the summer months. According to Wikipedia: “Sea Point is the only sea-side suburb of Cape Town with a lot of high-rise development and this, along with other factors, has made it a very popular residential area. Sea Point is home to many diverse sets of cultures. There is an eclectic mix of Capetonians and international visitors.”
Nestled between the slopes of Lion’s Head and the docks of Table Bay you will find a little neighbourhood called Woodstock. The area was pretty run down a decade ago but has gone through some serious revamping and has changed dramatically. Young professionals have taken advantage of the still affordable, Victorian semi-detached homes, many of which have been beautifully renovated and restored. Trendy restaurants, innovative media, businesses offices, shops and showrooms have sprung up in creatively converted warehouses and abandoned buildings. The area is easily accessible from the city centre using public transport.
As I have mentioned, you will rarely find an area that will disappoint, in and around Cape Town. The city offers an immense variety, due to this, I can assure you, you will find what you are looking for. And if not, we here at Oxford English Academy will gladly assist you in finding the right place.