What’s not to love about De Waterkant? Effortlessly cool, urban and contemporary, this little suburb tucked next to the Bo-Kaap and Signal Hill has a European feel with its narrow cobbled streets and beuatiful terraced Georgian-style houses.
What makes the area special:
• It’s one of the most walkable areas in Cape Town, a short stroll from the CBD and the V&A Waterfront. Home to young professionals who love the café culture and buzzing night life, it has a reputation for being a relaxed, gay-friendly neighbourhood that’s hugely popular with overseas visitors.
• And, of course, there’s the food. From delicious coffees at Truth Coffee at the Prestwich Memorial and Origin Coffee Roasting’s barista school in Hudson Street to cafés, trattorias and restaurants and the newly restructured Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village, there’s no shortage of places to find a delicious bite to eat.
• As well as design and décor stores, courtyard restaurants, free yoga sessions nad a rooftop swimming pool, the Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village has a more practical side, with a Spar, a pharmacy, a hardware store and parking. All very necessary!
• Parking is hard to find, but because it’s such a walkable suburb and the MyCiTi bus runs right past, many residents choose not to drive. And, of course, there are the views that more than make up for the lack of parking spaces – over the harbour, Signal Hill and Table Mountain.
Our favourite food in the area:
• Modern Asian tapas at Shio
• Delicious Portuguese at Pigalle
• Classic Italian at Il Leone Mastrantonio
• Great breakfasts at Charles Café
• Authentic Italian at Osteria Tarantino
• Superb coffee at Ground Art Caffe
• Fun sharing plates at The Mess
Our favourite local activities:
• The design shops at Cape Quarter
• The history at Prestwich Memorial Gardens
• The multitude of bars and cafés open at night
• The views at the Batstone Pool on top of the Cape Quarter
Our favourite spots in walking distance:
• A hike up Signal Hill to take in the stunning views
• A 10 minute stroll to the CBD for work and play
• A walk to the V&A Waterfront for great shopping
• A run to Green Point Urban Park to use the fitness equipment
• An easy walk to Cape Town Stadium to watch big concerts or matches
“I love the community vibe: people really look out for each other. In a world where communication is increasingly online and detached, having daily interactions with people in my home environment is important to me.” Belinda Bowling, resident