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Greatest Little-Known Hidden Treasures in Cape Town

Cape Town is a melting pot of cultures and it shows, besides the hustle and bustle of the CBD and the splendor of our shorelines there is a hidden world of places to discover.

Check out our four favourites hidden treasures in Cape Town:

Observatory
In a nation once divided into black and white, ‘Obz’ was a beacon of grey. During apartheid this suburb was one of the few in which races mixed – as they do today, in a clutter of bars and cafes kept lively by the students of the nearby University of Cape Town. There’s graffiti and peeling paint that add to the vibe of the neighbourhood. The namesake Astronomical Observatory offers great star-gazing, too, uncapping its telescopes for visitors twice a month. On the second and fourth Saturday of each month, wait for entry to the observatory by the pillars in front of the main building

Edward’s street, Durbanville
Edward Street is Bellville’s answer to Cape Town’s Long Street. Situated off Durban Road, a stones throw from Tygervalley Centre, this street boasts a string of clubs, bars and restaurants. The most popular one being Bunker9. A restaurant by day, cocktail bar by night and attracts alot of young, beautiful people with it’s r ‘n b, hip hop and house music. There is also Ku De Ta,Vacca Matta, Stones and many more others to keep you entertained all night through.

Bo Kaap:
Colorful pink, yellow and green houses line the cobbled streets of this historic district. With prayerful mosques and the wafting scent of home cooking throughout, the quaint district of Bo Kaap calls one and all into its family community. Many of the locals of Bo Kaap are descended of slaves from Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Their ancestors were captured in the 17th and 18th centuries. Christians and Muslims live together in Bo Kaap, though it is predominantly Muslim.

Kalkbay Harbour :
The small fishing village of Kalk Bay, nestled between the mountains and the sea, is only a 30 minute drive from the centre of Cape Town yet a world away from city life. It’s hard to believe that retro Kalk Bay is actually part of Cape Town. The pace differs – interesting people stroll along the wharf and browse the quirky shops, relaxed citizens sip on superb Cape Wines and cold beers while surfers ride the breakers and in season Southern Right Whales grace the shoreline. The mood of Kalk Bay differs from Cape Town – there is a holiday atmosphere and fishermen ply the waters constantly whatever the time of day or season.

Kalk Bay is one of Cape Town’s trendiest seaside villages and reflects a cosmopolitan heritage and a long fishing history. There is a bohemian artsy vibe, a growing nightlife, with great theatre and the art, architecture and cuisine are much sought after.

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