The Historic Centre

Long Street and its offshoots are the central streets for the younger, vibier crowd in Cape Town. This area has several high-end eateries: here, the restaurants are typically larger, more ostentatious and have prices to match.

The Centre has a day, an evening and a night time character. By day, you’ll find it a bizarre mix of the African, the Western and the Orient all mixed into one. You’ll trip over numerous art galleries, museums, cafes, craft shops and markets. In the evening, you’ll notice almost all the shops and cafés shut and the restaurants take over. The nighttime vibe on Long can be a little daunting at times: if you prefer your clubs more classy and exclusive, try De Waterkant.

The majority of restaurants in this area are medium sized businesses, most not owner managed. They offer fine dining in the main. (There are exceptions, though.) Most places have between ten and twenty tables, usually not more. Expect high end food and wine for quiet and relatively formal dining.

WALKING DISTANCE / SHORT TAXI RIDE (between 10 – 15 minutes on foot, 5 minutes by taxi)

Savoy Cabbage – Sophisticated and traditional  (021) 424 2626
Bismillah – local Cape Malay food (Bo Kaap) (021) 423 0850
95 on Keerom – avant garde Italian (021) 422 0765

3 Carstens Street, Tamboerskloof, Cape Town, South Africa

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