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Cape Town at a glance

Cape Town residents are spoiled for views with the majestic Table Mountain which watches over the hustle and bustle of the city, while the coastline offers beauty in its own right but also views of the mountain in the background.

Locals in Cape Town are spoilt for choice when it comes to world-class beaches, shopping experiences and enjoying outdoor living. The City boasts with a thriving contemporary nightlife which attracts holidaymakers from across the world, visit any of the numerous chic nightclubs in the area and you are bound to see local and international celebrities enjoying a night out.

For those with a bit more adventurous tastes only need to drive a few minutes out of the city to experience the some of the best hiking, climbing and, mountain biking destinations that South Africa has to offer. Numerous beaches in and around Cape Town offer first class surf spots, such as Llandudno and Noordhoek beaches - obviously, there are the secret spots we aren't allowed to mention here!

Cape Town is foodie heaven with all the eateries at your fingertips. This is not limited to the City either as a quick drive into the country will have you on the doorstep of world-renowned wine farms where you can drink a glass of the best South African wines while having a lazy lunch.

The many suburbs in and around the CBD means that residents can enjoy the best of both worlds as they can explore the city while returning to a much quieter suburb, which in some cases the suburbs closer to the coastline has a simple and relaxed ambiance of much smaller coastal town.

Suburbs in Cape Town

City Bowl

The City Bowl is a natural amphitheatre-shaped area bordered by Table Bay and defined by the mountains of Signal Hill, Lion's Head, Table Mountain and Devil's Peak.

The area includes the central business district of Cape Town, the harbour, the Company's Garden, and the residential suburbs of De Waterkant, Devil's Peak, District Six, Zonnebloem, Gardens, Bo-Kaap, Higgovale, Oranjezicht, Schotsche Kloof, Tamboerskloof, University Estate, Vredehoek, Walmer Estate and Woodstock.

Atlantic Seaboard

Panoramic view of Hout Bay from Chapman's Peak, with Chapman's Peak Drive visible at the base of the mountain

The Atlantic Seaboard lies west of Cape Town and Table Mountain and is characterised by its beaches, cliffs, promenade and hillside communities. The area includes, from north to south, the neighbourhoods of Green Point, Mouille Point, Three Anchor Bay, Sea Point, Fresnaye, Bantry Bay, Clifton, Camps Bay, Llandudno, and Hout Bay. The Atlantic Seaboard has some of the most expensive real estate in South Africa particularly on Nettleton and Clifton Roads in Clifton, Ocean View Drive and St Leon Avenue in Bantry Bay, Theresa Avenue in Bakoven and Fishermans Bend in Llandudno.

West Coast

The West Coast suburbs lie along the beach to the north of the Cape Town city centre, and include Bloubergstrand, Milnerton, Tableview, West Beach, Big Bay, Sunset Beach, Sunningdale, Parklands and Parklands North, as well as the exurbs of Atlantis and Melkbosstrand.

The Koeberg Nuclear Power Station is located within this area and maximum housing density regulations are enforced in much of the area surrounding the nuclear plant.

Northern Suburbs

The Northern Suburbs include Bellville, Kanonberg, Bothasig, Brooklyn, Burgundy Estate, Durbanville, Edgemead, Elsie's River, Factreton, Goodwood, Kensington, Maitland, Monte Vista, Panorama, Parow, Richwood, Table View, and Welgemoed. The Northern Suburbs are home to Tygerberg Hospital, the largest hospital in the Western Cape and second largest in South Africa.

Southern Suburbs

The Southern Suburbs hug along the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, southeast of the city centre. This area includes Rondebosch, Pinelands, Thornton, Newlands, Mowbray, Observatory, Bishopscourt, Claremont, Lansdowne, Wynberg, Plumstead, Hout Bay, Ottery, and Bergvliet.

West of Wynberg lies Constantia which, in addition to being a wealthy neighbourhood, is a notable wine-growing region within the City of Cape Town. Constantia not only offers a luscious suburban living lifestyle but also attracts tourists for its well-known wine farms and Cape Dutch architecture.

South Peninsula

The South Peninsula is generally regarded as the area south of Muizenberg on False Bay and Noordhoek on the Atlantic Ocean, all the way to Cape Point. Until recently, this area was quite rural, however, the population of the area is growing quickly as new coastal developments proliferate and larger plots are subdivided to provide more compact housing. It includes Capri Village, Clovelly, Fish Hoek, Glencairn, Kalk Bay, Kommetjie, Masiphumelele, Muizenberg, Noordhoek, Ocean View, Scarborough, Simon's Town, St James, Sunnydale and Sun Valley.

Eastern Suburbs

The Eastern Suburbs lie southeast of the Northern Suburbs, beyond the airport, and notably is the site of several new subsidized housing projects. Communities include Fairdale, Brackenfell, Kraaifontein, Kuils River, Blue Downs, Belhar, Delft, Mfuleni and Protea Hoogte.

Cape Flats

The Cape Flats is an expansive, low-lying, flat area situated to the southeast of the central business district of Cape Town.

This area includes the neighbourhoods of Mitchell's Plain, Athlone, Elsie's River, Hanover Park, Bishop Lavis, Manenberg, Strandfontein, Gugulethu, Nyanga, Langa, and Khayelitsha.

Helderberg

The Helderberg consists of Somerset West, Strand, Gordons Bay and a few other towns. The district takes its name from the imposing Helderberg Mountain, which is Afrikaans for "clear mountain", and culminates at a height of 1,137 metres as The Dome.

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