Destinations & Attractions in Southern Suburbs, in Cape Town

Southern Suburbs Destinations & Attractions

Cape Town is broadly divided into the Southern Suburbs and the Northern Suburbs. The Southern Suburbs are known for their beautiful homes, many of which are perched on the slopes of Table Mountain. It is no wonder, then, that these areas are home to some of the most expensive properties in Cape Town, even South Africa.

Well-known suburbs included in this area are Claremont, Plumstead, Constantia, Kenilworth and Newlands.

Bishopscourt is also one of the Southern Suburbs and, while it appears small from the main road passing through, it is an affluent area that is impressive in the approximately 350 homes and expansive gardens that it accommodates. This exquisite suburb is characterised by massive oak trees lining the roads, hilly terrain that means that many homes are really secluded, and its fair share of well-known residents (including former-President Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu).

An inner-city wine route, Constantia Valley is simultaneously exquisite and convenient, since it offers all of the allure of wine country within a 20-minute drive from the City Bowl. This valley is home to acclaimed wine farms that are known worldwide; including Constantia Uitsig, Buitenverwachting, Steenberg, Klein Constantia and Groot Constantia.

The wettest suburb in Cape Town, Newlands, has some magnificent homes nestled within a very green, lush setting. This suburb is also the site of the famous Newlands Rugby Stadium and Newlands Cricket Grounds, which both host many local and international games on a regular basis. The homes are varied. Some are classically old and charming, while others are more modern and progressive. This creates an eclectic ambience that is inviting. Because of its central location, Newlands has a diverse population of residents, adding colour and spice to the mix.

Observatory is a bohemian-style neighbourhood, filled to the brim with creative folk and those that have fallen in love with the old Victorian terraced homes of the area. Many of the locals are students and lecturers at the University of Cape Town. It is home to a huge array of restaurants, shops and cafés and has a vibe that is undeniably “Cape Town”.

Tourist attractions within the Southern Suburbs include the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Rhodes Memorial, Cecilia Forest Walk, Chart Farm, and Cavendish Square.

Athlone

Athlone, also known as the Cape Flats, is situated to the East of the City centre. If you are looking for some traditional Malay foods and delicacies, Athlone is the place to go. It is a very large suburb that holds smaller ...

Claremont

Claremont is a vibrant, trendy neighbourhood for the up-and-coming and young professionals of Cape Town. It is central, well-equipped with a host of shops and restaurants, and only a 20-minute drive from the City Bowl ...

Constantia Valley

Constantia Valley is where this country’s booming wine industry all began. It remains a scenic wonderland that has retained much of its historical import and its heritage. This valley boasts wine farms to tour, shops to visit and ...

Harfield Village

This quaint little village is situated in the lower Kenilworth and Claremont areas. Harfield is filled with many cottages, and semi detached houses making it ideal for young professionals or starter homes. It may not be very ...

Kenilworth

The leafy suburb of Kenilworth lies between Claremont and Wynberg. The city centre is only 20 minutes drive away, you are close to the extensive shopping malls in Claremont and just up the road from the Constantia Wine Route ...

Lansdowne

The suburb of Lansdowne lies east of the M5, right next door to Rondebosch East and Crawford, bordered to the south by Race Course Road and to the north by Lawson Road. It is connected to Claremont and the more westerly southern ...

Mowbray

Mowbray lies close to the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital. Mowbray stretches from Mostert’s Mill to the Rondebosch Common. This rather central suburb is home to young professionals and students and has many ...

Newlands

The leafy upmarket suburb of Newlands is also known as Cape Town’s 'green' suburb. Newlands is situated virtually on the outskirts of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and provides some spectacular views of Table Mountain. Newlands ...

Observatory

Also known as 'Obz' this bohemian suburb is home to quaint Victorian style homes and quirky shops. The weekend night-life attracts many people to the local bars and restaurants that offer live music, poetry reading and good food ...

Ottery

The Cape Town suburb of Ottery is located in the Southern Suburbs of the Mother City, close to Plumstead, Wynberg, Kenilworth and the massive region known as the Cape Flats. This is a residential area that is well serviced by ...

Pinelands

Pinelands is a green suburb with loads of wide streets lined with pine trees, hence the name. Homes here are large with well established gardens, making this suburb great for families and its only 10km from the city centre. Among ...

Plumstead

Plumstead is lined with older homes built during the 1940s and 1950s. It has a typical suburban family feel with dog walkers and many parks for children. This area also has many antique and second-hand furniture shops ...

Rondebosch

With its incredible view of Table mountain and the architectural beauty, Rondebosch is one of the most sought of suburbs in Cape Town. The most well know part of Rondebosch is the large greenbelt, known as the Rondebosch Common ...

Rosebank

Rosebank is wedged between Rondebosch and Mowbray. This suburb is home to the Irma Stern Museum, named after the South African artist who received international and national recognition during her lifetime, and is possibly the ...

Wynberg

Wynberg is most popular for its quaint cottages and antique shops, particularly in the Old Wynberg Village. Maynardville Park and Open Air theatre is a great attraction for Wynberg where you can watch the annual Shakespeare ...

Bergvliet

This quiet and peaceful neighbourhood sits in the Constantia Valley, surrounded by Tokai and Constantia. Bergvliet is a great family suburb surrounded by a number of good schools and shopping centres. Constantia Village is one of ...

Bishopscourt

With its incredibly large and gracious oak trees lining the quiet streets, Bishopscourt is definitely one of the more up-market and sought after suburbs. Beautiful views can be seen from the large properties and manicured gardens ...

Constantia

Constantia is a beautiful, green and leafy suburb with a very natural feel to it. There are many trails to walk and greenbelts to explore. This up market area is well looked after by its residents and gives a great relaxed ...

Diep River

Diep River in Cape Town, named after the river of the same name that runs through the neighbourhood, lies wedged in between Plumstead, Heathfield and The Vines, its back to the railway line. On the whole the little suburb is not ...

Kirstenhof

The residential suburb of Kirstenhof is centrally situated near to a number of shopping centres, restaurants and tourist-friendly facilities. Neighbour to Tokai, Kirstenhof shares a similar laid-back suburban feel, while being ...

Meadowridge

Lying between Tokai and Constantia and next door to Bergvliet, Meadowridge borrows a little from all of its neighbouring suburbs and yet has managed to develop a personality all of its own - particularly noticeable when taking a ...

Plumstead

Plumstead is lined with older homes built during the 1940s and 1950s. It has a typical suburban family feel with dog walkers and many parks for children. This area also has many antique and second-hand furniture shops ...

Tokai

The best thing about Tokai is the huge forest it boarders. This is a very relaxed suburb surrounded by beautiful mountain views with great hiking trails and walks. The arboretum is a great place in Tokai to relax, enjoy some tea ...

Westlake

Westlake is one of the many suburban areas of the Mother City, Cape Town, in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. It is surrounded by the picturesque mountains of Tokai and Silvermine, situated below the historical Ou ...

Wynberg

Wynberg is most popular for its quaint cottages and antique shops, particularly in the Old Wynberg Village. Maynardville Park and Open Air theatre is a great attraction for Wynberg where you can watch the annual Shakespeare ...
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