Exploring the Cape Town City Bowl – what to see and do

 

After slogging my way through a monster backlog of work and surviving the Cape Storm of 2017, I finally got out of Observatory and into the heart of the city, which is known as the Cape Town Bowl. I didn’t get out to see everything, but I hit the big spots…

V&A Waterfront

An oceanside re-development that has brought a touch of class to downtown, the V&A Waterfront is an awesome place for shoppers and foodies to spend a lazy afternoon.

The food market is a big draw for many visitors. I ate lunch at home, but I did have some Millionaire’s ice cream from a vendor here. Vanilla ice cream with bits of shortbread … yum.

Can’t have a touristy place without a giant chess board. I didn’t partake – not in the mood to get checkmated in five moves like a chump šŸ˜›

The V&A Waterfront also has a giant Ferris Wheel built in the style of the London Eye. Would have gone up, but it was closed for inspection in the wake of the Cape Storm.

Bo Kapp

The traditional home of theĀ Cape Malay people since they arrived in Cape Town in the mid-17th century from Indonesia, Bo Kapp stands out from the downtown core with its brilliantly painted homes.

Feel free to walk through the streets of this community and snap pictures, but be sure to respect the privacy of the residents who live here.

Within one of the pathways leading betweenĀ homes, you’ll find these murals which depict the heritage of the Cape Malay people almost as well as any book you’ll read on the subject.

Castle of Good Hope

The Dutch first established the Cape Colony in what would become Cape Town to serve as a refuelling point for ships heading to/from the Far East. Unfortunately, the remoteness of the region opened it up to attackĀ from pirates. The Castle of Good Hope was built to counter this threat.

Despite what you might think, today’s downtown core doesn’t pose a threat to this fortification, but back in the day this cannon and others guarded it againstĀ on-land offensives.

The rampartsĀ of the Castle of Good Hope are particularly impressive. The rainy day, while tricky to photograph in, makes for photogenic cobblestones.

With multiple levels and rooms within this elaborateĀ structure, plan to spend at least an hour exploring and finding amazing things to photograph.

Been to these attractions while in Cape Town? Share your experiences in the comments!

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