De Waterkant Village Walk (Self Guided), Cape Town

De Waterkant Village, situated low on Signal Hill and overlooking the bay, is a delightful part of Cape Town to explore. Like the Bo-Kaap district, the cottage-like houses are brightly painted and have been restored to their original beauty. The streets still have their 18th century cobble-stones and the sidewalks are tree-lined which heightens the village atmosphere – you could almost be in a European village here. Even the cafes wouldn’t be out of place in Paris!

This neighborhood has numerous restaurants and tapas bars where you can enjoy a top-class meal or delicious snack, according to your whim. The area is lively and boasts plenty of art galleries exhibiting local, national and international art. On Hudson Street you will find a wonderful artisan coffee roasting house where you can try different freshly ground and roasted coffees and visit the “lab” where you will learn all about the world’s most popular beverage.

For a New York inspired musical experience but with a definitive African flavor, check out the wonderful piano bar on the corner of Napier Street and Jarvis Street. There is also a high concentration of salsa and gay clubs to explore if you decide to stay on for the evening.
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Guide Name: De Waterkant Village Walk
Guide Location: South Africa » Cape Town
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Discovery)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Author: Helen

Walking Tours in Cape Town, South Africa

Create Your Own Walk in Cape Town

Create Your Own Walk in Cape Town

Creating your own self-guided walk in Cape Town is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Cape Town Introduction Walking Tour

Cape Town Introduction Walking Tour

Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias first mentioned the Cape of Storms in 1488, but it was soon renamed the Cape of Good Hope with an optimistic eye towards the trade routes it offered between Europe and the East.

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
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Bo-Kaap Quarter Walking Tour

Bo-Kaap is Afrikaans for "above the Cape." The Bo-Kaap District is above Cape Town's city center, on the slopes of Signal Hill. It is the historical center of Cape Malay culture. In the 1760s, Jan de Waal bought land here and built houses he rented to his slaves.

Slaves came from Malaysia, Indonesia, and other parts of Africa. Many of these slaves were Muslim, and this area...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles
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Cape Town Shopping Tour

Cape Town is grand with quality shopping opportunities. Greenmarket Square, once the heart of the of Cape Town's business district, started off as a a slave market, then a cattle market. Today it houses South Africa's best flea market where one can find tribal costumes to precious jewelry and more.

Pan African Market is another place to shop for African goods from over a dozen...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.4 Km or 0.2 Miles
Historical Houses Walking Tour

Historical Houses Walking Tour

When Jan van Riebeeck came to Cape Town in 1652, his mission was to establish a supply station here for the ships of the Dutch East India Company sailing to East Africa, India, and the Far East. The oldest buildings standing in Cape Town today were built in the second half of 17th century.

Garden House was originally a shabby tool shed owned by the Dutch East India Company. But when a new...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles

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