De Waterkant with its cobblestone streets and colourful houses is a delightful little suburb situated in Green Point, right next to the Bo-Kaap. The 19th-century homes in De Waterkant have been fully restored and renovated, but the designers were sure to keep the unique architectural style from the old colonial homes to keep the feel of an old village. It’s a hotspot for a diverse mix of people that range from young professionals to trendy restaurateurs and retailers. It is also well known for it’s gay and lesbian-friendly bars.
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De Waterkant is a great area to do some window shopping and you will find a wide variety of stores, art galleries, and restaurants that serve anything you can imagine. The area is very popular with fashion forward jet-setters from around the globe. De Waterkant is also notorious for being called Cape Town’s gay village and the entire area comes to life at night when the pubs and clubs open. It’s an easy walk from De Waterkant to the city center and the V&A Waterfront as well as Table Mountain, all of which are a few minutes’ drive.
De Waterkant Village is the ideal accommodation base for your holiday in Cape Town. It boasts with a large assortment of establishments with lots to keep you busy from theaters to night clubs and even naughty burlesque shows.
Many of the original Bo-Kaap residents in the old days were slaves from Malaysia, Indonesia, and Northern Africa. If you take a stroll down Wale Street towards the Bo-Kaap area you will find a neighbourhood that is known to hold the highest number of buildings which date back as far as 1840.
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- Craft Markets
- Art Galleries
- Gay friendly establishments
- Busy nightlife
- Interesting architecture
- Street parking which can be a little tricky
The best time to plan your holiday to Cape Town’s De Waterkant is during spring or summer time from November to April. The weather is warm and the evenings are delightfully long with the sun setting at 7 pm or even later! During the winter time the weather can be miserable with wet, rainy days and a fierce South-Easter wind, but It does not really matter when you come to visit this charming suburb, you are guaranteed to enjoy your stay.