Known as the Soho of Cape Town and a favourite amongst the locals, Green Point, along with its neighbouring Sea Point, has blossomed into an ultra-trendy seaside stretch of eclectic eateries, art, entertainment and even outdoor exercise.
Sea Point and Green Point are two of Cape Town’s most vibrant suburbs, and it isn’t hard to see why with their chic restaurants, quirky cafés, buzzing nightlife and high-rise apartments creeping up the slopes of Signal Hill. Located just outside the city centre, these suburbs draw on the energy of the Mother City, inviting visitors and locals alike to immerse themselves in Cape Town.
A promenade connects the two suburbs and seamlessly blends white beaches and the Atlantic ocean with high-rise buildings and restaurants. At all times of the day, the promenade is populated with joggers, cyclists, skateboarders and those taking a leisurely stroll. Public swimming pools, colourful children’s playgrounds, and picnic areas dot the length of the promenade and overlook the ocean. An exhilarating hike up Lion’s Head promises splendid views of the ocean and city.
Visit Green Point Lighthouse or the impressive Green Point Stadium, host to the 2010 FIFA World Cup matches. The weird and wonderful shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs of the city centre are a short drive away, as is the V&A Waterfront with its many attractions. Driving away from the city, past Green Point and Sea Point, visitors will reach the playground of the rich and famous: Clifton and Camps Bay.
We've taken the liberty to answer everything you may need to know about visiting Sea Point and Green Point in Cape Town.
Peak season in Sea Point and Green Point is during the summer months, starting in November until February when tourists flock to Cape Town due to the warm and dry weather. If you love the beach and festive atmosphere, this is probably the best time to come to Cape Town.
Summer is also when the wind pumps the most, so if you don’t like the wind, then best to wait until February or March. On the other hand, if you want to skip the crowds but still want to enjoy the nice weather, then March to May is a perfect time to come. The weather is still warm, and as winter approaches, the leaves of the trees transform into beautiful, warm colours.
June to August is winter time and when Cape Town gets most of its rainfall. From August to October, it not only starts to warm up again, but the whales are in town! It’s almost impossible not to spot a whale breaching while walking along the promenade during this time, so it's quite a popular time of year to come.
For first-time visitors, we recommend at least four or five nights in Sea Point or Green Point. This will allow you to experience most of what Cape Town offers, including Table Mountain, Robben Island, Kirstenbosch, Cape Town, the Cape Peninsula, and the Cape Winelands.
1. Clifton and Camps Bay Beach
First Beach is a favourite for volleyball players, as well as a popular surfing spot when the conditions are right. Just south of Clifton, another stunning beach awaits in Camps Way, complete with chic cafés and boutiques fringing Victoria Street. Camps Bay and Clifton's Fourth Beach have Blue Flag status thanks to the clean water, safety, and environmental management, making it an excellent choice for families.
2. Shopping at the V&A Waterfront
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is a thriving entertainment hub reminiscent of Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. There's plenty to keep you busy with endless shops, cinemas, hotels, restaurants, bars, and museums. If you're a sports buff, the Springbok Experience Rugby museum will delight you. For the little ones, the Two Oceans Aquarium features more than 300 species, as well as a predator exhibit, touch tank, and penguin encounter. Green Point Urban Park is home to the Cape Town Stadium, which hosted the FIFA World Cup matches in 2010.
3. Scenic drive along Chapman's Peak
One of the most beautiful driving routes globally, this road snakes for about nine kilometres between Noordhoek and Hout Bay, passing panoramic Chapman's Peak point along the way. It's the perfect spot for a sundowner or to watch the sunrise with a coffee.
4. A boat trip to Robben Island
Robben Island is the prison where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his sentence. Today, the island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
1. Signal Hill
Enjoy a sundowner with a view from Signal Hill, rising 350-metres and overlooking Cape Town, Table Bay, and the glittering Atlantic Ocean. Go early so that you don't have to compete for a parking spot as this is a popular activity for locals and tourists alike.
2. Zeitz MOCAA
The Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary Art Africa) is the largest museum in Africa dedicated to showcasing African contemporary art.
3. Table Mountain
The world-renowned flat-topped Table Mountain is the most photographed landmark in South Africa. It's sometimes covered in an ominous layer of clouds, referred to as its "tablecloth" by locals. However, when the clouds pass, the views over the city and Cape Peninsula is something extraordinary. You can choose to hike up or take the revolving cableway that climbs the mountain's 1,244 meters in a mere seven minutes. Weather-dependent, the cableway runs daily. However, always double-check the website and book online to skip the queues.
4. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
This garden paradise is located on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain and is part of the Cape Floristic Region, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Over 20,000 native South African plant species fill this hilly 528-hectare nature reserve.
5. City Hall and the Castle of Good Hope
Cape Town City Hall was built in 1905, featuring a medley of Italian Neo-Renaissance and British colonial style influences. The Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving stone building in the country.
6. The Heart of Cape Town Museum
The Heart of Cape Town Museum was opened in 2007 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the very first heart transplant Christiaan Barnard performed.
7. Iziko Museums of South Africa
Iziko Museums of South Africa comprises 11 museums governed by a council appointed by the Minister of Arts and Culture.
8. The District Six Museum
Honouring the people of this now-vanished District Six, it showcases the effect of apartheid on the community.
Brightly coloured houses line cobbled stone streets in the Cape Malay (Bo-Kaap) neighbourhood, set at the foot of Signal Hill. Home to a large part of Cape Town's Muslim community, it's a vibrant cultural hub with a rich history and delectable Cape Malay cuisine to explore.
Sea Point and Green Point are about 4-6km from Cape Town’s city centre and therefore an ideal place to explore the Mother City.