How to get the most out of Cape Town’s city centre these holidays

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IF you’re new to the CBD, why not take in the sights aboard a double-decker City SightSeeing red bus? These hop-on, hop-off excursions allow travellers to get closer to iconic monuments and famous landmarks. Locals get a special rate of R179 (usually R245), R120 for pensioners and R90 for children.

TRAVEL BY FOOT

Begin at the Heerengracht Fountain and meander up through Adderley Street, past the kaleidoscope of flowers at the Adderley Street Flower Market and up to the Arch for Arch, a beautiful wooden structure created and installed to celebrate the life and work of one of South Africa’s greatest heroes, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Then, stroll up Government Lane in the Company’s Garden, stopping for refreshments at The Heritage Shop and its café.

TAKE A STROLL DOWN MEMORY LANE

Combine a walk past the Houses of Parliament with a visit to the city’s famous squares. Among them is Church Square, on the corner of Parliament and Spin streets. The cobbled square offers a quiet space away from the otherwise busy streets. It is also a former slave market site. Connected to the Slave Lodge, it is an important part of the Cape’s history. Or join a walking tour.

WHAT’S ON THE MENU?

For foodies, there are walking culinary tours that explore the Central City’s epicurean delights. Walking tours aside, there is no shortage of eateries that cater to every culinary taste. For authentic Indian, Chinese, Malay and Turkish street food, head for the Eastern Food Bazaar on Longmarket Street. A popular canteen-like eatery, it’s a stone’s throw from the Grand Parade and is loved by locals.

FOR A LITTLE BIT OF CULTURE

If you have children, pop into The Book Lounge on Saturday morning at 11am for story time or see if a book launch evening is planned during your stay. Or check out First Thursdays and explore galleries and museums.

WHERE TO STAY FOR THE NIGHT

Choose from establishments in the Tsogo Sun stable, including the signature Southern Sun The Cullinan, and take advantage of special deals on at the moment. Or opt for one of downtown Cape Town’s new boutique hotels: Gorgeous George in St Georges Mall, a celebration of local design and innovation located in two tastefully renovated heritage buildings, or Labotessa on Church Square with its classic European style and luxury.

For more great ideas on where to go visit the CCID’s website.

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