If you’re not sure where to stay while you’re in Cape Town, Sea Point is your answer. Its convenient location allows you easy access to many of Cape Town’s top attractions, as well as having the perfect mix of upmarket bars, coffee houses, eateries and nightlife. It strikes the ideal balance between cosmopolitan city life, and a laid-back seaside village.
Sea Point has a long Jewish history, and it’s the centre of Cape Town’s Jewish community. On Friday evenings it’s common to see Hasidic Jews walking to Shul. If you’d like to sample some swanky Semitic cuisine, a popular hang out is the long-standing New York Bagel, which has an exclusive deli and coffee shop attached. In addition to synagogues, there are also other places of worship; namely a number of churches, a Rastafarian temple (which honours the late Haile Selassie), and a Buddhist meditation centre.
Whether you’re looking for the perfect bagel or burger, there is something for every palate. Its numerous restaurants include Thai, an excellent Indian eatery, exotic Lebanese, Korean, and Chinese. If you’re in need of a caffeine fix, there are a couple of hip and stylish coffee bars, where you can sit down, relax, and take advantage of the free Wi-Fi (and the happy hour cocktail specials).
Due to its central location, Sea Point makes the perfect ‘base camp’ for the discerning tourist. There are a handful of boutique hotels – such as The Hyde Hotel – that will accommodate you in luxurious 4-star style. A cab service can be arranged, so you can zip in and out of the city centre, which is a mere 10 minute drive away. Or cab it to nearby Camps Bay, where you can hang out with Cape Town’s fashionistas and über cool. If you need some downtime from the glitz of the city, you can always enjoy a private sundowner on the balcony of your designer loft hotel room, while taking in the cool, Cape Town breeze.