Ask anyone in Cape Town where the best nightlife is (you know, the eating, drinking, dancing, live music sort of nightlife) and chances are ‘Long Street‘ will be the answer. It has an eclectic mix of bars, clubs and restaurants that attract all walks of life.
You would think that with late nights/early mornings, loud music and a high-octane party vibe, Long Street would eventually need to sleep? You would be wrong.
The late night traffic, neon lights and animated chatter does subside, and it is only in daylight that one can see the beautiful buildings, street art and quirky residents. Cafes and indie handmade shops are mixed in between bars and African markets and it is here you will be surprised to discover the best second hand book shops, artist boutiques and edgy South African street fashion designers.
There is also a wide variety of holiday accommodation, from backpackers to the Airstream trailer park on the roof of the Grand Daddy Hotel.
Tourists can tick several things off their list of things to do, just by visiting Long Street, it has several famous eateries, a few significant landmarks and of course plenty of souvenir shopping opportunities, yet it is well visited by locals on a daily basis and considered very much a ‘local’ place.
Lately there are quite a few artisan based shops opening up, possibly drawn by the more established ones such as Imagenius. It makes for a more interest shopping experience.
Like all places that draw a diverse community, there are shady elements, pick pockets are very active especially at night; but during the day, local business owners do everything they can to cheer up the dull, dark corners.
The lighthearted social vibe of a Long Street visit is apparent all the time…
I am a Long Street fan, are you?