The increasingly sought-after and rather lovely suburb of Higgovale is located in the City Bowl, the beating heart of Cape Town, sitting snugly between the harbour and the mountain.
Bordered by Camps Bay to the West and Oranjezicht to the East, with Lions Head to its immediate north west, Higgovale boasts some of the most spectacular views in Cape Town, and that is no mean feat when you consider that Cape Town is one big, awe inspiring view!
In spite of its somewhat lofty position, Higgovale is ideally located for many of the city’s most popular hotspots – the bistros and boutiques of Kloof Street, the glorious Table Mountain National Park, the V&A and the Atlantic beaches.
Needless to say, it is becoming something of a residential jewel, with sedate, tranquil homes nestling into the mountain side, minutes from urban buzz, and boasting breathtaking views.
Scaling the mountain
Lion’s Head – 1.5 hours to the summit
India Venster – 3-4 hours to the summit
Higgovale Quarry – was once a shooting range and lies just beyond Molteno Reservoir, providing some superb bolted slab/face climbs.
NB. Do please check in advance regarding level of fitness required, equipment needed and weather conditions.
Food and Drink
With an eclectic clientele of locals and tourists, ambient jazz and fantastic cocktails and food, this is a popular local haunt; the functioning antique rotary dial telephone system is designed to foster friendliness, with free calling all over the restaurant strongly encouraged. You can also dial 9 to summon the bar tender!
76 Strand Street, City Bowl
Monday-Saturday, 11h00 – 01h00
Bread Milk and Honey
Offering simple home cooked fare, changing daily, this Spin Street eatery is the perfect, unpretentious convivial lunch spot. It also serves a mean coffee.
10, Spin Street
Closed on Saturdays
Tel: 021 461 8425
An all day brasserie, tantalising the taste buds of the most discerning foodie; chef Vanessa Marks serves exquisite seasonal food in an eclectically stylish venue. Bookings are essential, so call ahead to ensure your place at one of the most exciting restaurants in Cape Town.
165 Longmarket Street
Breakfast (from 07h00) and Lunch every day Monday to Friday.
Thursday nights: food and wine pairing.
Sip Speciality Tea
Savour the old world tradition of tea time in a new world of tea exposure at this individual tea shop in South Africa where the art of tea is crafted with defined brewing techniques. Take a short tea journey in a modern square shop dipping triangular bags into round cups on a very long street. Sip gently away…
Oolong Café, 44 Long Street
Monday to Saturday.
Call for opening times.
De Waal Park
De Waal Park, a beautiful, green open space, was Cape Town’s first and largest public park, after the Company’s Gardens, when it was opened in 1895. Today it welcomes dog walkers, picnickers, yoga enthusiasts, slackliners, and lively children. It is also home to a season of open air summer concerts. www.dewaalpark.co.za
Camp Street, Cape Town, 8001
The Gardens Centre, a bright, airy and lively shopping mall in Mill Street, houses an impressive variety of stores arranged in an accessible manner over two floors. It goes without saying that we at Engel & Volkers delight in our bright, corner office at the main entrance, and welcome you in any time for a coffee and a chat, whatever your property requirements. Beyond that, every shopping need is easily and pleasurably met, whether it be homewear, (@Home, Linen and Glass), groceries, (Woollies, Pick ‘n Pay), headache pills, (Clicks), health food, (Wellness Warehouse), the latest in hiking gear for your mountain treks, (Cape Union Mart), specialist gin, (the Bottle Store), a new paperback, a gift for your mum/son/girlfriend/granny, a toolset…the list is endless…. your every requirement is satisfied! When your feet and wallet need sustenance, there is no shortage of eateries, including Raith, Cassis and Vida, or banks, and parking is reasonably priced and highly convenient. For a full list of shops and opening hours, www.gardensshoppingcentre.co.za
Gardens is bisected by Kloof Street, a veritable hive of creative buzz and eclectic style.
SAPS Cape Town Central c/o Buitenkant and Albertus Streets Tel:+27 21 467 8000/1/2
Cape Town Mediclinic
21 Hof Street, Oranjezicht, Cape Town, 8001
P O Box 12199, Mill Street, Cape Town, 8010
Tel: 021 464 5500
24 Hour Emergency Centre
+27 21 464 5555
169 Buitenkant Street Tel: 021 465 6222Fax: 021 465 6296
Sport Tax021-447-4444/0861 – 24 hour call centre
Cape Town Netcare 911 – 082 911
Doctors Direct – 072 137 1363
Cape Town Medi-Clinic – 021 464 5555
Cape Town Weather – 082 234 6390 www.windreport.co.za
You need a Myconnect card loaded with money for travel, available from MyCiTi stations and selected retailer. www.myciti.org.za or 0800 65 64 63
Check website for nearest stops.
Article by Carrie Turner, HR & Relationship Manager at Engel & Völkers Cape Town