Covering more than 20 blocks of Cape Town's central business district, historic Long Street is vintage Cape Town with a suitable Mother City attitude. By day its fashionable café’s and restaurants spill onto bustling sidewalks and by night its pubs, hot dance clubs and chill-bars keep on partying. Watched over by imposing Table Mountain, Long Street is a heady cocktail of city chic and corner stores; hostels and art-hotels; bead shops and bistros; and along its bohemian length, you can watch street vendors and socialites, trend-setters and traders, worshippers and wanna-be’s on parade.
Sip a cappuccino in the eternal Long Street Café, lunch lightly in an organic deli or tuck in at a generous African eatery; and inside the Palm Wine and Spirit Store, there are old photos of Long Street on display, some dating back to 1926. Historic landmarks like the Metropole Hotel, Mission Church, the Noor el Hameida and Pink Mosques, all contribute to the street’s historic atmosphere and charm.
Every inch of Long street begs to be explored, but not to be missed are the Long Street Baths, now beautifully upgraded (the complex dates back to 1908), and the Pan African Market, housed in a Victorian arcade, is the biggest permanent market for African curios in Cape Town. With its legendary second-hand stores, archaic storefronts and designer loft boutiques, Long Street is set to long remain a Cape Town institution.