Green Point is a well-known suburb of Cape Town, where you will find South Africa’s diversity and colourfulness beautifully portrayed in a cultural melting pot. In recent years visitors to the Cape have flocked to this suburb in search of adventure or just to have a peak – especially considering it is so close to many of our most popular attractions.
Since the advent of the V&A Waterfront, Green Point accommodation, and the area in general, has begun undergoing a transformation, and with the building of the Stadium in preparation for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, the whole area was upgraded. This helped it compete with some of the world’s most beloved global destinations. Of course, a number of the Cape’s best restaurants also sprung up to accommodate the international tastes of visitors for sporting events held at the stadium.
Today it is busier than ever, attracting more tourists and locals who love to make the most of the local nightlife. While the area is known for being trendy and well-maintained it has kept its old charm. Its narrow roads and quaint houses are the perfect backdrop to the eclectic group of people who live and holiday in the area.
Where to start exploring in Green Point
Start your exploration from Jambo Guest House and decide which of the local favourites you’d like to visit first. You are centrally positioned to head to the V & A Waterfront, the Stadium, the city centre, Table Mountain, Camps Bay & Clifton beaches next – or you can start very nearby at the new Urban Park.
This park is just across the road from Jambo. It has a large lake, fed with piped water from a perennial spring on Table Mountain, which is already home to many species of indigenous birds and rare frog species. It is covered in indigenous plants, all carefully labeled. One section is devoted to history of the early Bushmen. It has a wonderful children’s play area, a stage, picnic tables and chairs and an exercise area. The walk through the Urban Park from Jambo to the Mouille Point Lighthouse on the beachfront is both exhilarating and enjoyable, and from there one can walk along the Promenade all the way to the V&A Waterfront or to Sea Point, which has an Olympic size, sea water, public swimming pool. Schools and Clubs visit the Park and many events have already taken place there – A Walk for Cancer and Carol Singing with a Band are but two examples.
The Cape Quarter: This sophisticated shopping centre is considered the epitome of ‘Cape Town cool’. You’ll be able to get all your food, toiletries and other necessities, as well as designer clothing, jewelry and timepieces from local boutiques. The Cape Quarter Spar offer the freshest breads in their little bakery and has a variety of ready-made lunches and suppers. The other shops in the Cape Quarter are also magnificent and tend to be places you won’t easily find somewhere else in Cape Town.
Crew Bar on Napier Street is a famous gay club where, especially on weekends, the gay community can be found having a good time – but anyone is welcome. Stop in for drinks and dancing and soak up the night in style.
Green Point Lighthouse: This monument is the oldest operational lighthouse in the country, and towers proudly above Mouille Point – and it still works. It’s iconic candy red and white striped visage helps it stand out from the natural scenery and waterfront properties. It’s free to visit and well worth the stop for a taste of maritime history in the area.
Green Point Golf: Fancy a round of putt-putt or Golf with 9 holes? Gather your travelling companions and hit the “greens” to the backdrop of the ocean. It’s one of the most fun and relaxing ways to enjoy your day before hitting any of the seaside eateries.
Hit the beach: Cape Town’s famous beaches, Clifton and Camps Bay, are extremely close to Green Point which is another reason why Green Point accommodation is so popular for holidaymakers.
This area truly offers an experience for everyone. Whether you are a local, or a visitor to Cape Town, there is always something for you to enjoy near your Green Point accommodation.