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Cape Town at a glance

The vibrant hub of the city centre has experienced tremendous growth and over the last decade has seen its residential population increase by more than two thirds, predominantly made up of young professionals, students and entrepreneurs.

The close proximity to work, meaning one avoids the ever increasing congestion of traffic on the arterial routes leading into the city as well as the abundance of cafes, shops and restaurants, nightlife and art and museums make the Cape Town City Centre very hard to resist.

Added to this, the close proximity to the mountain and beaches and all they have to offer is also valued by the local residents.

Security, often a major concern in city centres, is something that the CCID (Central City Improvement District) prides itself on.  The CCID, established in 2000, has seen a reduction of crime of 90%!

Two dedicated security managers oversee over 214 security personnel that work hand in hand with the police.

For more info on this great privately funded initiative, please visit www.capetowncid.co.za

Shopping:

There are plenty of shopping options in the City Bowl.  In the city centre alone you have a multitude of stores of all types.  Long Street is a shoppers paradise leading all the way till it becomes Kloof road where the clothing boutiques start to appear that are less commercial offering niche retail options.

The Gardens Shopping Centre is a popular shopping destination for those that live in the City Bowl.

Schools:

Some of the top foreign language schools are situated in the City Bowl and living here means easy access.  Here you will find Deutsche Internationale Schule Kapstadt and Ecole Francaise du Cap as well as St. Cyprian’s Girls High and Herzlia.

The Cape Peninsula University of Technology has its main campus here.

If you are in Cape Town to learn English, some of the best English teaching schools are in the City Bowl.

Healthcare:

The Netcare Christiaan Barnard Hospital is in the centre of the City Bowl while the New Somerset Hospital and Cape Town Mediclinic present additional public and private healthcare treatments.
Dentists and specialists of all kinds are all in close proximity.

Nightlife:

Cape Towns city centre is home to the night life action.

This melting pot of nationalities and cultures has entertainment spots to entertain all types.

Long Street comes alive at night and you can experience small bars and pubs to bigger clubs blaring out music.  Rock, Hip Hop, dance, it has it all.

There are also more upmarket and exclusive nightclubs where the expensive champagne flows and the beautiful people meet.

Activities:

Take a hike up Table Mountain or Lions Head.

Visit the Company Gardens, take in the green surroundings and feed a few squirrels.  For a bit of culture, visit the Iziko South African Museum or the planetarium with the family.

Restaurants:

The choices are endless and would need a whole book to dedicate to this topic.

You will likely find a cuisine from every part of the world here meaning you are certainly spoilt for choice and if you like variety then this is the area to dine.

Both the N1 and N2 national highways are easily accessible from the city bowl.

The popular MyCiti bus route also runs through the city and to the outlying suburbs.

Useful Numbers:

Electricity Services| 0800 220 440
Emergency | Landline, dial 107.  Cellphone dial 112
Metro Police and Traffic | 0860 765 423
NSRI | 021 449 3500

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