Cape Town City Bowl at a glance

The Cape Town City Bowl is located in the natural amphitheatre made by Table Mountain, while outlined by the beautiful Table Bay, Signal Hill, Lion’s Head and Devils Peak. Due to this area’s accessibility and central location, the City Bowl is home to Cape Town’s CBD, harbour and the financial centre of the Western Cape. 

City Centre

The heart of the Mother City, embraced by the foothills of Table Mountain, Cape Town’s City Centre is one of the only major business districts in the entire country that has not succumbed to urban decay and the relocation of major companies. Over the past decade, this node has experienced exponential growth, with an eclectic mix of European and African influence turning the City Centre into a thriving work, live, play destination - abuzz with activity day and night. 

The lifestyle in the City Centre is its biggest drawcard, with many young professionals and creatives seeking accommodation in the apartment buildings and new developments that are available here. From the renowned Long Street where you will find a quirky mix of shops and nightlife to the rich history of Government Avenue and the Castle of Good Hope and everything in between. 

During peak seasons, the City Centre is alive with tourists taking historic walks and perusing the stalls and art exhibitions at Greenmarket Square, with several other shopping centres and malls providing easy entertainment and retail therapy options.

The wonderfully dignified suburb of Higgovale can be found resting against the slopes of Table Mountain - with little roads and pathways meandering up the steep incline on which its lavish homes are built. From this position visitors and residents are treated to sweeping vistas of the neighbourhoods below, South Atlantic Ocean as well as the magnificent Table Mountain. 

Described as green and leafy, Higgovale is perched above the city, which is a short distance away. With the Table Mountain National Park on its doorsteps, this suburb provides the best of both natural and modern worlds. Furthermore, the beaches of the Atlantic shoreline and Waterfront is visible from this part of the city and can easily be reached via a 10 min drive. 


The stylish suburb of Oranjezicht can be found approximately 2.5 km from the City Centre, seated against the mountain. Although homes seem to be lower down on the slopes - once emerged in its neighbourhoods one realises how high-up Oranjezicht really is. Named after the orange glow it gets around sunset and sunrise - this area is immersed in a rich history, vibrant culture and panoramic views of the city below. 

Running adjacent to Vredehoek, only separated by Buitekant Street - the property landscape of Oranjezicht is made up of exclusive family homes and lavish apartments which play into the overall feel of this artsy residential destination. Popular amongst first time buyers, professionals and investors,  sectional title apartments rarely stay on the market for long periods of time.

Adding to its convenience is the abundance of shopping opportunities that are located in and around the suburb, such as the Gardens Centre which is within walking distance. On top of this, Oranjezicht is a short distance away from Long Street’s myriad of bohemian stores, bistros and nightlife.

As one of the first suburbs to be established in Cape Town, Gardens is and has been a very popular residential destination in the City Bowl. Gaining its name due to the famous Company Gardens that can be found here, this area boasts an unmatched mix of natural beauty and convenience. Sandwiched between Oranjezicht and Tamboerskloof, Gardens’ has a calm atmosphere where residents can enjoy a quiet lifestyle while being in proximity to the hustle and bustle of the vibrant City Centre. 

Many properties in Gardens have been rezoned for commercial and business use, but those that remain consist of authentic Cape Dutch mansions and artsy apartments with large rooms, high ceilings, wooden floors and striking views of the mountain. You will also find many guest houses and hotels in Gardens, due to its proximity to tourist attractions and leisure activities. 


Found between Gardens and the Cape Peninsula National Park, at the foothill of Lion’s Head is the established suburb of Tamboerskloof. With lofty Victorian-style homes, art deco architecture and an overall eclectic mix of property types making up its neighbourhoods - Tamboerskloof is a popular destination for anyone wanting to reside in Cape Town.  

Offering beautiful views of the Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and the bay below, this wonderful suburb seems to be cradled by the arms of the mountain. While other suburbs in the City Bowl seem to run up the mountain, Tamboerskloof is located at the base of the initial slope.

This locale also provides residents with great public transport options. Despite being close to the hustle and bustle of the commercial district, Tamboerskloof has remained peaceful and quiet.  Together with Oranjezicht, it is one of the older and more established suburbs of Cape Town. The Tamboerskloof property market includes many Victorian double-storey homes together with well-maintained and well-built sectional title apartments. Tamboerskloof, together with Oranjezicht and Higgovale, is one of the most sought-after residential suburbs in Cape Town's City Bowl.

The residential suburb of Vredehoek lies on the lower foothills of Devil’s Peak, just outside of the city. Popular among upper-class young homebuyers, Vredehoek offers some of the best views around, with vistas of the Waterfront, Table Mountain and the city within view from the homes here. Working in the city and living in Vredehoek has become one of the most popular combinations for Capetonians who flock to this sought-after area.

Vredehoek directly translates into ‘peace corner’, and it is clear to see why as this quiet suburb has the Table Mountain Nature Reserve as a backyard. On top of this, residents can enjoy an abundance of outdoor activities including the Platteklip Gorge Hike and Deerpark Mountain Bike Trail.

Recently undergoing an urban revival, Vredehoek’s property landscape has partially received a facelift as older apartment buildings have been replaced with modern, high-quality apartments. However, the old Victorian homes in the area have been preserved and can be found amidst trendy eateries, bars and shopping centres in neighbouring areas.

Living in the City Bowl has many benefits from the most convenient location for leisure activities and world-class amenities - making this one of the best residential destinations in the city. If you are interested in the City Bowl lifestyle and are currently on the market for a home in Higgovale, Oranjezicht, Vredehoek, Gardens, Tamboerskloof or the City Centre contact Dogon Group Properties today. Our team of property professionals will help you navigate the process of buying a home and find the right fit. 

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