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Cape Town: A Culture and Arts Tour

Through its unique museums and neighborhoods, see why this city is a cultural and artistic powerhouse
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.6 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Visitors who delve into Cape Town's culture and arts are in for an indelible experience. With 11 official languages, a multiplicity of... more »

Tips:  This tour is intended as an overview that can fit any schedule and be easily experienced within Cape Town's central area. However,... more »

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Points of Interest

Depending on where you are coming from, you can either walk to this centrally located museum or take the City Sightseeing Bus, which features it as a stop.

Though in such a limited time it's only possible to scratch the surface of Cape Town's multifaceted and multi-ethnic people, no place best captures the cultural suppression non-whites faced... More

Go southwest on Buitenkant St, turn right onto Roeland St for about 250 meters. Turn left onto St Johns St and walk for about 200 meters. Turn right onto Gallery Ln. The museum is part of Cape Town's "Museum Mile."

Though not notable for its international collection of art, this museum has engaging temporary collections of both modern... More

Return to St. Johns street and head southwest for 130 meters. You can also reach the museum by going south through the verdant Company Gardens.

The South African Jewish Museum offers a fascinating look into Jewish life in South Africa and the role the Jewish community played in the resistance against apartheid. The museum is also noteworthy for... More

Walk back to St. John's street and go back towards the SA National Gallery. Continue past onto Plein Street (St. Johns becomes Plein)for 500 meters. Turn left onto Darling Street and then continue onto Shortmarket Street.

Greenmarket Square is one of the city's oldest open-air markets and is a great chance to explore South Africa's most "... More

Head northwest on Shortmarket toward Burg Street. Turn left onto Long Street and walk for 200 meters. Turn right onto Wale Stret and walk for 350 meters.

Welcome to what has to be one of Cape Town's most colorful and culturally significant neighborhoods: Bo-Kaap.

This predominately Muslim quarter (and one of the city's most interesting... More