Walking Tour 3:

Adderley Street and the Old Cape Town CBD Tour

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Tour Length: 3 hours

Tour Themes: XXXXXXX

Meeting Point: Taj Hotel

End Point: XXXXXXX

Fitness Level: Medium

Language: English

Price: R150

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A Bit of Background

Adderley Street and the Old CBD – Gentleman’s Walk!

For locals and tourists alike, Cape Town is still an untapped lode of tall tales, tidbits, easter-eggs, hotspots, seen-sights and magic messes, and our dream is to keep scratching the surface for you in nearly every historic neighbourhood of the city.

But we’ll go about it in town by tracing the boundaries of the bucolic Dutch OneStop Garage it once was, wandering down from the edge of the Company’s Garden (by the Jan Smuts statue to be exact) to the imaginary line of the beach on Strand Street, turning tail to surmount the klippie steps of the Koopmans-de-Wet Huis, then joining 400 years’ worth of souvenir sales in Greenmarket Square before lurching on through tough thickets of prescience and nostalgia all the way up St George’s Mall.

As a taster, would you believe me if I told you the entire global diamond industry used to be run from one room overlooking The Crypt? That you can still see the first spire of the first church in South Africa from the cathedral, but only if you stand at the right angle? That the cheapest decent coffee in town can be found next to Muller’s Optometrists on Longmarket?

Cape Town has a claim to being the first true melting-pot of the modern world (it’s even one year older than New York!), and we’re so excited to get the chance to cast it in an utterly new light for you.

Archive Gallery

All photos, unless otherwise stated, are from the collections of Michael Fortune, Etienne du Plessis and the Cape of Diab group.

Our friends in Hout Bay

Reference Books for this Tour

 

  • Book 1
  • Book 2
  • Book 3
  • Book 4

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