AREA INFORMATION - GREEN POINT

GREEN POINT INFORMATION

Green Point is situaed on the Atlantic Seaboard and is a very popular residential area for young professionals and for the Cape Town gay community. Many new mid-rise apartment and mixed-use developments have gone up in the recent years. Its situated on the doorstep of the V&A Waterfront and is still within easy easy walking distance to the City Center and closest beaches. Its now also home to the most beautiful Stadium that the country has seen. With Table Mountain at the back it makes the perfect postcard picture taken from Robben Island. Green Point has grown into a safe but vibrant area which is very popular to first time visitors to Cape Town. It’s also extremely central between Table Mountain and the popular Campsbay and Clifton beaches. Somerset Road forms the main thoroughfare lined by numerous restaurants, cafes, boutiques and nightclubs.

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Green Point Shopping:

Green Point is not popular for its shoppings, for all shopping needs you can go to the Victoria and Alfred Waterfromt (Tel: +27(0) 21 408 7600) where you will find a shopping mall with a wide viarty of shops including designer shops. You will also find top restaurants and many things to do including the Two Ocean aquarium and Robben Isand cruises. In Green Point however you will find a Woolworths (Paramount Place,105 Main rd; Tel +27(0) 21 433 0536) that stays open till 21h00 on weekdays, a Chemist and Liquar store (122 Main rd; Tel +27(0) 21 434 4302). On Sundays there a African craftmarket, forth visiting.

Green Point Nightlife:

Green Point is a gay friendly area with a couple of bars/ lounges. The area between Green Point and the City Bowl is De Waterkant which is easy walking distance from anywhere in Green Point and are the most popular area for nightlife in Cape Town.

At 39 Main rd, Green Point you will find a vibrant bar/ Lounge with relaxed atmosphere and music selection and is called Buddha Bar. The Bar are often visited by celebrities. Tel: 082 416 4106

Further down to 81 Main rd you will find Buenavista Tel: +27 21 433 0611 which is a social Café with Latino music.

Green Point Restaurants:

Green Point has an extremely wide selection of top restaurants where you can enjoy top wines and food with coffee shops where you can enjoy a coffee with muffin while reading todays news.

Wang Thai Cape Town locals’ favourite Thai restaurant, serving traditional Asian disches such as hot and spicy prawn soup and Hanoi beef salad. 105 Main Rd. Tel +27(0) 21 439 6164

Vidda E caffe has a wide variety of coffee’s and light meals and is situated on the corner of Main Rd and Portswood Rd. Tel: +27(0) 434 7266

18 Hundred Degree (1800 degree’s) is sitaued in the ground floor of the Cape Royal Residence and Hotel on 47 Main Rd. Tel: +27 (0) 21 430 0500

Geisha Wok and Noodle Bar is also situated in this 5 Star Hotel and can be reached on the same number. Serving a dashing style of cuisine, featuring Asian-style tapas, sushi, sashimi and noodle dishes.

The oldest Italian restaurant in Cape Town is called Mario’s restaurant and is situated on 89 Main rd. Tel: +27(0) 439 6644

Giovanni’s is an Italian owned and run style pavement café on 103 Main Rd. Tel: +27(0) 439 6893

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Green Point History:

In 1973 the Green Point Lighthouse was declared as a national Monument. In 1930 the Green Point Common was being used by cows to graze on. In 1923 The Green Point Common was granted to the Cape Town City Council by the Union Government as Commonage for general public recreation purposes and sports fields.In 1920 on 27 December, Cape Town's first air crash fatality occurs at the Green Point. In 1913 the Cirty of Greater Cape Town was formed by the union of Central Cape Town, Green Point and Sea Point, Woodstock, Maitland, Mowbray, Rondebosch, Claremont and Kalk Bay.In 1899 Green Point Common was established as a military camp, at the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer War. In 1863 on 1 April 1863 the first tramway company in Cape Town, the 'Cape Cape Town and Green Point Tramway Company', commenced operations with a horse-drawn service running on rails from the foot of Adderley Street and out along Somerset Road to Green Point. In 1862 the first rugby match in South Africa took place between the "Officers of the Army" and the "Gentlemen of the Civil Service" at Green Point Common. The match ended in a 0-0 draw. In 1860 the New Somerset Hospital was built, overlooking Granger Bay. In 1824 the Green Point lighthouse became operational. In 1820 Green Point was known as "de vlakte genaamdt de Groene Punt" - "the plain named Green Point". In 1780 The Green Point common is known by the Dutch as De Waterplaats (the Foreshore). The common extended from Three Anchor Bay all the way to town, and included most of the land contained between Somerset and Main Roads, out towards Sea Point and the coastline. 1600 & before Greenpoint was a sandy wilderness where (extinct) Cape lions roamed.