Explore organic food, art and alcohol-fuelled debates in this bohemian Cape Town suburb Need to let your hair down and let out your creative freak somewhere close to the city? Visit Cape Town’s most bohemian suburb, Observatory. It’s an arty district locally known as ‘Obs’. The main entertainment area centered around the Lower Main Road. You’ll find quirky restaurants, easy-going bars, live music and lots of hippies in Observatory, which also represents one of the largest residential arts communities in South Africa. We’re talking shabby chic. People from various walks of life find themselves calling this area home. Youngsters, students, artists, philosophers, actors, backpackers and all kinds of weirdos engage in alcohol-fuelled debates about philosophy, politics, jazz, organic food, books, history and the arts. Enter any café in Obs by yourself and you simply know you will leave with a new friend, philosophy or self-produced poem. The Wild Fig Restaurant…

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restaurants in Observatory

Here are a list of popular food-loving restaurants: List according to Google   Clarke’s Bar & Dining Room 133 Bree Street The Charles Café 137 Waterkant Street Obz Cafe 115 Lower Main Rd A Touch of Madness Restaurant 12 Nuttall Rd 1890 House Sushi and Grill 40 Trill Rd Cocoa Cha Chi Shop 20, Lower Main Rd The Wild Fig Restaurant 1 Liesbeek Ave Panchos 127 Lower Main Rd Mango Ginger 27 Lower Main Rd Queen of Tarts 213 Lower Main Rd & Bishop Rd Eagle Eye Spur 2, St Peters Square, Main Road Sticky Fingers BBQ 96 Station Rd Reverie Social Table 226A Lower Main Rd EAT ON MAIN 86 Station Rd Ferdinando’s Pizza South Africa, 205 Lower Main Rd Cafe Ganesh 38 Trill Rd the Peacock: Indian Inspired Tapas & Bar 105 Lower Main Rd Trenchtown 96 Station Rd Jerry’s Burger Bar Observatory 123 Lower Main Rd Linko…

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The history behind Observatory: Observatory is a wonderful, vibrant student suburb of Cape Town, nested in between Mowbray, in the south, and Salt River, in the north. Observatory is more commonly known as just ‘Obz’ amongst the locals. Obz lies just beneath Table Mountain, more directly below the steep slopes of Devil’s Peak. Observatory’s marshy terrain consisted mainly of rivers and estuaries meandering along to form what is now Liesbeeck River. Various large animals such as elephant, antelope, lion, hippo, buffalo and leopards used to roam these lands back in the day. The Koornhoop Colony granted the land in 1657. Jan van Riebeek, a Dutch navigator and the Governor of the Cape in the mid 1600’s, declared that “Fort Coornhoop” be built as protection against the Hottentot people. Some of the developed parts of Koornhoop became Uitwyk, which is now in the modern day known as the Malta Farm. Observatory’s name was then adapted from…

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We provide and arrange accommodation for you, if you need it. Our school is in Observatory (Obs), 3 kilometres from the Cape Town city centre, with good transport. All of our accommodation in Observatory, is well-kept, safe and only a few minutes’ walk to our school. There are shops, supermarkets, restaurants, medical services and anything else you need, close by. We use Homestays (your host also lives in the house), Student Houses and Dormitories at backpackers. All facilities (kitchen, laundry, garden, wi-fi etc.) in Homestays, Student Houses and Backpackers, are for your use. Homestays normally provide a light breakfast each day. Student houses may ask for small additional amounts for electricity from time to time, depending on the number of people staying in the house. For more information on prices: http://letslearnenglish.co.za/study-in-cape-town/

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Let’s Learn English is situated less than 500 metres from the centre of Observatory. Obs is very popular with local and international students as it is close to the University of Cape Town. It is the perfect location for an English language school.