Long Street (Cape Town)

Coordinates: 33°55′18″S 18°25′12″E / 33.92167°S 18.42000°E / -33.92167; 18.42000
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Long Street
Map showing Long Street and the surrounding area.
Map showing Long Street and the surrounding area.
LocationCape Town, South Africa
Coordinates33°55′18″S 18°25′12″E / 33.92167°S 18.42000°E / -33.92167; 18.42000

Long Street is a major street located in the City Bowl section of Cape Town, South Africa. It is famous as a bohemian hang out and the street is lined with many book stores, various ethnic restaurants and bars. Restaurants include African restaurants such as Zula, and Indian restaurants such as Masala Dosa. Long Street exhibits a diversified culture and attracts tourists from all over the world. It also has a number of youth hostels which provide accommodation to an international roster of guests. Several theatres which showed anti-apartheid plays were located on the street during the 1970s and 1980s, although most have now closed and been replaced by restaurants or stores.

Architecturally it is noted for its Victorian buildings with wrought iron balconies. These were featured in an article in an edition of the annual publication The Saturday Book.[1]

Traffic on Long Street is one-way in the uphill (southwest) direction, while the parallel Loop Street carries downhill traffic. The number 101 MyCiTi bus runs the length of Long Street on its way from the Civic Centre to Gardens, with five stops along the street.

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  1. ^ Desirée Peyton-Seymour (1962) "South African Rococo", The Saturday Book, Vol. 22, Hutchinson