Cape Town audio tour: An Exploration of Observatory

An Exploration of Observatory

Walking Tour

30 mins

About the Tour

A personal journey through the bohemian suburb of Observatory, with the occasional fact thrown in for good measure. Hear and see what it was like to grow up in a space that actively encouraged alternative lifestyles and diversity. Learn about Obs Fest, the Heidelberg Tavern Massacre and why I stopped walking my dog on Rollerblades.

Tour Producer


Chris Parsons

Words, music and nature are three things I enjoy.

Major Landmarks

Directions to Starting Point

Start in the parking lot outside Observatory Train Station, on the mountain side. This is at the bottom of Trill Road in Observatory. You can see the bridge and the 'Obs Lifestyle' pop-up shop at the end of the parking lot.

There is usually enough parking for you to leave your car here. If you take the train from the Muizenberg side, simply exit the station. If you come from the Cape Town side you will have to cross the railway via one of the two subways.

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Places to stop along the way

Honeybun Deli, Sticky Fingers, Trenchtown, Narona, Mnandi Textiles

Best time of day

Avoid doing this route too late, as Obs is not the safest suburb. I would recommend doing the route before 5pm. Decent daylight is also required to appreciate the street art. Be aware of your surroundings.


Keep your valuables out of sight. Once you've started the route, put your phone away and try not to take it out while you're in quiet areas.


Awesome tour! Thank you for sharing. Could I show you some photos I took along the way?

Posted by Sarah Sopher , about 5 years ago

Thanks! I'd love to see some photo's. You can pop me a mail at [email protected]

Posted by Chris , about 5 years ago

Great tour!

Posted by Hanh , about 5 years ago

Yup great tour.

Posted by Hanh , about 5 years ago
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