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.
Heidelberg Tavern, Observatory World War II Memorial, Observatory Rec Centre
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.
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.
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