Allow at least an hour for this walk, as there are lots of stops along the way.
This is the story of two very different cities. There’s the high-end design of trendy spots, in amongst decrepit buildings and unkempt open land that still bares the scars of the past.
The East City, formerly known as the infamous District 6, is one of the most historically significant parts of town and a truly contested space. The only thing that is constant about this district is its inability to keep its name. Although it is currently referred to as the East City, it’s been called the “Innovation District of Cape Town” and “the Fringe” too, which generated a lot of heated debate. It’s also one of Cape Town’s main design and innovation hubs.
Cape Town came to the fore of the international design scene when it was awarded the title of World Design Capital 2014. This was Cape Town’s chance to address the legacies and imbalances of a city that was designed by the apartheid regime to exclude and segregate, only this time design will be used and highlighted as a change maker and transformer to help solve some of Cape Town's most pressing issues.
Truth Coffee, Harrington House, The Bank, District Six, Harrington Square, Fugard Theatre, Woodheads, Charly's Bakery, WDC2014
Facing Table Mountain make your way from Darling Steet, up Buitenkant Street past the Police Station to Truth Coffee at 35 Buitenkant Street, situated on your right.
Places to stop along the way:
Truth Coffee, Field Office, Charly's Bakery, Woodheads, District Six Museum
Best time to walk:
Early morning til 5pm. Allow about an hour for the walk.
As with any city, don't flaunt your valuables. Keep them close and be aware of opportunists and petty crime.
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