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As the suburb that separates the city bowl from the foot of Table Mountain, Gardens is close to everything yet far away from the noise.
Gardens is a small suburb set above Cape Town's city bowl along the foot of Table Mountain and Lion's Head. Filled with apartment blocks and semi-detached character houses, it's home to many young professionals who work in the city.
Yet there's much more to Gardens than merely suburbia. One of the city's most sought-after locations for wining and dining, Kloof Street, forms the spine of Gardens and it's here that you'll find a string of artisan bakeries, local boutique shops, designer stores and restaurants.
There's always something new happening in Kloof Street – the arrival of a new coffee shop, restaurant or boutique. Yet it has its trusty favourites, like De Waal Park and the reservoir where you can jog, walk or just relax in a natural setting without having to leave the city.
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The best place to start exploring Gardens is at the bottom end of Kloof Street. Walking up, you can eat gourmet 'boerie' rolls – a South African favourite of beef sausage in a roll, hearty burgers at Hudsons or anything from Italian to Vietnamese at the restaurants flowing further up the street. Arnold's is a favourite spot for breakfast while Vovo Telo and Knead Bakery are ideal for pastries and coffee.
The beauty of Gardens is that you can walk anywhere. Just off Kloof Street, a little further into the suburb, is the beautiful fenced De Waal Park, where people exercise their dogs and enjoy picnics and free music concerts are held over the weekend.
Gardens is a great place to base yourself if you want to spend your days exploring the ins and outs of the city – a modern, reliable bus service connects the suburb to all of Cape Town's attractions – but you don't want to spend your evenings surrounded by clubs or busy streets.
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