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De Waterkant, Cape Town


De Waterkant at a glance

Located in the heart of Cape Town's vibrant city centre, De Waterkant offers a unique blend of residential charm and commercial vibrancy. Its cobblestone streets and colourful heritage buildings create a picturesque backdrop for a diverse array of residential properties, ranging from historic cottages to modern apartments with panoramic city views. Residents enjoy the convenience of urban living coupled with the neighbourhood's distinctive character and close proximity to cultural attractions, dining hotspots and recreational amenities. 

On the commercial front, De Waterkant buzzes with activity, boasting a thriving mix of boutique shops, trendy cafes, art galleries and creative workspaces. Its prime location and eclectic atmosphere make it a sought-after destination for businesses looking to establish a presence in Cape Town's dynamic landscape, fostering a dynamic and cosmopolitan community that celebrates innovation and entrepreneurship.


The origins of De Waterkant trace back to the 1700s, when it was integrated with the neighbouring Bo-Kaap area. In the 1830s, following the emancipation of slaves, Malay settlers started relocating to what became known as the Malay Quarter. This migration occurred as former slaves found homes in the area where they had been brought against their wishes. The architectural character of De Waterkant's homes reflects a fusion of Cape Dutch and Georgian styles, with the added influence of Eastern design evident in the open front verandahs.

Residential property hotspots

De Waterkant, nestled in the heart of Cape Town, offers a unique residential experience characterised by its charming blend of historic architecture and modern living. With cobblestone streets lined with colourful heritage buildings, residents enjoy a picturesque urban environment. The neighborhood boasts a diverse array of residential properties, from quaint cottages to sleek apartments, catering to varied lifestyles. Residents relish the convenience of city living coupled with the neighbourhood's vibrant atmosphere and close proximity to cultural attractions, dining options and recreational facilities, making De Waterkant a desired residential destination in the Western Cape.

Some of the most popular suburbs around De Waterkant are Green Point, Bo-Kaap, and Mouille Point.

Commercial property hotspots

De Waterkant pulsates with commercial energy, showcasing an eclectic mix of businesses and attractions. Its cobblestone streets are adorned with chic boutiques, stylish cafes, and contemporary art galleries, drawing both locals and tourists seeking unique shopping and dining experiences. Among the well-known establishments in the area is Loading Bay, a trendy cafe and co-working space beloved for its artisanal coffee and creative ambience. Additionally, The Piano Bar stands out for its sophisticated atmosphere and live music performances, attracting patrons for memorable evenings out. With its central location and diverse offerings, De Waterkant continues to captivate entrepreneurs and visitors alike, establishing itself as a dynamic commercial hub in the heart of Cape Town's bustling cityscape.

Some of the prime commercial business parks in and near the area include:

  • Batstone Offices
  • The Boulevard Office Park
  • Gardens Business Village
  • Inospace
  • 360 Business Parks

Some of the prime retail parks in the area include:

Industrial property hotspots

De Waterkant, nestled in Cape Town's urban landscape, showcases a burgeoning industrial side amidst its eclectic charm. While primarily known for its residential and commercial appeal, the neighbourhood also accommodates creative industries and innovative businesses. Design studios, media production houses and tech startups find a home in its historic warehouses and contemporary workspaces, contributing to the area's dynamic atmosphere. With its proximity to the city centre and diverse infrastructure, De Waterkant offers a conducive environment for industrial endeavours, fostering creativity and entrepreneurship within its vibrant streets.

Some of the prime industrial parks in and around the area include:

  • The Epic Industrial Park
  • 360 Business Parks

Transport and infrastructure

De Waterkant benefits from a well-developed transport network and infrastructure. The neighbourhood enjoys easy access to major arterial roads and public transportation hubs, facilitating seamless connectivity within the city and beyond. Pedestrian-friendly streets and dedicated cycling lanes promote alternative modes of transportation, enhancing accessibility and mobility for residents and visitors alike. With its modern amenities and strategic location, De Waterkant offers a convenient and efficient transportation experience in the Western Cape.

Here is a list of the top staff transportation options available in the area:

De Waterkant is seven minutes (1,5 km) away from Cape Town via the M6 and Cape Town International Airport is only a 17-minute drive (19,4 km) via the N2.


De Waterkant is buzzing with some incredible eateries you won’t want to miss out on. Whether you’re in need of a place to host a business meeting, conduct an interview or a quick bite to eat during your lunch break, De Waterkant has many options for you to choose from. Some of the top restaurants worth noting include Al Mukalla Restaurant, Vasco da Gama Taverna, Loading Bay, Yumcious, Honey & Dora - Cafe and Baked De Waterkant.

De Waterkant is also home to an array of amenities, as well as excellent healthcare facilities that will put your mind at ease knowing your staff will be in good hands should medical assistance be needed. Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital and New Somerset Hospital are both under a 10-minute drive and provide wonderful care.

Discover your path to success in De Waterkant

De Waterkant is a desired location for a reason. The variety of property types, abundance of amenities, well-maintained status and lovely surroundings make De Waterkant a top choice for anyone looking to relocate or start their business in the area. Whether you are looking for an industrial, residential or commercial property, De Waterkant will have you covered. If you would like to know more about the area, book a viewing, or simply wish to browse some of the available properties we have, contact Brickfield Properties today.

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