Top 5 Backpackers in Cape Town

April 9, 2013

In such a big city like Cape Town finding a place to stay is not that hard, but finding a great place to stay when you have a tight budget might be a bit harder. And for exactly that reason this easy guide has been made to offer you some great suggestions on where to spend the night.

1. The Backpack & Africa Travel Centre

This backpackers has been selected as one of the world’s 10 coolest hostels according to the, and also voted as South Africa’s number two hostel by This means they are definitely doing something right.

They offer you affordable and stylish rooms, and facilities such as an internet café, on site ATM, swimming pool, and bar. Also you have the option to store your baggage there for a few days if you are going on a trip, and they have a coin-operated laundry machine for all your washing.

Address: 74 New Church Street

2. Carnival Court

This backpackers has been rated as one of the top 20 party hostels in the world, and with its location on Long Street (the party-street in Cape Town) this is a place where the party never has to end. It can offer you a backpacker-style accommodation for the night, and it even has its own bar at the first floor that opens at 5 pm every day.

Address: 255 Long Street

3. Cat and Moose Backpackers

Also located on Long Street it is right in the hub of the city centre. Its slogan says “Where you arrive as a guest – and leave as a friend!” and this is definitely true. Its reception is open daily from 7am-10pm, and they offer facilities like a large TV lounge, pool table, bar, safety box, laundry service, and all the travel information you need is available.

Address: 305 Long Street

4. Cape Town Backpackers

This hostel is founded by people who’ve travelled themselves, and thus know exactly what it is you want and need during your stay. They have affordable prices, are very helpful, and have internet access and Wi-Fi, a cafe, comprehensive travel desk, and a bar to meet fellow travellers.

Address: 81 New Church Street, Tamboerskloof

5. Armchair

This backpackers located in the hot and happening neighbourhood Observatory offers you a nice place to stay for affordable prices. They have security lockers at reception (24hr), internet, Wi-Fi, photocopy machine, restaurant & pub, library, laundry service, and great BBQ/Braai areas.

Address: 135 Lower Main Road, Observatory

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