Street art is all about storytelling and statements, so it’s no surprise that the scene here in Cape Town is one of the best in the world. From brightly coloured murals to interactive pieces, art is part of the backdrop here so grab your camera and go explore these street art hotspots…
When you mention ‘street art in Cape Town’, Woodstock is the first place that springs to mind for many – the neighbourhood has even been described as an ‘open air art gallery’. Walk the maze of streets here and you will come across a whole host of huge, eye-catching murals created by both South African and international artists.
Don’t miss the giant elephant on Cornwall Street with Table Mountain peeking out in the background…
In the Old Biscuit Mill, you’ll find interactive art by US artist Kelsey Montague – share a picture with her wings on social media using the hashtag #WhatLiftsYou and you’ll join tens of thousands of others who have got involved!
And make sure you pay a visit to Side Street Studios – with galleries that are open to the public and over 50 resident creatives, you’re guaranteed to see some interesting art works on display here.
Aside from this amazing art, Woodstock is well worth a visit during your time in Cape Town – there’s specialist gin bars, craft beer breweries, outstanding restaurants and, of course, Neighbourgoods Market which is THE place to be (and be seen) on a Saturday here in the Mother City.
Just past Woodstock and about a 10-minute drive from the city centre, the bohemian neighbourhood of Observatory – or Obs for short – is a hub of creativity, art and music. It is home to a number of colourful murals, most of which can be found along the buzzing Lower Main Road.
Some of the most striking examples of South African street art here are by famous Cape Town artist Nardstar who has been named as one of the top 25 female street artists in the world by Huffington Post. Her unique pieces are based on ‘traditional graffiti with a fresh spin’ and her mission is to uplift areas that have been previously neglected with bright, eye-catching artwork like this mural.
The seaside town of Muizenberg already boasts picturesque views, a beautiful beach and those brightly coloured huts that you’ve probably seen more than once on your Instagram feed. But the street art here is also worth seeking out.
Falko 1 is one of South Africa’s most well known graffiti artists with work that has been described as some of the ‘most awe-inspiring on the planet’. While his larger than life creations can be found across Cape Town, one of his marine animal pieces has a ‘sea view’ of the stunning coastline.
Muizenberg is also home to One Love Studio, an artist duo who aim to inspire and reflect the community around them with their murals. You can find a variety of their artwork – most of which is nature related – dotted around the area. See how many you can spot!
District Six was a vibrant residential area in Cape Town with a close-knit community which was destroyed by forced removals during the apartheid era. It is now home to some of the most captivating street art in the city with murals relating to freedom and equality in South Africa.
The work of Mak1one – who sees his art as a form of expression which connects strangers from all over the world – can be found here. This bold mural commemorating the life of former South African president, Nelson Mandela, is on the corner of Canterbury and Constitution Street.
To learn more about the history of this area, don’t miss the brilliant District Six museum. Opt for a guided tour and you will have the privilege of being escorted around the museum by former residents who share their firsthand experiences of life in this area.
With its brightly coloured houses and cobbled streets, the Cape Malay neighbourhood of Bo Kaap is already one of Cape Town’s most photographed – and most Instagrammable – areas.
But did you know the neighbourhood is also home to a number of captivating art works?
This vibrant piece, entitled ‘The Buitengracht Wolf’, definitely stands out. The artist Sonny Sundancer is passionate about animal conservation – his work combines wildlife imagery with messages about the importance of animal conservation.
We could talk all day about the street art here in Cape Town – the examples above are just a small selection of the pieces which decorate the city. You’ll just have to come and see it for yourself…