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Cape Town’s Bree Street has been named the 11th “coolest street” in the world by Time Out, highlighting its vibrant urban energy, diverse offerings, and contribution to the city’s dynamic cultural scene.


Western Cape, South Africa (03 April 2024) – Cape Town’s Bree Street has once again proven its mettle after being crowned the 11th “coolest street” in the world by Time Out’s annual ranking. Moreover, it proudly holds the title of the best street in Africa.

This recognition comes as no surprise to those who have experienced the dynamic atmosphere and diverse offerings of Bree Street.

Time Out, known for its global hotspot rankings, annually consults with local experts on various topics, including the World’s Coolest Streets. Cape Town has previously appeared on this esteemed list, but towards the end of last year, Time Out named it the World’s Best City for Culture in a new list they created. How cool?

Speaking about cool, here’s what Time Out said about Bree Street in the 2024 list.

“Cape Town may be most famous for its scenic beauty – a cityscape of mountains and sea – but it’s also a hotbed of urban energy, from art galleries and open streets, to boutiques and culinary adventures.”

Indeed, Bree Street encapsulates this urban energy and serves as a microcosm of Cape Town’s vibrant culture. From its bustling art galleries to its eclectic boutiques and gastronomic delights, Bree Street offers something for everyone. It has evolved into a hub where locals and visitors alike come together to experience the city’s pulse.

Richard Holmes, a journalist for Time Out, highlights the significance of streets in urban life:

“Streets are the heart of local life; they’re where communities come together, where new local businesses become go-to staples and where urbanites go out, hang out and have fun.”

He further noted the evolution of street life, emphasising the rise of outdoor dining and green initiatives that make these streets more walkable and enjoyable. Bree Street perfectly aligns with this modern urban ethos, offering a pedestrian-friendly environment enriched with green initiatives.

Over the past decade, Bree Street has also emerged as the heart of Cape Town’s vibrant restaurant scene. This four-lane boulevard stretches across the city from Gardens to the Foreshore, serving as a culinary artery that pulses with innovation and creativity.

While Bree Street may have been nudged out of the top 10 by Barcelona’s Consell de Cent, its 11th-place ranking is something that South Africans can be incredibly proud of. This accolade is sure to bring in more global travellers who would like to see one of the coolest streets in the world in a city that has also been named the world’s best for culture!

Sources: Time Out
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