There is no shortage of urban film shoot locations in Cape Town – with an astounding variety of options from street scenes and cityscapes to houses and shops.
The city centre’s Long Street is wildly popular. This tourist attraction, lined with bars, restaurants, bookshops and other stores, bustles day and night. The iconic Kloof Street begins at the top of Long Street. Filled with cafes and boutique stores, it provides several shoot opportunities for film crews.
The Artscape Theatre Centre and nearby Civic Centre tick all the boxes for a cityscape feeling. These excellent film shoot locations boast 1970s buildings, interesting architecture, city square areas, different levels, stairs and city skyline backdrops.
If a colourful canvas and dreamy feel is what you’re after, then Bo-Kaap with its unique, multi-coloured houses, 18th century architecture and cobbled streets is the ideal neighbourhood in which to film. This vibrant area is one of Cape Town’s oldest residential neighbourhoods and former Malay quarter. Film crews need a valid permit for all shoot locations and must adhere to restrictions for each area to ensure the religious and cultural integrity of the area and its people.
Use location scouts to help find the right venues for your film shoot in this heritage-rich city with its several architectural styles. They may introduce you to the trendy Camps Bay strip with its beautiful, palm-tree lined beach, classy restaurants, and mountain backdrop. Alternatively, there is Woodstock – a former industrial suburb transformed into a gritty, hipster neighbourhood filled with graffiti and diversity.
Other unique locations include Cape Town University’s red-roofed buildings; the chic shops, restaurants and performers at the V&A Waterfront – located on a working harbour; the city’s ultra-modern international airport; and a selection of private homes ranging from cosy cottage-style to luxurious.