The hostel is a great budget-friendly option for those who want to socialize and is the best you can find in Cape Town.

If you’re thinking of backpacking to the stunning coastal cities of Cape Town, South Africa, you may be wondering where to stay. There are many hostels / backpackers to choose from in Cape Town, so here are some top picks.

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About backpacker accommodation in Africa

In Africa, backpacker accommodation is very different from accommodation in Europe and many other parts of the world. In Europe, hostels are nothing more than cheap backpackers, or cheap communal accommodations for backpackers seeking the wonderful community spirit (hostel atmosphere) inherent in a hostel.


In Africa, hostels are commonly referred to as “backpackers” and are very different. They usually have some hostel-like accommodations, private rooms / chalets, bars, restaurants, and often ex-pats and locals who can afford (relatively) expensive food and drinks. It is a hangout.

  • African backpacker accommodation: Usually a fusion of resort, bar, restaurant and hostel concepts
  • Cape Town Backpackers: Usually a fusion of hostel and hotel concepts

In Cape Town, they are also a bit different, often a hybrid of hostels and hotels with restaurants and bars. Here are some of Cape Town’s top picks.


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Curio City Cape Town

Curio City Cape Town (They also have curiosity Johannesburg), known as one of the best hostel / hotel hybrids in Cape Town.

  • position: Prime location (green point)

It is located in a modern three-storey building in the city’s Green Point district. This is a great location near the beach and promenade (you can take a walk or easily see the whales offshore). It is also close to the city centre, with many stunning pubs, old buildings, museums and great shopping.

  • Facility: Swimming pool, outdoor lounge, cafe-restaurant, kitchenette


Curiocity is designed for almost every traveler. Choose from premium deluxe rooms and family apartments to shared backpackers and hostel suites.

There is a swimming pool, an outdoor lounge and an on-site café-restaurant.

  • hotel: Deluxe room to hostel dorm

Premium rooms feature a comfortable king bed, lounge area and private balcony, making them very clean and relaxing. The family suite has a two-bedroom apartment with a king bed and two bunk beds.

Their backpacker options include dormitories for 6-8 people, complete with kitchenettes, lounge areas and private outdoor balconies. There is no pressure or expectation to eat at your own restaurant. Feel free to cook your own meals.


  • Cost dormitory: From 290 rand ($ 18) per night

However, Curio City goes a step further, not only offering tours of Cape Town and South Africa’s famous wine regions, but also working to create a hostel atmosphere with hybrid facilities.

  • Tours: Couricity offers many tours of the area

You can book a tour of the Cape Peninsula, a sunset dining experience, sunrise power hiking and meditation, a Black Route (city tour), and a wine tour with them.

Don’t miss their beer + brinite.In South Africa, barbecue is called “Bry” and South Africans love Their Braai and its “love” are capitalized “L”. This is a must-see for anyone who wants to experience this important part of South African culture and is a great opportunity to connect with fellow travelers with cold foods and steaks.


  • when: Braai (BBQ) Nights Every Friday
  • cost: From Rand 400 ($ 25) per person (includes free drinks)

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Mojo Hotel / Hostel

Mojo is a hybrid hotel A hostel that spans the 2nd and 3rd floors of the building. The Mojo Market occupies the first floor and is a busy place every night. The whole place is very modern, with many food stalls and no cash accepted.

  • Mojo Market: Diverse food markets under the hostel

Mojo Market is a large dining facility with restaurants from all over the world. Here you can find restaurants such as American, Indian, Middle Eastern, Turkish, Chinese and Mexican food under the same roof.

  • Live music: Play more or less every night

Live music is played every night and it is often packed. This is not just a tourist destination, the majority of patrons are South Africans. This is a popular hangout for locals in Cape Town and those visiting from Johannesburg on weekends.

If you go to Mojo Hostel, you can stay in the dormitories, and each dormitory has its own kitchenette and refrigerator. The hostel’s communal spirit most often extends to the person in that particular room and rarely interacts with others within the hostel.

  • swimming pool: Their rooftop swimming pool has been removed

  • Hostel atmosphere: The atmosphere of the hostel is a bit lacking here and there are no common areas (except the market)

Hint: Hint: Party nights can be noisy

It’s like a party hostel / hotel, and it’s important to note that many South African groups reserve entire dorm rooms for parties all night long. Friday and Saturday nights can always be noisy.

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