About us

Nowhere else does the best city in the world show so many sides of itself. During the Apartheid years Obs was one of the few areas that managed to cling onto its ‘grey-ness’, everyone belonged! Bohemian Lofts is based in the centre of this little universe.
Obs is truly bohemian, from students and trade union officials, tourists and artists to festivals and events. Where better to enjoy great craft beer, music, good food, and books? Our hostel is a beautiful old character building, previously a museum of contemporary art. From the balcony, you can survey the life on the Lower Main Rd below you or why not head down to join the buzz. Yes, we are a backpacker (a youth hostel), but we are happy to be a real home to you for a while. We’d love to meet you!

Breakfast:
 Included in our rates is a light breakfast every morning of tea, coffee, toast and spreads. This is available between 7am and 10am.

Internet:
 We offer free unlimited Wi-Fi internet in our communal areas. We also offer free use of our guest computer. ABOUT-US-PIC2

Why stay with us?

Observatory is the place where the different sides of Cape Town all combine into one bohemian whole, where we are all individual, creative, cool, quirky, fascinating and fun! Our hostel is located at the centre of everything that is happening in Lower Main Road.

Our building, a former museum of contemporary art, is one of kind. You will love its character, personality, and aesthetics. Come and experience our perfect-for-sunrise-watching and perfect-for-people-watching balcony: There are few streets as interesting as Lower Main Road.

We can help you make the most of your stay by offering you a great range of exciting day trips such as, Wine tasting, Cape Peninsula, Shark Cage Diving and much more.

Thanks to the central location of Bohemian Lofts, it is a perfect home base for travellers, students, interns, medical professionals or outreach volunteers. Providing:

♦  Accommodation close to the UCT
♦  Accommodation for outreach volunteers
♦  Accommodation close to Groote Schuur Hospital
♦  Accommodation close to UCT Medical School
♦  Accommodation close to Hartleyvale Hockey Stadium

From here you can get to the False Bay beaches, the West Coast beaches, the centre of Cape Town, the Cape Flats and much more. We’re also well positioned for accommodation for big sporting events such as:

♦  The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, or
♦  The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon.

Allow us make your time here memorable, because, after all… it is all about you!

More information

What’s on?

If you’re ever bored in Cape Town, it really is your own doing. This is just a short list of what’s happening in Cape Town; events and happenings. We’re probably not even scratching the surface.
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Tours & Activities

There isn’t another city on the planet with more mindblowing things to do than Cape Town.
Here at Bohemian Lofts Backpackers, you can book almost any tour your heart desires at the reception desk of our hostel!
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Blog

When we are not busy (24×365!) trying our best to make your stay at Bohemian Lofts a wonderful one, we also love to travel.
And sometimes we even find some time to blog about our travels Check out our blog here.

Long term stays

If you are looking for accommodation to rent in Observatory, there is no better option available: Value for money, a beautiful character building, close to everything, good facilities and a great vibe.
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Community Involvement

Our location in Observatory in Cape Town is perfect for visitors who want to get involved in community outreach programs of almost any description.
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Work @ Bohemian Lofts

One very smart way to experience Cape Town is to get free accommodation at our hostel in exchange for your efforts. We are always looking for volunteers to provide their services, and in exchange we will provide you with accommodation.
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The Bohemian Lofts Team

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Reception / Wi-Fi in common areas

Reception / Wi-Fi in common areas

Reception / Wi-Fi in common areas

Reception / Wi-Fi in common areas

Breakfast

Breakfast

Kitchen

Kitchen

Kitchen

Wi-Fi Area

Wi-Fi Area

The Balcony

The Balcony

The Balcony

Library

Tours

Lower Main Road

Lower Main Road

Lower Main Road

Lower Main Road

Lower Main Road

Our Neighbours

Cafe Ganesh

Komati Food Market

Book Store

Constantia

Constantia

Constantia

Constantia

Grassy Park

Grassy Park

Grassy Park

Grassy Park

Stellenbosch

St James

St James

Kirstenbosch

Kirstenbosch

Kirstenbosch

Kirstenbosch

Camps Bay

Camps Bay

Camps Bay

Camps Bay

Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch

Observatory

Observatory

Observatory

Observatory

Cango Caves

Cango Caves

Cango Caves

Cango Caves

Camps Bay - Video

Constantia - Video

Grassy Park - Video

Kirstenbosch - Video

St James - Video

Stellenbosch - Video

Woodstock - Video

Observatory - Video

Cango Caves - Video

Rooms & Rates

Kirstenbosch - Room

Rates are subject to change R490 (one person) R590 (two people sharing)

  • Sleeps: 2

  • En-suite

Book Kirstenbosch

Constantia - Room

Rates are subject to change R490 (one person)
R590 (two people sharing)

  • Sleeps: 2

  • En-suite

Book Constantia

Stellenbosch - Room

Rates are subject to change R490 (one person)
R590 (two people sharing)

  • Sleeps: 2

  • En-suite

Book Stellenbosch

Grassy Park - Room

Rates are subject to change R490 (one person)
R590 (two people sharing)

  • Sleeps: 2

  • En-suite

Book Grassy Park

Woodstock - Dorm

Rates are subject to change R190 per person per night

  • Sleeps: 6

Book Woodstock

St. James - Room

Rates are subject to change R490(one person) R590(two people sharing) R560(three people sharing)

  • Sleeps: 1, 2 or 3

  • Can be configured in many different ways to accomodate various groups

  • Shared bathroom

Book St. James

Camps Bay - Room

Rates are subject to change R440 (one person)
R540 (two people sharing)

  • Sleeps: 2

  • Shared bathroom

Book Camps Bay

Observatory - Dorm

Rates are subject to change R170 per person per night

  • Sleeps: 6

  • Shared bathroom

Book Observatory

Cango Caves - Dorm

Rates are subject to change R190 per person per night

  • Sleeps: 4

  • En suite

Book Cango Caves

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