Owing to the large German community in Cape Town, there are numerous German churches in prominent parts of the city, including both Lutheran and Roman Catholic denominations.
St. Martini Cape Town
Founded in 1861, this beautiful church adjoins St. Martini Kindergarten, where many German expatriates send their children to prepare for entry into the nearby Deutsche Schule Kapstadt.
240 Long Street, CBD
Call 021 423 7400 or 021 423 5947
33 Middle Street, Bellville
Call 021 948 5928
St. Johannis, Wynberg
52 Waterloo Road, Wynberg
Call 021 761 1904
German Roman Catholic
1 Derry Road, Vredehoek
Call 021 438 1242
St. George’s Cathedral
This most beautiful of the inner city’s cathedrals was also once a great centre for Anti-Apartheid struggle. Here students gathered to denounce the National Party’s regime, and to hear speakers from every extreme of the political spectrum, among them Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The building’s looming gothic vaults and stained glass windows continue attract local worshipers and tourists alike.
5 Wale Street, CBD
Call 021 424 7360 or visit http://www.stgeorgescathedral.com.
The First Church of Christ, Scientist
Corner of Orange Street and Gray’s Pass (opposite the S.A. College Cricket Grounds), CBD
Cape Town has a population of nearly half a million Muslims of very diverse Asian origins. The city, with its centuries-old mosques, has become something of a hub for Islamic religious tourists. Listed below are the addresses of the Owal and Palm Tree mosques, the country’s two oldest mosques, along with several others below. For local Islamic news, as well as extensive listings of all the mosques in the country, visit http://www.livingislam.co.za.
The Owal Mosque
34 Dorp Street, Bo Kaap
Call 0217373848 or
Palm Tree Mosque
185 Long Street, CBD
Call 021 424 5837
134 Buitengracht Street, Bo Kaap
Call 021 423 4202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
66 Lower Chiappini Street, Bo Kaap
Call 021 422 0839 or email email@example.com
Jewish Synagogues and Worship Centres
Cape Town has an estimated Jewish population of around 16000. Herzlia pre-primary, primary and high schools, located in Highlands Estate, offer Judaism-centric education and are considered to be some of the best schools in the city.
Furthermore, the Cape Town Holocaust Centre, which documents the atrocities and influence of Nazi Germany, is considered to be one of the most sophisticated museums on the continent. Visit http://www.ctholocaust.co.za.
Listed are some of the better trafficked centers for Jewish worship in Cape Town.
Cape Town Hebrew Congregation
88 Hatfield Street, Gardens
Call 021 465 1405 or visit http://www.gardensshul.org
Chabad Centre of Cape Town
20 St. John’s Road, Sea Point
Call 021 434 3740 or visit http://www.chabad.co.za
Green and Sea Point Hebrew Congregation
10 Marais Road, Sea Point
Call 021 439 7543
Claremont Hebrew Congregation
Grove Avenue, Claremont
Call 021 671 9007
United Orthodox Hebrew Congregation
Herzlia, Highlands Estate, Vredehoek
Call 021 465 2239 or visit http://www.herzlia.com
45 Maynard Street, Gardens
Call 021 461 0145
There are only around 6000 Hindus in the Cape Town (which tallies at about 0.2 per cent of the population) and they’re not particularly concentrated in any one area. Since local Hindu communities generally lack the funds or influence to see a temple built, there are precious few in the city.
Samaj Centre (Hindu Vishnu Temples)
The Cape Town Hindu Seva Samaj
Clinic Road, Gatesville, Athlone
Call Madhuri Chavda on 082 777 1311
The Cape Town Interfaith Initiative also holds interfaith Hindu-Christian meetings at:
Ananda Kutir Ashrama
24 Spring Road, Rondebosch East
Call 021 696 1821
Buddhist Temples and Centres
Visit http://www.dharmaweb.org/ for listings of all the major Buddhist centers in South Africa.
Buddhist Theravada Centre
Bishopsford Road, Hout Bay
Call 021 790 3478 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cape Town Cultural Centre (Mahayana, Humanistic Buddhism)
43 Sandpiper Crescent, Flamingo Vlei
Call 021 556 8478 or email email@example.com
Cape Town Samze Dong (Tibetan Buddhism)
5 Auburn Road, Kenilworth
Call 021 761 2978 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rondebosch Dharma Centre (Kwan Um School of Zen)
6 Lulworth Mansions, Saint Andrews Road, Rondebosch
Call 021 686 3698 or visit http://home.worldonline.co.za/~dharmken
Vipassana Association of South Africa
10 Dawlish Court, Hall Road, Sea Point
Call 021 433 2273 or visit http://www.pataka.dhamma.org