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Cape Town -The Backpack

74 New Church Street, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

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South Africa’s original, multi award-winning hostel and travel centre is simply Cape Town’s hottest, most social spot to stay. Centrally located within easy reach of all the attractions

  • Dorm
    From $28.48
  • Private
    From $66.45
10 or more people?

Cape Town Hostel

Hostel Cape Town

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Located in Cape Town city centre, The Backpack features a café and an outdoor pool with panoramic Table Mountain views.

The hostel provides stylishly decorated Afro-chic rooms offering superior comfort and quality, with shared or en-suite bathrooms, private electronic lockers, in-house ATM and unlimited free Wi-Fi. Some rooms have in-room tea and coffee facilities. The on-site souvenir shop features locally made handicraft as well as artworks.

The shops of Long Street and Kloof Street are just a 10-minute walk away. The Backpack is 5 km away from the beach activities at Camps Bay. In addition, you can also enjoy the V&A Waterfront which is famous for its spectacular views, the buzz of a working harbour and world-class restaurants. Staff can recommend you city tours and outdoor activities, such as paragliding and shark-cage diving.


Prices are non-member prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • A deposit is payable at check-in.
  • A deposit is payable at check-in. For room keys
  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Children under the age of 18 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories
  • Children under the age of 1 stay free.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are not members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association
  • A discount of 06 % of rates quoted is available to members on arrival.
  • Limited payment options apply at hostel check-in
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Accommodations are available only to guests from outside a 100 km radius of the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • TV room
  • Pool table / snooker table
  • Terrace / patio


  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Cafe/Bistro
  • Licenced Bar/Pub
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Vending machine

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Wifi - Free
  • Internet Cafe Nearby - Less than 500 m

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Air Conditioning - In selected areas
  • Car Parking at Hostel - Free
  • Currency Exchange
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available - In Room
  • Luggage Room - Available during hostel reception times
  • Smoking Area
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

From 07:00 to 21:00
Open 24 hours

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. +27 21 4234530;

Fax. +27 862714165

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Table Mountain World Heritage Site (2 to 3km)
  • Robben Island World Heritage Site (3 to 5km)
  • Camps Bay Beach (3 to 5km)

See the full list of attractions



Excellent hostel but booking through HI was eventful; I booked online and paid the deposit but then the hostel emailed to say they were double booked and I had to have a different room from the one I booked. The proprietor said it shouldn't be possible because booking is automated, but it happened. There was no facility for getting members' rates.


Avatar for Les


Wed 10 Feb 2016

Yes, I highly recommend staying at "The Backpack" You will get your monies worth - good vibes, friendly backpackers, safe and most of all fun place to stay. Also, everything is centrally located - long street, only 5 min walk. Secure car parking is available as well. Book and stay here, you won't regret it! My bed view was Table Mountain...


Avatar for Mehul


Tue 11 Nov 2014

Une petite surprise désagréable à l'arrivée de 200 euros supplémentaires par rapport au prix annoncé. Erreur réparée quand je suis revenu contester. Sinon rien à redire à cette auberge très bien organisée avec un personnel très agréable.


Avatar for Jean-Jacques


Wed 29 Oct 2014

Probably the best I ve ever been ( and i am a Long term customer9 Everything is absolutely perfect. only the bereakfast is a Little overprized compared to other places in CT 1! But Location and staff awesome!!!!!!!!


Avatar for Alvaro


Sun 09 Mar 2014

Poor facilities for internet access! Speed of WiFi unacceptable.


Avatar for Henning


Tue 17 Dec 2013


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Amusement / Theme park (More than 10km)
  • Beach (3 to 5km)
  • Cinema (500m - 1km)
  • City Centre (500m - 1km)
  • Cycle trails (2 to 3km)
  • Golf course (2 to 3km)
  • Gym (Less than 500m)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (2 to 3km)
  • Local market (500m - 1km)
  • Mountainous Area (2 to 3km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (500m - 1km)
  • National / State Park (2 to 3km)
  • Nightlife (500m - 1km)
  • Parks / Green Area (500m - 1km)
  • Restaurants (Less than 500m)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (3 to 5km)
  • Shopping area / Mall (Less than 500m)
  • Swimming pool (At or next to the hostel)
  • Supermarket / Food store (Less than 500m)
  • Theatre (1 to 2km)
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site (2 to 3km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

Let us arrange your meet and greet service to collect you at the airport (prices available on request)
To get to the hostel from the bus station located in Heerengracht / Adderley Street you can take one of the many metered taxis waiting there.
Free car parking area in front of hostel
To get to the hostel from the railway station located in Heerengracht / Adderley Street you can take one of the many metered taxis waiting there.

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