Cobern Street Backpackers, Cape Town

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Long Street Backpackers is a party hostel in the city centre in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Location

Long Street Backpackers is located in the middle of Long Street, which is home to Cape Town's party scene. If you come to Cape Town to party, this hostel and its location is a great places to stay. Long Street Backpackers is about 1.5 kilometre from the long distance bus terminal and the railway station. There is not much parking space outside, which makes it less ideal if you have your own car. Many sites in Cape Town's city centre are nearby and taxis are available in Long Street. If sunbathing at the beach is a priority while visiting Cape Town, this hostel is a bit out of the way. Long Street is a place in Cape Town with a high crime rate. Robberies and other forms of scams and theft happen frequently. Be always cautious when going out at any time of the day.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Long Street Backpackers offers both dorms and private rooms. All dorm rooms have bunk beds and differ in size. Bunk beds do not have ladders to climb up and are unstable. All rooms are ensuite. Extra bathrooms are available outside the dorms. The rooms are kept clean well. Safety is an issue at this hostel. Most dorms have lockers, but not all. If you do not have a locker you can leave your valuables at the safe at the reception, but you may not want to leave cash and such with the staff, so this is not ideal. Theft of a guest's belongings has happened. Even though the victim could prove the theft by another guests, the manager failed to take any action and let the thief stay. The safety of the guests and their belongings does not seem to be a priority of this hostel.

Common Spaces

There is a common room outside where you can meet fellow travellers and hang out. There is a braai which you can use. Many guests normally hang out in this area in the evenings. There is also a balcony at the other side of the building overlooking Long Street. In the kitchen you can prepare your own food, but there are also many affordable restaurants and take-aways in the hostel's neighbourhood. There is also a bar at the hostel where you can purchase drinks. When the reviewer was there, most staff was working for Long Street Backpackers on a short term basis. The staff was allowed to drink during their shifts and they got drunk frequently. Staff swearing at guests and other bad behaviour was witnessed.


Long Street Backpackers is a centrally located party hostel where you can have lots of fun. However, if you do not intend to party every day, this is not your best choice. Also, there is a lack of safety at this hostel.
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Cobern Street Backpackers, Cape Town
Cobern Street Backpackers, Cape Town
Cobern Street Backpackers, Cape Town
Cobern Street Backpackers, Cape Town
Cobern Street Backpackers, Cape Town
Cobern Street Backpackers, Cape Town
Cobern Street Backpackers, Cape Town
Cobern Street Backpackers, Cape Town
Martin Straatman Staff Reviewer
Published on May 4, 2017


"If Long Street is the heart of Cape Town, then Long Street Backpackers is Long Street's soul."

Long Street Backpackers is one of the original backpacker hostels in Cape Town. It is famous for its friendly atmosphere and fantastic location. Set in a private oasis in the centre of Long Street, there’s plenty of eating, drinking and partying, literally on your doorstep. An unassuming entry from the main street leads you to the large and leafy courtyard. It is a magnet for travellers from all over the world. This is the place to meet fun people and share great times exploring Cape Town’s many beautiful attractions.

Our hostel offers cheap backpacker prices for both rooms and travel/tours. Each dorm has its own bathroom, and there are twin, double and single rooms available.

We have decades of experience with all the best tour providers and our staff will be able to help you make the most of your time and budget while travelling in South Africa. We can answer any tour or travel question you have.

We offer our own regular activities, such as: traditional braais (barbeques), Full Moon parties, beach days, sunset trips, Lion’s Head hikes and more.

• Lively Bar - with the cheapest drinks on Long Street!
• Travel Desk
• Pool Table
• TV Room – with full DSTV
• Kitchen - Large and well equipped
• Dining Rooms
• Balconies
• Public Phones
• Courtyard with Braai (BBQ)
• Free Potjie (a traditional vegetable stew) every Sunday
• Laundry
• Book Swap
• Free sheets, blankets and towels
• Free Luggage Store
• Dormitories and private rooms
• Lockers and safes
• Security guard
• 24/7 on street security
• Free pickup from the airport (8am to 8pm) for a 1 person staying 4 or more nights, or 2 persons staying 3 nights or more

Tours and Bookings
• Wine Tours
• Shark Cage Diving
• Cape Peninsula Tour
• Township Tours
• Skydiving
• Abseiling on Table Mountain
• Kloofing
• Paragliding
• Mountain Biking
• Sand boarding
• Surfing
• Horse riding
• Whale Watching
• Safaris
• Overland Tours
• Baz Bus - Booking, pickup and drop off
• Airport Transfers
• Car Hire
• Intercape Coach Tickets
• Half price entry to Zula Sound Bar - The best live music and nightclub venue on Long Street

Location and Contact


• You'll find us at the intersection of Long Street and Pepper Street.
• We are opposite a large, colourful restaurant called Mama Africa - you can't miss it!
• Ring the bell at the blue gate at street level, and our receptionists will let you in.



Address: 209 Long Street, Long Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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Website Cobern Street Backpackers Cape Town
Phone Number: +27 (0)21 423 0615
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Facilities and Amenities

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller


Luggage Storage


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Airport Pickup

Bike Rental

City Tours

Lockers in Lobby

24 Hour Security

BBQ Grill


Board Games

Book Collection/Exchange

Cable TV

Concierge/Info Desk

Evening Entertainment


Hot Showers



Live Music/Performance

Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Pool Table


Table Tennis

Credit Card Payments

Wheelchair Accessible

Service Animals

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 8am to 12 Midnight

Size: Large (60-100 beds)

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