A Redditor asked a hard-hitting question that hit a nerve for many Capetonians regarding the advantages the Northern Suburbs has over the Southern Suburbs.
The public was quick to jump in and share their opinions (some more openly than others) as daisy-chain-of-doom said “[Southern] Suburbs people are very snobby about [Northern] Suburbs. Old money vs new money almost,” adding that “I maintain that the better food and fun is in the Southern Suburbs. But people are quick to turn up their noses at the Northern Suburbs”.
Others spoke about the affordable property, “more space, more value for money and larger plot sizes”, while teddyslayerza added to this discussion by saying “It’s primarily just that property is more affordable (and more modern), and the urban planning is usually a bit better so there’s less traffic and it’s easier to get access to most large stores and services. Also a bit easier to get to the CBD (although our whole City is kinda a traffic joke)”.
Mountain biking trails also made an appearance in the debate, as well as better access to a wide variety of shopping malls.
Here are a few more responses:
Xorbek – “Southern Suburbs is awesome for endless access to stunning and diverse hiking trails, but it feels more like living in a “city” as there is just a lot going on all the time.”
uzzihaas – “N.subs has better, easier, and in some cases more affordable shopping. Multiple shops to choose from, not just Rosmead Spar and the KC for weekly grocery shopping. Much quicker to get to the country – I have family near Ceres, and it’s just so much easier to go places from here. There is also less traffic, more routes, and about a tenth of the taxis.
“Eat out restaurants aren’t halaal. Macon is not for me, and it’s the default in the Southern Suburbs. Property is much more affordable, larger, and in our limited experience, the neighbours are more easygoing. I feel like there’s more to do, more activities, more family-friendly places, and loads of great outside restaurants on wine farms. Source: Lived in S.suburbs for 5 years, now living in N.suburbs for 5 years.”
FitzChivalry89 – “I personally do not enjoy the taste of bacon, but I have a lot of proper Afrikaans friends that will gladly just eat 500g bacon as a meal. When these friends came to visit me in the Southern Suburbs they’d always be so bothered about the lack of bacon at local restaurants or on ubereats… To me the Northern Suburbs are too much klein dorpie vibes”
capetonian86 – “This is generalising a fair bit but I feel like there are more vagrants and petty crimes in the southern suburbs. But this obviously does vary from area to area.”
YouMadThough – “The North is far less congested, it’s generally easier to get around, parking isn’t an endless ball ache, and the people are far more down to earth in general. Also, better mall options and easier accessibility to long distance travel destinations. And let’s not forget – we’re a short drive from Takealot’s warehouse for quick collections.”