Ottery, Cape Town


Street map of Ottery

 Ottery shown within Western Cape

Coordinates: 34°00′53″S 18°30′16″E / 34.01472°S 18.50444°E / -34.01472; 18.50444Coordinates: 34°00′53″S 18°30′16″E / 34.01472°S 18.50444°E / -34.01472; 18.50444
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
Municipality City of Cape Town
Main Place Cape Town
  Councillor Montgomery Oliver (Ward 63) (DA)
George March (Ward 66) (ID)
  Total 1.99 km2 (0.77 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
  Total 5,089
  Density 2,600/km2 (6,600/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
  Black African 5.4%
  Coloured 66.3%
  Indian/Asian 3.8%
  White 12.2%
  Other 12.3%
First languages (2011)[1]
  English 82.5%
  Afrikaans 12.8%
  Xhosa 2.2%
  Other 2.5%
Postal code (street) 7808
PO box 7800
Area code 021

Ottery is a suburb in Cape Town, South Africa. It is on the edge of the Southern Suburbs. The Youngsfield Military Base, Royal Cape Golf Club and Cape Town's 'official' China Town are located in the suburb. Every year the Youngsfield Military Base in Ottery hosts the Cape Argus Junior Cycle Tour on 12 March.[2]


There is an Ottery train station present and is on the Cape Flats line, which connects Heathfield to Cape Town via Athlone. The Ottery station was built in 1904 (finished on 1 February). The line was built for private use and was acquired as government property on 1 July 1908.[3] The Golden Arrow busses pass the Ottery centre as well, part of the Wynberg to Khayelitsha route.[4] Minibus taxi's pass through Ottery on Ottery Road, en route to Wynberg from Lotus River and Mitchells Plain respectively. More information can be found on the City's website [5]

Major retail stores

China Town

Launched in September 2008 the 'China Town' in Ottery is not a true Chinatown but is instead a 7,500 square metres (81,000 sq ft) retail park with 48, predominantly Chinese-owned, retail units selling mostly Chinese imports. The retail park cost R45 million to construct.[6]

Ottery Centre

The Ottery centre is a popular shopping centre in and around Cape Town's Southern suburbs. It is also one of the oldest shopping centres in the Southern suburbs. There is a host of shops available including a Pick n Pay Hypermarket with Pick n Pay liquor store, Spur, Nando's, clothing shops, a Post Office amongst others and there is also secure free parking.[7] The Ottery centre recently underwent an extensive refurbishment which made it more stylish and added to the shops available.[8]


Makro has a branch in Ottery, one of three in the Western Cape, on the corner of Ottery and Old Standfontein Road.[9]


Ottery is bordered by Plumstead to the west, Philippi to the east and Kenilworth to the north west. The suburb can be accessed from the M5 freeway to the west of the suburb.





Public Service


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Sub Place Ottery". Census 2011.
  2. Cape Argus Junior Cycle Tour. "Cape Argus Pick n Pay Junior Tour". Retrieved 3 March 2011.
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  4. "Golden Arrow Bus services routes". Golden Arrow.
  5. "minibus taxis". Cape Town municipality.
  6. Emily Purser (9 September 2008). "China Town retail park launched in Ottery". Cape Times (South Africa. Retrieved 3 March 2011.
  7. "Ottery Centre information". Ottery Centre.
  8. "Ottery Centre refurbishment". Ottery Centre.
  9. "Makro Ottery". Makro.
  10. "Battswood Primary School". SA Yellow.
  11. "Ottery Library library". Cape Town municipality.
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