When winter arrives in Cape Town, the rain soon follows. Although the Mother City is an outdoor activities paradise, luckily there’s just as much indoor fun to keep you entertained. While you are waiting for the return of warmer weather, here’s what you can do when it rains in Cape Town.
#1 Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium or Planetarium
The aquarium is not only a great outing for kids, it can be fun activity for grownups as well. Remind yourself of the amazing wonders of the ocean while you meander through the beautifully designed facility. It houses more than 8 000 sea animals. These include clownfish, anemones, jellyfish, spider crabs, sharks, and more. You can also consider diving with the turtles and stingrays.
Cost: Adults R185 | Youth (Age 14-17) R140 | Children (Age 4-13) R99
Bonus – if you are a South African citizen, you get free entry on your birthday (ticket valid for a week after your birthday)
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 09:30 to 18:00
Dock Road | V&A Waterfront
Another fun option, is watching a show at the Planetarium. Be mesmerized by a different type of nature wonder, the starry night. Learn more about the universe in a unique interactive way. Click here to view their upcoming shows schedule.
Cost: Adults R60 |Children, SA students & pensioners R30
Opening hours: daily shows between 11:00 and 15:00 (closed on Mondays) | Wednesday evening shows between 19:00 and 20:00
25 Queen Victoria Street | City Centre
#2 Visit a Museum
Cape Town boasts with a wide variety of museums. From cultural history such as The District Six museum, to the South African National Gallery with its impressive art collection. A firm favourite for the sport fanatics, is the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum.
#3 The Big Box Café | 18 Roeland Street | Gardens
How does playing boardgames while sipping on a cappuccino with French Nutella Crepes sound to you? Perfect rainy day weather activities! This fun café has a sister shop called La Grosse Boite, situated on the Atlantic coast of France in La Rochelle. They specialize in boardgames, with an online shop as well. Every month the games are rotated with new exciting wooden games, dice games, strategy games, and more.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 08:00 to 17:00 | Saturday 10:00 to 22:00
Visit thebigbox.co.za for more info
#4 Clay Cafe Hout Bay | Old Oakhurst Dairy farm | Hout Bay Main Road
Situated on an old dairy farm this spot is perfect to hide from the rain on a dreary day. It’s a great family activity, or a unique outing for a group of friends. The friendly assistants will guide you through the ceramic painting process – from helping you choose your ceramic item, to offering painting tips and tricks. Channel your creativity and create a prized handmade item for your house!
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 08:00 to 17:00
Visit claycafe.co.za for more information
#4 Visit a Brewery | 3 Main Road | Newlands
If you are a big beer lover, why not use a rainy day to drink some good stuff, while learning more about the behind the scenes process of a brewery. Newlands Brewery is one of the oldest breweries in Cape Town, and they invite outsiders in to learn more about their famous lagers. The original brew house dates back to 1859. Your tour will end in the on-site pub, and you can enjoy two drinks of your choice. Tour only offered to persons 18 years and older, no children allowed, including babies. Bookings essential.
Cost: Adults R100 | Pensioners/students R60
Tour times: Tuesday to Thursday 10:00, 12:00 & 14:00 | Wednesday evenings 6pm (subject to min numbers) | Friday 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 & 16:00 | Saturday 10:00 & 12:00
Visit newlandsbrewery.co.za for more information
#5 HintHunt | Third Floor | The Old Biscuit Mill | 373-375 Albert Road | Woodstock
Forget about the gloomy weather while you race against time in an escape game. One hour, a mystery to solve, and three to six people to rise to the challenge. You’ll be locked into the room, where you will find a series of clues and puzzles to solve. There are two scenarios to choose from. It’s a worldwide craze that has now hit our South African shores as well. Put your thinking caps on!
Cost: R200 per person
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 17:30 | Sunday 10:00 to 16:00
Visit hinthunt.com for more information
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#6 Warm Up Next to a Fireplace
Cape Town is a culinary fanatic’s dream come true. There are so many restaurants, your head will be spinning to try and squeeze them all in. On a cold, rainy day many of the city’s restaurants light up a fireplace to warm things up.
Read our post 10 Restaurants with Fireplaces in Cape Town for a few ideas. Or download the DinePlan app to hunt down the perfect spot.
#7 Cape Town Comedy Club | The Pumphouse | Dock Road | V&A Waterfront
Laugh off the bad weather in the company of the country’s best comedic talent such as Shimmy Isaacs, Nik Rabinowitz, Martin Evans, KG, and more. Founded by the local funnyman Kurt Schoonraad, it’s a great combination of a comedy dinner show. Grab your pizza and a beer, sit back and get ready for your endorphins boost.
Cost: R95 per person (Wednesdays & Thursdays with early bird tickets on selected shows) | R120 per person Fridays & Saturdays | R60 per person Half Price Sundays (on selected shows only)
Show times: Wednesday to Sunday from 20:30 to 22:30 (doors open at 18:00 for pre-dinner)
Visit capetowncomedy.com for more information
#8 The Labia Cinema | 68 Orange Street | Gardens
This is the oldest independent art-repertory cinema in the country. It was opened in 1949 by Princess Labia. Originally it was an Italian Embassy ballroom, transformed into a theatre for live performances, before it was converted into a movie house. Showcasing the best art nouveau movies, your visit here is guaranteed to be like no other cinema. Buy your glass of wine plus a pastry and watch a movie in an authentic cinema space.
Cost: Adults R50 | Children/ Students/ Seniors/Fanatics members R40
Show times: subject to the movie
Visit www.thelabia.co.za for more information
#9 Go to the Theatre | 76 Strand Street | City Centre
The Mother City boasts with a variety of theatre options. The little theatre at the Alexander Bar & Café is perfect for a rainy night. It only seats 40 people, so you are guaranteed an intimate experience. Make sure you arrive early to enjoy dinner in the retro restaurant section downstairs. It features quirky décor elements, such as operational rotary phones, which you can phone to order from the bar. Or use it to chat to that cute lady you saw at the table across the room. The shows include a wide variety of styles – from stand-up comedy, to cabaret, to acoustic sets.
Cost: shows range from R50 to R150 per person
Show times: dependent on the show, starts between 19:00 and 21:00
Visit alexanderbar.co.za for more information
#10 Visit an Indoor Market
With the weather being notoriously fickle in Cape Town, many of the regular markets have adapted a way to still offer you a great experience, despite the skies opening up. Out of our list of the Top 5 Cape Town Farmers Market Experiences you can enjoy three out of the five markets regardless of the weather.
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