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The Best Things to Do When It Rains in Cape Town

Winter in Cape Town is unlike anything you’ve experienced before. Despite the fact that the Mother City’s winter season is largely characterized by wet, grey, gloomy, and dark days – like they say, when winter arrives in Cape Town, the rain soon follows – very few people known that in between the super cold and non-stop rainy days there are glorious, blue-skied, sunshine-filled days scattered throughout Cape Town’s winter season. This is one of the top reasons why winter in Cape Town is deemed ‘The Secret Season’.

In addition to being Cape Town’s Secret Season, winter in the Mother City is widely regarded as one of Cape Town’s best kept secrets. In fact, one of the coolest things about winter in Cape Town is that the city shows off an entirely different side of what it has to offer – This gives you the incredible and equally thrilling opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone, try something new, and explore the magnificent Mother City like you never have before.

While the sun may set a little earlier in winter, rise a little later, and the temperatures gradually start to cool down, Cape Town in winter is truly spectacular and not at all what you might expect.

Boasting an endless variety of things to do, see, explore, and experience, there is something for everyone to enjoy this winter season in Cape Town regardless of age. Whether you’re young, young at heart, or somewhere in between absolutely EVERYONE is invited to join in on Cape Town’s winter fun!

The truth is, while Cape Town’s winter season is typically accompanied by cold temperatures and rainy days, that definitely doesn’t mean you should ONLY stay inside (although Cape Town definitely has a ton of fun, enriching, and thrilling indoor activities to keep you and the whole family thoroughly entertained). There are plenty of exhilarating outdoor activities, exciting experiences, and bucket-list worthy adventures to be enjoyed throughout Cape Town’s winter season.

We’ve put together a list of some of the the best things to do when it rains in Cape Town – All of which should be added to your ultimate Cape Town bucket-list right away!

The Best Things to Do When It Rains in Cape Town

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**By far one of the best things about Cape Town is that it boasts a glorious year-round mild Mediterranean climate. This means that while winter in Cape Town is characterized by relatively cold temperatures and winter rainfall, it is also known for its beautiful, blue-skied, sunny, stunning sun-kissed days which are sprinkled throughout the Mother City’s winter season – and often happens when you least expect it – making it all the more amazing and definitely worth the wait!

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**It is also worth noting that Cape Town’s winter season temperatures are nowhere near as low / drastic as that of other countries known for their extremely frigid temperatures (such as Switzerland, Russia, and Austria for example). This gives locals, travelers, tourists, holiday-goers, adventures and absolutely everyone visiting Cape Town during winter the amazing opportunity to enjoy a vast array of both indoor and outdoor activities and experiences. Is there anything better than that? We think not!

#1 Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium or Planetarium

If you’re looking for something fun and thrilling to do with the whole family in Cape Town, going to the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront should be high up on your list. Home to several (if not all) of the Western Cape’s magnificent marine life species, amazing exhibits, and a variety of exciting experiences, visiting the Two Ocean’s Aquarium promises to be tons of fun for both the young and young at heart.

Some of the Two Ocean’s Aquarium exhibits you can look forward to include: The Penguin Exhibit; Kelp Forest Exhibit; I&J Ocean Exhibit; Save Our Seas Foundation Shark Exhibit (experience up-close encounters with some of the most misunderstood species in South Africa’s oceans, such as ragged-tooth sharks, giant yellowtail, and yellowbelly rockcod); The Diversity Gallery (the Diversity Gallery aims to showcase the incredible diversity of marine life found in the Indian and Atlantic Oceans); The Touch Pool & Microscope Exhibits (this remarkable exhibit gives you the opportunity to look through a microscope and see marine life species like you never have before).

Cost:

  • Adults: R220
  • Youth (Age 14-17): R165
  • Children (Age 4-13): R105
  • South African pensioners: R165
  • South African students: R165
  • Bonus – if you are a South African citizen, you get free entry on your birthday (ticket valid for a week after your birthday)
  • *Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Location: Two Oceans Aquarium, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
  • Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 09:30 to 18:00
  • Contact details: 021 418 3823 | 021 418 3952 | [email protected]
  • Click here to get your Two Oceans Aquarium ticket / tickets or to find out more about their exciting experiences and activities.

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 10:00 – 15:00 (closed on Mondays) | Wednesday evening shows between 19:00 – 20:00
  • Location: 25 Queen Victoria Street ,Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
  • Contact details: 021 481 3800 | 021 481 3993 | [email protected]
  • Website: www.iziko.org.za

#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, there is something for everyone to enjoy. A firm favorite for the sport fanatics is the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum.

Read our post about the Iziko Museum Mile for some ideas. Or visit www.iziko.org.za  for info on a specific museum.

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The Best Things to Do When It Rains in Cape Town

Photo credit: District Six Museum

#3 CLAY CAFÉ CERAMIC PAINTING | HOUT BAY

Get the whole family together for a fun-filled day at the Clay Café in Hout Bay!

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  • Location: Clay Cafe, 4080 Main Road, Opposite Bokkemanskloof Estate, Hout Bay, Cape Town
  • Opening hours: Monday – Sunday | 9am – 5pm
  • Contact details: 076 810 5120 | 062 455 6578 | [email protected]
  • Bookings: Click here to make an online booking
  • Click here for more information
  • Facebook: @ClayCafeHoutBay
  • Instagram: @theclaycafe_houtbay

The Clay Café Hout Bay has become one of the Mother City’s top attractions for locals and tourists alike. Situated in the heart of the Hout Bay valley, the Clay Café gives you the amazing opportunity to unleash your inner artist, get your creative juices flowing, and have tons of fun playing around with different color combinations, textures, and shapes as you spend the day painting and creating your own ceramic masterpiece.

By choosing from an array of unfired bisque (already made pottery pieces) and a wide selection of colorful paints and tools, each person gets the super cool opportunity to craft their very own piece of unique / one-of-a-kind crockery which they can take home with them – It is their creative masterpiece after all!

Spending the day at the beloved and highly sought-after Clay Café is perfect for letting your hair down, getting wildly creative, freeing your creative spirit, and showing off your artistic side – Not to mention having tons of fun every step of the way!

Another amazing perk of going to the Clay Café is that there is no age limit. This means both the young and young at heart are invited to join in on all the Clay Café creativity and fun!

Besides it’s sought-after status and charismatic appeal, the Clay Café boasts a beautiful large open patio with outside tables overlooking a luscious garden. They also have a veggie garden, their own African chic boutique, and a wonderful restaurant serving delicious meals throughout the day.

In addition to its wildly popular Hout Bay location, the Clay Café has opened another branch in the trendy inner-city neighborhood of Gardens – Clay Café In The City!

 #CLAY CAFÉ IN THE CITY | GARDENS | @CLAYCAFE_INTHECITY

The Best Things to Do When It Rains in Cape Town

Photo credit: Clay Cafe In The City

  • Location: 199 Bree Street, Gardens, Cape Town
  • Opening hours: Monday – Tuesday: 10am – 5pm | Wednesday – Friday: 10am – 10pm | Saturday: 9am – 10pm | Sunday: 9am – 6pm
  • Contact details / Bookings: [email protected] | 061 917 4191 | Bookings are advised | Walk-in space is limited
  • Click here for more information
  • Instagram: @claycafe_inthecity

Bookings:

  • All ages welcome | No under 12s after 6pm.
  • Bookings are set at 2.5 hours long.
  • For same day bookings WhatsApp the Clay Café In The City on 0619174191.
  • New social distancing tables have been put in with all the correct protocols in place.
  • Bookings are advised | Walk-in space is limited.
  • To make a booking email the Clay Café on [email protected] or call 061 917 4191 for more information, parties or events.
  • Visit co.zafor more information.

Clay Cafe in the City is Clay Café’s new, vibrant, and exciting creative space located in the hub of Cape Town (the mini version of their flagship store in Hout Bay.) It is a craft focused space that strives to teach like-minded adults to be creative, learn new techniques and skills, and have tons of fun experimenting with different colors, shapes, textures, and ideas, all while enjoying great tapas, winter-warmer meals, and relaxing music.

Clay Café in the City focusses on creative experimentation guided by a team of knowledgeable individuals who will help you achieve your ceramic masterpiece.

Visit claycafe.co.za for more information

Happy crafting & creating!

The Best Things to Do When It Rains in Cape Town

Photo credit: Clay Cafe In The City

#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

The Best Things to Do When It Rains in Cape Town

Photo credit: Newlands Brewery

#5 Enjoy a game of HintHunt

HintHunt is the original live escape game! It is fun, thrilling, and interactive and has taken Cape Town by storm with everyone eager to get in on the action. HintHunt is a game played in groups of three to five people where you get an hour to work out puzzles and mysteries to escape / release yourselves from a room.

If you’re up for something truly exhilarating, a little different, and super interactive that gets your mind working in all the right ways, a game of HintHunt is the perfect choice!

HintHunt offers visitors and eager thrill seekers an amazing variety of experiences to choose from, including:

  • Live Escape Games
  • Online Escape Games
  • Outdoor Escape Games
  • Amazing Race Experiences
  • Mobile Escape Games

With such an exciting range of thrilling activities and experiences to choose from, the only thing you’ll have trouble with is deciding which HintHunt adventure to tick off your bucket list first. Here’s the best part – HintHunt has made it their mission to ensure there is something for absolutely EVERYONE to enjoy!

  • Location: HintHunt | JH02 The Watershed, 17 Dock Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
  • Operating hours: Monday – Thursday: 10am – 7pm | Friday – Saturday: 10am – 10pm | Sunday: 10am – 5:30pm
  • Contact details: 076 187 2764 | 021 001 4215 | [email protected] | www.hinthunt.co.za
  • Click here for more information or to view HintHunt’s current COVID-19 regulations, protocols, and guidelines

Bookings:

  • Click here to book a HintHunt Escape Room Experience
  • Click here to buy HintHunt Online Escape Games
  • Click here to book a HintHunt Outdoor Escape Game Experience
  • Click here to book a HintHunt Amazing Race Experience

Visit hinthunt.com for more information

#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.

Cape Town Comedy Club The Best Things to Do When It Rains in Cape Town

#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

Labia The Best Things to Do When It Rains in Cape Town

#8 Go To The Labia Theatre

The Labia Theatre is the oldest Independent Art-Repertory Cinema in South Africa, showcasing the best off-circuit, independent movies, foreign films, documentaries, classics, and other alternative as well as art circuit films. This makes the famous Labia Theatre the epitome of old-school cinema at its very best and any old-school movie buff’s dream come true.

Even if you’re not much of an old-school / classic cinema lover, you’ll undoubtedly fall head-over heels in love with the iconic Labia Theatre and everything it has to offer.

Besides its original and authentic theatre experience, the Labia Theatre Cinema boasts a cosy coffee bar which offers home-made delicacies, a chocolate bar serving sweets, chocolates and popcorn, an outside garden terrace as well as a fully licensed bar to keep visitors and guests entertained throughout the night. In fact, the Labia Theatre is the only cinema where you can sit back, relax, and sip on a drink from the bar all while watching a classic movie screening. This Undoubtedly makes a visit to the Labia Theatre one of the top things to do on a cold day in Cape Town. In fact, this incredible and unique cinema experience can be enjoyed right throughout the year.

**Important note: The Labia Theatre is in full compliance with all COVID-19 government safety regulations and guidelines and have put numerous safety measures in place so that you can relax and enjoy the big screen experience.

  • Location: The Labia Theatre | 68 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town
  • Cost: All shows are R70 | Student / Fanatics / Seniors / Children: R50
  • Show times: Subject to the movie
  • Contact details: 021 424 5927 | [email protected]
  • Website: www.thelabia.co.za
  • Operating hours: Open daily from 11am until the end of the last screening at approximately 11pm
  • Click here to find out more about the Labia Theatre as well as all the screenings on offer

Alexander Bar The Best Things to Do When It Rains in Cape Town

#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

bay harbour market The Best Things to Do When It Rains in Cape Town

#10 Enjoy a cool Cape Town market day

The Mother City is at the very top of her market game. This makes visiting one of her vibrant markets one of the best things to do in Cape Town anytime of the year, including during her wonderful winter season.

In addition to being a fun-filled day out exploring the city, the fact that Cape Town is home to such a unique and incredible variety of markets makes going on the ultimate market adventure that much more exciting. From fresh local produce, tasty treats and home-baked delights to art, crafts, thrifts, live music, and one-of-a-kind finds, Cape Town’s markets truly have it all!

**Tip: Here are some of our favourite markets that deserve to be on your Cape Town summer bucket-list: The V&A Food Market; The Watershed at the V&A; The Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay; Oranjezicht City Farmer’s Market; Root 44 Market; Cape Point Vineyards Thursday Night Market; the Old Biscuit Mill and Neighbourgoods Market.

If you’re looking to experience something slightly different, why not go to one of Cape Town’s cool night markets? Because let’s be honest – who doesn’t love a night market? Spending a lovely evening under the Mother City moonlight and starlit sky with friends and family, all while enjoying the many wonderful and exciting things each market has to offer – what more could you ask for?

Check out our ‘Best night markets in Cape Town’ blog for everything you need to know about Cape Town’s night market scene.

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.

#11 Go to the Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary Art Africa

The Best Things To Do When It Rains In Cape Town

Photo credit: Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary Art Africa

Calling all art and culture lovers! Named the ‘Best overall Cultural Destination of the Year’ at the 2018 Leading Culture Destination Awards, as well as one of TIME Magazine’s Top 100 destinations, the Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary Art Africa is one of Cape Town’s top attractions and most sought-after art and culture destinations for locals and tourists alike.

The Zeitz MOCAA is renowned for showcasing one of the grandest displays of contemporary African art in the world. There are over 100 galleries situated within this museum, all of which are dedicated to displaying art from more than 50 African artists. Besides the Zeitz MOCAA’s glorious art display, it is home to an endless variety of artistic and cultural gems just waiting to be admired and discovered by you.

If you’re a head-over-heels art and culture lover, and even if you’re not, visiting the iconic Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary Art Africa is one of the top things to do in Cape Town anytime of the year.

  • Location: Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Silo District, S Arm Road, V&A Waterfont, Cape Town
  • Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm with last entry at 5.30pm
  • Contact details: [email protected] | 087 350 4777 | www.zeitzmocaa.museum
  • Tickets: R210 per adult | Children under 18 receive free entry (Please bring some form of ID for teens) | Tickets can be bought via Webtickets

Free Access:

  • Free entry for under 18s on presentation of ID.
  • Stop by on any day during your birthday month (Tuesdays – Sundays), show your valid South African ID or African passport reflecting your birth date and your day of fun at the museum will be entirely free.
  • Free entry every Wednesday from 10am to 1pm for all African citizens on representation of your South African ID or African passport.

#12 Take a sunset drive along Chapman’s Peak

Named one of the most magnificent marine drives in the world, taking a drive along the picturesque Chapman’s Peak Drive should be on everyone’s bucket-list. Affectionately known as ‘Chappies’ by Cape Town locals, this captivating coastal road ribbons along the Atlantic coastline between Hout Bay and Noordhoek. Besides showcasing some of the most sensational panoramic views over the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll pass rugged mountains, picturesque white-sand beaches, and vibrant fishing harbours on your way.

If you’re looking to experience something extra special, a sunset drive along Chapman’s Peak promises to sweep you off your feet and capture your sunset-loving heart all at the same time. It isn’t known as one of the best sunset spots in Cape Town for nothing.

**If you’re eager to add some adventure and thrill to your Chapman’s Peak Drive experience, here are a few things to look out for:

**Tip: Chapman’s Peak Drive is known for its amazing hidden gems scattered along the route. Two of which include the waterfall walk and the secret Look-out Cave.

The waterfall walk is perfect for nature lovers and adventurers and is found just before you reach the toll gate on your way towards Noordhoek.

The Chapman’s Peak Look-out Cave is not only one of its most beautiful hidden gems, but one of Cape Town’s top secret caves and best sunset spots too. Like all of the Mother City’s best kept secrets, you may need to wander a little off the beaten path to find it. Make your way along Chapman’s Peak Drive until you reach the famous Chapman’s Peak Lookout Point – This is where the real adventure begins!

Positioned just below the pass, you’ll have to climb over the railing and carefully make your way down the mountainside to reach the Lookout Cave. Once you’ve reached this cool secret hideaway and stunning sunset spot, it’s time to sit back, relax and soak it all in. The sheltered sand-stone cave boasts the perfect view over Hout Bay and Atlantic Ocean. An extra bonus is that it has enough space to enjoy a picnic and a few sundowners paired with one hell of a view.

Besides these two must-visit secret spots, there are a variety of look-out points and picnic sites located at various points along the drive. Chapman’s Peak Drive is also known as one of the best places to spot the beloved members of Cape Town’s Marine Big 5. Make sure to keep a look-out for Cape Fur Seals, Dolphins, Southern Right Whales, and African Penguins.

** Important note: Chapman’s Peak Drive may be closed during severe weather, or because of road maintenance. Contact the customer service line (021 791 8220) or visit their Facebook page or website to check the current status.

  • Location: M6 | Chapmans Peak Drive, Atlantic Seaboard, Cape Town
  • Best time: Best during daylight hours | Particularly beautiful at sunset
  • Cost: Chapman’s Peak Drive is a toll road, and as such requires as toll tariff fee. Each category of vehicle pays a different tariff and the tariff is applicable in each direction.
  • Toll Details: Click here to find out more about the Chapman’s Peak Standard Toll Tariffs | Click here to find out more about Chapman’s Peak Day Passes | Click here to find out more about Chapman’s Peak Frequent User Benefits

#13 Go on the ultimate sunset chasing adventure

Yes, I know what you’re thinking – It is beyond FREEZING and there is absolutely NO WAY that you’ll be going outside to watch the sunset. Well, let me tell you something, you’ll  be missing out BIG time, and in more ways than one!

Cape Town is home to some seriously spectacular sunset spots. There is no denying that the Mother City is pure sunset bliss, known for her stunning sherbet colored sunsets that set the sky alight in a beautiful celebration of colors.

Going on the ultimate sunset chasing adventure has become one of the top things to do in Cape Town all-year round. But sometimes you need to wander a little off the beaten path to find the real sunset hidden gems – That’s when the real sunset adventure begins!

**Here are our top secret sunset and overall best sunset spots in Cape Town, all of which deserve a prime spot on your sunset bucket-list:

  • Look-out Cave on Chapman’s Peak Drive | *Secret Sunset Spot
  • The Clifton Ridge Rocks | *Secret Sunset Spot
  • Lions Head
  • Table Mountain
  • Signal Hill
  • Llandudno Beach
  • The ‘Sunset Rock’ | *Secret Sunset Spot
  • Diaz Beach | Cape Point | *Secret Sunset Spot
  • Kloof Corner
  • Bloubergstrand Beach

Check out our ‘Best sunset spots in Cape Town’ blog for everything you need to know about Cape Town’s magnificent and magical sunset spots.

#14 Eat fish & chips at Kalky’s in Kalk Bay

Deemed one of the BEST and highly sought-after local harbourfront fish and chips spots in the entire city, enjoying a down-right delicious fish and chips feast at Kalky’s in Kalk Bay is an absolute MUST!

Kalky’s is local fish and chips, made the real local way, by real Cape Town locals. Wrapped in a newspaper and served with a hefty dose of salt and vinegar (because that’s the way we do it in the Cape), you will be savoring every single bite – trust us, we know! Paired with a beautiful False Bay and Kalk Bay harbourfront view, it’s pure bliss!

Kalkys’ cool harbourfront setting is every bit as authentic as its incredible fish and chips. No fancy trimmings. No experimental and inventive flavor combinations. Just a laid back, back-to-basics eating area with a big display menu on the wall listing all the fresh and tasty options for the day.

  • Where: Kalky’s | Kalk Bay Harbour, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
  • Opening times: Monday – Sunday, 10am – 8pm
  • Contact details: 021 788 1726 | [email protected]

In addition to Kalky’s in Kalk Bay, here are a few more of our favorite local Cape Town fish and chips spots you absolutely have to try: The Salty Sea Dog (Simonstown); Fish on the Rocks (Hout Bay); Fish Hoek Fisheries (Fish Hoek); Lucky Fish & Chips (Sea Point).

However, this is merely scratching the surface of the vast array of INCREDIBLE fish and chips shops / restaurants / eateries, and beachfront spots Cape Town has to offer.

**If you’re looking for a few more exciting things to do when visiting and exploring Kalk Bay, here are some great suggestions:

  • Take a refreshing dip in the Dalebrook Tidal Pool and / or Wooley’s Tidal Pool – Take your pick!
  • Go cave exploring
  • Go surfing
  • Visit the Kalk Bay Harbour
  • Explore the quirky streets of Kalk Bay
  • Hike the famous Boomslang Cave – It is a relatively easy hike perfect for novice hikers, families with kids, and adventure seekers – It is known as one of Cape Town’s more adventurous hikes after all. Click here to find out everything you need to know about the Boomslang Cave hike.
  • Enjoy a unique seaside dining experience at the renowned Brass Bell
  • Go on an adventure-filled hike from Kalk Bay to the Amphitheatre
  • Indulge in a rock-your-socks-off ice cream at the famous Ice Café
  • Visit Kalk Bay’s local plant and garden shops – Perfect for head-over-heels plant lovers! The Kalk Bay Garden Shop is most definitely worth a visit!
  • Enjoy a cup of coffee & bite to eat at the iconic Olympia Café & Bakery – While an array of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options are available, Olympia is renowned for its freshly baked pastries and bread
  • Visit the Kalk Bay Breakwater Lighthouse
  • See the cool and charismatic Cape Fur Seals at the Kalk Bay Harbour. You can expect to see these playful ocean beings draped over the pier walls at the harbour. If you’re eager to see these incredible Cape Fur Seals up close and personal – Kalk Bay Harbour is exactly where you need to be!
  • Go to the Kalk Bay Theatre & the Kalk Bay Modern Gallery
  • Visit the infamous Kalk Bay Expresso – A charming café housed inside a restored Blue Train carriage
  • Pop into the vibey beachside cocktail bar – Cape to Cuba

Check out our ‘Top things to do in Kalk Bay’ blog to find out more about all the incredible and exciting experiences, adventures, and things to do when visiting this cool coastal town.

#15 Have fun at the Scratch Patch & Mineral World

*Scratch Patch & Mineral World has two locations: V&A Waterfront & Simonstown

Did you know that almost half of the world’s gemstones can be found in South Africa? To take it a step further, you have the amazing opportunity to search and scratch for these gems yourself right here in Cape Town? How incredibly thrilling is that?!

With two thriving locations in the V&A Waterfront and Simonstown in False Bay, Scratch Patch and Mineral World is an exciting and unique way to dig for your own beautiful gems.

At the Scratch Patch you get to fully immerse yourself in the vast assortment of glorious gems and stones that quite literally cover the entire floor. Once you’ve completed your Scratch Patch gem search mission, its time for you to visit the gem exhibitions and shops.

Searching, scavenging, and scratching for gems at the Scratch Patch & Mineral World is tons of fun for the whole family, making it one of the best family-friendly things to do in Cape Town on a cold day as well as every other day of the year!

Scratch Patch & Mineral World | V&A Waterfront

  • Location: V&A Waterfront, Dock Road (near the Aquarium), Cape Town
  • Opening hours: Monday – Sunday + holidays: 9am – 4:30pm
  • Contact details: 021 786 2020 | [email protected]
  • Website: Click here to visit the Scratch Patch & Mineral World website or to find out everything you need to know about this incredible experience
  • Price: You can purchase one of three sizes of plastic bags or a cup to fill it with your favourite gemstones:
  • Small bag: R30 (contains approximately 140 grams)
  • Medium bag: R45 (contains approximately 300 grams)
  • Large bag: R140 (contains approximately 1200 grams)
  • Cup: R90 (contains approximately 630 grams)

Scratch Patch & Mineral World | Simonstown

  • Location: Scratch Patch & Mineral World | Dido Valley Road, Simonstown, Cape Town
  • Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 4:45pm | Saturday – Sunday: 9am – 4:30 | Holidays: 9am – 4:30
  • Contact details: 021 786 2020 | [email protected]
  • Website: Click here to visit the Scratch Patch & Mineral World website or to find out everything you need to know about this incredible experience
  • Price: You can purchase one of three sizes of plastic bags or a cup to fill it with your favourite gemstones:
  • Small bag: R30 (contains approximately 140 grams)
  • Medium bag: R45 (contains approximately 300 grams)
  • Large bag: R140 (contains approximately 1200 grams)
  • Cup: R90 (contains approximately 630 grams)

#16 Go Artjamming

Time to have some paintertainment fun! Whether it’s playing, painting, sponging, or spraying, Artjamming gives both the young and young at heart the opportunity to unleash their artistic flair and creativity onto a blank canvas and create whatever artistic masterpiece their heart desires. Artjammers are provided with various canvas sizes, easels, a choice of non-toxic acrylic paints on tap, brushes, and an array of cool tools to freely express themselves.

Absolutely no drawing or painting skills are required to join in on the Artjamming fun and games. However, qualified artists are always available to assist, guide, and lend a helping hand to anyone who needs it.

One of the best things about Artjamming is that it is for absolutely EVERYONE – from 0 to 100 years old, everyone is welcome! Undoubtedly making it one of the best and most exciting things to do with the whole family.

  • Location: Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre | Breakwater Blvd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town| They also have locations in Willowbridge Shopping Centre and Somerset West
  • Operating hours: Monday – Sunday, 9am – 6pm
  • Contact details: 021 425 5050 | [email protected] | [email protected]
  • Click here to visit the Artjamming website or to find out everything you need to know about this fun and thrilling experience

#17 Go Whale Watching

Winter in Cape Town is the best time of year to see Southern Right Whales. This undoubtedly makes going on a whale watching adventure one of the top things to do on a cold day in Cape Town – Whale watching is deemed one of the best and most sought-after winter activities / experiences in Cape Town after all!

Every year, between June and November, Southern Right Whales journey to the Cape shores to mate and calve, giving locals and travelers the incredible opportunity to witness these majestic ocean beings in their natural habitat. The Cape Whale Route is a 900-kilometre-long stretch of coastline that extends from Strandfontein near Muizenberg to Plettenberg Bay in the Southern Cape, giving you ample destinations and opportunities to enjoy incredible whale sightings.

Whether you choose to witness these remarkable ocean giants from the shoreline, the perfect ocean view sunset spot or up close and personal on a boat-based whale watching ocean adventure, it promises to be a bucket list worthy experience!

**Tip: Here are the top spots & destinations for whale sightings in and around Cape Town:

  • False Bay coastline
  • Hermanus
  • Cape Agulhas
  • De Hoop Nature and Marine Reserve
  • Witsand (also known as “The Whale Nursery of South Africa”)
  • The Cape West Coast: Lambert’s Bay; Strandfontein; Yzerfontein; Langebaan; Paternoster; Elands Bay; Saldanha Bay; Melkbosstrand & Doringbaai
  • Overberg region: Struisbaai; Arniston; Stanford; Betty’s Bay; Gansbaai & De Kelders
  • Cape Town: Llandudno & Hout Bay
  • Garden Route: Stilbaai; Sedgefield; Nature’s Valley

#18 Play a game of Cave Golf

*Scratch Patch & Mineral World / Cave Golf has two locations: V&A Waterfront & Simonstown

Time to show off your mini-golf skills and have a blast of a time as you enjoy an exciting game of putt-putt with your whole family. But don’t get TOO competitive now – It’s all in the name of FUN!

The V&A Waterfront has put their own unique spin on this classic family-friendly past-time by having players play in a cave-like setting – hence the name Cave Golf. How incredibly thrilling is that?

Cave Golf | V&A Waterfront

  • Location: V&A Waterfront, Dock Road (near the Aquarium), Cape Town
  • Opening hours: Monday – Sunday, 9am – 4:30pm | Holidays: 9am – 4:30
  • Contact details: 021 786 2020 | [email protected]
  • Website: Click here to visit the Scratch Patch & Mineral World website or to find out everything you need to know about the exciting Cave Golf experience
  • Price per game: Refundable deposit: R20 per player | Round of golf: R35 per player | Groups of 10: R30 per player

Cave Golf | Simonstown

  • Location: Scratch Patch & Mineral World | Dido Valley Road, Simonstown, Cape Town
  • Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 4:45pm | Saturday – Sunday: 9am – 4:30 | Holidays: 9am – 4:30
  • Contact details: 021 786 2020 | [email protected]
  • Website: Click here to visit the Scratch Patch & Mineral World website or to find out everything you need to know about the exciting Cave Golf experience
  • Price per game: Refundable deposit: R20 per player | Round of golf: R35 per player | Groups of 10: R30 per player

#19 Aerial Cableway ride up Table Mountain

Going on an Aerial Cable Way ride up Table Mountain is one of the most sought-after experiences in Cape Town – Undoubtedly making it one of the top things to do on a cold day in Cape Town and throughout the winter season.

Besides being a great winter activity for the whole family to enjoy, going on an exciting Aerial Cable Way ride to the Table Mountain summit is the ultimate year-round experience that can be thoroughly enjoyed by absolutely EVERYONE – Locals, international travelers, globe trotters, avid adventurers and thrill seekers, the young wild and free, and the young at heart!

While admiring Table Mountain from below is every bit as beautiful, there are few things that compare to the view from the top of one of the New7Wonders of Nature. Plus, you get to tick something truly thrilling off your Cape Town bucket-list.

One thing is for certain, going on an Aerial Cableway ride up Table Mountain is one memorable experience and thrilling adventure you will absolutely never forget.

What are you waiting for? Book your Table Mountain Aerial Cableway ticket right now from WebTickets.

#19 Go to Acrobranch Adventure Park

Are you looking to add a bit of adventure and excitement to your fun-filled family day out in Cape Town? Then a visit to Acrobranch Adventure Park should be right at the top of your list! Acrobranch is the ultimate treetop experience dedicated to offering children and adults alike a unique, memorable and bucket-list worthy adventure unlike any other. This tree-top obstacle adventure park provides visitors with an action-packed day of tree-top exploring and adventuring as they move from tree to tree in lush, green forests.

Acrobranch boasts different obstacle courses in each of their parks, with some of them being exclusively for kids (marked Acrobranch Kids) and others for reasonably fit adults and teenagers. Some of their thrilling obstacles consist of tree top high ropes and tricky crossings (with ladders, tunnels, walkways, and bridges). They also offer exhilarating zip lines to top it off.

To find out more about Acrobranch, their exciting range of activities, thrilling experiences, obstacle courses, and various safety regulations and measures, visit the Acrobranch website.

  • Locations: Acrobranch Cape Town: 1 Hout Bay Main Road, Constantia Nek, Hout Bay, Cape Town | Acrobranch Stellenbosch: Klein Joostenberg, R304, Muldersvlei, Stellenbosch
  • Contact details: 086 999 0369 | 021 201 1121
  • Opening days & times: September – April: Wednesday – Sunday from 9am to 6pm (Last slot @4pm, Closing @6pm) | May – August: Wednesday – Sunday from 9am to 5pm (Last slot @3pm, Closing @5pm) | *Open on Public School Holidays & Public Holidays
  • Booking: Click here to make a booking online | Contact Acrobranch Cape Town on [email protected] or 086 999 0369 to make a booking
  • Click here to visit the Acrobranch website or to find out everything you need to know about this fun and thrilling experience

*Additional Information*

  • Does Acrobranch cater to various age groups?

At Acrobranch you choose from various courses with different levels of difficulty. The height of the challenges, distance between steps and level of difficulty required has been carefully measured. Each park has different age and course restrictions depending on the forest terrain, so please check out the park nearest to you.

Whatever Acrobranch Centre you choose, each offers a range of courses designed to ensure that no one takes on more than they can comfortably handle. You can either experience your adventure solo, or tackle it with family and friends, you are not limited to group sizes.

  • What should I wear for my outdoor Acrobranch adventure?

**Tip 1: Please wear closed shoes with good tread.

**Tip 2: Dress in clothes you can move freely in (touch your toes, stretch for a tree a little out of reach, sit comfortably).

**Tip 3: People with long hair should tie up their hair (in a bun) so it’s out of the way of pesky tree branches that may want to snag onto it.

#20 3D glow-in-the-dark mini golf

Get excited cause this is one epic experience you won’t soon forget! The luminous 3D course features 3D murals, plus UV and disco lights for a fun and thrilling 18 holes of 3D glow-in-the-dark mini golf.

The unique experience includes playing with special imported 3D glasses. You can also book out the event room for private functions. By far the best thing about playing 3D glow-in-the-dark mini golf is that it will be thoroughly enjoyed by absolutely EVERYONE – Whether you’re young or young at heart, you’ll have an absolute blast!

  • Location: Shop 16 – The Gallery, Corner Koeberg Road and Turf Club Drive, Milnerton, Cape Town | Entrance on ground floor next to FNB
  • Opening hours: Monday: Closed |Tuesday – Friday: Closed (except for confirmed paid event room bookings of 10 or more OR minimum 20 confirmed paid players between 10am – 7pm) | Saturday: 10am – 8pm | Sunday: 10am – 4pm | Holidays: Open from Tuesday – Sunday – Be sure to check the website to confirm times
  • Cost: R110 per player | Non-player Fee: R70 | Pensioner Fee: R70 | Pensioner Non-player Fee: R50
  • Contact details: 021 551 2244 | [email protected]
  • No booking required
  • For exclusive usage of the entire premises contact [email protected]rooms.co.za
  • Click here to visit the Glowing Rooms website or to find out everything you need to know about this fun and thrilling experience

#21 We Are Still Here Memorial

The We Are Still Here Memorial is a remarkably powerful piece of artwork. Created by mosaic artists Lovell Friedman and Leora Lewis, it memorializes the 7,000 children that were advertised as destitute in the Cape Government Gazette between 1841 and 1921.

These children, some as young as eight-years-old, were often found roaming the streets of Cape Town. If no one came forward to claim or support them after the ad was run, they were sold as indentured laborers to the highest bidders.

The Memorial is made up of copies of these advertisements which were put together in such a way to reflect the image of a child, surrounded by drawings and heart-felt written work by current street kids.

Situated just outside the Cape Town Central Library, in Long market Pedestrian Mall, the We Are Still Here Memorial is a powerful and compelling landmark and proclamation that absolutely everyone who visits Cape Town should see.

  • Location: We Are Still Here Memorial |Located outside the Central Library on the corner of Parade and Longmarket Pedestrian Mall, Cape Town Central, City Bowl, Cape Town | Address: 4-2 Parade Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town | A 3-minute walk from District Six Museum
  • Contact details: 064 496 3286

#22 Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St George

St. George’s Cathedral, also known as the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St George, was built in 1904 for the Greek community of Cape Town. The remarkable artwork painted by the Romanian priest and hagiographer Father Nikolai during the 1990’s portrays Byzantine-style frescoes which decorate the vaults, walls, and apse with depictions of Jesus and various other saints and icons. It is nothing short of exceptional! The domed ceilings of the Cathedral are painted light blue and dotted with stars, and when the light shines in through the stained-glass windows, it is as if you are transported east to the shining Mediterranean.

In 1968, St. George’s was accorded cathedral status and became the seat of the Orthodox Archbishopric of Good Hope, Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa. The archdiocese presides over the Western, Northern and Eastern Cape provinces, the Orange Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland.

Hidden in a little spot in Woodstock, perched almost atop the hill on Mountain Road, St. George’s Cathedral is a beautiful, and equally remarkable, Cape Town hidden gem and iconic landmark.

  • Location: Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St George | 75 Mountain Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
  • Contact details: Priest (Protopresvyter – Father Nikolaos Giamouridis): 021 551 0788 | 082 578 7415 | [email protected] | Deacon (Father Michael Simos): 082 555 0234 | [email protected]
  • Click here to visit the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St George’s website or to find out everything you need to know about this iconic Cape Town landmark

#23 Woodstock Exchange

The trendy Mother City neighborhood of Woodstock has fast evolved into the design heart of Cape Town. Right at its center is the Woodstock Exchange (or WEX as the locals call it). The Woodstock Exchange is a collection of workshops, boutiques, cafés, and collectives – a true incubator of young business where the common thread is creativity.

  • Location: 66 Albert Road, Woodstock, City Bowl, Cape Town
  • Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm | Saturday: 9am – 2pm
  • Cost: Free to browse
  • Contact details: 021 486 5999 | [email protected]
  • Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm | Saturday: 8am – 2pm | Sunday: Closed
  • Click here to visit the Woodstock Exchange website or to find out everything / anything you need to know

#24 Catholic Shrine at the Schoenstatt Catholic Retreat

This quaint, tiny shrine represents a replica of the original shrine in Schoenstatt, Germany. While very few people are aware of its existence, this remarkable Cape Town hidden gem is located within the leafy garden of the Schoenstatt Catholic Retreat in Constantia.

Situated amongst 260 trees on the estate and shrouded in ivy, the beautiful building was blessed in 1960 and offers a safe haven to all for rest and renewal, as well as to rejuvenate one’s physical, and spiritual well-being.

  • Location: 3 Schoenstatt Avenue, Constantia Main Road, Constantia, Cape Town
  • Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 6pm | Saturday: 8am – 6pm | Sunday: 8:30 – 6pm
  • Contact details: To arrange a visit to the Catholic Shrine at the Schoenstatt Catholic Retreat, contact the sisters on 021 794 3132 | 021 794 5100 | [email protected] | Or visit the Schoenstatt Retreat website

#25 Centre for the book | National Library Of South Africa

Dedicated to all things books, the Centre For The Book, located in Cape Town’s city bowl, is one of the finest examples of Edwardian architecture in the city. Beyond its literary significance, the building itself is something to be admired. The ceremonial hall is based on an ancient Greek theatre and features a dome which rises 56 feet with a base made from Paarl granite. The gorgeous domed atrium of the central reading room is the venue for concerts and is often hired for weddings and other functions.

The Centre For The Book is dedicated to promoting a culture of reading, writing and publishing in local languages. It also represents the National Library’s outreach arm and aims to increase access to books for all. It regularly hosts writing workshops for talented writers, as well as various outreach programmes to disadvantaged communities, to mention just a few.

  • Location: 62 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
  • Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm | Saturday & Sunday: Closed
  • Contact details: 021 424 6320 | 021 423 2669 | [email protected]
  • Click here to visit the Centre for the book | National Library Of South Africa’s website or to find out everything / anything you need to know

#26 Take a drive along the Cape West Coast

Time for a Cape Town west coast roadtrip! Cape Town’s west coast is home to some of the most authentic and charming coastal towns, each offering something unique and exciting to explore and experience. Besides beautiful beaches, stunning nature reserves, and captivating fishing villages, the Cape west coast boasts some of the best local seafood in the entire Western Cape. And that’s merely scratching the Cape West Coast surface!

Considered somewhat of a Cape Town hidden gem, the Cape West Coast is jam-packed with unapologetic natural beauty, a treasure chest of secret spots and hidden treasures and some of the most picturesque beaches in the world. It will almost feel like you’ve escaped to a whole new world entirely all without really leaving the city at all.

Taking a trip up the Cape west coast should undoubtedly be on everyone’s Cape Town bucket-list. Not to mention it’s the perfect fun-filled adventure for the whole family.

**Bloubergstrand, Langebaan, Paternoster, Jacobsbaai, Saldanha Bay, Elands Bay, and Yzerfontein are just some of the west coast gems you should visit. Have a look at our ‘Top 5 Places to Visit on the Cape West Coast’ blog to find out more.

#27 Go Hiking!

**Bonus: The milder, cooler temperatures mean you get to experience a lot more of what Cape Town’s hiking scene has to offer – Giving you the opportunity to tick a whole bunch of Cape Town’s best hiking trails off your hiking bucket list.

It’s time to hike! While this may seem like a rather odd thing to do on a cold day in Cape Town, it promises to be SO worth it! Did you know that winter in Cape Town is known as the ‘Green Season’? Winter marks the time of year when all the Cape flora come out to play and the vast Mother City landscapes transform into a glorious lush green paradise. This makes it the perfect time of year to get out there, explore the great outdoors, and discover all of the Western Cape’s stunning natural wonders and beautiful, yet equally thrilling, hiking trails.

There is absolutely no better (or more fun or exhilarating) way to explore the Mother City’s unapologetic natural beauty and incredible biodiversity than by going on one of Cape Town’s many exciting hikes!

While we’re merely scratching the surface of the abundance of hiking trails in the Western Cape, here are some of the top hiking trails in Cape Town:

Lion’s Head Devil’s Peak Hiking Trail Chapman’s Peak
The Pipe Track Tranquillity Cracks Hiking Trail Jonkershoek Nature Reserve
Kloof Corner Nursery Ravine Hiking Trail Krom River Trail
Platteklip Gorge Hiking Trail Woody Ravine Hiking Trail Waterfall Hike
Kasteelpoort Hiking Trail India Venster Hiking Trail Little Lion’s Head
Skeleton Gorge Hiking Trail Constantia Corner Hiking Trail Lion’s Head Loop Hiking Trail
Suicide Gorge Hiking Trail Constantia Nek to Kirstenbosch Table Mountain Contour Path
Maclear’s Beacon Tygerberg Nature Reserve Cape Point Hiking Trails

To add a bit more thrill to Cape Town’s already exhilarating hiking scene, here are a few exciting overnight hiking trails avid hikers can look forward to.

If you’re a beginner hiker looking to experience and explore some of Cape Town’s best and beautiful hiking trails, the Mother City has an incredible array of hiking trails for you too (even if you’ve never hiked a day in your life). Here are some of the best Cape Town hiking trails for beginners that you should absolutely add to your Cape Town hiking adventure bucket-list.

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