Top Things To Do In Cape Town In Winter

Top Things To Do In Cape Town In Winter

Winter is coming – which means its time to get excited! The Mother City is filled with beauty, wonder, adventure, excitement, and a vibrant contagious energy, and this is no different during her stunning winter season. While the sun may set a little earlier, rise a little later, and the temperatures gradually start to cool down, Cape Town in winter is absolutely wonderful and not at all what you might expect.

Known as one of the Mother City’s best kept secrets, winter in Cape Town is when the city shows off an entirely different side of what it has to offer. 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.

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

#Go Whale Watching

Top Things To Do In Cape Town In Winter

In Cape Town, Winter is for Whale Watching! June to November is the peak season for whale watching in South Africa, which means you are guaranteed plenty of opportunities to spot the worlds’ biggest mammal. We recommend taking a drive along the False Bay Coast or visiting Hermanus – the whale capital of the world – for your best chance of spotting these majestic ocean beings in their natural habitat from the shore or on a boat or kayak.

The annual Hermanus Whale Festival in September, which celebrates the migration of the Southern Right Whales is definitely worth the hour and a half drive from Cape Town, with performances, markets, and the legendary whale crier of Hermanus “calling” the whales with his trumpet as visitors sit in crowds watching whales breach in the bay.

**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

#Go Wine Tasting in the glorious Cape Winelands

Calling all head-over-heels wine lovers! In Cape Town, any time is wine time! This makes exploring and tasting your way through the beautiful Cape Winelands one of the top things to do in Cape Town all year-round. HOWEVER, there is nothing quite like indulging in the experience of tasting award-winning wines near a crackling fireplace in the heart of the magnificent Cape Winelands during Cape Town’s winter months.

South Africa is widely renowned for its exceptional wines, with the Western Cape boasting the largest, and certainly the most unique, wine producing region in Africa. Along with world-class vino, the Cape’s Winelands deliver breathtaking beauty, eye-catching architecture – heritage Cape Dutch manor houses alongside ultra-modern cellars – extraordinary wine routes, exciting food and wine pairing combinations, pristine wine tasting experiences, and world-renowned culinary pursuits.

With its breathtaking landscapes and diverse terroirs, the ‘winelands wonder’ that is the Western Cape is undoubtedly a wine lover’s paradise in every way possible. It’s no surprise that wine enthusiasts & vino connoisseurs from across the globe travel to the Western Cape to experience everything the glorious Cape Winelands has to offer.

Even if you’re not a die-hard wine enthusiast at heart, you’ll undoubtedly fall head-over-heels in love with the stunning Cape Winelands’ scenery, remarkable vineyards, captivating charm and allure, and of course the unique way the Western Cape celebrates, loves, and cherishes their vast assortment of exceptional wines.

Not to mention sharing the unforgettable experience with friends and family – There truly in nothing quite like it!

**Bonus: One of the best things about going winter wine tasting in the beautiful Cape Winelands is that several of the Western Cape’s Wine Estates and Wine Farms have fireplaces to keep guests and avid wine lovers warm and loving every second of their Cape Winelands experience.

Here are some of the most popular & renowned wine routes in the Western Cape:

  • Stellenbosch wine route
  • Wellington wine route
  • Franschhoek wine route
  • Helderberg wine route
  • Breedekloof wine route
  • Constantia wine route
  • Durbanville wine route
  • Elgin Wine Route
  • Little / Klein Karoo wine route
  • Tulbagh wine route
  • Darling wine route
  • Walker Bay wine route
  • Cape Agulhas wine route
  • Cape Point wine route
  • Olifants River Valley wine route
  • Paarl Vintners wine route
  • Robertson wine route
  • Swartland wine route
  • Worcester wine route

**Check out our ‘Top Wine Estates in Cape Town and Surrounds’ blog for everything you need to know!

#Aerial Cable Way ride up Table Mountain

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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 in Cape Town in winter.

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. Whether you’re young or young at heart, going on an Aerial Cableway Ride up Table Mountain is one adventure that will be thoroughly enjoyed by all!

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

#Red Bus City Sightseeing Tour

Another great way to get out of the house this Winter is to take the city head-on and go on an exciting Red Bus City Sightseeing Tour as you discover and explore all the best parts of Cape Town & then some! It is the ultimate hop-on-hop-off experience in Cape Town after all – Not to mention one of the best, and certainly the most fun, ways to explore everything the beautiful and vibrant city of Cape Town has to offer! Plus, with the stunning winter glow surrounding the city and bringing a chilling but thrilling vibe to the whole adventure just makes it all the more memorable.

With a specific Winter timetable set for everyone looking to travel around the Mother City, stopping at some of Cape Town’s top landmarks, most beautiful beaches, sought-after attractions, stunning natural wonders, and even a few of the city’s stunning secret spots and hidden gems, the famous Red Bus City Sightseeing Tour gives you the ultimate opportunity to tick some of Cape Town’s top destinations and sights off your bucket-list!

Why not end off your travel adventure with a great lunch at one of the many top-notch restaurants and enjoy the best of both worlds? To make this bucket list worthy experience even better & get as many people as possible to join in on the Cape Town Red Bus adventure, City Sightseeing offers tons of specials for pensioners, students, families, and more! So be sure to check it out on their website & take advantage of their amazing special offers, discounts, and true value-for-money deals. Make sure to take a look at their winter timetable on their website before booking & purchasing your tickets for a day filled with adventure!

**Tip: There are a variety of Cape Town Red Bus City Sightseeing tours to choose from, visit their website to find out more!

#Enjoy a cool Cape Town market day

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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. Besides being a fun-filled day out exploring the city, the fact that Cape Town is home to such a unique 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.

#Visit Cape Point

If you’re keen to go on an exciting winter road-trip or tick an epic adventure experience off your Cape Town bucket-list, a visit to the renowned Cape Point is perfect for you! Located approximately 60km south west of the city of Cape Town, at the very tip of the Cape Peninsula, Cape Point is the ultimate destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

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One of the perks of visiting Cape Town in winter is that it is Cape Town’s low season. This means fewer crowds, less traffic, and no long queues, making it the perfect time to visit some of Cape Town’s top attractions and natural wonders like Cape Point. That, combined with the fact that winter in Cape Town is known as the ‘Green Season’, means the glorious Cape Point Nature Reserve will be beautifully green, thriving and worth every second of exploring.

Situated within the renowned Table Mountain National Park, a declared Natural World Heritage Site, Cape Point is located approximately 60km south west of the city centre, at the very tip of the Cape Peninsula. Boasting jagged mountain peaks rising from the deep blue, plunging cliffs, an abundance of wildlife and a rich biodiversity and endemic Fynbos, it is a true nature lover’s paradise. Besides its unapologetic natural beauty, one of the best things about Cape Point is the fact that it offers visitors so much to do, see and experience – Making for the ultimate Cape Town winter adventure!

Top things to do at Cape Point

  • Go hiking. Cape Point boasts some of the most thrilling hiking trails in the Western Cape. Have a look at our ‘Best Cape Point Hiking Trails’ blog to find out more about its beautiful and exhilarating hiking trails and nature walks.
  • See the old Cape Point lighthouse.
  • Take a ride on the famous Flying Dutchman Funicular.
  • Embark on a cycling adventure.
  • Go fishing (you will need a permit).
  • Go surfing.
  • Take a refreshing dip in one of its picturesque tidal pools.
  • Witness its abundance of wildlife, birdlife, and marine life.
  • Explore Cape Point’s rich biodiversity, stunning scenic surroundings, and vast natural landscapes. From jagged mountain peaks rising from the deep blue, towering more than 200 metres above the sea, and plunging cliffs to a spectacular display of wildflowers and endemic Fynbos scattered about, Cape Point is a remarkable natural wonder and National Park.
  • Visit the Cape Point food shops and curio shops.
  • Discover one (or all) of Cape Point’s secret beaches, all of which are largely unspoilt and untouched. Four of Cape Point’s stunning secret beaches include Buffels Beach, Diaz Beach, Maclear Beach, Olifantsbos Beach.


  • Entry fee: Conservation Fees for 1 November 2020 to 31 October 2021: South African Citizens and Residents (with ID): R85 per adult per day / R40 per child, per day | SADC Nationals (with passport): R170 per adult per day / R85 per child, per day | Standard Conservation Fee (Foreign Visitors): R340 per adult per day / R170 per child, per day

Besides it’s wild unapologetic natural beauty and magnificent panoramic views, Cape Point offers visitors so much to do, see and experience. From thrilling hiking trails, nature walks, fun-filled family friendly activities, an abundance of wildlife, birdlife, and marine life to exhilarating adventure experiences, tons of hidden gems, tidal pools, picturesque secret beaches, the old Cape Point lighthouse, and the famous Flying Dutchman Funicular, Cape Point has it all!

**Tip: Some of Cape Point’s most beautiful secret beaches include: Buffels Beach, Diaz Beach, Maclear Beach and Olifantsbos Beach.

#Muizenberg Beach & It’s Colorful Beach Huts

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Located along the vibrant False Bay coastline, Muizenberg Beach’s laid-back beach vibe, surf’s up approach to life and vibrant energy has made it one of Cape Town’s coolest coastal towns. It also boasts one of Cape Town’s top blue-flag swimming beaches, making it perfect for enjoying a lovely laid-back beach day with the whole family.

Besides its blissful beach status, Muizenberg Beach is home to the famous Muizenberg Beach huts, also known as the retro wooden bathing boxes. These cool and colorful works of art have not only become one of the most sought-after attractions for travelers and photographers from around the world, but it has claimed the title as one of the most ‘Instagrammable’ spots in Cape Town too. This makes Muizenberg Beach and its colorful beach huts a must-visit destination on any trip to Cape Town.

**Tip: Muizenberg Beach’s famous Surfers Corner is the best place in Cape Town for surfing first-timers to learn how to surf. If you’ve got ‘Learn how to surf’ jotted down on your Cape Town bucket-list – It’s time to seize the surfing day and surf your very first wave at Muizenberg’s Surfers Corner!


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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


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Photo credit: Two Ocean’s Aquarium

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).

  • 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]
  • Website:

Click here to get your Two Oceans Aquarium ticket / tickets or to find out more about their exciting experiences and activities.

#See the Cape Wildflowers in full bloom

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Time to stop and smell the glorious Cape wildflowers! The Cape Flower season – which takes place from mid-August till end September (sometimes continuing into October – fingers crossed!) – is one of our absolute favorite times of year in the Western Cape. It’s the time when the beautiful and vibrant Cape Town comes to life as glorious bursts of Cape wildflowers cover the Western Cape landscapes in a wonderful celebration of bold, bright, and beautiful colors. At times it may seem like the Cape florals take on a life of their own, sprouting seemingly overnight and popping up here, there, and everywhere, transforming the dry, lackluster scrub into a vibrant palette and glorious masterpiece that only Mother Nature herself could have created.

The wild untamed natural beauty of the Cape’s Wildflower Season has people travelling from all around the world just to witness and admire the Western Cape in full bloom – Its simply mesmerising, magical, and magnificent – A true marvel!

**Insider tip: The Cape flower season is one of the most popular times of year in Cape Town among locals and tourists alike. In fact, it may just be the MOST popular. As a result, it is vital that you arrive early enough to ensure you avoid the EXTREMELY large crowds (no, we’re not over exaggerating) and incredibly long queues as millions of people descend upon the Western Cape to witness this natural spectacle first-hand. *This time of year is also a lovely time to visit Cape Town and surrounds as the first hints of Spring fill the Cape Town air.

Top places to see the Cape Wildflowers in full bloom:

  • West Coast National Park | Distance from Cape Town City Center:+/- 1 hour and 50 minutes
  • The Postberg Flower Reserve section of the West Coast National Park: Postberg is an almost completely undisturbed floral landscape in the West Coast National Park, open 9am to 5pm during August and September (peak flower months) | Distance from Cape Town City Center:+/- 1 hour and 50 minutes
  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens | Distance from Cape Town City Centre:+/- 20 minutes
  • The Renosterveld Reserve | Distance from Cape Town City Centre: +/- 1 hour
  • Tienie Versfeld Wildflower Reserve | Distance from Cape Town City Centre:+/- 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens | Distance from Cape Town City Center:+/- 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Namaqualand National Park | Distance from Cape Town: +/ –530 km | approximately 6 hours 45 minutes
  • Citrusdal | Distance from Cape Town: +/-180 km | approximately 2 hours
  • Karoo Desert National Botanical Gardens | Distance from Cape Town: ± 120 km | approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Ramskop Nature Reserve | Distance from Cape Town: +/- 230 km | approximately 2 hours 40 minutes
  • Cape Columbine Nature Reserve | Distance from Cape Town: +/- 155 km | approximately 2 hours
  • Agulhas National Park | Distance from Cape Town: +/- 224 km | approximately 2 hours 40 minutes
  • Bontebok National Park | Distance from Cape Town:± 224 km | approximately 3 hours
  • Fernkloof Nature Reserve
  • Karoo Desert National Botanical Gardens
  • Elgin Open Garden
  • Darling
  • Paternoster
  • Velddrif
  • Aurora
  • Piketberg
  • The Cederberg
  • Swartland to the Overberg and Southern Cape (Swellendam)
  • Blaauwberg Nature Reserve
  • Tankwa Karoo National Park
  • Bracken Nature Reserve
  • Hopefield
  • Hermanus
  • Porterville


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


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Photo credit: Clay Cafe

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!

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Photo credit: Clay Cafe

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!


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Photo credit: Clay Cafe In The City

  • Location: 199 Bree Street, Gardens, Cape Town
  • Contact details / Bookings: [email protected] | 061 917 4191 | Bookings are advised | Walk-in space is limited
  • Click here for more information
  • Instagram: @claycafe_inthecity


  • 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.

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.

Happy crafting & creating!


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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.


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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.

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.


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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
  • 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.



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

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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
  • 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

Scratch Patch & Mineral World | Simonstown

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Photo credit: Scratch Patch and Mineral World

  • Location: Scratch Patch & Mineral World | Dido Valley Road, Simonstown, Cape Town
  • 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


Top Things To Do In Cape Town

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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.

  • Location: The Labia Theatre | 68 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town
  • Show times: Subject to the movie
  • Contact details: 021 424 5927 | [email protected]
  • Website:
  • Click here to find out more about the Labia Theatre as well as all the screenings on offer


Top Things To Do On A Cold Day In Cape Town

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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
  • 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


Fun Things To Do With Kids In Cape Town

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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
  • Contact details: 076 187 2764 | 021 001 4215 | [email protected] |
  • Click here for more information or to view HintHunt’s current COVID-19 regulations, protocols, and guidelines


  • 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



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

Fun Things To Do With Kids In Cape Town

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  • Location: V&A Waterfront, Dock Road (near the Aquarium), Cape Town
  • 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

Cave Golf | Simonstown

Fun Things To Do With Kids In Cape Town

Photo credit: Scratch Patch and Mineral World

  • Location: Scratch Patch & Mineral World | Dido Valley Road, Simonstown, Cape Town
  • 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


Top Things To Do On A Cold Day In Cape Town

If you’re looking for something different to do on a cold day in Cape Town, why not immerse yourself in Cape Town’s history, culture, and heritage by visiting some of its iconic museums? Not only does it give you the amazing opportunity to learn more about the city’s deeply rooted history, culture, heritage, struggles and triumphs, but its thriving art scene and sporting prowess too.

Visiting Cape Town’s prestigious and renowned museums is undoubtedly one of the top things to do on a cold day in Cape Town.

**Here are merely a few of the top museums to visit in Cape Town:


Top Things To Do On A Cold Day In Cape Town

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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
  • 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.


Top Things To Do On A Cold Day In Cape Town

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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
  • Contact details: 021 551 2244 | [email protected]
  • No booking required
  • For exclusive usage of the entire premises contact [email protected]
  • Click here to visit the Glowing Rooms website or to find out everything you need to know about this fun and thrilling experience


Top Things To Do On A Cold Day In Cape Town

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


Top Things To Do On A Cold Day In Cape Town

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
  • 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


Top Things To Do On A Cold Day In Cape Town

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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
  • Contact details: 021 486 5999 | [email protected]
  • Click here to visit the Woodstock Exchange website or to find out everything / anything you need to know


Top Things To Do On A Cold Day In Cape Town

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
  • Contact details: Visit the Schoenstatt Retreat website


Top Things To Do On A Cold Day In Cape Town

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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
  • 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


op Things To Do On A Cold Day In Cape Town

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.