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October 29, 2012

Claudia’s top five rooftop bars in Cape Town

Locals cannot get enough of Sky Bar at Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel. Photo © The Grand Daddy.

With summer’s arrival in the Mother City, longer days and balmy evenings make staying indoors almost criminal.

Thankfully, there are a number of great rooftop spots in Cape Town where you can enjoy a couple of drinks with friends in the open air – with the added bonus of a great view.

Fun and quirky:

Grand Daddy

The Sky Bar at the Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel is a firm favourite with locals. Sharing the hotel’s rooftop with the Airstream Trailer Park (one of the city's quirkiest accommodation options), Sky Bar offers great views of the city skyline and an extensive drinks menu featuring champagne, cocktails or craft beer.

Location: 38 Long Street, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 424 7247
Website: www.granddaddy.co.za

For the trendsetters:

Tjing Tjing

Located in the heart of Cape Town just off the buzzing Long Street, Tjing Tjing features eclectic décor and a loft-style terrace. Sip on cocktails, Jack Black beer on tap, or choose from the extensive wine list, while you groove along to indie and electronica tunes.

Location: 165 Longmarket Street, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 422 4920
Website: www.tjingtjing.co.za

The Waiting Room

Trendy to the hilt and loaded with urban cool, the Waiting Room’s balcony is a great place to enjoy a drink and take in the view of Long Street and Table Mountain, while you listen to live music and DJs.

Location: 273 Long Street, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 422 4536
Website: www.facebook.com/WaitingRoomCT

Seafront location:


Wafu’s seafront location makes it an instant winner for anyone wanting to sip a cocktail while watching the sunset. Nibble on Asian tapas in this laid-back venue while you take in the panoramic view.

Location: Cnr Beach Road and Surrey Place, Mouille Point
Contact: +27 (0)21 433 2377
Website: www.wakame.co.za

Relaxed and comfortable:

Rick’s Café Américain

If it’s a casual and comfortable atmosphere you’re after, Rick’s comes highly recommended. The outdoor deck area is the perfect late afternoon sundowner spot, complete with comfy couches and a misting spray to keep you cool on hot summer days.

Location: Park Road, Gardens
Contact: +27 (0)21 424 1100
Website: www.rickscafe.co.za

Claudia Smargiasso is an e-marketing content writer at Cape Town Travel.

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