Gay Cape Town

Cape Town, the sparkling jewel at the southern tip of the African continent, is famous for its vibrant gay scene. With countless gay and gay-friendly bars, restaurants, coffee shops and hotels popping up, the Mother City is fast becoming a favourite destination on many a gay traveller’s list.

South Africa’s post-apartheid Constitution, famous for being one of the world’s most progressive, forbids discrimination on the grounds of race, gender or sexual orientation. In the "new" South Africa, the gay community is an essential part of the diversity the country is famous for. Gay travellers from all over the world flock to Cape Town to experience the city’s magic.

The city boasts an exciting nightlife that more than caters to the gay traveller. The vibey areas of Green Point and De Waterkant, the city’s gay hotspots, are teeming with gay and gay-friendly clubs, pubs and bars. The popular Café Manhattan restaurant and bar often features live music and always attracts a bustling crowd. Other popular gay hangouts include various trendy spots along Somerset Road.

Gay tourists will have no trouble finding a place to stay during their visit to the Mother City. Travellers can kick back in one of the city’s gay-friendly or exclusively gay hotels and B&Bs, suited to all budgets and tastes.

The Mother City’s gay scene includes several events and festivals throughout the year. The famous Mother City Queer Project(MCQP), a themed fancy-dress party, takes place every December and is one of the city’s most eagerly anticipated events. The Cape Town Pride festival in late February and the Out in Africa South African Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in March are sure to be pencilled in on any gay calendar.

Cape Town’s gay scene is rapidly expanding and is attracting both locals and tourists alike. Visitors should be sure to pick up a Pink Map at one of the city’s tourism bureaus – it’s the best guide to everything gay!