Calling all Nature Warriors, Urban Adventurers and Fearless Foodies… Forget hibernating over the next few months, and turn the Mother City into your winter wonderland!
Here are our top 100 things to do in Cape Town this winter.
For the Nature Warrior
- Whale Watching
Between June and November, thousands of whales migrate from Antarctica to our coasts. From Cape Point to Boyes Drive to Gordon’s Bay and Rooi Els, catch a glimpse of these beautiful ancient creatures visiting just off our shores over the next few months.
Click here to find out all you need to know about whale watching in Cape Town.
- Learn to Kitesurf
Yes, you can even kitesurf in winter. It won’t be the best season to learn epic tricks, but the extremer conditions pose different challenges for a beginner. Don’t forget to fuel up with warm tea or coffee and a snack before hitting the grey outdoors.
Locations: Blouberg, Falsebay
- Encounter the Big Five at Aquila Private Game Reserve
From May to July, Aquila usually run a winter promotion, so keep an eye on their social media pages for their latest deals! Experience unforgettable wildlife, luxurious African hospitality, service excellence and world-class facilities at an affordable price.
Location: R46 Ceres Road, Touws River
- Climb Aboard the funicular at the Cape of Storms
Cape Point forms the southern section of the Good Hope Nature reserve. Characterised by ancient rocks, towering cliffs, spectacular biodiversity and frothing ocean, this rugged stretch of land perfectly captures the Cape’s raw natural beauty. While visiting, access the historical lighthouse and ride aboard the funicular called the Flying Dutchman.
Location: Cape Point, Table Mountain National Park
Price: Entry ticket (with SA ID) from R90 for adults and R45 for children.
Funicular ticket (one way) from R70 for adults and R35 for children.
- Go for a Trail Run
From the fairly flat Pipe Track to traversing the Helderberg’s incredible terrain, gear up and hit your favourite spot for a winter trail running session.
For more info, check out the best trails in Cape Town.
Price: Free to under R50 (depending on location)
- Visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Whether you’re meandering along the Boomslang above or wandering through the gardens below, Kirstenbosch is teeming with unique flora and fauna this time of year. See Southern Double Collared Sunbirds feeding on stunning Strelitzias and yellow Kranz Aloes glowing on a sunny winter’s afternoon. After your walk through the gardens, visit Fynkos at Kirstenbosch and enjoy their diverse menu options or pre-order a picnic, platters, or high tea for bigger groups.
Location: Rhodes Drive, Newlands
Price: South African Residents & SADC Nationals 18 years and older (with ID): R90
Children from 6 to 17 years: R30. Under 6: Free
- Full Moon Kayaking
Calm quiet winter evenings are perfect kayaking conditions.
Once a month, you can join Kayak Cape Town for a paddle out into the False Bay waters. Watch in awe as a full moon rises over the Hottentots Holland Mountain. Book your spot for the next full moon experience.
Location: Wharf Street, Simons Town
Price: R450 pp
- Cast your Sights on a Winter Fishing Expedition
From May to September, Hooked on Africa is tackling the great outdoors with an alluring Winter fishing charter special. Choose between a 3-hour Reef Fishing Adventure or a Half Day Small Game fishing charter (drinks and snacks included).
Location: Harbour Road, Hout Bay
Price: Get a quote via their website
- Learn to Surf
Head down to your local beach break for an epic surf lesson with a surf school. Now is the time to put on a warm wetsuit and grab your surfboard for a few cooking Cape winter waves.
- Swing Through Treetops
Celebrating 12 years of adventure, Acrobranch offers unique treetop experiences for the whole family. Each park offers different obstacle courses, ranging from tree top high ropes and tricky crossings (with ladders, tunnels, walkways, and bridges) to ziplines.
- Go for a Bike Ride Across the Ocean
Discover a new and exciting way to explore the ocean around Simon’s Town-hop on the world’s most advanced water bike. These premium watercrafts are non-motorised and eco-friendly. The bikes are easy to use, simple to steer and balancing is not required. This activity is weather dependent, and we recommend that you check with Cape Town Water bikes before you book.
Location: Simon’s Town Pier
Price: R350 pp
- Stargazing in the Cedarberg
High in the Cederberg Mountains on Dwarsrivier farm lies the Cederberg Astronomical Observatory. After a short slide show, gaze through a telescope and observe a variety of planets, comets, nebulae and more. The two-hour show starts at 8pm every Saturday evening, except the Saturday closest to the full moon and is weather permitting.
Take to the skies with a tandem paragliding experience. Sit back and relax as your pilot navigates your glider effortlessly over the exquisite Table Mountain National Park. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the gorgeous scenery and vast cityscape below. This activity is weather dependent.
- Go Chasing Waterfalls
Heading into the great outdoors is a fantastic cure for many maladies.
From stress and anxiety to feeling sluggish after an extra-large home-cooked winter meal, Mother Nature can provide you with much-needed TLC. Hit a hiking trail near you for a brisk morning walk, taking in the lush landscape while searching for a fresh winter waterfall.
Check out our list of 5 Table Mountain Hikes to Try
- Abseil Down Table Mountain
Hang off the side of one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the world, descending a total distance of 112m. Enjoy incredible views of the Atlantic Seaboard while leaning over the edge of our world-renowned mountain. This thrilling adventure is safe with professional guides to show you the ropes. This activity is weather dependent.
Location: Table Mountain
Price: From 600 pp
- Shake off the Winter Blues with a Canopy Tour
Described by Lonely Planet as “vertigo-tinged fun” from “an exciting aerial perspective,” take a guided tour through a previously inaccessible part of a World Heritage Site. Surrounded by breath-taking Cape fynbos, panoramas and mountainscapes, get your blood pumping with this adrenaline-packed aerial adventure.
Get up close and personal with the ocean in a brand-new way! Pioneered in Wales and Scotland, Gravity is proud to be the first to offer this activity in South Africa. Like Canyoning or Kloofing, Coasteering takes place along a protected coastline rather than on a river course. Equipped with a wetsuit, PFD, helmet, and a guide, you explore the inter-tidal zone by snorkelling, swimming, and rock jumping.
Location: Simon’s Town
Price: From R950
- Suit Up for Wreck and Reef Diving
The Cape waters are littered with thousands of shipwrecks. From recent and ancient to on the shore and in deep water. Explore several wrecks ranging from 12m to 40m with Pisces Divers. This PADI Five Star Instructor Development dive centre offers a full range of PADI dive training and daily dive excursions.
Location: 1 Main Rd, Simon’s Town
- Do it Standing Up with SUP Cape Town
Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is the act of propelling yourself on a floating platform with the help of a paddle or pole. This ancient art form dates back 3,000 years to Caballitos de Totora, a watercraft made from reeds and propelled by a bamboo paddle. Today you can experience a modern iteration of this activity at the V&A Waterfront, exploring its 3km long looped canals.
Location: Battery Park, Alfred Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Price: 30 minute session cost R150 / 1 Hour Session: R220
- Row Row Row Your Raft Gently Down the River
Escape the busy city life this winter with a leisurely row along the Breede River.
Only 130 kilometres from Cape Town, the Breede River Rafting trail is suitable for all ages.
No previous experience is needed (only the ability to swim), go and enjoy a relaxing paddle through the quiet Cape countryside.
Price: From R850
- Saddle up
Horse Riding Cape Town is an equestrian travel and adventure company specializing in horse trails in and around the Western Cape. Trot across white sandy beaches or gallop with the wind gusting through your hair. Trails range from an hour to multi-day trails and cater for single riders as well as group excursions.
Price: From R400
22. Tunnel Tour
Go in search of Cape Town’s 17th century buried secrets in this subterranean tour with Good Hope Adventures. Sweet water drinking streams from Table Mountain, once a source of great sustenance to the city, can still be seen running through this dark underground labyrinth. Get to know your city from a completely different perspective led by highly experienced registered tour guides. Note: This tour is by appointment only.
Location: Castle of Good Hope, Darling St & Buitenkant St, Cape Town
Price: Upon request
- Powerslide on a Beach
If you’re looking to scratch that need for speed itch, then book a wind-powered beach buggy lesson. First, you’ll be introduced to the basics, before strapping for some stomach-churning power sliding fun.
Location: 15 Granger Bay Blvd, Green Point
Price: Upon request
- Reconnect with Yourself on a Cape Camino
A Camino is a sacred walking route hosted by local communities.
Every country has its own culture, history, and natural environment, thus making each Camino special. Cape Camino showcases South African diversity over 650kms of (mostly) off-road path.
Location: 38 River Street, Hopefield
Price: From R650
- Climb the 7th Natural Wonder of the World
Over 500 million years old and towering 1,086 meters over Cape Town, our beloved Table Mountain is the ideal playground for nature lovers and adventure seekers during these winter months. This majestic marvel is a firm fan favourite during the winter months, especially for local hikers, as there are fewer crowds and cooler skies.
- Sunset From the Mountain Top
Every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world ascend Table Mountain using the Aerial Cableway. Make your next trip a memorable one with a spectacular winter sunset. Buy an afternoon ticket, valid from 1pm onwards, and take the last trip down while the sun descends over the Mother City.
- Get Pumped Up for Some Mud, Sweat and Gears
From trail riding to fat biking to four-cross (and everything in between), hit your favourite mountain bike course, spot, or trail in and around the city. Discover the lower slopes of Table Mountain or the single track on Contermanskloof Farm. Or for a real challenge, mission to rider’s paradise out at Dirtopia, Stellenbosch.
For more info, check out our list of Epic Mountain Biking Areas Around Cape Town.
Price: Free to under R100
- Plan a Cosy Picnic
Having a winter picnic can be a ton of fun for both family and friends.
First, fill your favourite flask with a hot beverage of your choice, followed by a selection of soups, sandwiches, salads and delicious snacks. Next, pick your perfect picnic spot in or around the Mother City and enjoy the warm conversation with a few hearty laughs.
Alternatively, head for one of these Top Pre-Packed Picnic Spots in Cape Town.
- Play 3D Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf
Test your handicap at Glowing Rooms’ 18 hole mind-bending golf course.
Using imported 3D glasses, immerse yourself in sci-fi-inspired rooms, while trying to putt for your next hole-in-one.
Location: 1 Turf Club Rd, Milnerton
Price: R110 per player
- Stay and Save at Southern Sun Hotels
Rediscover their world, where every day is a celebration and great experiences are created with passion. Whether you’re travelling for business or leisure, take advantage of their special rates over the coming winter months.
Price: From R849 per room per night
- Sense Stranger Things
Wander ‘round one of Cape Town’s most spine-tingling locations, Fort Wynyard. Hear about spooky occurrences while walking through this 222-year-old historic site.
You will be led through secret passages, bunkers, an underground abandoned museum, and even eerie interrogation chambers. This tour is not for the faint-hearted.
Location: 15 Granger Bay Blvd, Green Point
Price: Upon request
- Appreciate Eclectic Tunes at a Jazz Lounge Near You
Get on down to one of the Cape’s finest jazz hotspots. Laidback winter evenings are filled with soulful rhythms and groovy tunes. Listen to up-and-coming musos honing their chops or join veteran bands blending smooth sounds at a venue near you.
- Begin Your Coffee Brewing Journey
Attend a “Coffee Appreciation Course” at Truth Coffee’s Barista Academy.
There you’ll learn the history of coffee, take a tour of their roastery and bean chamber, discover the art of cupping, and appreciate different blends and brews.
Location: 1st Floor, 36 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town
Price: From R650
Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org / 021 201 7500
- Keep Your Kids Entertained at the V&A Waterfront
Packed with plenty of fun activities, take your little urban adventures to the V&A Waterfront this June holidays. Uncover precious gemstones at the Scratch Patch, take a cruise aboard a pirate boat, or discover fishes at the Two Oceans Aquarium. Come rain or shine, the V&A Waterfront has plenty of entertainment for everyone.
- First Thursdays
On the first Thursday of every month, the arts and culture scene in Cape Town is recognised through this cool nightly activity. Dozens of galleries and cultural events display the wealth of talent that lies within Mother City. The event is completely free, with no structured tour, and no schedule to follow. You are free to enjoy everything at your own leisure.
- Hop on a City Sightseeing Tour Bus
Take a trip on one of Cape Town’s iconic red tour coaches.
With slashed prices and plenty of specials currently on offer, grab your City Sightseeing ticket today. If the weather gets a bit chilly, there’s also seating below the top deck.
Location: 81 Long Street, Cape Town
Price: From R249 for adults and R145 for children
- Laugh Out Loud at a Comedy Show
Brrrighten up a dreary winter’s day with a hearty laugh. From rising stars to veteran comedians, grab some giggles with a side of having you in stitches at a local laughing spot near you.
- Treat Yourself to a Spa Day
When winter brings cold, wet, and windy days, retreat to one of Cape Town’s luxurious spas for a bit of R&R. Treat yourself to a pampering session at one of the many spas the city has to offer.
- Meet Colourful Amuki Characters
Learn about science, nutrition, and nature through an interactive edutainment experience at Wonderdal. Here, under the watchful gaze of friendly WonderPals, young adventurers can look forward to a fun day of discovery.
Location: Hazendal Wine Estate, Bottelary Road, Stellenbosch
Price: From R85
- Unwind on the Franschhoek Wine Tram
The newly constructed double-decker wine trams give passengers a charming way to enjoy the Franschhoek countryside during the cooler months. Pick from an array of experiences, from Hop-on Hop-off adventures to Curated Wine Experiences designed for both wine-lovers and foodies.
Location: Franschhoek Terminal: Corner of Main Road and, Cabriere St, Franschhoek
Drakenstein Terminal: Corner of R310 Main Road & R45 Groot Drakenstein
Price: From R270 for adults and R90 for children
- Travel Back in Time with a Visit to the Museum
Explore, experience, and examine our past with a trip to a museum these school holidays.
The world, our country and especially our city’s rich history, heritage and cultural roots are beautifully preserved in both modern and historical buildings throughout the city.
- A Visit to Clay Café
Founded in 1999, the Clay Cafe is a family-run business located on 2.5-acre land in the heart of the valley of Hout Bay, and recently opened a second space in the CBD. Indulge in this a ‘one of a kind’ creative experience, offering you the opportunity to create your own ceramic masterpieces while tasting their delicious fresh fare. Perfect for adult and children’s parties (4 years and up), school outings, hen parties and team building.
Locations: Hout Bay, Paarl and Bree Street
Price: From R55-R380 based on the size and shape of the item
- Bounce Here, There and Everywhere
Is your family driving you up the wall during the winter months?
Then drive them over to Rush Trampoline Park for pure wall-to-wall trampoline fun. Some of the main attractions are the two dodgeball courts, three basketball slam dunk lanes, two long trampoline lanes and loads more. This is a fantastic way to let your hair down (and keep it).
Location: Stadium on Main, Claremont
Price: From R130
- Book a Romantic Breakaway
Savour the best of winter at Spier Hotel with their enticing discounts between 1 May and 31 August 2022. Enjoy plenty of complimentary goodies while you’re there. Yes, Spier Hotel is the perfect place to hibernate this winter season.
Location: R310 Stellenbosch
- Nurture Your Creativity at Montebello Design Centre
Located in leafy Newlands, the Montebello Design Centre is one of Cape Town’s best-kept secrets. With twenty-five arts and craft studios, workshops, and a historic greenhouse nursery, nurture your creative imagination with an art class or an explosive ceramics session. While there, also visit their general craft shop before popping off to the Gardener’s Cottage for a cosy winter brunch.
- Learn a Local Language Online
Since 2005, UBuntu Bridge has been building connections between people and cultures through language here in South Africa. Stay in, sign-up and discover a fun way to learn isiXhosa together – Wamkelekile!
Price: From R1000
- Get Your Eats, Beats and Arts and Craft Treats at Your Local Market
Stock up on the freshest ingredients, sample scrumptious artisanal goodies or simply catch up with friends at your neighbourhood market. Experience the sights, sounds and fragrant aromas at one of our city’s happening hotspots. Markets run throughout the week, however, weekends are especially popular.
- Go on a Free Walking Tour of the Mother City
If you’re looking for some fun “infotainment” this school holidays, then join Free Walking Tours in Cape Town. With more than 120 000 guests to date, they are one of the top free activities to do in the Mother City. Whether you’re looking for historical walking tours, inside tips on the latest attractions or simply wanting to meet new friendly faces in the CBD, starting at 11am and 2pm. Free Walking Tours operate every day.
Location: Fideli’s 3.1 Piazza Parliament Street, Cape Town
- Paint and Sip Your Next Magnum Opus
Uncork your creativity as a professional artist takes you through a step-by-step process of creating your own masterpiece. Paint & Sip events are designed for all artistic levels, offering both online classes from the comfort of your own home (Paint & Sip Kit are delivered to your door), or attend a live event once a month at different venues across Cape Town. And the best part… it’s all for a good cause!
- Escape a Room in 60 Minutes
Since opening in 2012, HintHunt has taken the world by storm.
Locked away in a themed room, teams need to solve all the clues and puzzles around them before the 60-minute timer hits 0! Do you have what it takes to escape?
Location: JH02 The Watershed, 17 Dock Road, V&A Waterfront
Price: From R275pp
- Take a Pic with Eight Lions at Rhodes Memorial
Sitting at the foot of Devil’s Peak is the Rhodes Memorial landmark. Visit the popular restaurant for breakfast or lunch, before descending the forty-nine steps – one for each year Rhodes was alive, down to a rostrum. Snap some selfies with one (or all) eight lion statues overlooking Cape Town on a cool winter’s day. Alternatively, go for a leisurely stroll along the fairly easy contour path leading to Kirstenbosch.
Location: Rhodes Avenue, Devil’s Peak, Cape Town
Price: Free entry
- Mid-Week Magic at Club Mykonos Langebaan
Sometimes all we need is a mini winter vacay.
Relax in Greek-inspired kalivas overlooking the Langebaan lagoon. Eat your meals at any of the nine restaurants on-site or cook in fully equipped self-catering bungalows. And for entertainment, Mykonos offers an abundance of activities for every Urban Adventurer in the family.
Location: Mykonos Access Road, Langebaan
- Hideout with Books this Winter Holidays
Say goodbye to the biting cold outside and hello to a cosy corner with a good book in your local library or bookstore. For a real treat escape to the National Library of South Africa also known as “Centre for the Book”, situated on the periphery of the beautiful Company’s Gardens in Cape Town.
- Delve into Simon’s Town’s Best-Kept Secrets This Season
What lies in the picturesque coastal village of Simon’s Town?
Discover a path to a tucked away waterfall, the grave of a famous dog, the Marine Big Five and more. Don’t miss out on seasonal deals for accommodation and restaurants in the area.
Location: Simon’s Town
- Prove Your Mental Prowess at a Local Pub Quiz
Are you the guru of great facts, the king or queen of comprehension, how about the general of all knowledge? Then put your mastery of mental agility to the test in current affairs, sports, history, and any other odd categories at your local watering hole. Team up with friends or go solo and prove that you are the main brain.
- Enjoy Family-Friendly Experiences at Imhoff Farm
Go horse riding, explore their 4×4 circuit, visit the animal farmyard, and more. Next, you have a choice of three exceptional restaurants offering superb Cape cuisine, sushi, and casual dining as part of your foodie experience, before pampering yourself with a wellness experience. End your day with a few authentic handmade mementoes and gifts to complete your day out at Imhoff Farm.
Location: Kommetjie Rd, Kommetjie
- Listen to VoiceMaps of the Cape
No awkward groups or rigid schedules, download the Voicemap app and go on a guided voice tour when you want and however you want it. It’s easy to use, tours work offline and play automatically using GPS. Walk, cycle, drive (or any other way you travel) through Cape Town, and who knows, you might discover a few new surprises along the way.
- Tour the Heart of Cape Town Museum
December 3, 1967, marks the date of the historic surgery that took place in the Charles Saint Theatre of Groote Schuur Hospital. Here the world’s first human heart transplant, led by Professor Christiaan Neethling Barnard, was conducted. Today, this momentous event is honoured by the Heart of Cape Town Museum offering guided tours and a re-creation of that scene using lifelike static tableaux.
Location: Main Road, Observatory
- Get Moving and Grooving at Rollercade
Beat the winter blues with a session at the first indoor roller-skating amusement park in Cape Town. Rollercade offers a safe and friendly environment for the whole family. Enjoy roller-skating, a game of pool, or just sit back and enjoy the music.
Location: P3 (Parking Floor 3) Battery Park Entrance off Alfred or Dock Road Waterfront
Price: R150 (2-hour session includes rental of skates and safety gear)
- Explore, Experience and Engage with 8 000 Animals at the Two Oceans Aquarium
Meet the rays, musselcrackers and sea turtles of the I&J Ocean Exhibit. Catch a glimpse of misunderstood predators at the Save Our Seas Foundation Shark Exhibit. Waddle with the penguins and meet the beautifully weird animals throughout the Skretting Diversity Gallery. Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium today.
Location: Dock Road, V&A Waterfront
Price: From R105, free for children under 3
- Hangout at the Mill
Find one-of-a-kind fashions, eclectic artworks, and award-winning eateries at The Old Biscuit Mill. Meet innovative designers, dynamic photographers and foodie connoisseurs hosting various workshops in this vibrant space. Then head back on the weekend for the ever-popular Neighbourgoods Market, bustling with even more events, festivals and functions.
Location: 373-375 Albert Road, Woodstock
- Go Glamping
Immerse yourself in nature without sacrificing too many of our modern creature comforts with a glamping experience. From a canvas tent on a platform to a tree house with a fully equipped kitchen, living room, and a bathroom, stay comfortably warm and dry under the stars this winter season.
Hurtle down a half-pipe, through 17 corners, S-bends and even a tunnel in a wheeled bobsled at Cool Runnings, Africa’s first downhill tobogganing track. Blitz through this 1.25km track with family and friends these holidays.
Location: Carl Cronje Dr, Tygervalley
Price: From R70 (save 10% if you buy online)
- Learn Through Play at Bugz Family Playpark
Grab a bag with an extra set of clothes and take your little Urban Adventurers’ to Bugz Family Playpark. Yes, play is an essential part of a child’s emotional, physical, and intellectual well-being. That is why both their indoor and outdoor play areas are specifically designed for building little muscles, problem-solving and enticing wild imaginations while having tons of fun!
Location: 56 Tarentaal Street, Joostenbergvlakte, Kraaifontein
Price: R150 (R100 on rainy days)
- Use a 3,000-Year-Old Practice to Improve Your Health this Winter
Enhance your wellbeing with a steam session at the Turkish Baths in Long Street, the perfect way to relax and stay nice and toasty on a cold winter’s day. According to Harvard Health Publications, The Mayans used sweat houses thousands of years ago, the main benefit being for relaxation and cardiovascular health.
Location: Long Street, Cape Town
Price: R87 per hour
- Spark Your Curiosity
With more than 250 interactive science exhibits and mind-boggling puzzles, the Cape Town Science Centre is a world of discovery under one roof. Engage with hands-on displays, science shows, holiday programmes, science camps and a whole lot more.
Location: 370B Main Road, Observatory
Price: From R80
- Experience Century Karting
Feel the adrenaline rush of racing high-tech karts around a racetrack, jostling for pole position in this fun family activity. The tracks are well maintained, with experienced marshals watching over the driver’s safety.
Location: Mezzanine Level, Canal Walk Parking
Price: From R190pp
- Hit the Battlefield
Whether participating in an ultimate laser tag event or using it as a corporate team building, enjoy the “action without the pain” event with Battlefield Live SA.
- Go Completely Off the Beaten Track with Jeep Tours Cape Town
Book your seat for the ultimate 4×4 Jeep driving experience. Spend the day zipping along powdery white sand, before sandboarding epic Atlantis Dunes with your very own instructor (picnic box with refreshments included).
- Learn to SBK
Still have those dancing shoes? Then why not learn the Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba! SACATO will guide you through fun classes, even if you’re an absolute beginner.
Offering SBK throughout the Mother City, get inspired through beautiful movement at a venue near you. Or join their weekly Friday Night SBK Parties, filled with delicious food, divine cocktails, and of course dazzling dance moves.
Location: Radisson Blu, 22 Riebeek Street, Cape Town
Price: A cover charge of R50 / R120 for class and party
Bookings: WhatsApp 074 170 0780
- Experience Snow in Little Switzerland
Just 150km from Cape Town lies the enchanting Ceres Valley. April – September is their much-anticipated snowfall season. Although it’s difficult to predict exactly when to put on your scarf, boots, and beanies to catch this spectacular rare event, keep an eye on the Ceres Tourism’s Facebook page for regular snowfall updates.
- Dance the Night Away
Cape Town is brimming with the hottest spots, low-key lounges and trendiest clubs to dance the night away. Dress up or down, meet up with your besties and buds for a memorable night out on the town. From your favourite R&B jams, breaking it down with fellow hip-hop fans to sultry sounds at a classy cocktail lounge, there’s something for everyone. You bring the heat, and the Mother City will ensure superior beats at a vibrant venue this coming winter.
- Witness the Art of Diamond Cutting
Book a Sparkling Tour at The Diamond Works Institute. See first-hand how skillful experts carefully craft beautiful works of mineral art, all while you enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. View a replica of the iconic Cullinan diamond before browsing their extensive range of premium loose diamonds, tanzanite, gold, and platinum jewellery.
Location: 10 Christiaan Barnard Street, Cape Town
- Go Fynbos Tasting
The Cape Town Fynbos Experience is a masterclass in the unique culinary flavours of the Fynbos biome. Go on guided tasting, followed by light tapas-style lunch and a scenic walk on a Fynbos farm. Experience 11 of South Africa’s gourmet flavours, tasting edible naturals, botanical tea infusions and traditional cordials. Become an instant Fynbos expert and learn how to pair its flavours with everyday meals.
Location: South African Fynbos Farm, Wellington
Price: R1250 per person (minimum 6 guests, maximum 17)
Bookings: By appointment only. Call 066 225 5722 or email@example.com
- Have Radostnoye Vremya (a joyful time) Tea Ceremony
For centuries tea has formed an integral part of Russian culture.
Book your seat at Hazendal’s exquisite avant-garde space, decorated with hand-painted murals, crystal chandeliers and imported Dulevo porcelain. Revel in specially imported tea blends from a steaming samovar (Russian urn), served alongside delicate plates of sweet and savoury traditional treats.
Location: Bottelary Road, Stellenbosch
Price: Mid-week special from Tuesday to Thursday: R335 per adult and R216 per child
- Burger Bucket List
We’ve rounded up eight of the best burgers you need to try in Cape Town. From towering Gibson’s burgers to the classics at Royale Eatery in town, add this mouth-watering burger bucket list to your winter menu.
- Feast on Surf or Turf
Bertha’s has been serving up sensational fresh meals since 1993. The restaurant is located at the Simon’s Town Quay, offering spectacular views of False Bay and the naval base. Tuck into their famous fish and chips, calamari strips, 200g steak and chips, or spatchcock chicken and chips for only R109 each.
Location: 1 Wharf Road, Simon’s Town
- Learn How to Forage
Join Veld & Sea for their winter Wildfood Land foraging course.
This introductory half-day forage and feasting experience is aimed at anyone who has an interest in gardening, wild food, foraging, or indigenous edibles. Explore the gardens, discover and pick edible floral foods and learn their medicinal properties.
Location: Good Hope Gardens Nursery, Plateau Rd (M65), Cape Point
Price: Group booking: R1 200 per person (Min 10 and max 25 people).
- Join the Sunday Harvest Banquet at Suikerbossie
Book a breakfast or lunch buffet at Suikerbossie Restaurant.
The New-Normal Style is a selection of breakfast options served with tea, fresh juice, and home-brewed coffee. Their Sunday Lunch, consisting of a medley of light starters, delectable mains, and heavenly desserts, is also a hit.
Location: 1 Victoria Drive, Hout Bay
- Devour the Best Fish ‘n Chips this Winter
Travelers visiting the Mother City should indulge in fish and chips. Ask the locals about their top spots, and if you still can’t decide, check out this list for a few of our favourite spots.
- Throw a Tiffin
Invite your friends and family for a delightful winter tea party.
Treat yourself to a selection of sweet or savoury eats, all beautifully displayed on three-tier stands. Pair your meals with an assortment of fragrant teas and fine coffees. Host your next light supper at one of these elegant establishments in the city.
Price: From R250
- Hang Out with the Butcher, the Baker, and the T-Shirt Maker
Every Thursday and Friday, catch warm vibes at the Bluebird Garage Food and Goods Market. Located in a beautiful postal plane hangar. Grab good homemade grub from a variety of food stalls or buy fresh fruit and veggies to create your own home-cooked meals.
Location: 39 Albertyn Road, Muizenberg
- Drink Over 190 Locally Crafted Gins… In a Vintage Car Showroom
Home to a collection of gorgeous classic cars, Classic Cats is based at Vredenheim Wine Estate. Gin and classic car enthusiasts can sample over 190 locally made craft gin creations while admiring stunning vintage automobiles.
- Eat with Purpose at Schoon Kloof Street Café
Drawing inspiration from the seasons, Schoon promises to bake, cook, create, and serve their way into your heart with only the very best local ingredients. Revel in their vibrant, airy space on Kloof Street, offering yummy signature dishes like their Apple Crumble French Toast and Three Cheese Caramelised Onion Hotpress Sandwich.
Location: Cnr Kloof & Rheede Street, Gardens
- Learn How to Cook Traditional Cape Malay Cuisine from Scratch!
Book a cooking class with Bo-Kaap Cooking Tour. This is a fully immersive social and cultural experience that combines a walking tour with a hands-on cooking workshop and 2-course lunch. Learn about the food, culture, and traditions of the Cape Malays of Bo-Kaap. Discover how to mix masala and make roti, samoosa’s, dhaltjies and chicken curry from scratch.
- Have a Luxury 5-Course Lunch at The Cullinan
Have a superb Sunday lunch at the Cullinan’s Peach Tree restaurant.
Commence with a selection of salads. Next, a delicious soup will be individually served, followed by a fish entrée and the main course. Finally, an assortment of indulgent desserts crowns your 5-course winter lunch odyssey.
Location: 1 Cullinan Street, Cape Town
- Wine and Dine at Groot Constantia
Choose one of three carefully curated experiences at Groot Constantia, South Africa’s oldest wine producing farm. Book an intimate wine tasting or wine and chocolate pairing session. Or start with a guided tour of the Manor House Museum and Cloete Cellar before pampering your palate with an exquisite vintage.
Location: Groot Constantia Road, Constantia
- Do a Darling Brew Tasteroom Experience
Enjoy the entire Darling Brew range, now available at the Woodstock Exchange.
From traditional lagers, oat ales and pale ales to IPAs, wheat beers and their exotic dark, book a Tasteroom experience to find out what makes a Darling crafty so special. While you’re there, pair your beer with their sumptuous burgers served on homemade brioche buns.
Location: 85 Albert Road, Woodstock.
89. Satiate Your Senses at Bistro Sixteen82 and Tryn
Designed to warm you up from the inside out, sample the hearty and homely lunch special, either in 2, 3 or 4 courses. Or tuck into tapas for two, consisting of five pre-selected dishes by Chef Kerry Kilpin herself. While over at Tryn, go on a 3-course journey consisting of amuse bouche to start, before selecting your own 3 courses from their a la carte menu. And of course, chocolate truffles to end the occasion.
Location: Steenberg Estate, Steenberg Road, Constantia Valley
Bookings: Bistro Sixteen82: firstname.lastname@example.org / Tryn: email@example.com
- Taste Award-Winning Brandies Perfectly Paired with Carefully Created Chocolate
Designed for discerning connoisseurs and first-time explorers, take one of two Van Ryn’s brandy and chocolate tasting tours. The first option is their award-winning 12, 15 and 20-year-old brandies with three delicious Von Geusau Chocolates. Or indulge in the Decadent Delight Tasting, also using their signature vintages but this time paired with three decadent delights created by Roses Handmade.
Location: Van Ryn Road, Vlottenburg, Stellenbosch
- Spend a Day Exploring the Constantia Wine Route
“Wine is bottled poetry” – Robert Louis Stevenson
Home to some of the oldest and most prestigious farms in the country, take the time to tour the Constantia Valley this winter season. Each farm in the area has its own unique charm, atmosphere, and of course world-class tasting wine.
Find out more about the Constantia Wine Route.
- Get Together at a Premium Shisanyama
Promising to take you where no other tour operator has taken you before, book a premium shisanyama with an African Authentic Experience. This deal includes entrance fee, braaied meat, champagne, beers, and transportation.
93. Sip Brandy and Eat Cake
Occupying over 22 hectares, the KWV cellar complex in Paarl is one of the largest in the world. Try one of their Enticing Tours this coming winter. Taste their pot still brandy and chocolate, sweet wine liqueur and cake or mentors wine with artisan pie experiences.
Location: Kohler Street, Southern Paarl
- Sample Award-Winning Olive Oil and Wine at Botanicum
Situated near the foothills of the Helderberg Mountain, this family-owned and family-run estate has been producing Bordeaux-style wines, Italian cultivars and extra virgin olive oil for over 300 years. Book your seat at Botanicum and appreciate award-winning wine with fine olive oils in a completely gorgeous setting.
Location: Morgenster Wine & Olive Estate, Vergelegen Avenue, Somerset West
- Smash Plates at Mykonos Taverna
Enjoy an evening of Greek food, dance, and culture on the last Saturday of every month. Enjoy mezze, salads and a main of your choice, followed by platters of Greek pastries and seasonal fruit to end off your meal. After the main course, the lights go down and the music goes up, with Greek dancers putting on a show and getting everybody ready to dance Zorba…while smashing some plates!
Location: 343 Main Road, Sea Point
- Dip, Decorate and Wrap Bon Bons at Honest Chocolate
If you’ve ever wondered about the magic of chocolate making, then book an outing to the Honest Chocolate Factory. There, you’ll discover how cacao beans are farmed and processed, followed by a demonstration of how their delicious artisanal chocolate is made.
Before leaving, you get to dip, decorate, and wrap your own set of four bonbons to take home.
Location: 7 Barron Street, Woodstock
Price: From R350 pp
97. Have a Breakfast Making a Difference
Located in one of the toughest places in the world, Idlanathi Restaurant in Pollsmoor Prison offers a variety of delightful dishes. The food is both prepared and served by current prisoners as part of their rehabilitation programme.
Location: Tokai, Cape Town
- Visit Makers Landing
Celebrate a farm-to-table and nose-to-tail approach with food producers and small businesses at Makers Landing. Here the absolute best South African food and flavours are celebrated. From aromatic curries and locally produced cheese to fresh koeksisters and freshly ground coffee. Makers Landing is a place for people to connect, learn and share their passion for food.
Location: The Cruise Terminal, V&A Waterfront
- Have a Food Jams Session
Imagine a party where cooking is only half the fun, this is Food Jams. They take well-loved recipes and give you all the tools, ingredients and guidance to create a memorable experience with friends, fun, and music! From private functions to community kitchen cookoffs (and everything in between), reveal your inner MasterChef at a Food Jams session for winter.
Location: Soute Studio – Salt Orchard Precinct, 45 Yew Street, Salt River
- Wake Me Up Before You Cocoa
Wintertime calls for one of our favourite comforting beverages, hot chocolate!
Keep calm and cosy up with a cup of delicious hot cocoa from one of these fine Cape establishments.