Last updated: November 2021

Cape Town is rich in history and culture but it is also a hub of innovation and creativity. The arts hold a special place in the inner life of the Mother City and many artists, authors, playwrights, actors and filmmakers have called this city home. The South African National Gallery in Gardens, The Zeitz MOCAA in the Silo District of the V&A Waterfront, and the Norval Foundation in Steenberg, are three incredible experiences for those interested in the visual arts.


First Thursdays happens on the first Thursday of every month – a late night, with dozens of art galleries and cultural events showcasing local talent. The event is completely free, with no structured tour, and no schedule to follow – visitors are free to absorb it all at their own leisure.

The performing arts are an integral part of Cape Town’s cultural landscape and enthusiasts can find theatre, opera, ballet, live music and comedy happening throughout the year. Cape Town’s varied nightlife scene ranges from boutique bars to outdoor live music venues. Observatory, De Waterkant, and, in the CBD, Long Street, Kloof Street and Bree Street are the places to go to find a vibey atmosphere.

Visitors looking for a dose of history will find it at one of the many museums dedicated to different parts of Cape Town’s heritage. The Bo-Kaap Museum, the South African Natural History Museum, The Slave Lodge or the South African Jewish Museum all provide a window into the City’s past.

There are also tours that explore the area’s unique cultural heritage. Those looking for a cultural experience can book a tour of Woodstock’s street art scene,  Langa, the Bo-Kaap or Khayelitsha.