Top Cultural Experiences In Cape Town

Looking for something unique and exciting to do in Cape Town that will immerse you in the culture of the Mother City? Here are some options for you…

Join a Secret Sunrise

If you’re an early bird who loves to watch the sunrise and you’re a free-spirited individual – not afraid of self-expression, then Secret Sunrise is a must for you! Sign up to their newsletter to find out the next secret venue where magic happens. For a small fee you get a pair of wireless earphones and are encouraged to dance, meditate… whatever the theme of the day, which often includes dress up.


Visit the Labia Theatre

The Labia is a cultural heritage institution to locals on Orange Street, originally opened by Princess Labia in 1949 as a stage for live performances. Today it’s a quirky movie house, which screens mostly artsy, alternative and foreign films in a relaxed non-commercial setting. They have a licensed bar, so you can enjoy a glass of wine and rub shoulders with Capetonian hipsters and intellectuals before the show.

Labia Theatre


Toast at First Thursdays

On the first Thursday of every month, the CBD’s galleries stay open till around 9pm for you to explore the cultural and art heritage of the city for free – often with with a glass of wine in hand. There is no tour or guided walk but the idea is for you to go from gallery to gallery on foot and discover what’s on offer. Also note that First Thursdays are extremely popular so try and book a table for dinner in advance if you want to eat on route.


Join Promenade Mondays

Connect with likeminded people every Monday evening on the Sea Point Promenade in a fun way – by skating, rollerblading or even BMXing as the sun goes down. The group meets at 6pm at the Queens Beach parking lot.


sea point cycling promenade

Get Romantic at the Galileo Open Air Theatre

This outdoor cinema takes place at a few venues in Cape Town, which includes the V&A Waterfront on a Thursday, throughout the summer months. Movies include everything from old classics to hot documentaries. Doors open at 6pm and movies start at sunset. There is food on sale and chairs and blankets are available for rent – because Cape Town nights can get chilly! Tickets are around R80.