Where to Drink in Cape Town
Collected by Tommy Alexander, AFAR Staff
28 Hudson St, De Waterkant, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Origin roasts and serves some of the best coffee in Cape Town. The roastery is known for their high quality and they provide beans to around 80 city-wide establishments. Their headquarters and cafe on Hudson Street is where locals go to get their...
39 Regent Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8060, South Africa
“Bootlegger Coffee Shop is one of my new discoveries. An imported Dutch Giesen coffee roaster is responsible for the excellent coffee. The shop stays open until 11 p.m. and serves dinner.” 39-41 Regent Rd., Sea Point, 27/(0) 21-434-0060 This...
V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
The Victoria and ALFRED waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa has seen virtually every tourist who sets foot in Cape Town. It is a hub of dining and shopping venues on the waterfront of the most beautiful city in the world. A fabulous view of...
79 Roeland St, Zonnebloem, Cape Town, 7925, South Africa
The Blend is a little bit off the beaten track in the less interesting east part of town but what i like about them is that they are the first to bring about the concept of many different coffee blends under one roof. Instead of having to follow...
219 Bree St, Cape Town CBD, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
With a collection of over 100 kinds of gin from around the world, Mother's Ruin is destined to have a gin to suit everyone's palate. If you're a fan of the gin & tonic, a traditional sundowner drink, I recommend chatting with the bartenders to see...
Sidmouth Rd, Muizenberg, Cape Town, 7945, South Africa
Walking barefoot into a restaurant with your surfboard in tow wouldn't be frowned upon in this casual beach town. Tiger's Milk is bar and restaurant in the redeveloped Muizenberg beachfront. Strange name aside, this upstairs restaurant is a...
Boyes Dr, Silver Mine (Nature Reserve), Cape Town, 7975, South Africa
Kalk Bay Expresso is just one of several coffee shops in the quaint seaside town of Kalk Bay. The repurposed train car, which dates back to 1914, sets this restaurant apart. The cafe serves both sweet and savory crepes, making this the perfect...
Tafelberg Rd & Caeleway, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
It's a must-do, but wear comfortable shoes, bring bottles of water, and pack sunscreen. We finished climbing to the top in an hour and a half, thankful that they've made it easy for the non-experienced hikers with a rugged-rock staircase from...
165 Longmarket St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Tjing Tjing's trendy cocktail list and hip vibes make it one of the best bars in Cape Town. The rooftop terrace makes it an ideal place to visit in the summertime. The setting is modern and funky with a hint of Japanese flair. The scene is on par...
76 Orange St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Step into Orient-Express’s flagship Cape Town hotel The Mount Nelson, locally called ‘The Nellie’, in its central garden setting for cool cocktails with the movie crowd and others. Sit inside, or outside on the terrace of the hotel’s funky ‘Planet...
57 Milton Rd, Observatory, Cape Town, 7925, South Africa
“This cozy wine bar uses fresh ingredients for bistro-style dishes such as roast pork belly," says resident Rashiq Fataar. "If you enjoy wine, they offer more than 60 by the glass, most from small local producers.” 341 Main Rd., Sea Point, 27/(0)...
273 Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
Through an unmarked door and up a steep staircase above Royale Eatery you'll find the Waiting Room, a bar and lounge with retro style (but it's usually too dark inside to really notice it). The best part of the multi-level lounge is the rooftop...
178 Long Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Mama Africa is a must for dinner in Cape Town. The musicians are from a local township and are truly spectacular. African art for sale covers the walls and the musicians play while you eat. 10 rand per person is added to our bill for the live...
Dorman Way, Hout Bay, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa
Talented Cape Town chef Quentin Spickernell, has opened his own restaurant is a charmingly restored former barn between Constantia and Hout Bay, an atmospheric venue amidst trees and mountains yet in the city. Incorporating indoor and outdoor...
127 Bree St, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
Birds Boutique Cafe is a mildly quirky and unpretentious place to have a cappuccino. With their family-style seating around large wooden tables, you'll be tempted to strike up a conversation with a stranger next to you. Speaking of family, it's a...
13D Kloof Nek Rd, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
The Power and the Glory is a hipster bistro in the center of Cape Town that has attracted a cult following among locals. It's something about the relaxed style of the folding chairs and the sidewalk stools that will remind you of a Brooklyn-style...
52 Newlands Ave, Newlands, Cape Town, 7700, South Africa
The history of the property known now as Foresters Arms Pub ("Forries", as locals affectionately call it) goes as far back as 1852, making this one of the oldest pubs in South Africa. Located in Newlands at the foothills of Table Mountain, its...
Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Long Street, in the centre of Cape Town, is one of the main attractions of the downtown area and theres always something going on, both during the day and at night. Local fashion boutiques mix with shops selling "Africana" and memorabilia... there...
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