Sometimes after a long Summer of extreme temperatures the locals welcome a bit of winter weather. What we have found, though, is that Capetonians often become homebodies and head into hibernation mode when the weather turns cool.
The only problem? Cape Town has such a large variety of fun and exciting things to do during winter and we don’t want to miss out on them now do we?
Here is our list of the top 30 things to do during a Cape Town winter. You won’t want to miss out on these!
- Go see a show:
Located inside the Rockwell Hotel you will find the Rockwell Theatre, home to one of Cape Town’s best, award-winning dinner show experiences! With your Kaapse Stories ticket comes the show, a 4-course buffet meal and a welcome glass of bubbly or orange juice.
- When: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays from 7pm
- Where: Inside the Rockwell Hotel
- Webpage: Rockwell Dinner Theatre
- Go for a private indoor wine tasting experience:
Also conveniently located inside the Rockwell Hotel is the Rockwell Cellars, a boutique wine and spirits retailer. Not only can you purchase wine and spirits here, you can also book a private wine tasting or pairing for as little as R45 per person.
- Where: Inside the Rockwell Hotel
- Webpage: Rockwell Cellars
- Go whale watching:
This is an activity best done between the months of June and November. Head to Hermanus for the best sightings of all!
- Go on a safari:
We may live in South Africa, but some things never get old. Like seeing the big five! While some of the best game lodges are a little ways away, we are definitely blessed with some great ones close to Cape Town.
- Go up Table Mountain:
Table Mountain is open all year round (weather dependent) but going in winter means shorter cues. Winning!
- Go on the big red bus:
We’ve all seen the big red double decker buses cruising around town or the winelands right? Don’t forget we still get beautiful sunny days in winter so the City Sightseeing bus is still a must! We would recommend bringing a jersey though!
- Have a laugh:
Head to cape towns dedicated comedy joint, the Cape Town Comedy Club, for some belly giggles a meal and maybe a drink or two (remember though, if you’re going to be drinking, it’s best to call an Uber or a taxi!).
- Go for a hike:
There are plenty of hiking routes around the Mother City, but Lions Head just might be one of the best! There are a few spots where a ladder climb is required, so we don’t recommend bringing any small children or pets along.
- Franschhoek Wine Tram:
Journey through the rolling vineyards of the Franschhoek Valley on board the double-decker wine tram. Simply hop-on and hop-off at your favourite wine estates.
- Trail Run:
Cape Town has a vast array of trail running routes and has become a popular past-time for the adventurous. At the bottom of Table Mountain, you will find the Pipe Track or opt for the amazing trails within the lush forest of the Constantia Green Belt.
- Get cultural:
Cape Town is home to some amazing museums, like the Slave Lodge and Planetarium. Check out the Iziko Museums website for a full list!
- Hot Yoga:
Well, if it’s chilly outside, why not get warm inside? Hot yoga at Hot Dog Yoda Studio is the perfect way to get warm (and zen) this winter.
- Spa Day
What better way to spend a cold day than with a warm full body massage or a dip in a Jacuzzi while you get a facial? You’ve got us stumped! One of our favourites is Tranquility Day Spa and Beauty located within the Rockwell Hotel.
- See a movie at the Labia
Tucked away in the bend of Orange street lies one of Cape Town’s best kept secrets! This quaint little cinema was named after Princess Labia of Italy and was originally the Italian embassy ballroom.
- Canopy Walkway
It may be chilly out, but if the sky is clear, you’ll want to head to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens to take a walk through the Canopy Walkway. How can you say no to gorgeous panoramic views of the gardens and surrounding mountain range?
- Clay Café
Bring out the artist in you at the Clay Café in Hout Bay. Choose from a wide selection on unfired pottery and beautiful paint colours and tools to make it your own. Make a day of it by staying for lunch!
- Visit a local brewery
Local brewery, Jack Black Brewery, hosts Food Truck Fridays on the last Friday of every month. Think cold beer flowing on tap, live music, amazing people and delicious food truck food! Go and visit their Facebook page to stay up to date with their events.
- Shopping and live music
If you love live music, delicious food and shopping local, then the indoor Hout Bay Market is for you! Open on Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays, it’s the perfect winter weekend activity.
- Mountain biking at Meerendal
Meerendal Wine Estate features stunning mountain bike trails with difficulty levels ranging from beginner to professional. Why not take a cycle and head for a refreshing drink once you’re done?
- Voicemap tour of muizenberg
If heading on a guided tour is not your thing, download the Voicemap app where you can select a voice guide tour. We highly recommend heading on the Muizenberg tour!
- Oranjezicht market
Previously located in the Gardens area is the Oranjezicht City Farm Market, now located at the V&A Waterfront. While you will find stalls from local artisans, the main attraction really is the food!
- Go for a full moon paddle
From March to October only, paddle out to sea to enjoy the moment when the moonrise coincides with the sunset with Kayak Cape Town.
- Learn to surf
Did you know our waves are best in Winter? Even better is the water being slightly warmer than it is in Summer. So, head down to one of Cape Town’s surf schools to learn the tricks of the trade.
- Go to the aquarium
Marvel at all the wonders of the sea at the Two Oceans Aquarium located at the V&A Waterfront.
- Go to the Old Biscuit Mill
Woodstock’s best feature? The Old Biscuit Mill of course. Head down on a Saturday to shop from a plethora of local artisans, listen to some great live music and enjoy some delicious eats.
- Visit the Science Centre
The Science Centre features interactive displays, a fun building site for kids to build houses, puzzles, insights into how gravity works and so much more. Your inquisitive little one will feel right at home here.
- Go see the flowers
Travelers from around the world head to Cape Town from August to September to see the amazing spectacle of millions of wildflowers bloom in the West Coast National Park.
- Hint Hunt
If you enjoy solving riddles and finding ways to escape impossible situations, head down to the Old Biscuit Mill where you will find HintHunt, the latest craze!
- Go rock climbing
A little bit of rain or cold weather shouldn’t stop you from getting active! CityROCK indoor climbing gym in Paarden Eiland is just the place if you’re craving a climb.
- Cave Golf
Located at the V&A Waterfront next door to the Scratch Patch you’ll find an intricate indoor 18-hole putt-putt course!
Have any other exciting winter activities to add to our list? Pop us a comment below!