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Special and hidden rooftop bars in the city
10+ bars and lounges from Claremont to Camps Bay
Last updated: Tuesday, 10 October 2023
The best way to see Cape Town’s beaches and mountains is with a drink in hand. If you're looking for the best places for a late night, here are some of the top rooftop bars in and around the city from, Claremont to Camps Bay.
TAKE ME TO THE NINES
On the ninth floor of Station House in Sea Point you’ll find The Nines. It has floor to ceiling glass windows, with views of Lions Head, so you can see Sea Point like you haven’t before. Try the Porcini and Black Truffle Cappelletti made from fresh black truffle, parmesan and cream or their 48 hour roasted ragu short rib. Plus taste a masterpiece cocktail made special by an in-house mixologist.
Hours: Daily, 12pm to 11pm
Must try: With Love from Barbados (Bumbu Aged Rum, Apple Pie Moonshine, Spiced Apple and Berry Infusion & Lemon)
19 Kloof Road | Sea Point | @thenines | Image: The Nines
GRAB A DRINK, GORGEOUS
Found at the top of the Gorgeous George Hotel, Gigi Rooftop presents a chic feel. From the hanging plants to the old library feel indoor seating where you can grab drinks made by the in-house mixologist. For a light bite try the Baked Dalewood Camembert, or their Preserved Lemon Risotto made from Montague asparagus, sugar snap peas and dalewood feta. Plus, take a picture next to the huge “Gorgeous” sign for an Instagram moment.
Hours: Daily, 7am to 10am; 12pm to 11pm
Must try: Olive & Ivory (KWV Cruxland Gin, Olive brine & Cacao)
118 St Georges Mall | Cape Town | @gigirooftop | Image: Gigi Rooftop
LOUNGE BY THE SEA
Baptiste Rooftop, situated on The Marly Hotel, has a relaxed atmosphere with the lounge, pool and views of Camps Bay Promenade. There’s salt and pepper squid and a sharing platter available. Good to know: There is a minimum spend and non-hotel guests are not permitted in the pool area.
Hours: Monday - Thursday, Saturday - Sunday, 12pm to 8pm; Friday, 4pm to 8pm
Must try: Guava Whiskey Sour (Bourbon, Pear, Guava, Lemon Juice & Egg White)
Rooftop of The Marly Hotel | Camps Bay | @baptisterooftop | Image: Baptiste Rooftop Pool, Bar & Lounge
LITTLE PIECE OF JAPAN
Tjing Tjing provides Japanese street food and fine dining over two floors. There’s dark red and wood interiors, matched with a lounge-style seating area. On the rooftop you can expect flavourful bites such as steamed buns, gyoza, ramen, bento and so much more. Pair your food with a unique cocktail like a Seven Samurai Umami made with hakutsuru sake, shimeji, sesame, thyme, mango, lemon and rosemary.
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 12pm to 1am
Must try: Tokyo Rose (Aperol, Choya Umeshu, Simonsig Brut MCC, Orange, Baobab & Strawberry)
165 Longmarket Street | Cape Town | @tjingtjinghouse | Image: Tjing Tjing House
HIDDEN GEM IN THE SOUTHERN SUBURBS
Home of the Barking Dog craft beer, this eatery offers burgers, pizzas, curries, risottos and more for you to indulge in while you take in the open air rooftop space with amazing views of Table Mountain. Plus, go for their quiz nights or watch a sports game. The food and views are worth a trip to Oblivion Bar & Kitchen.
Hours: Monday - Friday, 7.30am to 11pm; Saturday - Sunday, 8am to 11pm
Must try: Oblivion Blue (4 White Spirits, Blue Curacao, Passion Fruit Purée & Lime Juice)
22 Chichester Road | Claremont | @oblivion_capetown | Image: Oblivion Bar & Kitchen
SIP IN STYLE AT UTOPIA
This elevated fine dining experience has 360 degree views of the city. From their tasting menu to the specialty drinks, Utopia is a great place to host your next special occasion or just grab dinner and drinks with your friends. The five course tasting menu includes red thai curry line fish and espresso baked yoghurt, and for a drink taste a Peaches & Cream, made from Skyy Peach Infusion, peach puree and fresh cream.
Hours: Monday - Saturday, 12pm to 11pm
Must try: Sgroppino (Skyy Citrus Infusion, Limoncello, Lemon Sorbet & Cinzano To Spritz)
15th floor | 40 Chiappini Street | Cape Town | @utopiacapetown | Image: Utopia Cape Town
GROOVE TILL 2AM AT THIS ROOFTOP TERRACE
Allure in de Waterkant is a hub for social events and has live DJ performances. This spot is great for afternoon sundowners or late night parties, with both an indoor and outdoor setting. The menu offers a wide range for both food and drinks, including corn ribs, bobotie spring rolls and a mango mint mojito. From the food to the drinks and shisha, there’s loads to enjoy at Allure Rooftop.
Hours: Daily, 1pm to 2am
Must try: Godfather (Jack Daniels, Amaretto & Citrus)
71 Waterkant Street | Cape Town | @allurerooftop | Image: Allure Rooftop Lounge
SEE THE CITY SIGHTS FROM THE 14TH FLOOR
Located in the SunSquare City Bowl hotel, 14 Stories has stunning views of Signal Hill and Table Mountain doubling as both a rooftop bar and an indoor lounge. It’s a great place for an evening sundowner with cocktails and if you’re feeling peckish taste a braaibroodjie. Or book a stay at the hotel where you can take a dip in the pool.
Hours: Daily, 4pm to 10pm
Must try: Number 14 (Gin, Grapefruit, Elderflower Syrup, Triple Sec & Pink Tonic)
23 Buitengracht Street | Cape Town | 14Stories Rooftop Bar | Image: Southern Sun Hotels
SEXY SUNSET AND INTERNATIONAL DJS
The sleek and sexy rooftop cafe and bar at Chinchilla is a hot addition to Camps Bay’s strip of sundowner spots. The beach is right across the road, so you’ll always feel like you’re on holiday. If you’re looking for a snack, try the white wine mussels. A rotation of local and international DJs are also hosted to always keep you in the party mood. Two resident DJs include American Tess Prins and Charles Webster from the United Kingdom.
Hours: Wednesday - Friday, 4pm to 11pm; Saturday - Sunday, 12pm to 11pm
Must-try: Samurai Sour (Suntory Toki Japanese Whisky, Raspberry Pureé, Yuzu, Egg White & Bitters)
Second Floor | The Promenade | Victoria Road | Camps Bay | @chinchillacpt | Image: Chinchilla
CINEMA, TRAILERS AND STUNNING VIEWS
Grab a snack from the food truck downstairs then head up to Sky Bar, the rooftop terrace bar at The Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel where you can try fish and chips in a cone. If this venue wasn’t already cool enough, you’ll also find their Pink Flamingo Rooftop Cinema, where you’ll find classics like Grease and The Lion King playing, and it shares the space with a rooftop airstream trailer park.
Hours: Daily, 12pm to 8:30pm
Must-try: Trailer Park Happiness (Gin, Vodka, Raspberry Pureé, Lemon Juice And Lemonade Or Soda Water.)
38 Long Street | Cape Town | @granddaddyboutiquehotel | Image: Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel
By Sarah Williams
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