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Shisha lounges: Local favourites + new on the block
From Wynberg to Khayelitsha, everything from bottomless hubbly + Syrian cuisine
Last updated: 17 March 2023
The history of hookah is as old as time. Shisha lounges have always been part of Cape Town nightlife culture, they have just become even more popular. There’s an array of shisha lounges all over Cape Town, from Khayelitsha to the city centre. Everything from rooftop bars, authentic Syrian restaurants and even lounges that have been around since the 90s. Here are 7 of the oldest, newest and favourite shisha lounges in Cape Town.
CHILL ON A ROOFTOP LOUNGE
This elevated urban terrace is the place to be for a night out. Allure Rooftop Bar is a great spot for loungey lunches, sunset drinks and late night indulgence (the kitchen is open till 2am). It has a killer view of the city centre and a variety of hookah flavours to choose from. Plus, there’s DJs, live events, and free parking for guests.
Opening hours: Daily, 1pm - 2am
71 Waterkant Street | Cape Town City Centre | 021 569 9092 | @allurerooftop | Image: Allure Rooftop Bar
GET BOTTOMLESS HUBBLY + BUBBLY
There’s nothing like a chilled Sunday afternoon with music, bubbly and friends. This sunset and lifestyle bar in Khayelitsha offers bottomless shisha and MCC every Sunday from 4pm till 7pm. Bring your friends and enjoy a slow end to your weekend with live DJs, chilled outdoor seating and unlimited hubbly, bubbly and a cheese board at Seek.
Opening hours: Thursdays to Sundays; 12.30pm - 11pm
Nkenjane Street 34 | Khayelitsha | @seekcpt | Image: Seek
ENJOY A FULL SYRIAN EXPERIENCE
Immerse yourself in a truly Middle Eastern experience with Arabic shawarmas and Syrian coffee. Named after one of the oldest cities in the world, Damascus Middle Eastern Cuisine is a charming hidden gem in Sea Point with a relaxed shisha lounge. The hookah pipes range from standard to deluxe and fruit, with popular flavours like watermelon, double apple, grape and seven more. Coals are topped up as needed.
Opening hours: Mon – Thur, 11am to 11pm; Fri, 2pm - 11pm; Sat – Sun, 9am - 11pm
307 Main Road | Sea Point | 081 757 3148 | @damascus_ct | Image: Damascus
HOOK UP IN THE SOUTHERN SUBURBS
Get gourmet milkshakes, sandwiches and steaks while smoking shisha at this fully halaal lounge. The Hookup Lounge is in the heart of Wynberg and a great spot to catch up with friends. There’s weekly buy-one-get–one-free pizza specials and some burger and waffle specials. All the usual flavours are available, from apple to cherry, and you can mix the flavours per request.
Opening hours: Mon - Thur, 11am - 10pm; Fri, 2 - 11pm; Sat, 11am - 11pm; Sun 11am - 9pm
121 Ottery Road | Wynberg | 021 768 0334 | @the_hook_up_lounge | Image: The Hookup Lounge
DAZZLE YOUR FRIENDS WITH A STYLISH LOUNGE
This lounge is inspired by the 4 000 year-old heritage of black royalty. Emperor’s Lounge, on Long Street, serves Western cuisine with an African twist and is decorated with black and gold decor. Don’t miss the promo bucket with a classic hookah, a meat platter for two and a bucket of beers.
Opening hours: Daily, 1pm to 2am
230 Long Street | Cape Town City Centre | 081 241 4286 | @emperors_lounge | Image: Emperor’s Lounge
WATCH THE BIG GAME WHILE YOU PUFF
Cafe Extrablatt in Green Point has 3-hour happy hours daily and a vibey balcony overlooking Main Road, making it a great, and affordable, spot for a regular after-work hangout. There’s loads of seating at the shisha lounge, located on the top floor of the Exhibition Building, with a couple of TVs playing all the big sport games. Rent hookah pipes and get flavours like watermelon, mint cream, cherry and more. There’s also daily specials at Cafe Extrablatt.
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday, 9am - 1am; Fridays + Saturdays, 9am - 2am
Exhibition Building | Green Point | 021 434 3759 | @extrablatt_cpt | Image: Café Extrablatt
GO TO AN OG HOOKAH LOUNGE
Taste traditional Kurdish cuisine in Cape Town’s vibrant Green Market Square. Mesopotamia has been around since the 90s, and offers a variety of entertainment including belly dancers, comedy shows and more. There’s outside seating on a terrace overlooking the city and a cosy lounge inside. Shisha is available in the restaurant and is often served as a finale to your meal. You can smoke inside and outside.
Opening hours: Daily, 9am - 11.30pm
36 Burg St, Cape Town City Centre | 021 424 4664 | @mesopotamia_kurdish_restaurant | Image: Mesopotamia
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