Cape Town winters are alive with possibilities!
The Mother City offers a host of experiences and activities to warm up the wet winter months. Enjoy Cape Town’s winter days, free of queues, crowds and congestion. The city is alive with indoor attractions and cosy eateries, so venture out this winter and relish all that Cape Town has to offer.
Winter wining and dining
The Mother City is the gateway to the Cape Winelands. The wine estates of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl and Constantia are a short drive away, and offer cosy locations from which to enjoy the rainy Cape weather. Spend leisurely afternoons and evenings in fire-lit restaurants, enjoying meals accompanied by local red wines, or visit cellars for fireside tastings.
Many of Cape Town’s restaurants treat their patrons to winter-warmer specials. This tradition ushers in the annual creation of new winter menus, offering warm soup selections, hearty dishes and familiar winter favourites. Multiple-course set menus are offered at many fine dining establishments, offering sumptuous meals at pocket-friendly prices. Browse the Internet for restaurant specials and winter discounts.
Shopping is a sure-fire way to ward off the winter blues. Cape Town offers a host of shopping centres including the V&A Waterfront, Cavendish Square, Canal Walk and Cape Quarter. One of South Africa’s premier shopping destinations, Cape Town offers world-class shopping malls and a fine selection of local and international fashion.
While away winter days in these activity-filled centres, equipped with cinemas, restaurants, salons, entertainment for the whole family, exclusive stores and more.
Cape Town offers world-class theatrical performances at a host of venues, including the Artscape, Baxter and Masque Theatres and Theatre on the Bay. Choose from a selection of mainstream or unconventional entertainment to warm up your winter nights. From comedy shows to theatrical productions and ballets, the winter entertainment line-up offers something for every preference.
Cape Town’s city centre is home to a wealth of museums, art galleries and a planetarium. Escape the winter chill – visit these indoor venues and gain insight into Cape Town’s diverse culture and heritage.
Indulge in health spa experiences
Cape Town has a plethora of exclusive health spas that offer tempting treatments to keep you warm during the winter months. Enjoy body wraps, infrared therapy, heated relaxation pools, saunas, Jacuzzis, hot stone therapy or a fireside massage for your well-deserved dose of winter indulgence. Many of Cape Town’s spas offer specialised winter packages and great discounts.
Kirstenbosch winter concerts
Enjoy live music and a vibrant atmosphere at the Silvertree Restaurant, host to the winter leg of Kirstenbosch music concerts. A programme of live local music acts can be viewed in the warmth and comfort of the restaurant, surrounded by the exquisite botanical gardens. Relax and enjoy a tasty meal and the sounds of local talent in the scenic Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Two Oceans Aquarium
One of Cape Town’s top attractions, the Two Oceans Aquarium is year-round destination for young and old. Winter is the ideal time to visit the popular Two Oceans Aquarium. View aquatic life without the crowds and enjoy the reduced winter prices. This family-friendly venue exhibits over 3,000 marine creatures from the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. Visit South Africa’s largest aquarium this winter for an indoor oceanic exploration.
The Ice Station
Visit Grandwest Entertainment World for authentic winter experiences. The Ice Station is one of South Africa’s premier ice rinks and offers a host of fun-filled activities for the whole family. Experienced and novice skaters can visit the rink and enjoy the festive atmosphere on the ice. Watch ice hockey games or figure-skating competitions. Look out for the Ice Station’s exciting programme of events.