Most of us tend to associate winter with hibernation, but the city luckily in Cape Town not only is the weather not that bad but there is still so much going on that you would quite frankly be a fool not to be part of it! And even though coffee at cosy cafés and dinner at restaurants with fireplaces are all so inviting. They are not ONLY things you can do in the Mother-City during this time. To help you out a little here are our top 20 things to do in winter in Cape Town and surrounds.
Wine Tasting at Steenberg
On the lookout for a wide range of wine tasting experiences set in a luxurious surrounding? Well, search no more! Steenberg Wine Farm is a contemporary tasting facility open ALL YEAR round. reflective water features set before some of the most remarkable scenery in Cape Town, guests are able to relax and appreciate the natural beauty around them. What could be better than reclining on the couches and tasting the wines of Steenberg, without a care in the world?
Coffee at Truth
Named both The World’s Best and The World’s Coolest coffee shop, Truth Coffee Roasting is located smack bang in the middle of our very own Mother- city. With too cool for school Baristas walking around in their awesome ‘Steam punk’ clobber you just know when entering that you are going to receive a more than just your regular coffee shop visit!
Hosted on the first Thursday of every month, First Thursdays is a free Cape Town event that started with the intention of the fellow creative “to explore the city on foot and experience the cultural wealth this city has to offer” – while drinking lots of WINE!
A Canopy Walk
Take a walk above the treetops of the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on the Boomslang Aerial Walkway, with its gorgeous panoramic views of the mountain. The walkway is one of the Mother City’s most popular attractions. Take a visit and find out why!
Braai Night at the Randy
Come rain or shine our awesome chefs will braai (bbq) just for you. Each and every Wednesday night the Randy Warthog offers this true South African Braai Night, just for you! Not only is the food lekker but it is also the best way to mingle with other fellow backpackers.
Shopping and Live Music
During the weekend Bay Harbour Market becomes alive with people of all ages and cultures gathering alongside one another to celebrate the markets unique festival spirit. Here you are able to not only enjoy a shop around the markets unique and vibrant stalls but you are able to enjoy the whole experience with some live music. The township guitarists and too cool for school sax players certainly help in keeping a relaxed atmosphere amongst the eager market-goers.
Step Back in Time and Watch a Movie
The Labia is an independent 4-screen arthouse cinema that shows a variety of classic and mainstream films. However unlike your modern day cinema, this independent movie house really does ooze plenty of old school charm. Oh, and did we mention that this cinema has a fully stocked bar? Yep, you can wash down your popcorn with a vodka slush puppy or if you are feeling a little more sophisticated you may opt for a bottle or two of wine to accompany your movie.
Catch a show at the Rockwell Dinner Theatre
This award-winning show will transport international and local guests of all ages into the vibrant world of District Six, through the adventures of the Kleintjies family. Written and directed by Basil Appollis ‘Kaapse Stories’ gives you an inspiring insight into the “rainbow nation” of Cape Town.
Throw out some belly laughs at the Cape Town Comedy Store
Cape Town’s finest dedicated comedy joint is sure to give you the giggles with some of the sharpest comedians in the business! Conveniently located at the V&A Waterfront, this comedy club makes for a great, uplifting night out.
High Tea at Cape Grace
Who doesn’t love a high tea? Cake and warm drinks go well with the colder days. The Cape Grace Hotel offers one of the best high tea experiences in Cape Town.
Visit Oranjezicht City Farm
This awesome Saturday market, located in Granger Bay at the V&A Waterfront, is just a short walk from the hostel. It is a fantastic initiative that supports and encourages urban farming. But this market is not only a great place to stock up on juicy fruits and vegetables, it is also a well worth visit for brunch. With rustic haystacks to perch on and yummy foods left, right and center – this is the perfect place to get rid of that hangoever that is still looming from Friday night!
Step on and step off the iconic Cape Town Red Busses to feast on the sights and sounds of the city. There are 17 bus stops in a circular route around the city with a route duration of approximately 2 hours.
Cabaret with Cathy & her Trolly Dollies
Being greeted by Cathy Specific, a busty 7 foot, platinum blonde drag queen, this is an experience that you certainly won’t forget and for many is reason enough to return! Gate69 is one of South Africa’s top Cabaret theatres and makes for a fantastic night out.
Go for a Walk in Green Point Park
Green Point Urban Park is a little piece of paradise in the middle of the Mother City that would be criminal for you not visit during your never@home stay – especially as it a mere stone’s throw from the hostel.
Beer Pong at the Randy
Each Friday at the hostel we offer our guests a fun filled night of beer pong at our bar the Randy Warthog. We think this is the best way to kick start your weekend in the Mother-City!
Wave at a whale while it waves its tail at you! Get close enough for a spray from the blowhole or watch these majestic creatures leisurely from the coast during whale watching’s best season. Whats more, around the month of June, a number of magnificent whale species migrate to the coast of the seaside town Hermanus to breed and stay here for a few months. Why not combine whale watching with a spot of wine tasting with Wine Flies!
Visit iKhaya Le Themba
iKhaya Le Themba is a community project that we are very proud to help support and be part of. They provide holistic care to children and families made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS and other difficult life circumstances. The children of iKhaya love visitors and we strongly recommend that you visit these incredible kids during your Cape Town stay.
Shark Cage Diving
Shark Cage Diving is truly one of the most breath-taking adventure activities you will ever live to remember. A personal, eye-to-eye encounter with this awesome animal, is guaranteed to get you off the sofa during the winter.
Dine at the Harbour House
Perched on the rocks above Kalk Bay’s working harbour, this restaurant allows visitors a cosy dining experience alongside the extravagance of exquisite. If you visit on a day when the waves are particularly large they will come crashing at your window! What’s more, this Cape Peninsula restaurant is also famed for its fish ‘n’ chips a perfect warming meal for those cooler days.