This weeks Hidden Gem will allow you to enjoy a unique movie experience overlooking Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain, the Cape Wheel and the famous V&A Waterfront. What makes this gem even more special is the fact that it is situated within an easy 10 min walk from the hostel each and every Thursday. Few things sound better than a movie under the stars and Galileo Open Air Cinema provides the perfect summer activity (provided the weather behaves).

The Experience

The Galileo Open Air Cinema sets up on a few different venues but the one we are mostly excited about is the one that happens right under never@home’s nose. Situated on the Croquet Lawn above Ulundi parking lot at the V&A Waterfront in the Mother city, we think the location is perfect. Whether you take a group of buddies or go solo, there are always plenty of old school movies for you to put your feet up and enjoy. Throw in popcorn, picnics and a stunning location, and we think these screenings definitely trump showings in a regular four-walled theatre.

The doors will be open from 6pm. We recommend getting there early to secure a comfy spot (it can get busy). Then the movie will typically start somewhere between 7:30pm and 8:15pm. Backrests and blackets are available for hire at the venue. To ensure a comfortable movie we think that purchasing a backrest is is a must. After all you will be relaxing in the same spot for quite some time.

Though you can bring your own food to Galileo, there is always a selection of eats from renowned vendors. You can rest assure that there will be popcorn because watching a movie without munching away on popcorn is basically a sin. The on site bar will be on hand to quench any thirst (beer and wine are available). But why not save a few bucks and bring your own – As this venue allows you to, so why not take advantage!

Location, Location, Location


Croquet Lawn,
Dock Road,
V&A Waterfront,
Cape Town

2017 Schedule at the V&A

05 JAN 20:30 Lord Of The Flies

12 JAN 20:30 The Matrix Reloaded

19 JAN 20:30 (500) Days Of Summer

26 JAN 20:15 Birdman

02 FEB 20:15 The Armstrong Lie

09 FEB 20:00 10 Things I Hate About You

16 FEB 20:00 Valkyrie

23 FEB 20:00 Office Space

02 MAR 19:45 The Wizard Of Oz

09 MAR 19:45 Gone Girl

16 MAR 19:45 Frida

23 MAR 19:45 The Sound Of Music

30 MAR 19:45 Star Wars: The Force Awakens

06 APR 19:45 The Persuit of Happyness

13 APR 19:30 Breakfast At Tiffany’s

20 APR 19:30 Her

27 APR 19:30 American Sniper


Tickets are available HERE.

Do note that if a show sells out online, no tickets will be available at the door. Space is limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Top Tips

Even in the heat of the Summer, once the sun has gone down it can get chilly. Make sure you dress accordingly and take an extra layer or two.

There are food stalls at the venue but if you’re backpacking on a tight budget you can always pack your own.

Don’t forget to pack a few cold ones HOWEVER please note that if you choose one of the other Galileo venues no alcohol of any kind is allowed at the wine estates, including Hillcrest Quarry. Bags will be checked at the door.

Why not make a day of it at the V&A Waterfront by combining shopping, entertainment and outdoor movie magic in one