Sometimes we pick our adventures based on how close we want to be to the ocean’s hum, the forest’s floor or the city’s hive of life and booming skyscrapers. But what about a seat in the sky? The spots that have one feeling high on life? Luckily for those of us who happen to be in Cape Town, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to rooftop locations.
Rooftop Guide Cape Town
Gigi Rooftop Bar
If jungle lavish graced with blossoms of cocktails sounds like your kind of Saturday night, Sunday afternoon or weekday treat (we wouldn’t blame you for leaving the hustle for this little haven), then the Gorgeous George hotel’s Gigi Rooftop Bar should absolutely be your next aesthetic pick. Situated in the beating heart of the city, Gigi’s is a hum of serenity. The views of the city will have you indulging in deliciously awe-filled adjectives, and the bar menu will have you winking at the wait staff as you decide to treat yourself to just one more beverage. Perfect for an evening adventure with your tribe, or an afternoon rendezvous by the pool when you feel like letting your inner-rich aunt come out – Gigi’s is a rooftop bar experience must.
- Spot: 118 St Georges Mall, Cape Town City
- Instagram pique:@gorgeousgeorgecpt
There isn’t just ‘chill’ in chinchilla without reason. Will you spot the adorable critters downing tequilas at this coastal gem? Probably not – but what you will be able to feast your eyes upon are views from the top. Camps Bay’s kingdom is gorgeous from any glance – but especially from Chinchilla’s perch. The rooftop favourite was named one of the best in the entire world, sitting with Barcelona and LA’s finest after all. Watch the ocean blues merge with sunset hues as you sail through an experience of chill in the most vibrant way – and enjoy a cocktail or several from either the main menu or the secret one.
Spot:Victoria Rd Shop 120, Second Floor, The Promenade, Camps Bay, Cape Town
Instagram pique: @chinchillacpt
3. The Wolf House
If you’re in the mood for a city spot that oozes a quirky essence with food fit for a pack of literal wolves, then Wolfhouse has to be on your rooftop bar escapade. With Table Mountain at your centre gaze, you’ll enjoy a front-row seat of the clouds having dinner at her seating, as you enjoy a night embellished in youth and vibrance. From the glow of neon signs to the array of rainbow lights, and not to mention the adorable rooftop bar hut that waits eagerly to hear your next cocktail order – Wolfhouse is the ideal spot for anyone looking to relish in the fun side of Cape Town. Additionally, their food is feast-worthy.
Spot: 62 Kloof St, Gardens, Cape Town
Instagram Pique: @thewolfhouseza
4.The Silo Roofto Bar
If living lavish, or at least a taste of the high life sounds like your kind of setting, the Silo Hotel’s roof bar is a must. Live out your rich aunt fantasy as you enjoy an atmosphere of sophistication, and views that will compete with your actual rich aunt’s latest vacation head-on. The harbour or the city? We say ahoy with our pinkies in the air. In this setting, wine should definitely be your partner for the evening and you can pair their incredible collection of the viño with everything from flatbread selections to poké bowls and oysters.
Now if you want to reach for the stars even further, aboard the upper-level ky terrace where the infinity pool lies and the Willaston bar awaits those willing to treat themselves to a guest-stay.
Spot: Silo Square, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
5. Up Yours, Yours Truly
If you’d like to order a tall glass of young city energy, interwoven with an atmosphere of just being yourself, then Yours Truly is waiting for you, your best friend and the interesting stranger you encountered whilst bar hopping. Situated above a backpacker’s lodge, YT overlooks Kloof Street from the eyes of people who understand that living your best life really only happens when you’re dressed in authenticity. Bonus: If you’re looking for hip-hop in Cape Town, YT has it on lock.
In the day time, YT is always ready to have you and your coffee-date over, and if day turns tonight exchange that cappachino for a sneaky cocktail and pizza treats.
Spot: 73 Kloof St, Schotsche Kloof
Instagram pique: @yourstrulycafe
6. Mountain Club/ Cloud 9
If a double-level restaurant and bar that boasts a plunge pool, surrounded by amazing 360-degree views of the city sounds like a ‘sign-me-up’! then get ready to go on a bar-hopping adventure to the Mountain Club at Boutique Hotel, Cloud 9.
The couches will have you not only soaking up the sun, but drowning in it gorgeously as you relish in another tropical cocktail and feel like you’re on the vacation you skipped thanks to the pandemic.
If you’re feeling peckish as if you’d just hiked an actual mountain and are sitting at the top – their menu includes everything from BBQ teriyaki wings, vegan chickpea arancini, to a full sushi menu.
Spot: 12 Kloof Nek Rd, Tamboerskloof
Instagram pique: @themountainclubcloud9
7. 14 Stories Rooftop Bar
In the heart of Cape Town in the City Bowl’s SunSquare lies a story, or 14 rather, in the collection of a gorgeous rooftop bar. If you’re looking for the perfect spot for city sundowners with bistro essence, 14 Stories understands your assignment. As an added treat, they have a swimming pool enclosed in glass walls where you can quite literally swim amongst the sunset.
Spot: 23 Buitengracht St, Cape Town City Centre