With some of the most incredible scenery stretching up above the Cape Town City Bowl, it’s hardly surprising that there are some remarkable rooftop bars. Those that don’t have views of the surrounding mountains have remarkable sea or city views, and all have infectious atmospheres that might just have you making one of them your local go-to watering hole.
Walking into Tjing Tjing feels a little bit like stumbling up to your best friend’s epic rooftop loft. There’s a cosy, homely and yet remarkably chic atmosphere to this vibrant little rooftop bar. Drinks range from simple beers to fancy cocktails, and they do light snacks and platters courtesy of the equally impressive restaurant downstairs. The mixed indoors and outdoors rooftop also means that it’s a great option come summer or winter.
165 Longmarket St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 21 422 4374
The Waiting Room is one of Cape Town’s original rooftop bars, and this gritty spot is still one of the best in town. A few small tables and fairy lights set the scene for the idyllic location at the very top of Long Street. The views of the city below and the mountains surrounding you offer the perfect respite from the often lively party taking place on the lower levels of the bar and club.
273 Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 21 422 4536
This laid-back rooftop terrace above the Kloof Street branch of Yours Truly is perhaps the most idyllic location to spend a summer’s afternoon. Views of Table Mountain, reasonably priced beer, chilled live music, acceptable pizza, and some of the city’s most diverse and interesting people make this one of the best rooftop options in Cape Town.
73 Kloof St, Schotsche Kloof, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 21 426 2587
At the top of Cloud 9 Boutique & Spa is one of the better hidden rooftop bars in Cape Town. Cloud 9 Rooftop Bar offers spectacular mountain and city views, and serves up some great cocktails as well. Guests can sit back with sushi platters, drinks and incredible views, and there’s also a plunge pool perfect for hot summer afternoons.
12 Kloof Nek Rd, Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 21 424 1133
It’s hard to imagine a better position for a rooftop bar than that of The Vue, one of the newer rooftop bars on the local scene. It’s an elegant bar on the top floor of the Mirage building in De Waterkant with panoramic views of Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, Signal Hill and even the Waterfront and Table Bay. The venue has both indoor and outdoor options, making it perfect for all weather. It fills up quickly with Capetonians looking to see and be seen, but with the 360 degree views on offer, it’s worth getting a little dressed up and braving the slightly pretentious atmosphere.
40 Chiappini St, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 21 418 3065
Cape Town’s newest and most glamorous hotel at the V&A Waterfront, The Silo, is also home to one of the most remarkable rooftop bars in the country. Built out of a repurposed granary in the working harbour region of the Waterfront, the hotel and bar exude an industrial chic atmosphere. The rooftop bar, on the 11th floor, offers some of the most incredible views of the city, Table Mountain, Robben Island and V&A Waterfront. You’ll need to reserve a spot in advance, and the prices are understandably fairly steep, but given the location it’s a worthwhile treat for anyone in favour of a great rooftop bar.
Silo Square, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 21 670 0500