The 15 Best Rooftop Bars in Cape Town

The 15 Best Rooftop Bars in Cape Town Baptiste Rooftop Bar & Lounge at The Marly Hotel

Drink in some of the best views in the Mother City.

When the golden hour strikes, it’s rooftop time in the Mother City!  Perched high above the traffic-infested streets and crowded divebars, these sky-high watering holes provide vertical respite from the sweltering chaos below, offering fresh air, stellar views, a lively atmosphere, and a selection of crafty cocktails to boot.

Which are your favourite? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Baptiste Rooftop Pool, Bar & Lounge

Rooftop Bars Cape Town: Baptiste

Boasting what are arguably the best ocean and mountain views in the city, this sun-soaked rooftop bar – at the Marly Boutique Hotel & Spa in Camps Bay – is an absolute must (when the dreaded southeaster is at bay). The deck is split into two areas: one for hotel and spa guests, and one for the general public. So make yourself at home as you work your way through the utterly delicious cocktail and snack menu, while soaking up the views of the Atlantic Ocean and the iconic Twelve Apostles mountain range.
Please note Pool use is for hotel and spa guests only.
Opening timesMonday – Sunday, 12pm – 8pm (weather-permitting)
Contact 021 286 5076, manager@baptisterooftop.co.za
Where to find it 201 The Promenade, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town
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Gigi Rooftop Bar

Rooftop Bars Cape Town: Gigi

Situated on the rooftop of the super-cool Gorgeous George Hotel (one of 300 privately owned hotels in the Design Hotels global stable), this chic 100-seater watering hole has been exquisitely decorated by a curated selection of the city’s hottest design talents, who’ve added their creative mark to the heritage building.
Outside, an emerald-green glass-panelled swimming pool, and views of whitewashed heritage buildings, give the pool deck a slick design edge, but the vibe here is oh so easy, with lots of noise and chatter.
In-house mixologist Leighton Rathbone creates wild, tropical-inspired cocktails and there’s also a delicious array of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options if you’re feeling peckish.
Opening times Bar: Monday – Sunday, 12pm – close
Restaurant: Monday – Sunday, 7am – close
Contact 021 612 0999, hello@gorgeousgeorge.co.za
Where to find it 118 St George’s Mall, Cape Town
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The Silo Rooftop

Rooftop Bars Cape Town: The Silo

There are views of Cape Town, and then there are views of Cape Town… the latter of which you’ll find on the top floor of the Thomas Heatherwick-designed Silo Hotel: mind-blowingly epic. Order a delicious cocktail to go with your fresh poké bowl, sharing platter, crudité and oysters, or oven-baked man’oushe (baked flatbread), and drink in the urban panoramas.
Good to know If you’re not staying at the hotel, you’ll need to phone and book.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 7pm
Contact 021 670 0511, dining@thesilohotel.com
Where to find it The Silo Hotel, Silo Square, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar

Rooftop Bars Cape Town: Tjing Tjing
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On the top floor of a three-storey Japanese emporium on Longmarket Street, Tjing Tjing’s Rooftop is the ideal spot to kick off a special night out. Whether you sit inside or on the view-drenched deck, you are pretty much poised for an evening of pleasure, with some of the best cocktails in the city, delectable dishes and an up-to-the-minute electronic-indie playlist that’ll have you toe-tapping till  curfew strikes. Located in a Cape Dutch-inspired attic, with wooden mansards, the hotspot recently underwent a swish refurb – a fitting way to celebrate 10 years in operation!
Good to know The bar doesn’t take bookings – seating is on a first-come-first-served basis – and it is available for private functions. On the first floor is Momiji, a reservations-only restaurant, while Tjing Tjing Torii on the ground floor serves sensational Japanese street food.
Opening times Tuesday – Friday, 4pm – 11pm
Saturday, 2pm – 11pm
Contact 021 422 4920/4374, info@tjingtjing.co.za
Where to find it 165 Longmarket Street, Cape Town

RED Roof at Radisson Red

Rooftop Bars Cape Town: RED Roof at Radisson Red

No hotel is complete without a good bar – not one of those stuffy places where suits gather –  we’re talking about a red-hot venue where some of the coolest gatherings go down! It’s called the RED Roof bar – and it sits atop the Radisson RED Hotel in the trendy and buzzed-about Silo District. More than just a bar, this rooftop sun terrace and pool deck boasts killer views – of the sea and Table Mountain – making it the perfect place for sunset cocktails.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 10.30am – 11pm
Saturday & Sunday,  9am – 11pm
Contact 087 086 1578, baxter@radissonred.com
Where to find it Radisson RED Hotel, Silo 6, South Arm Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Rick’s Café Americain

Rooftop Bars Cape Town: Rick’s Café Americain

Taking inspiration from the piano bar in the classic movie Casablanca, this popular spot (previously located just off Kloof Street) is now closer to the main buzz. The vibey rooftop deck offers untainted views of Table Mountain that visitors can enjoy from a comfy couch or one of the tables. Tasty grub, an extensive drinks list and the same festive atmosphere it’s always been known for make it  a fab spot for a night out.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 11am – 11pm
Contact 021 822 1100, info@rickscafe.co.za 
Where to find it 103, corner of Kloof Street and Weltevreden Street, Gardens, Cape Town
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Chinchilla

Rooftop Bars Cape Town: Chinchilla

This cool and contemporary rooftop bar on the Camps Bay strip is another one from Kove Collection, whose ever-expanding portfolio of restaurants and bars includes Baptiste (see above) SurfShack, Bilboa, Lily’s, Blanko, Paranga, Incognito, La Belle, and Bobo’s, to name a few. With killer views of the ocean a stone’s throw away, it’s the ideal place to while away the hours sipping on gloriously refreshing cocktails to a soundtrack of slick beats. A menu of seaside café classics means that you can stay for a light dinner, too…
Insider tip On Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons, resident DJs will take you on a musical journey, as they spin cool tunes from 5pm to 9pm.
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 4pm – 11pm
Contact 021 286 5075, managers@chinchillarooftop.co.za
Where to find it Shop 120, Second Floor, The Promenade Building, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town
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Sky Bar at The Grey Boutique Hotel

Rooftop Bars Cape Town: Sky Bar at The Grey Boutique Hotel

Conveniently located on top of The Grey Boutique Hotel, The Skybar is a comfortable yet sophisticated space boasting panoramic views of the mountain and the city. The fact that it’s a stone’s throw from The Piano Bar, one of our favourites for delicious food and live jazz, makes it a handy choice for pre- or post-dinner cocktails.
Good to know Osteria Tarantino is around the corner, if you’re looking for moreish Italian in the area.
Please note For tables bigger than 12 people, booking is required.
Opening times Wednesday – Saturday, 12pm – 9.30pm
Sunday, 11am – 9.30pm
Contact 021 418 1096, bookings@thepianobar.co.za
Where to find it The Grey Boutique Hotel, 49 Napier Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town

The Mountain Club at Cloud 9

Rooftop Bars Cape Town: The Mountain Club at Cloud 9

On one of the hottest corners in Cape Town, you’ll find at the Cloud 9 boutique hotel, home to a recently revamped rooftop bar dubbed The Mountain Club (one look at the views and you’ll understand why). With jaw-dropping 360-degree panoramas of Cape Town, a sparkling blue plunge pool, a second (heated) pool, sun loungers and an utterly Instagrammable shot of Table Mountain, it’s the perfect setting to enjoy refreshing cocktails and a scrumptious bite to eat.
Good to know Both pools are available to outside guests who spend at least R200 per person (enquire about the tapas-and-bubbly special: R450 for two people). The venue can be hired for private functions, shoots and pop-up events.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 1pm – 11pm; Sunday, 1pm – 10pm
Contact 021 424 1133, stay@hotelcloud9.com
Where to find it Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel & Spa, 12 Kloof Nek Road, Gardens, Cape Town

Up Yours at Yours Truly Café

Rooftop Bars Cape Town: Up Yours at Yours Truly

Buzzy Kloof Street has no shortage of cool venues, but this one takes things to another level (pun intended). Situated next to a backpackers’ lodge, it’s a popular hangout for locals, international visitors and those who enjoy sizzling summer beats. Downstairs is a café that serves coffee, gourmet sandwiches and tasty pizzas.
Good to know The bar does not take reservations on weekends (reservations can only be made from Monday to Thursday). From 5pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, a DJ keeps things hopping.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 3pm – 10pm
Contact 021 426 2587, info@yourstrulycafe.co.za
Where to find it Yours Truly Café and Bar, 73 Kloof Street, Cape Town

Utopia – Dining Elevated

Rooftop Bars Cape Town: Utopia Dining Elevated

Perched on the top floor of The Capital Mirage in De Waterkant, this sky-high rooftop bar and restaurant boasts spectacular views – over Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and Bo-Kaap toward the sparkling ocean beyond. The heavenly array of curated cocktails, lip-smacking lunch, dinner and small-plates options and ongoing specials, will leave you feeling utopic.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 11pm
Contact 021 418 3065, info@utopiacapetown.co.za
Booking is essential.
Where to find it 15th Floor, 40 Chiappini Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town

The Ghibli Bar and Pool Terrace

Rooftop Bars Cape Town: The Ghibli Bar and Pool Terrace

With stunning urban panoramas, plush decor, and inviting sun loungers, The Ghibli Bar and Pool Terrace at the Radisson Blu Hotel and Residence is every cocktail-lover’s dream. Chaise longues surround the sparkling pool, creating the perfect summertime invitation to arrive, recline, and sip exotic cocktails, while nibbling on delicious snacks. And on the weekends, listen to the chilled live beats as the sun sets.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 11am – 11pm
Good to know The lunch service runs daily from 12pm to 4pm, while the dinner service runs daily from 4pm to 10.30pm.
Contact 021 467 4000, info.capetown.residence@radissonblu.com
Where to find it Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, 22 Riebeek Street, Cape Town

The Sky Bar at The Grand Daddy Hotel

Rooftop Bars Cape Town: The Sky Bar at The Grand Daddy Hotel

The refurbished 1895 Grand Daddy Hotel on Long Street was one of the first rooftop bars to open in Cape Town. Situated among the vintage Airstream trailers (which double as hotel rooms), The Sky Bar has a kind of otherworldly feel – a cool space where you can enjoy delicious drinks and amazing views. And since the installation of a permanent tented roof, not even the southeaster will put a dampener on your plans.
Good to know The rooftop can be booked for private events and movie screenings.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 9pm
Contact 021 207 8888, info@granddaddy.co.za
Where to find it The Grand Daddy Hotel, 38 Long Street, Cape Town

14 Stories Rooftop Bar at SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl Hotel

Rooftop Bars Cape Town: 14 Stories Rooftop Bar at SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl Hotel

Towering above the city centre, this beautifully decked out rooftop bar on the 14th floor of the SunSquare hotel is a cool place to soak up the last rays, while enjoying finger food, tasty cocktails and stunning mountain and sea views.
Please note The pool is, sadly, only for the use of hotel guests. But visitors are welcome to make use of all other rooftop areas and, of course, take full advantage of the drinks and snacks on offer.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 4pm – 9pm
Contact 021 492 9999, SunSquareCityBowl.Reservations@tsogosun.com
Where to find it SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl, 23 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town City Centre

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The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 27 October 2021

11 Responses to “The 15 Best Rooftop Bars in Cape Town”

  1. Alex

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    • The Inside Guide

      Hi Alex,

      Which rooftop bar are you referring to?

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  2. SAKEENAH

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    • The Inside Guide

      Hi Sakeenah,
      which rooftop bar are you referring to? Feel free to let us know so that we can put you in touch.

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  3. Asheeq fisher

    Hi guys I would like too know more about your venues pls

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    • The Inside Guide

      Hi Asheeq,
      Which rooftop bar are you interested in?

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  4. LUTFIYYA

    I love sky roof top places

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  5. Carmen

    I visited and loved everything about it

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  6. Annaline

    Excellent

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  7. Rosalindbrent

    Are bookings been taken from mid December 2021?
    Rosalind

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  8. Merelle Thomson

    Great info!

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