The 20 Best Sundowner Spots in Cape Town

The 20 Best Sundowner Spots in Cape Town On the Rocks Restaurant

These view-drenched sundowner spots are just the thing for a cocktail (or two!) while you drink in the spectacular views of Cape Town at sunset.

Cape Town is the most photogenic city in the world. Fact. Particularly when the golden hour strikes and the sun paints the sky and surrounding landscape a breathtaking kaleidoscope of pinks, oranges and reds.

If you’re looking for a front-row seat to this epic daily event – we’re talking uninterrupted views of the sun as it’s swallowed by the Atlantic Ocean – check out our Sunset Purists list below for a sizzling selection of sea-scraping sundowners. Simply looking for a well-mixed cocktail with a chilled vibe as the sky turns from gold to pink? Check out our Broader Horizons picks below.

The best part? Sunset happens at (almost) the same time every day, so if you miss it today, make it count tomorrow. Or the next day. Or the next…

Which are your favourite spots for a golden-hour cocktail? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

The best places to enjoy a sunset cocktail?

I’m a purist: Show me the sun setting on the horizon
Broader horizons: I’m just looking for a good cocktail and vibe at sundown

Sunset purists

Baptiste Rooftop

The Best Sundowner Spots in Cape Town: Baptiste Rooftop at The Marly

Boasting what are arguably the best ocean and mountain views in the Mother City, this sun-soaked rooftop bar – at the spangly new-and-improved Marly Boutique Hotel & Spa in Camps Bay – is an absolute must (when the dreaded southeaster is at bay). Make yourself comfortable, as you work your way through the utterly delicious cocktail and snack menu, while soaking up the 360-degree panoramas of the sun setting on the Atlantic Ocean and the iconic Twelve Apostles mountain range.
Best for soaking in the last of the evening sun on one of the in-pool loungers.
Cost Cocktails: R90 – R325
Glass of MCC: around R180
Please note A minimum spend of R500 per person is required for use of the pool and loungers, subject to availability, to be settled on arrival.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 11am – 8pm (weather-permitting)
Contact 021 437 1287, manager@baptisterooftop.co.za
Where to find it The Marly Boutique Hotel and Spa, 201 The Promenade, Victoria Road, Camps Bay
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Tobago’s Restaurant, Bar & Terrace at Radisson Blu Hotel

The Best Sundowner Spots in Cape Town: Tobago’s Restaurant at Radisson Blu Hotel

Wonderfully laidback, this sea-scraping restaurant and bar offers a host of drinks (wines, beers, cocktails and more) that can be enjoyed while looking over the heated, rim-flow pool that skims the stunning Atlantic. Speaking of which, the new summer drinks menu – inspired by its location – features The Ocean View Sunset cocktail, which is served in a tiki structure and The Finest Catch, which is topped with a nori-and-black-cardamom foam.
Best for relaxed after-work drinks or a pre-dinner aperitif.
Cost Cocktails: R75 – R135
Glass of MCC: around R75
Opening times Monday – Friday, 6.30am – 10.30am; 12am – 12pm
Saturday and Sunday, 6.30am – 11am; 12pm – 12am
Contact 021 441 3000, capetown.foodandbeverage@radissonblu.com
Where to find it Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Beach Road, Granger Bay
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The Leopard Bar at 12 Apostles

The Best Sundowner Spots in Cape Town: The Leopard Bar at 12 Apostles

With its breath-taking ocean views, comfy seating (inside and out), and a delicious drinks selection, this cocoon of slick luxury should feature on everybody’s to-do list. And guess what? Despite its spangly address, you won’t have to break the bank.
Cost Cocktails: R85 – R140
Glass of MCC: R80
Best for special-occasion drinks, relaxed get-togethers with friends, family or even colleagues.
Good to know More of a teetotaller? Try Tea by the Sea – a luxe afternoon tea with all the quintessential sweet treats. And if you like live music, arrive between 6pm and 9pm (Thursday – Sunday) for live music.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 7am – 2am (alcohol served from 11am)
Contact 021 437 9000, restaurants@12apostles.co.za
Where to find it The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Victoria Road, Camps Bay
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The Lawns at The Roundhouse

The Best Sundowner Spots in Cape Town: The Lawns at The Roundhouse

Situated in the glens of Table Mountain, The Lawns at The Roundhouse boast sweeping views of Camps Bay and the expansive Atlantic – making it an ideal spot for a sundowner cocktail.  You must try the grilled halloumi served with cranberry gel, rocket, pine nuts and pomegranates to start, followed by a delicious pizza.
Best for a casual Sunday lunch that rolls over into an evening tipple with friends.
Cost Cocktails: R70 – R85
Glass of MCC: around R85
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 10pm
Contact 021 438 4347, events@thelawnsct.co.za
Where to find it The Lawns at the Roundhouse, Round House Road, Camps Bay
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Sunset Cruise with Waterfront Adventures

The Best Sundowner Spots in Cape Town: Sunset Cruise with Waterfront Adventures

Relax aboard this vintage-style sailboat, taking in the spectacular Cape Town sunset with a glass of the good stuff (the onboard cash bar offers sparkling wine, beer and cooldrinks.). The trip starts at the V&A Waterfront, and heads towards Table Bay before returning to the harbour. Be sure to have your camera ready, as you’ll experience unique perspectives of the city, with Table Mountain in the background.
Duration Around 1 hour and 30 minutes
Best for an immersive experience that will have you feeling like you’ve disappeared into the sunset.
Cost R430 per person (includes two glasses of bubbly)
Time 7pm – 8.30pm
Contact 021 418 3234, info@waterfrontadventures.co.za
Where to find it Shop 7, Quay 5, V & A Waterfront
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Harvey’s Restaurant, Bar & Lounge at The Winchester Mansions

The Best Sundowner Spots in Cape Town: Harvey’s Restaurant, Bar & Lounge at The Winchester Mansions

With its seafront location and generous views of the waning sun, Harveys at Winchester Mansions offers an elegant and soothing reprieve from Sea Point’s chaotic pace.
Best for after-work drinks on the airy promenade-facing terrace or the colonnaded courtyard, which echoes an Italian piazza.
Cost Cocktails: R75 – R135
Glass of MCC: around R65
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 7am – 10pm (Alcohol only served from 11:00)
Contact 021 434 2351, harveys@winchester.co.za
Where to find it Harveys at the Winchester Mansions, 221 Beach Road, Sea Point

The Bungalow

The Best Sundowner Spots in Cape Town: The Bungalow

A front-row seat to the evening’s performance of the sunset awaits at The Bungalow, an all-white Mediterranean-chic restaurant occupying a spangly stretch of the Clifton coastline. Soak up the summery scene, before settling in for a bite, and enjoying the arresting outlook of the Twelve Apostles and Lion’s Head.
Best for impressing out-of-towners with the unadulterated views of the Atlantic.
Cost Cocktails: R75 – R165
Glass of MCC: around R140
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 11pm
Contact 021 438 2018, info@thebungalow.co.za
Where to find it The Bungalow, Glen Country Club, 3 Victoria Road, Clifton
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On the Rocks Restaurant

The Best Sundowner Spots in Cape Town: On The Rock Restaurant

An exquisitely located restaurant in Bloubergstrand,, On the Rocks packs a double punch when it comes to views of Table Mountain and the sea. If you’re looking for a new perspective of our world-famous mountain, without the hustle of the city, this is the place to be. It doesn’t hurt that they serve some of the tastiest seafood around…
Best for a view of Table Mountain in all its glory.
Cost Cocktails: R55 – R78
Bottle of MCC: around R365
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9am –10pm
Contact  021 554 1988, ontherocks@seascapecollection.co.za
Where to find it On The Rocks, 45 Stadler Road, Bloubergstrand
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Chinchilla

The Best Sundowner Spots in Cape Town: Chinchilla

This cool and contemporary rooftop bar is a hot attraction on the Camps Bay strip, boasting killer views of the ocean just a stone’s throw away. It’s the ideal place to while away the hours sipping on gloriously refreshing cocktails as the sun sets over the magnificent Atlantic horizon. A menu of seaside café classics means you can stay for a light dinner, too…
Best for anything – from a refreshing post-beach drink to a sophisticated night out.
Cost Cocktails: R65 – R160
Glass of MCC: around R120
Good to know 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 Monday – Thursday, 4pm – 10pm
Friday – Sunday, 12pm – 10pm
Contact 021 286 5075, reservations@chinchillarooftop.co.za
Where to find it Chinchilla, Shop 120, Second Floor, The Promenade Building, Victoria Road, Camps Bay
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Tiger’s Milk Camps Bay

The Best Sundowner Spots in Cape Town: Tiger’s Milk Camps Bay

There’s always a buzz at this oceanfront branch of the popular brand – but be sure to get there earlier so you can nab a view-drenched spot on either the indoor or outdoor decks. If you’re inside, you’ll love being surrounded by indoor palm trees and surfboards for an ultra beachy feel; and if you’re outside, the cool sea breeze offers reprieve on those extra-hot summer evenings.
Best for happy-hour cocktails on the Camps Bay strip.
Cost Cocktails: R50 – R115
Glass of MCC: around R60
Good to know Tiger’s Milk has a happy-hour special every day from 4 to 6pm where you can get two selected beers, wines or cocktails for the price of one.
Opening times Monday – Thursday, 11am – 2am
Friday – Sunday, 8am – 2am
Contact 021 286 2106, campsbay@tigersmilk.co.za
Where to find it Tiger’s Milk, 35 Victoria Road, Camps Bay
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Rockpool

The Best Sundowner Spots in Cape Town: Rockpool

This bustling spot on Beach Road in Sea Point offers prime views of the promenade and the horizon. Take a seat at one of the outdoor tables as you watch joggers, skaters, roller-bladers and cyclists whizz by.
Best for social butterflies looking to grab a cold one with friends.
Cost Cocktails: R75 – R95
Glass of MCC: around R69
Good to know  The pizza is out of this world!
Opening times Monday – Friday, 11am – 11pm
Saturday – Sunday, 9am – 11pm
Contact 021 433 1530, info@rockpoolct.co.za
Where to find it Rockpool, 205 Beach Road, Sea Point
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El Barrio Tacos & Tequila Joint

The Best Sundowner Spots in Cape Town: El Barrio Tacos & Tequila Joint

Another northern suburbs gem, El Barrio Tacos & Tequila Joint offers beautiful views of the sunset peering over the horizon. Their tequila selection is mighty impressive, and they serve a host of tasty Mexican dishes.
Best for margarita lovers (there are nine varieties!).
Cost Cocktails: R75 – R99
MCC served by the bottle
Opening times Monday – Sunday,  9am – 11pm
Contact 021 554 9696, hola@tacosandtequila.co.za
Where to find it El Barrio, 16 A, Eden On The Bay, Corner Otto du Plessis and Sir David Baird Drive, Bloubergstrand
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Broader horizons

Gigi Rooftop at Gorgeous George

The Best Sundowner Spots in Cape Town: Gigi Rooftop at Gorgeous George

This chic rooftop restaurant and bar is exquisitely decorated by a curated selection of the city’s hottest design talents, and boasts an emerald-green glass-panelled swimming pool  that beckons on sweltering evenings. Before the sun goes down, order a tiki-inspired cocktail and watch the orange hues fade behind the skyline.
Best for some of the tastiest cocktails this side of Tahiti!
Cost Cocktails: R90 – R120
Glass of MCC: around R120
Opening times Bar: Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 11.30pm
Restaurant: Monday – Sunday, 7am – 10pm
Contact 087 898 6000, hello@gorgeousgeorge.co.za
Where to find it Gigi Rooftop Restaurant & Bar, 118 St George’s Mall, Cape Town City Centre
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Grand Africa Café & Beach

The Best Sundowner Spots in Cape Town: Grand Africa Café & Beach

Whether you decide to sit on the palm-shaded deck, on the lip-shaped couch, or at one of the tables dotted around the sand, Grand Africa Café & Beach continues to ooze laidback glamour, and that endless summer feeling. Sip cocktails at the Absolut Elyx Bar, enjoy a sneaky G&T from the Tanqueray Cafe Society Bar, or toast the good times with a glass of bubbly at the Pongracz Bar.
Best for a casual-chic, beach-bar experience, reminiscent of Ibiza.
Cost Cocktails: R75 – R215
Glass of MCC: around R65
Good to know On weekends, there are live DJ sessions (and drinks specials).
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 12am – 11pm
Contact 021 425 0551, beach@grandafrica.com
Where to find it Grand Africa Café & Beach, Granger Bay Road (off Beach Road), Granger Bay
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RED Roof at Radisson Red Hotel

The Best Sundowner Spots in Cape Town: RED Roof at Radisson Red Hotel
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For an ultra-vibey spot to blow off steam after a long work day, the RED Roof bar atop the Radisson RED Hotel in The Silo District is more than just a bar. This rooftop sun terrace and pool deck boasts killer views – of the sea and Table Mountain – making it an ideal spot for sunset cocktails.
Best for a night that never ends. Bring on the cocktails and keep the finger-food coming!
Cost Cocktails: around R95
Glass of MCC: around R75
Opening times Monday – Friday, 10.30am – 11pm
Saturday & Sunday,  9am – 12am
Contact 087 086 1578, baxter@radissonred.com
Where to find it Radisson RED Hotel, Silo 6, South Arm Road, V&A Waterfront
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The Silo Rooftop

The Best Sundowner Spots in Cape Town: The Silo Rooftop

Situated atop the five-star Silo Hotel – which occupies six floors above Zeitz MOCAA – The Silo Rooftop boasts some of the best views of the harbour and Table Mountain. Despite its rockstar location atop one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, this rooftop bar offers a laidback menu and comfortable seating – the ideal spot to relax as the setting sun turns the city into a watercolour painting.
Best for some seriously sophisticated cocktails. You’ll find it hard to tear your eyes away from the view!
Cost Cocktails: R115 – R130
Glass of MCC: around R95
Please note The Silo Rooftop is open to the public by prior reservation only and the pool is strictly for resident hotel guests only.
Opening times 12pm until sunset (weather permitting)
Contact 021 670 0500, dining@thesilohotel.com
Where to find it The Silo Hotel, Silo Square, V&A Waterfront
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Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar

The Best Sundowner Spots in Cape Town: Tjing Tjing Rooftop

Survey the world from up high at this rooftop joint that enjoys a third-floor position in one of the city’s 200-year-old heritage buildings. The shrine-like bright-red bar is offset by black-and-white photographic wallpaper, with hot-hot beats enhancing the vibe indoors and flowing to the open-air terrace. Order a plate of otsumami (bar snacks) to accompany your cocktail.
Best for feeling on top of the world (literally), with a classy tipple in hand.
Cost Cocktails: R55 – R95
Glass of wine: around R50
Good to know At street level, you’ll find Tjing Tjing Torii for flavour-popping, Japanese street food. While the first floor is home to reservations-only Momiji Restaurant, where diners can enjoy a multi-course kaiseki menu. Adjacent to Momiji Restaurant is Momiji Lounge, an intimate bar and lounge that seats 20.
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 5pm – late
Contact 021 422 4920, info@tjingtjing.co.za
Where to find it Tjing Tjing, 165 Longmarket Street, Cape Town City Centre

La Parada Constantia Nek

The Best Sundowner Spots in Cape Town: La Parada Constantia Nek

The vibe at this southern suburbs joint gives places on Kloof and Bree Streets a run for their money, particularly on Sunday evenings when DJ René heats things up with his global beats. Nab a table on the deck, and watch the sun’s interplay on the mountain and valley. Then stay for the tasty tapas dinner.
Best for its dancing in the moonlight on Sunday evenings, with DJ René on the decks.
Cost Cocktails: R60 – R115
Glass of MCC: around R60
Opening times Sunday – Thursday, 9am – 11pm
Friday – Saturday, 8am – 12am
Contact 021 795 0620, constantianek@laparada.co.za
Where to find it La Parada Constantia Nek, Main Road, Hout Bay
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Utopia

The Best Sundowner Spots in Cape Town: Utopia

One of the newer additions to the Cape Town rooftop scene, Utopia is a restaurant and a view-drenched sundowner spot – all rolled into one. You’ll be treated to 360-degree views of the harbour, skyline and mountains while you snack on seafood starters and sip on a glass of bubbles.
Best for tasty food, sundowners and unbeatable views experience.
Cost Cocktails: R95 – R110
Glass of MCC: around R130
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 10.30pm
Contact  021 418 3065, info@utopiacapetown.co.za
Where to find it Utopia, Floor 15, 40 Chiappini Street, De Waterkant
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Cape to Cuba

The Best Sundowner Spots in Cape Town: Cape to Cuba

Somewhat of a Deep South institution, you can’t say you’ve truly experienced Kalk Bay until you’ve had a too-late night at this Cuban-inspired hangout. With its seafront location, and exceptionally long list of cocktails, it’s a great place to round off a long day of swimming at Dalebrook Tidal Pool.  
Best for fun-seekers looking for quirky decor, a chilled vibe and easy-on-the-pocket prices.
Cost Cocktails: R66 – R75
MCC served by the bottle
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 11am – 2am
Contact 021 788 1566, kalkbay@capetocuba.com
Where to find it Cape to Cuba, 165 Main Road, Kalk Bay
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Researched by Hannah Littlewood, Bianca Hausle, Nikki Benatar, Michelle de Bruin and Annabel Short

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Time of publication: 12 February 2020

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    Tannith

    The Red Herring and Monkey Valley in Noordhoek?!

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