The Best Things To Do in Cape Town When It Rains

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Whether it's fireside dining, inspirational art galleries, or indoor adventures, there's no shortage of fun things to do in Cape Town during winter.

Bartolomeu Dias named it the Cape of Storms, while Sir Francis Drake called it “the fairest Cape we saw in the whole circumference of the Earth” – and they both have a point! We, Capetonians, know better than most that the Mother City can be mild and enveloping and also tempestuous and exhilarating on any given day.

And while crowded beaches and sunset hikes may be the defining image on postcards of Cape Town, the city takes on a special kind of beauty during the colder (and quieter) winter months, when a blanket of mist hangs over the Atlantic Seaboard, and fireplaces warm up the rustic homesteads of the Cape Winelands.

With that in mind, here’s a selection of activities that showcase the unique beauty and mystical atmosphere of the Mother City in wintertime. At the very least, you won’t be short of things to do in Cape Town when it rains.

What are your favourite things to do during the winter months? Let everyone know in the comments below.

Hot chocolate at Honest Chocolate Café

Honest Chocolate Cafe: The Best Things To Do in Cape Town when it Rains
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Located in the bustling city centre, Honest Chocolate Café turns chocolate-making into an art form, using old-school methods to craft organically sourced ingredients into a range of velvety chocolate desserts. On the menu is hot chocolate, a heartening glass of creamy goodness, made from Tanzanian cacao, sure to go down well on a cold winter’s eve.
Operating times Sunday – Thursday, 9am – 6pm; Friday & Saturday, 9am – 9pm
Contact 076 765 8306, cafe@honestchocolate.co.za
Where to find it 64A Wale Street, Central Business District, Cape Town

Ceramic-painting at Clay Café

Clay Cafe: The Best Things To Do in Cape Town when it Rains
What’s On In Cape Town

Creativity and recreation are what make this family-run restaurant and ceramic painting venue in the Hout Bay Valley a favourite among “grown-ups” and kids alike. Founded in 1999, this well-oiled business spans two acres of land , and includes a 340-seater farm-to-table restaurant (which serves delicious casual meals, such as wraps, salads, pizza and pasta), a wonderful innovative kids’ playground, an outdoor terrace, and a huge firing studio.
Once seated, one of the friendly servers will explain the drill: you’ll be invited into the workshop, where you’ll choose your ceramics, paints, brushes, tools etc, after which you can return to your table and get creative, while enjoying a bite to eat or a glass of wine.
Please note Items need to be left at Clay Café after painting, so it can be fired and glazed, which normally takes around three to four weeks.
Operating times Daily, 9am – 5pm
Contact 076 810 5120, info@claycafe.co.za
or book through Dineplan (recommended over weekends, school holidays and public holidays)
Cost R40 (studio fee per person, includes facilities, x3 paints, tools, firing and glazing); Items range from R40 to R350 (depending on shape and size)
Where to find it 177 main road, Hout Bay

Zeitz MOCAA

Zeitz MOCAA: The Best Things To Do in Cape Town when it Rains

Touted as Cape Town’s very own Tate Modern, Zeitz MOCAA boasts one of the largest collections of contemporary African art, and was named as one of TIME Magazine’s Top 100 Destinations of 2018 (a feather in Cape Town’s cap, to be sure).
Located in a former grain silo, the massive nine-storey space has undergone a state-of-the-art overhaul, courtesy of esteemed British architect Thomas Heatherwick, and houses 6 000 square metres of exhibition space within 100 galleries, as well as a restaurant area and a charming Sculpture Garden.
Good to know For R270 per year, you gain membership at the Zeitz MOCAA, which grants unlimited free admission to exhibitions, preferential queue at the entrance, and access to special member events, such as talks, tours and extended opening hours.
Operating times Daily 10am – 6pm; first Friday of the month, 10am – 9pm
Cost R190 (single day entry); R95 (First Friday of the month from 4pm – 9pm); Free (year-round for under-18s) Free (African citizens, Wednesdays, 10am – 1pm)
Book Now
Where to find it Silo District, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Kalk Bay Harbour

Kalk Bay Harbour: The Best Things To Do in Cape Town when it Rains
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The Kalk Bay harbour is not just a bustling landmark, it has a rich history, too. Its famous red-and-white-striped lighthouse – situated at the tip of a bustling pier – is one of the enduring images of Kalk Bay, which was named one of The 12 Coolest Cities in the World by Forbes magazine in July 2018.
A popular spot for an evening amble during summer months, in winter the harbour sheds its laidback armour and gives new meaning to the phrase “Cape of Storms”, as large waves are known to come hurtling into the bay, crashing against the jetty and lighthouse with substantial impact – a truly riveting sight to behold!
Contact 021 487 6800, info@capetown.travel (Cape Town Tourism)
Where to find it Main Road, Kalk Bay

A day in the country at Lanzerac Spa

Lanzerac Spa: The Best Things To Do in Cape Town when it Rains

With sweeping views of the vineyards and the towering Jonkershoek mountains in the distance, the spa at Lanzerac Estate offers some of the best vistas (and facilities) in the business – all from the comfort of the spa’s relaxation area. Fresh from a year-long refurb, the luxurious spa boasts cutting-edge amenities in a light and airy space that dates back to 1692 (when the first grapes were planted).
The overarching attention to detail – from the exquisite design and location to the service and offerings – will leave you feeling contained, cosseted and utterly content. Recommendations for a rainy day include the heated pool, bubbling Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. View the spa menu here.
Good to know The additional spa facilities may be used by day visitors who spend more than R500. Keep an eye on their website for specials.
Operating times
Monday – Sunday, 8am – 8pm (1 September – 31 March)
Monday – Sunday, 8am – 6pm (1 April – 31 August)
Hotel guests can make use of hydro facilities until 9pm
Contact 021 887 1132, spa@lanzerac.co.za
Cost R800 for 60 minutes
Where to find it 1 Lanzerac Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

Wine-tasting in a cave

Klein Roosboom: The Best Things To Do in Cape Town when it Rains

A boutique winery that only makes as much wine as its vineyards can produce, the rarity of Klein Roosboom’s superb wines makes them all the more special. Take a scenic Sunday drive along the Tygerberg Valley Road to the estate, and experience a wine-tasting in one of the tasting centre’s “caves”. Each cosy alcove is quirkily decorated, with pillows, trinkets, vintage furniture and bits and bobs. The perfect outing if the skies are grey. Afterwards, pop in at neighbouring Nitida for a long lazy lunch (the wine there is good, too…)
Operating times Tuesdays – Sundays, 10am – 4.30pm
Contact 060 877 2678, info@kleinroosboom.co.za
Cost R50 (five wines, two white and three red)
R195 (cheese and charcuterie platter for two)
Please note Wine offerings change regularly, so rates may be different on your next visit.
Where to find it Tygerberg Valley Road, Durbanville, Cape Town

Rush Indoor Trampoline Park

Rush Indoor Trampoline Park: The Best Things To Do in Cape Town when it Rains

Parents understand the daunting challenge of keeping kids entertained on rainy days, but fret not, this indoor trampoline park in Claremont has you covered. Children are free to bounce to their hearts’ content, as they fly over a foam pit, bounce off wall-to-wall trampolines and engage in jousts upon the Battle Beam. Other activities include dodgeball, basketball and trampoline fitness classes.
Trained staff are on-hand to provide instruction and supervision. There’s also a coffee shop on the mezzanine level, with free wi-fi and charging stations, so parents have somewhere to hang out (assuming they’re not going full Boris Johnson and shoving kids aside as they bulldoze their way across the trampolines).
Operating times Monday – Thursday, 1pm – 9pm; Friday & Saturday, 9am – 10pm; Sunday, 9am – 7pm;
Please note Rush Indoor Trampoline Park is open from 9am on school holidays.
Contact 021 683 3841 / 021 671 1489, infoct@rushsa.co.za
Cost R130 (one hour)
R85 (additional hour on Fridays to Sundays)
R100 (additional hour on Mondays to Thursdays)
R30 (Non-slip Rush socks, compulsory)
Where to find it 5th Floor, Stadium on Main, 109 Claremont Main Road, Claremont

Visit Iziko South African Museum

Iziko Museum: The Best Things To Do in Cape Town when it Rains
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Inhabited by an array of prehistoric creatures, the natural history museum is an excellent option for parents seeking ways to keep children occupied on rainy days. Founded in 1825, it is our country’s oldest museum, with exhibitions of more than 1.5 million specimens – accumulated over almost 200 years – including ancient fossils and stone tools, rock and meteorite samples, lifelike recreations of our country’s indigenous people using real pieces, as well as marine and wild animal displays and features.
Don’t miss Whale Well – a unique collection of whale skeletons, including a giant 20.5-metre blue whale skeleton.
Operating times Daily, 9am – 5pm
Closed on Workers’ Day and Christmas Day
Contact 021 481 3800, Info@iziko.org.za
Cost R30 (adults); R15 (children 6 – 17 years); R15 (SA students and pensioners); R75 (family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children); Free (children under 6, excludes Planetarium)
Free (SA senior citizens and students, Fridays only)
Where to find it 25 Queen Victoria Street, Gardens, Cape Town

Wonderdal at Hazendal

Wanderland at Hazendal: The Best Things To Do in Cape Town when it Rains

Relaunched in December 2018 following a year-long renovation, Hazendal is a destination unlike any you will find in the Winelands, let alone South Africa. This illustrious estate, owned by Russian-born entrepreneur Dr Mark Voloshin, is a seamless merging of South African and Russian traditions.
Exciting additions includes Wonderdal, a one of a kind, state-of-the-art edutainment centre for children age 5 to 13. Wonderdal combines advanced technology with physical elements to create an innovatively designed indoor space and a creative outdoor play area. The 1000 square meters of learning and play space, three on-site equipped classrooms, extensive library and technology-powered exhibits are sure to keep the children occupied on a rainy day.
While the kids are at play, adults can enjoy a meal at the boundary-pushing Avant-Garde Restaurant or at the Babushka Deli. They can also experience an authentic Russian tea ceremony, an especially winter-friendly event, where specially sourced and imported Russian black tea is served from a steaming Samovar (ornate Russian tea urn). This is a celebration of proud traditions dating back to 1638, when Tsar Michael Feodorovich was gifted four chests of tea by Altyum-Khan of Mongolia.
Where to find it Hazendal Wine Estate, Bottelary Road, Stellenbosch

Wonderdal
Operating times Tuesdays – Thursdays, Sundays, 9am – 5pm; Fridays, Saturdays & School Holidays, 9am – 7pm
Cost R160 (weekdays); R220 (school and public holidays, weekends)
Contact 021 205 56 24, bookings@wonderdal.co.za
Book Now

Russian Tea Garden
Operating times Tuesdays – Sundays, 10am – 5pm (last order at 4pm)
Cost R250 (adults); R150 (kid’s menu); R3 375 (Full Kremlin Experience, with caviar)
Contact 021 205 5620, bookings@hazendal.co.za
Please note If you wish to participate in the Russian Tea Ceremony, you need to book your spot 24 hours in advance. Otherwise, you can still enjoy the Russian Tea Garden’s regular menu.
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V&A Waterfront Food Market & The Watershed

V&A Food Market: The Best Things To Do in Cape Town when it Rains

In the 19th century, the Old Power Station brought power to the Cape Town dockyard, blazing a trail for trade in Cape Town and the continent. Today, this powerhouse of innovation is still generating bright ideas through the V&A Food Market. Here, you’ll find more than 42 food and beverage stalls, selling an array of artisanal products. The bustling warehouse has indoor seating available for colder nights.
Nearby, beside the Two Oceans Aquarium, you’ll find The Watershed, a vibrant space with over 150 tenants selling a wide range of goods from fashion and jewellery to ceramics, art, toys and musical instruments.
Operating times
V&A Food Market: Sunday – Thursday, 10am – 7pm; Fridays & Saturdays, 10am – 8pm (May – October)
The Watershed: Daily, 10am – 6pm (May – September)
Contact V&A Food Market: 021 418 1605, info@waterfrontmarket.co.za
V&A Waterfront: 021 408 7600, enquiries@waterfront.co.za
Where to find it
V&A Food Market: Old Power Station, Building 19, Dock Road, Pierhead, V&A Waterfront
The Watershed: 17 Dock Road, V & A Waterfront

High tea at The 12 Apostles

12 Apostles High Tea: The Best Things To Do in Cape Town when it Rains
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What better way to warm up during winter than with a freshly brewed loose-leaf tea or speciality coffee overlooking a stormy sea in super-stylish surrounds? At The 12 Apostles Hotel, beautifully manicured gardens and a wild mountain landscape make tea here the perfect setting. Served in the Leopard Bar, or on the balcony (get your favourite Instagram filter ready because it’s about to work overtime!), the 12 Apostles spread is freshly prepared each morning by the pastry team under the professional eye of top pastry dog, chef Gina Marziani.
Accompaniments include various finger sandwiches, cheese scones, almond-covered chicken mayonnaise sandwich pillows, macarons, Mrs T’s famous cheesecake and nutty dark-chocolate brownies, to name a few. Pastries are made with real butter and Valrhona chocolate. When you’re ready for tea, there are 16 flavours to choose from. And, if you’d prefer a glass of bubbly with your tea, you’re more than welcome to order by the glass – or bottle, of course.
Good to know The 12 Apostles also offers a vegan high tea.
Operating times Daily, 10am – 12pm, 12.30pm – 2.30pm, 3pm – 5pm
Contact 021 437 9000, restaurants@12apostles.co.za
Cost R325 (High Tea by the Sea)
R375 (Vegan High Tea, excludes bubbly)
Where to find it Victoria Road, Camps Bay

Meal-and-movie combo at The Labia Theatre

Labia: The Best Things To Do in Cape Town when it Rains

When you’re fresh out of ideas for a cold winter’s night, there’s always the good old “dinner and a movie” to fall back on. The Labia Theatre, in addition to being Cape Town’s cinema of choice for film aficionados, just so happens to have a wonderful movie-and-meal deal on offer.
The voucher includes two movie tickets and – depending on which day of the week it is – two pastas at Societi Bistro on Orange Street; two pizzas at Diva Cafė Ristorante on Buitenkant Street; or two burgers at Knead on Kloof Street for R110!
The vouchers are purchased at the restaurant first, and exchanged at the Labia Box Office for tickets, although it is important to do so in a timely manner, as seating is unreserved and cannot be guaranteed for the movie of your choice.
Operating times Mondays & Tuesdays (Societi Bistro, two pastas + two movie tickets)
Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays after 4pm (Diva Cafė Ristorante, two pizzas + two movie tickets)
Thursdays (Knead, two burgers + two movie tickets)
Contact 021 424 5927, labiatheatre@telkomsa.net
Cost R110
Where to find it 68 Orange Street, Gardens

Visit Norval Foundation

Norval Foundation: The Best Things To Do in Cape Town when it Rains

Located in the serene Steenberg wetlands, with sweeping views of the vineyards and Table Mountain National Park beyond, the art museum’s modern glass-and-metal exterior matches the splendour within – offering an intriguing hint at what’s to come.
Founded by the Norval family, the museum is home not only to world-class, purpose-built galleries, but also to a sculpture garden, outdoor amphitheatre, research library, restaurant, and a children’s playground, too.
Dedicated to showcasing art with global appeal in an environment that fosters an appreciation for nature, Norval Foundation is a welcome addition to the homely ’burbs, and is another well-deserved feather in Cape Town’s ever-expanding culture cap.
Its in-house eatery, Skotnes Restaurant and Bar, is a worthwhile destination in its own right, and a decidedly civilised way to end an exhilarating outing.
Operating times Monday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Closed on Tuesdays
Contact 087 654 5900, info@norvalfoundation.org
Cost R180 (adults); Free (children under 18); R350 (annual membership)
Where to find it 4 Steenberg Road (Opposite US Embassy), Tokai

Stir Crazy cooking classes

Stir Crazy: The Best Things To Do in Cape Town when it Rains

Not everyone gets to be a top chef, but who says you can’t pretend to be one for a day. These hands-on cooking classes provide a fun and interactive environment for anyone to try their hand at the culinary arts.
The bonus? You’re guaranteed a fun night out, followed by a delicious dinner where participants get to enjoy their culinary creations.
The cooking classes are taught by professional chefs, who bring a wealth of experience from the restaurant industry.
Operating times View the course schedule to book your place.
Contact 021 790 7165, info@stircrazycatering.co.za
Cost From R650 – R2 850
Where to find it 3 Woodcutters Grove Estate, Peterhof Close, Hout Bay

Two Oceans Aquarium

Aquarium: The Best Things To Do in Cape Town when it Rains

With mesmerising live ocean exhibitions and over 8 000 sea animals on display, this world-class Aquarium is, unsurprisingly, one of Cape Town’s premier tourist destinations, and a great option for family outings on rainy days. Standout exhibits include the Predator Exhibit (sharks!), Penguin Exhibit, and the I&J Ocean Exhibit with its 10-metre-long underwater tunnel. Kids will also love the Touch Pool and Microscope Exhibit, where they can get up close with sea anemones.
Operating times Daily, 9.30am – 6pm
Feeding times
Daily, 12pm (I&J Ocean Exhibit)
Daily, 11.30am & 2.30pm (Penguin Exhibit)
Sundays, 3pm (Predator Exhibit)
Wednesdays, 1pm (Kelp Forest Exhibit)
Cost R185 (adults); R140 (pensioners, students, children 14 – 17 years); R95 (children 4 – 13 years); free (children 0 – 4 years)
Rates valid until March 2020
Book Now
Where to find it Two Oceans Aquarium, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront

Visit an indoor market

Bay Harbour Market: The Best Things To Do in Cape Town when it Rains
Fresh Local Markets

Cape Town has a host of vibrant indoor markets worth visiting during winter. The Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay, with its cosy fireplaces warming things up during the colder months, is one such place. Set inside an authentic old fish factory, it brings together local craftsmen, artists and musicians, offering more than 100 stalls selling wares ranging from fashion and footwear to jewellery and decor, as well as plentiful seating where you can enjoy some of the delicious food and drinks on offer.
Operating times Friday, 5pm – 9pm; Saturday & Sunday, 9.30am – 4pm
Contact 072 858 7763, info@bayharbour.co.za
Cost Entrance is free
Where to find it 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay (via M62 or M6)

Get a luxurious spa treatment

Mount Nelson Librisa Spa: The Best Things To Do in Cape Town when it Rains

A veritable oasis at the foot of Table Mountain, the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel stands grand behind stately white pillars. Drive towards the iconic dusty-pink building and, hidden beyond the palm trees, you will find the Librisa Spa – the ultimate haven where the outside world becomes irrelevant.
On arrival, tea and snacks are offered in the tranquil conservatory that’s imbued with plants and striking orchids. There are eight spacious and beautifully decorated treatment rooms, including two couple’s rooms, a steam bath, sauna and plunge pool. Manicures and pedicures take place upstairs on oversized and extra-comfortable chairs.
Parents of tots (between 4 and 12 years) can drop off their children at the kids’ club (no extra charge), open from 2pm to 5pm daily during winter. Adult supervision is provided, so you’re completely free to languish in the lap of luxury next door.
Good to know Belmond Mount Nelson has a wide range of spa specials on offer during winter.
View all the specials here. View the full spa menu here.
Operating times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 7pm
Contact 021 483 1000, librisa.mnh@belmond.com
Where to find it 76 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town

Lindt chocolate-making courses

The Master Chocolatiers at Lindt work tirelessly and passionately to produce the world’s finest chocolates, using only the best ingredients to ensure irresistibly smooth masterpieces. And now, these very chocolatiers are offering us mere mortals the opportunity to witness first-hand what goes into the heavenly art of chocolate-making. This is a first-of-its-kind for Lindt in South Africa, and worldwide.
There are various courses, each devoted to a decadent dessert, so why not throw caution to the wind, and do them all? Cake, pudding and truffles! Master chocolatiers are on hand to guide you, and you even get your own master chocolatier uniform, complete with the big baker’s hat.
Operating times View the course schedule here.
Cost From R345 – R475
Book Now
Where to find it Shop No 2, Silo 2, V&A Waterfront

Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome

Planetarium: The Best Things To Do in Cape Town when it Rains

This cosmic adventure is sure to distract kids (and adults, too) from the winter chill. In a world without iPads, the Planetarium’s projected night sky was one of the few things children deemed worthy of their absolute attention; and now, this old favourite has undergone a digital makeover. The revamped Iziko Planetarium boasts the most advanced digital facilities on the African continent, and is sure to keep children transfixed with mesmerising images of the night sky.
Operating times Tuesday – Sunday, see schedule
Closed on Mondays for research
Contact 021 481 3900, info@iziko.org.za
Cost R60 (adults); R30 (under 18s, students and pensioners)
Where to find it Iziko South African Museum, 25 Queen Victoria Street, Gardens

Whisky-tasting at Bascule Bar

Bascule Bar Cape Grace: The Best Things To Do in Cape Town when it Rains

On a private quay, uniquely poised between Cape Town’s vibrant V&A Waterfront and the tranquil yacht marina, Cape Grace Hotel is a decidedly genteel location from which to soak up the natural splendour of the Mother City. Its quayside bar boasts one of the largest whisky collections in the southern hemisphere, with over 400 whiskies and fine wines available. A connoisseur’s paradise, to be sure
You may think you know your whisky, but the Bascule Bar’s whisky-tasting experience offers guests a unique opportunity to learn more about this ancient spirit. There are two tasting experiences: the Shared Experience (an informative and interactive sommelier-led session for small groups; includes six whiskies and three appetisers; limited to 12 guests); and the Connoisseur’s Choice (a personalised, tutored tasting experience that highlights unique, rare, and premium whiskies).
Operating times Monday – Sunday, 10am – 12am
Saturdays – Thursdays, 6pm – 7pm (whisky-tasting experience)
Contact 021 410 7099, functions@capegrace.com
Cost R395 (Shared Experience; limited to groups of 12; by appointment only)
R1 000 (Connoisseur’s Choice personalised tutored tasting; by appointment only)
Where to find it Cape Grace Hotel, V&A Waterfront

Dine at Faber in the Paarl Winelands

Take a slow Sunday drive to Faber at Avondale in the Paarl Winelands where culinary magic (courtesy of head chef Dale Stevens) and the natural beauty of a working Cape wine farm merge. The result? A food experience that wistfully remains with you long after you’ve left. Whether you sit inside the elegant, yet unpretentious restaurant, or out on the garden-facing verandah, you’re in for a memorable dining experience.
Faber’s garden setting is like a real-life Secret Garden and adds to the beautiful, soothing country atmosphere. What’s more, in keeping with the restaurant’s farm-to-fork philosophy, everything from the vegetables to the edible flowers – which artfully adorn the dishes – are sourced from Avondale garden, where organic and biodynamic farming practices are utilised.
Good to know View Faber’s fabulous winter special here.
Operating times Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm (lunch); Thursday & Friday, 6.30pm – 8pm (dinner)
Contact 021 202 1219, faber@avondalewine.co.za
Book through DinePlan
Where to find it Avondale Estate, Drakenstein Road, Paarl

Fynbos-tasting in the Company’s Garden

Fynbos Tasting Experience: The Best Things To Do in Cape Town when it Rains

Many of us have encountered Rooibos as tea – an acquired taste that first-timers either love or hate – but we’ve rarely had an opportunity to experience Fynbos in all its exciting guises: be it in cordials, oils, vinegar tinctures, salts and digestives.
Which is where this wonderful experience comes in. You’ll be guided through a tasting of eight fynbos botanicals, starting in their most essential form as a herbal-tea infusion, then sweet cordials, progressing to aromatic vinaigrettes along with edible naturals and seasoning salts, culminating in soothing digestives accompanied by sweet treats.
Operating times Wednesdays & Thursdays, 2pm – 3.30pm
Cost R1 200
Book Now
Where to find it Visitors Centre, Company’s Garden, 19 Queen Victoria Street

Ten-pin bowling

Bowling: The Best Things To Do in Cape Town when it Rains

Let’s Go Bowling at Stadium on Main, with its ten bowling lanes (currently seven due to renovations, though the others will be reopening soon) and computer-controlled scoring system, provides a mentally stimulating activity that’s fun for the whole family. Add to that a bar selling Newlands craft beers, pool tables, and televised sporting events; and it’s an ideal spot to hang out on rainy days.
Operating times Sundays, 10am – 8pm; Mondays, 10am – 9pm; Tuesdays – Thursdays, 10am – 8pm; Fridays & Saturdays, 10am – 12am
Contact 021 671 4759, stadium@letsgobowling.co.za
Cost R50 (non-members); R25 (members)
Good to know A membership costs R100 and grants you one free game, followed by a reduced price on any games after that
Where to find it Stadium on Main, Main Road, Claremont

Tea-tasting at O’ways Teacafe

Tea Tasting: The Best Things To Do in Cape Town when it Rains

Situated in a busy lane in the heart of Claremont’s CBD, this quaint restaurant is a haven of calm where Asian-inspired vegetarian (and vegan) fare, the finest Nigiro leaf tea and artisanal Origin coffee are the order of the day. The owner Lisa Tsai explains the O’ways philosophy: “I wanted to create a peaceful, homely space where city-weary souls can relax and recharge.”
The tea-tasting is hosted during trading hours, and lets you enjoy five different teas from all corners of the earth. A tea connoisseur will be on hand to guide you through the various infusions and taste sensations.
Operating times Monday – Friday, 7.30am – 5pm; Saturday, 9am – 2pm
Contact 021 671 2850, lisa@oways.co.za
Cost R150
Where to find it 20 Dreyer Street, Claremont, Cape Town

HintHunt

HintHunt: The Best Things To Do in Cape Town when it Rains
In Your Pocket

Having earned a spot in TripAdvisor’s coveted Hall of Fame, Hint Hunt is one of Cape Town’s premier winter-friendly attractions. It offers an intellectually stimulating indoor adventure where you and a group of friends have one hour to solve a dastardly puzzle, finding and interpreting clues in order to obtain the keys you need to unlock the mystery (and the doors through which you need to escape the locked room). Don’t worry, if you don’t solve the mystery in time, the helpful staff will be sure to come along and let you out. Or will they?
Each “escape room” is designed to reflect the imaginary location, whether it be a wealthy estate in Tokyo or a sinking submarine; and the puzzle has an accompanying story that players will unravel as they progress.
Good to know Hint Hunt will be launching a new experience in June 2019, called ‘The Grand Hotel’. Stay tuned for updates.
Operating times
Woodstock: Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5.30pm
V&A Waterfront: Mondays – Fridays, 10am – 5.30pm; Saturdays, 10am – 7pm; Sundays, 10am – 4pm
Contact 087 470 0114 (V&A Waterfront), 021 448 9864 (Woodstock), capetown@hinthunt.com
Cost From R690 to R1 380 (Woodstock, 4 – 6 people)
From R460 to R1 200 (V&A Waterfront, 2 – 6 people)
Where to find it The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock
Jubilee Hall, The Watershed, 17 Dock Road, V&A Waterfront

Researched by Annabel Short, Kent Cloete, Matthew Flax, Michelle de Bruin, Nikki Benatar, and Alicia Chamaillé

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Time of publication: 05 June 2019

3 Responses to “The Best Things To Do in Cape Town When It Rains”

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    Andre

    Peticos – amazing food!
    Doodle’s for Pizza and great view.
    Dam Huis in Melkbos – wow. Great food and in summer an amazing view!
    Fish&Chips at OnsHuisie – Blouberg.
    Boboti at Bo-Kaap Kombuis. Also their butternut chicken….oooh!
    Bossa Buhrein for their Monday burgers (best waiter in Godknows). Great steaks as well.
    Thristy Oister Gordons bay for their Portuguese PeriPeri chicken.
    Carlisles for lamb-shank – this is a must to have!

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    Anuschka Erasmus

    Food Jams <3

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    Malcolm Jacobs

    the best restaurant in Cape Town is Magica Roma in Pinelands, nothing else comes close to it !!!!!!!!

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