Town is by nature a playful city. The diversions of Cape Town tend towards
sport, the beaches, mountain, scenic day-trips, sunsets, wine and fine dining.
The formal arts are necessarily constrained by finances, but nonetheless, there
are a few theatre and concert venues.
The love of music (particularly jazz) is very strong.
There are some regular venues but jazz feasts are restricted to festivals.
Cinema, too, is popular and there are large complexes in every centre of the
city. There are nightclubs of all varieties, and the gay scene is
especially strong. Festivals and special events also are not irregular.
The best way to find out what's on is to pick up the Cape
Review from any newsagent, book store or corner shop or go to any branch of
|Theatre & Concerts
|There are two main
theatre complexes - the Baxter in Rondebsoch and Artscape in the
Cape Town city centre. They feature a full range of theatre, dance and music.
The standard and appeal are variable.
During the summer there are excellent concerts at
Kirstenbosch Gardens on Sunday evenings at 5.30pm (take a picnic). The
Spier estate in the Winelands also hosts regular concerts and events.
The Theatre on the Bay in Camps Bay is home to light
comedy and thrillers. For 'fringe' theatre try On Broadway in Greenpoint
or the Independent Armchair Theatre in Observatory.
- Baxter: 021 685 7880;
- Artscape: 021 410 9800;
- Theatre on the Bay: 021 438 3301
- On Broadway: 021 418 833
- Armchair Theatre: 021 447 1510
- Kirstenbosch: 021 762 9120
- Spier: 021 809 1100
multi-screen cinemas in all the major complexes - such as Cavendish Square in
Claremont, Canal Walk and the Waterfront.
The Labia in Gardens is well known and tends to show 'fringe' films, and
theCinema Nouveau chain (also in Cavendish Square and the Waterfront)
feature more arty films.
|Pubs & Bars
|South African Brewery's produce
many of South Africa's such as Castle, but Namibia's Windhoek is worth trying.
There are more and more independent breweries.
In the Waterfront there are two pubs with history - Ferryman's (try
their home-brewed Forrester's) and Quay 4 (which holds the world record
for most beers sold in an hour). Belgian beer is sold at Den Anker, and German
beer at Paulaner Bräuhaus.
Camps Bay has a good number of mellow cafes along beach road.
La Med at Clifton 4 has always been a popular spot for sunset cocktails
and late night drinking.
On the way to Cape Point stop at Noordhoek and find your way to Skabangas at
the Red Herring - the friendliest pub and the best pizza in town.
Likewise Peddlar's on the Bend in Constantia which has a more wealthy
set but a good atmosphere (and excellent food).
In Cape Town the Purple Turtle, on Long Street, is young and lively. The
Long Street Cafe more yuppie.
The fine hotels in Cape Town offer good bars - in particular the
Radisson and the Ambassador have fabulous sunset views. The Mount Nelson
'Planet Bar' is impressive, and the Cape Grace has a superb whisky collection.
For something oldfashioned, try the 'Brit and Boer' at the Alphen Hotel in
The Shebeen culture should also be mentioned - take an evening township
tour (ask at Tourist Info) and you will see the very vibey life of township
Many of the
clubs & pubs, above, have live music. In addition there are some
Popular venues are in Observatory and Long Street.
Check out the Mail and Guardian or Cape Times for details
Junction is a theme park with a fantastic selection of rides including the
hair-raising Cobra roller coaster. It is open in high season. Loads of
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