It’s that time of the year again where the age-old debate resurfaces: are you a summer person or a winter person? With Cape Town’s weather providing us with extremes of heat and cold throughout the year, you can be certain that regardless of the weather forecast’s predication, you’ll be surprised and experience all types of weather! The Mother City offers so much to do, often in limited time for visitors or busy locals, that a little rain shouldn’t mean you have to stay inside. To convince you to brave the showers, we’ve compiled a list of a few great things you can do to embrace a rainy day in town:
Watch a movie at the Labia theatre
This theatre has offered one of Cape Town’s greatest cultural experiences since 1949, making it the oldest independent art-repertory cinema in South Africa. By partnering with surrounding restaurants like Sociéti Bistro, Knead, and Diva Café, the ideal experience is to enjoy a ‘Labia special’: On specific days of the week, if you dine at one of these restaurants, you can simply take your receipt to the cinema as your movie ticket. We advise treating yourself to a Vodka or Gin slushy and some fresh popcorn while you enjoy a new release or classic film on one of their screens, surrounded by the old-world charm of this almost unchanged local institution.
View an up to date list of movies and specials on the Labia website.
Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium
With a selection of educational and interactive exhibits, and incredible displays of South African marine life, the Two Oceans Aquarium should definitely be on your city bucket list. Unlike many other aquariums and attractions that keep sea creatures in captivity, this establishment makes it their mission to put the animals’ health and comfortability above anything else, as opposed to simply displaying them for the purpose of entertainment.
Visit their website for more information regarding tickets and activities at the Two Oceans Aquarium.
Dinner with a fireplace
Cape Town has many amazing restaurants for you to experience, but the culinary must on our list would definitely be to enjoy a delicious dinner at a cosy fire place. Our recommendation for this winter would be to visit The Village Idiot for a proudly South African meal, or Societi Bistro for some of the finest Italian cuisine in the city! Of course, pairing these meals with a nice red wine will definitely add to the entire experience, and perhaps inspire a visit to one of the outstanding nearby vineyards. If you’re looking to experience some areas surrounding the city, Constantia Glen is just a 30-minute drive from the City centre and offers amazing wine tastings alongside a range of meals. On a cold winter’s day we highly recommend a delicious bowl of hot soup and some time to enjoy their beautiful environment.
Visit a museum
Cape Town has an incredibly rich history and loads of amazing stories to share, so why not dive into our past and absorb all the knowledge of this beautiful city. With a selection of museums to choose from, the ones we rate most highly include the Iziko South African Museum, the District Six museum, and the Slave Lodge, which is also one of the first buildings in Cape Town.
Now that we’ve inspired you to explore town this winter, start planning your personalised Cape Town agenda from scratch and hopefully some of our experiences will make the cut and be added to the top of your list!