Rainy days in the Cape are perfect for spending time exploring indoors, kicking back with family and friends, or whiling away an afternoon over wines and a cheese board at one of our many wine farms. In short, there is no shortage of fun and inviting activities to enjoy this winter, so we say, take your head out from under the duvet and get out there!
1. Browse Indoor Markets
Indoor markets like The Bay Harbour Market are perfect for wintery days. A large fireplace roars in the centre of the foodie hotspot and there is usually a lineup of live music to dance to, should you need to warm up the feet. Browse the many craft stalls, before grabbing a beer and anything from a breakfast roll to steak, before settling down to soak up the buzz. The Mojo Market, Oranjezicht City Farm market and Neighbourgoods market are also largely indoors so they have (literally) got you covered too.
2. Explore the Two Oceans Aquarium
While you might prefer to keep warm and dry, our fishy friends at the magical Two OCeans Aquarium like it wet. Snaps with the ‘nemos’ and jellies, interactive touch pools, penguin and big predator feeding times – there is so much to keep everyone enthralled at all hours of the day that a visit to Cape Town is simply not complete without a trip to this underwater wonderland.
3. Indulge in Afternoon Tea
Steaming pots of fragrant teas, dainty cucumber and salmon finger sandwiches, crumbling scones with lemon curd and tiers of fancies. There is nothing like a Cape Grace Afternoon Tea to make you feel like you have stepped back in time and into a world of bygone glamour and sophistication. In winter, we keep the small fire lit, adding an extra sense of coziness to the library. We recommend popping some bubbles to make it an extra special afternoon.
4. Catch a Play
It might be cold outside, but our local artists and performers heat up the stage with productions that range from intimate to international. We particularly enjoy the Fugard Theatre, set in a beautifully renovated and historic building in the city centre. The Artscape generally hosts bigger productions, while the quirkiest of the lot belong to Theatre On The Bay. Pair your chosen production with dinner and call it an excellent and weather-proof night out on the town.
5. Go Wine tasting
If your idea of a great day includes magnificent views, a crackling fireplace and a glass of red, Cape Town is more than happy to oblige with one of our many wintery wine farms. There are seemingly endless options to choose from, but locally, the Constantia Winelands are home to a few fantastic options like Buitenverwachting, Constantia Glen and Beau Constantia – all of which have lovely warming fireplaces and hearty reds for quaffing next to them.
6. Visit a museum or gallery
South Africa’s rich and chequered past is conveyed in a range of museums and galleries that surround us. Visit the Iziko Slave Lodge, District Six Museum, Zeitz MOCAA, and a myriad of others, and get to grips with our struggles both past and present, our cultures and how this emerges in art in all its various forms.
If you are a guest, you should consider signing up for our Arts and Antiques Guided Tour.
7. Escape the Room
If cabin fever has you in its grasp, get to the Old Biscuit Mill and play a game of Hint Hunt – a mind bending challenge of logic, team and puzzle work that will no doubt get your adrenaline pumping. Choose from 4 different ‘escape the room’ scenarios and put your logical dexterity to the test!
8. Get Crafty at Clay Cafe
Let your inner artist loose at Clay Cafe – where you are invited to paint ceramic pieces of your choosing, while sipping on cappuccinos and snacking on a variety of delectable salads, cakes and sandwiches. The addition of trampolines and jungle gyms makes it perfect for little ones too.
9. Treat Yourself to Hot Chocolate at Honest Chocolate
Short and dark, or tall and milky? Classic, Mexican-spiced or laced with orange? There are countless of hot chocolate options at Honest Chocolate – most of which are surprisingly guilt-free. Located between the bustling streets of Loop and Bree, the café has a relaxed atmosphere, ideal for snuggling into on a cold day. We recommend pairing your drink of choice with a chocolate bunny chow – a banana bread stuffed with oozing dark chocolate, sprinkled with nuts and smothered in ice-cream.
10. Winter Spa escapes at Cape Grace
Spend a cold day relaxing with some much-deserved downtime in the spa. This winter, we have curated a special selection of spa experiences designed to warm up the muscles, improve circulation and really drain away any and all built up tension. Enjoy Hot Stone Massages, coupled with natural oils, and sip on fragrant rooibos teas to finish off. See more about our July spa specials here.
Blog post by Tarah Darge