“If you’re on holiday in Cape Town and feeling a bit up in the air about which rooftop bar to visit, we’ll help you narrow down your choice. Alternatively, you could visit them all. This is our choice of the coolest rooftop bars Cape Town that will leave you feeling on top of the world.”
Cosmopolitan Cape Town is South Africa’s eclectic Mediterranean-vibed city straddling the coastline of both the Indian and Atlantic oceans. From verdant vineyards to sugar-white beaches and looming mountains, Cape Town is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream destination. The vibrant city pulsates with plenty of other activity, and Capetonians are known for being on-trend when it comes to the food and beverage sector.
Cape Town re-invents cocktails, rebrands bars, and refurbishes old buildings to ensure the city keeps up with its European counterparts. One of the many beautiful things emerging in Cape Town is its rooftop bars. With its spectacular scenery, Cape Town is certainly the place to build a rooftop bar.
The Coolest Rooftop Bars in Cape Town
Silo Hotel Rooftop Bar
The Silo Hotel is a premier hotel located at the VA Waterfront in Cape Town. Overlooking the yacht basin, and offering stellar views of Table Mountain, the Silo is one Cape Town’s top hotels. The rooftop area offers guests an al fresco bar with aerial views of the city and mountain. The drinks menu offers a unique blend of cocktails and classic drinks, with their signature drink being the Rose Ginvino. The cocktail is a blend of Musgrave pink gin, chenin blanc, lime, grapefruit, rose syrup, and egg white. The Silo Rooftop is open from 11am to 6pm.
Gigi at the Gorgeous George
The Mountain Club at Cloud 9
Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel is a small apartment-style boutique hotel located in the bustling suburb of Gardens at the foot of Table Mountain. The hotel is within walking distance of restaurants and cafes, and is popular with the in-crowd. Cloud 9 successfully marries modern luxury with heritage, and 55-rooms span 5 Edwardian heritage properties. On-site there’s a restaurant, spa, and a rooftop bar.
Ah, the rooftop bar! Aptly named “The Mountain Club”, Cloud 9’s bartenders are known for delivering a few showstopping cocktails. In addition to cocktails, you can order mouthwatering tapas to snack on while taking in the lofty surroundings. There’s also a plunge – ideal for a swelteringly hot summer’s day. There is a minimum spend of R200 at the bar, which shouldn’t be a problem for anyone.
Chinchilla Rooftop Cafe and Bar
Located in the heart of Camps Bay, the St Tropez of the Cape, is the cool Chinchilla Rooftop Cafe and Bar. Charming Chinchilla is touted as the new refined place to sip on elegantly crafted cocktails, and caters for the more discerning guest. The bar is more than just a bar, it’s a venue for music, art, and food. The chic but relaxed decor provides the perfect place to unwind on balmy days. The bar has its own mixologists who create masterpieces in a glass. Enjoy cocktails with names like “Waves of Ginger”, and tuck into unique mixes of orange vanilla-infused martinis, and concoctions of watermelon and ginger beer.
Utopia in De Waterkant
This skyscraper of a restaurant and bar is the new kid on the block in Cape Town, and offers fine cuisine with a pairing menu to match. Located on the 15th floor of a building in Cape Town’s De Waterkant area, Utopia is a classic place to enjoy a spot of fine dining. An executive chef that creates both visually appealing and tasty dishes with a Mediterranean influence. Forget New York, Utopia is the new city-slicker rooftop bar and restaurant in Cape Town. A crowd favourite is the Bo Kaap which is made from Grey Goose Premium Vodka, fresh strawberries, cucumber, and lime.