Things to do in Cape Town when it’s raining

Cape Town Rain

Cape Town is known for its beautiful beaches, gorgeous weather and breathtaking scenery. But what happens in winter, when it’s cold, wet and rainy – what do you do then? Sure, it’s fun to sit on the couch at home and watch movies – but what about when you start to feel boxed in, or the kids want to go out and do something fun?

There are literally hundreds of activities to choose from in Cape Town, whether you’re looking for something entertaining to do to with the family, whether you want to make a romantic date out of it with your partner, or whether you just want to explore something interesting by yourself.

Below are a couple of ideas to try the next time you’re in the mood to have some fun and leave the house when it’s raining:

Visit “Paris” for the day
Take a drive to Franschhoek. There are plenty of little coffee shops, book stores and specialty shops that will not only keep you occupied, but you’ll almost feel as though you’ve travelled to a little piece of Paris – right here in Cape Town! Franschhoek is known for its gourmet food. Why not pop into the famous restaurant – Reuben’s, for some enticing food? Rickety Bridge is another option, although you probably won’t be able to sit outside – you can still sample their delicious food inside their cosy interior. When in Franschhoek, make sure you visit Huguenot Fine Chocolates for some mouthwatering Belgium chocolate treats!

Enjoy a show and a meal at Die Boer in Durbanville
There are at least two shows to choose from every weekend. Shows at Die Boer include stand up comedy, jazz bands or well known singers. It’s best to book in advance as tables go quickly. This is a place that has great value for money and the food is excellent! It’s definitely not a place to go to for those on a diet, or those who can’t handle loud noise.

Visit the mall
If you don’t mind the crowds (as this is something a lot of people do when it rains), the mall can be a lot of fun on a rainy day. You don’t even have to go to your local mall, take a drive and explore a mall that you haven’t been to before. Do some window (or real) shopping, enjoy a cappuccino at a coffee shop, catch a movie, or play some video games in the arcade.

Go wine tasting
You won’t get to sit outside in the sun and admire the view, but you will enjoy sipping on some delicious white or red wine inside a cosy farmhouse. Most wine farms will have a fireplace and comfortable seating inside. Relax and enjoy the wine. Order a plate of bread and tasty cheeses or enjoy a full farm style lunch.

Enjoy High Tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel
Give in to those winter cravings and indulge in a wide variety of sweet treats and sandwiches. Mount Nelson Hotel is known for its high teas, and whether you’re sitting outside in the garden, or inside in the beautifully decorated and furnished lounge – you are sure to feel like absolute royalty. Afternoon tea is served between 14h30 and 17h30 and is R185 per adult, and R85 per child.

Take in a show at the Artscape Theatre
Sit back and relax while enjoying a show at this historical venue. First opened in 1971, the Artscape Theatre is known for its high quality performance shows. These include ballet performances, self improvement workshops and drama festivals.

Go ice-skating at Grand West Casino
What better time than in the middle of winter when it’s freezing cold, to put on a pair of ice skates and get lost in a magical world of frozen ice! Lots of fun for the whole family, or as a romantic date with your partner. After you’ve finished skating, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate at one of the well known restaurants.

A big “Thank You” goes to Melanie Chisnall for this guest post. Please visit her blog at

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