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5 of our Favourite Sundowner Spots in Cape Town

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Summer in Cape Town means longer days, warm evenings, and relaxed vibes – perfect for enjoying a few sunset cocktails with some good people. Here are some of our favourite spots to enjoy a refreshing drink as you watch the sun dip below the Atlantic after a long day at work.

The Leopard Bar

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The Leopard Bar, well-located with a view of the Atlantic Ocean and Lion’s Head, is one of the city’s finest spots to enjoy your favourite sundowners. Furthermore, with an extensive and delicious drinks selection, you’ll be coming back for more in no time. The Leopard Bar is best for special-occasion drinks, and relaxed get-togethers with friends, family or even colleagues. If you’re a fan of live music, arrive between 6 and 9 pm between Thursday and Sunday.

Sunset Cruise with Waterfront Adventures

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There are many restaurants, bars and ‘secret’ spots around Cape Town that offer stunning views of the sunset, but what do they all have in common? They’re landlocked. For a truly unique experience, book a sunset cruise with Waterfront Adventures and receive glasses of bubbly to enjoy on your very own sunset cruise. Relax on this vintage-styled sailing vessel (that has a cash bar!) as you savour the vistas of the Mother City’s skyline from the sea. The trip starts at the V&A Waterfront and heads towards Table Bay before returning to the harbour. All in all, the trip takes about an hour and a half – make sure to bring a camera!

On the Rocks Restaurant

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The aptly named On the Rocks Restaurant is located right next to the rocks the waves crash on in Bloubergstrand. Expect breathtaking views of both Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean, giving you an unforgettable experience of the West Coast’s sunsets. Sip on your cocktails and perhaps enjoy dinner at this opulent, long-standing restaurant with a unique view of the city. The ambience, food, service and view will appeal to all your taste buds and your senses.

Signal Hill

The view from Lion’s Head Trail, looking across Signal Hill to Cape Town

If you aren’t keen to go to a bar or a restaurant, you could always enjoy your sunset cocktails with a picnic at the top of Signal Hill – a popular spot for residents of the city. You could drive up there along the scenic route yourself, or take one of the well-known Red Bus Tours to the top. Signal Hill is the perfect place to watch a breathtaking sunset and enjoy a picnic with the family

or your friends, so remember to pack a picnic basket with all your favourite foods and drinks. Furthermore, you’ll be able to find vendors selling treats such as ice cream to enjoy on your picnic. It’s best to leave after it gets dark so you can take in the view of Cape Town at night, with a bird’s eye view of miles of sparkly lights.

Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar

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Why not head into the city for your evening cocktails? Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar is situated on Longmarket Street at the top of a restored 200-year-old building. The shrine-like bright-red bar is offset by black-and-white photographic wallpaper, with hot-hot beats enhancing the vibe indoors and flowing to the open-air terrace. Furthermore, the interior – with its dark wood, red leather, gleaming copper, and quirky nods to Japanese culture – complements the new indie and electronica music nicely. After your sundowners, head to Tjing Tjing Torii at street level for some delicious Japanese-inspired street food.

The O’Two Hotel

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We said five spots right? Well, the sixth isn’t just our favourite – it’s the best spot for enjoying sunset cocktails. The O’Two Boutique Hotel boasts a heated rooftop pool with full bar service, so you and your guests can take in the splendour of an Atlantic sunset and Cape Town’s most stunning views and attractions while sipping on your cocktails or mocktails. And don’t worry about pesky load shedding ruining the mood – The O’Two has a full backup generation unit to ensure that your sundowners go uninterrupted. Book your stay with us by visiting our website, today!

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