Visitors to Cape Town, South Africa, often forget that the sun doesn’t shine 365 days of the year. So you won’t always be able to pass the time getting a perfect tan on one of the city’s many idyllic beaches. Here are 5 things to do in Cape Town on a rainy day.
1. Visit Rhodes Memorial – the restaurant behind this well known landmark on the slopes of Table Mountain has a cheerful fireplace and decent light meals. After coffee and dessert, take a gap between showers to stroll around the monument, pet a giant lion sculpture and enjoy the view of Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs and beyond, if it’s not too misty.
2. Get your culture on. The National Gallery and South Africa Museum are both set in the historic Company Gardens. Soak up some local art with a little ancient history on the side to pass the time, then grab a delicious cappuccino or latte at one of the city’s many coffee shops (Vida e Caffé in Kloof Street or off Greenmarket Square are popular and vibey)
3. Don’t whine about the weather – rather indulge in some excellent local wine. Take a drive an hour out of the city and explore the lush Cape Winelands. Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are both good choices, and the beautifully restored historic Cape Dutch Wine Estates make the perfect backdrops for a romantic day cuddling over delectable South African wine.
4. Bundle up and head for Kalk Bay – an artsy fishing village in False Bay with a picturesque harbour, plenty of fascinating shops to trawl, and a wide selection of places to eat and drink. The Brass Bell is a Cape Town institution, with excellent food served right on the water’s edge. In fact when the tide comes in you need to duck to mind the waves! If that’s too chilly, Polana at the harbour is the best place in Cape Town for late afternoon drinks or Sunday evening Afro-Jazz – fireplaces make it cozy while the waves crash on rocks just beyond the floor to ceiling windows.
5. Trawl the malls. OK it’s not a uniquely Cape Town thing to do but this city has some great shopping centres and when better to visit them than when it’s wet outside? Top 3 Cape Town malls – Canal Walk, Cavendish Square and De Waterkant. Or of course there’s the V&A Waterfront, a world of shopping, entertainment and dining out all situated at an international port.