Cape Town’s top sundowner spots

Posted on 20 February 2020

The Getaway team shares some of their favourite Cape Town sundowners spots. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy the long summer evenings while they last, here are our recommendations.

Image: Joshua Kraus on Unsplash

Jess Oosthuyse: After navigating the steep, narrow backroads of the Atlantic Seaboard, this urban sanctuary will come as a huge relief. The Camps Bay Retreat feels like a replica of Frances Burnett’s Secret Garden, except that it has a sunset view of the ocean. And a cocktail bar on the terrace, so be sure to grab a Pimm’s before ambling down to lounge on the manicured lawn and laugh at the suckers fighting for space on the beach below. Booking essential.

Justin Fox: On the deck of the Radisson Hotel in Granger Bay, you’re right on the water and can watch the play of dusky pastel light on Table Bay after sunset.

Louise Topping: The sand dunes on Noordhoek Beach. Its dog- and kid-friendly, easily accessible, has amazing views and is never crowded.

Catherine Hofmeyr: Klein Leeukop above Hout Bay. The views are as good as Lion’s Head but you’ll have them all to yourself.

Camps Bay Retreat. Image: Jessica Oosthuyse

Gabrielle Jacobs: Oblivion Bar in Claremont, for back-lit mountain views.

Matthew Sterne: A bench on the contour path round Lion’s Head for an elevated view without the crowds on top.

Caroline Webb: Any of the rooftop bars in town. On rare days, I’ve seen the light of sunset bathe the city in extraordinary hues, such as a mauve-purple or almost-neon red, for about 30 minutes. Because you can’t see the actual setting sun (it’s on the other side of Signal Hill and Table Mountain), it makes the city seem magical.

Michelle Hardie: The Lookout Deck in Hout Bay for the intense red the sun casts onto Chapman’s Peak.

Achmat Booley: Saunders Rocks Beach between Sea Point and Bantry Bay.

Elise Kirsten: Azure restaurant at the 12 Apostles Hotel. It’s not far from the city, yet you feel like you’re tucked away between the mountain and the sea.

Azure restaurant at the 12 Apostles Hotel on Victoria Drive overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and Camps Bay, at the foot of Lion’s Head, in the distance.

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