Things To Do In Cape Town On A Rainy Day

1. Take The Train To Kalk Bay And Lunch At The Brass Bell

Take the train from central Cape Town to Kalk Bay. The station in Cape Town is under cover and getting off at Kalk Bay, it’s two steps into the Brass Bell, which balances on the sea’s edge – the perfect, cosy, place to watch the moody sea.

The train trip takes just under an hour and the last bit – from Muizenberg to Kalk Bay – runs along the sea, offering spectacular sights.

The Brass Bell has numerous different sections, all right on the sea with beautiful views. Savour a steaming bowl of seafood soup while you watch the rain fall on the wild grey seas.

2. HintHunt

Feeling a little bit of Cabin Fever stuck at home in the rain? Head on down to The Old Biscuit Mill and play HintHunt, the latest game on the block, that’ll see you solving riddles in a little room in order to get out and free yourself from true Cabin Fever.

You play in groups of three to five people and you get an hour to work out puzzles and mysteries and release yourselves from the room. It’s fun, it’s interactive, it gets the old cogs in the brain working, and it’s all indoors!

3. The Heart Of Cape Town Museum

In recognition of one of Cape Town’s most famous sons, Chris Barnard, and his performing the first heart transplant in the world in 1967, the museum is at Groote Schuur Hospital in Observatory. This is where he performed the groundbreaking surgery and the museum chronicles the whole story.

Guided tours are run every two hours, so phone The Heart of Cape Town Museum before going, to book a tour.

4. Drink Red Wine Next To A Roaring Fire

What better way to chase away the rainy day blues, than to sit next to a roaring fire and drink some of the world’s finest red wine, made on our doorstep? The list of places in and around Cape Town that have fires in winter and serve red wine (and great food) is blissfully endless. These are four of our favourites.

Societi Bistro & The Snug

With its bare brick walls, numerous fireplaces and a menu that’ll warm the cockels of your heart, Societi Bistro is a rainy day winner.

If you’re not looking for a meal to accompany your red wine, pop in next door at The Snug. Let’s just say its name is perfect.

Jackal & Hide

On trendy Kloof Street, this bar/restaurant is where the pretty people hang out. Don’t let its vast outdoor patio area put you off going on cold, wet, days: Jackal & Hide has a cosy little indoor section with a roaring fire and a delicious, but simple, menu. I’m just going to say one thing: slow-braised oxtail.


Situated on the Sir Lowry’s Pass Road outside Somerset West, Waterkloof is the place to go if you feel like a little drive and some cheese and wine tasting next to the designer open fireplace in the tasting room. In fact, everything here is designer, and beautiful, with a sweeping view across to False Bay.

If a platter is not enough to stave off wet weather-induced hunger, head to the restaurant to sample some of chef Gregory Czarnecki’s incredible cuisine, with a French twist.

Constantia Glen

Less than half an hour’s drive from Cape Town’s city centre, Constantia Glen is perched on top of a hill with breath-taking views across the valley to the mountains. The glass-walled restaurant is warm and cosy, with stoves to ensure that the grey cold stays outside where it belongs.

Do a wine tasting and enjoy one of their charcuterie or cheese platters. In winter they usually offer steaming bowls of three different kinds of soup with fresh, crispy, bread. You can get a big bowl of one, or a trio of small bowls of all three – for those of us who want to taste everything!

5. Indoor Bowling

Want a fun-filled day out of the rain? Head into the suburbs to Let’s Go Bowling indoor bowling in the Stadium-On-Main Centre in Claremont.

As long as you don’t mind renting bowling shoes, all you need is a couple of mates and some team spirit and you’re A for away! Striiiiike!

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