Cape Town is South Africa’s second most populous city and has won third place as the greatest city in the world, largely due to the fact that it’s an overwhelmingly beautiful city. And whether you’re a tourist or local, your Cape Town bucket list should include some visits to the many Rooftop Bars in Cape Town and Rooftop restaurants in Cape Town. There’s no better way to soak up all that Cape Town has to offer but to sit on top of the world, sipping on your favourite drink.
We’ve put together a list of some of the top rooftop bars in Cape Town because when you live or visit a city as beautiful as Cape Town, rooftop bars are your go-to for catching those famous Cape Town sunsets with friends.
Here are some of our favourite rooftop bars and rooftop restaurants in Cape Town:
1. Utopia Cape Town
Looking for the best rooftop bars in Cape Town? Look no further than Utopia Cape Town! This Rooftop restaurant offers 360-degree views of the Mother City, showcasing Cape Town in all its glory. It’s hardly surprising that Utopia won Africa’s Best Rooftop Restaurant category in the World Culinary Awards 2021. Utopia serves up bistro-style Mediterranean-influenced dishes and is perched up on the 15th floor of the Mirage Building providing guests with a perfect bird’s eye view of the city skyline, mountains and ocean. So if you’re looking for breathtaking views and delicious food, make sure to check out Utopia Rooftop Restaurant!
- Location: 40 Chiappini Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town
- Website: www.utopiacapetown.co.za
2. Sky Bar at the Grey Hotel
Sky Bar Cape Town is located in the vibrant De Waterkant on the cobbled Napier Street. The bar offers spectacular views of Table Mountain. Visit the Sky Bar during Cape Town’s sunny days or those famous Cape Town balmy evenings to enjoy the rooftop swimming pool while sipping on your favourite drink. The Sky Bar Cape Town menu serves tapa-style cuisine with its signature cocktails.
- Location: 49 Napier Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town
- Website: thegreyhotel.co.za/skybar
3. 14Stories Rooftop Bar
Enjoy sundowners in the heart of Cape Town’s City Centre. 14Stories rooftop bar is located on the 14th floor of the Sun Square Hotel, delighting guests with views of Table Mountain, Signal Hill and the V&A Waterfront while enjoying a light menu and tasty signature cocktails. 14Stories is both a rooftop bar and indoor lounge with views through panoramic windows.
- Location: 23 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town
- Website: www.southernsun.com/sunsquare-cape-town-city-bowl/dining/14stories-rooftop-bar
4. RED Roof
RED Roof is a popular venue among locals and visitors alike offering tapas-style dishes and memorable cocktails, situated in the Silo District of the V&A Waterfront atop the Radisson RED hotel with breathtaking views of the sunset, sea and Table Mountain.
- Location: 6 Silo, Silo Square, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
- Website: www.radissonhotels.com/en-us/hotels/radisson-red-cape-town-va-waterfront
5. Chinchilla Rooftop Bar
Chinchilla Rooftop Bar is one of the most popular rooftop bars in Cape Town. The bar is located on the roof of a building in Camps Bay and offers views of the ocean and the iconic Lions Head and Twelve Apostles mountains. The bar has a chic design and offers a classic-style menu with world-class cocktails. The bar also has a resident DJ who plays music in an unforgettable ocean setting.
- Location: Shop 120, Second Floor, The Promenade Building, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape town
- Website: www.chinchillarooftop.co.za
6. Cloud 9 Mountain Club Bistro
The Cloud 9 Mountain Club Bistro is one of Cape Town’s hidden gems, located at the Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel and Spa. The restaurant spans over two levels with the upper deck offering 360-degree views of the city and Table Mountain, a plunge pool and bar serving up cocktails and a variety of mouth-watering breakfast options, tapas, sushi, and desserts.
- Location: 12 Kloof Nek Rd, Tamboerskloof, Cape Town
- Website: www.hotelcloudnine.com/mountain-club
7. Gigi Rooftop
A quick stroll down St George’s Mall to the Gorgeous George Hotel, make your way up to the 6th floor and you’ve arrived at the Gigi Rooftop Restaurant and Bar. The menu caters for everything from breakfast, to dinner and late afternoon drinks. Let your hair down and indulge in the sun-filled poolside sessions.
- Location: 118 St George’s Mall, Cape Town
- Website: www.gigirooftop.com
8. Up Yours at Yours Truly
As Kloof Streets‘ one and only Rooftop bar, UP YOURS at Yours Truly has become an institution among the locals and is the ideal venue for after-work drinks and lazy weekends, with breathtaking views of the Cape Town sunsets, this space is the quintessential Cape Town experience and has become the hub of the local music scene, with live DJ’s and acoustic sessions every weekend.
- Location: 73 Kloof Street, Cape Town
- Website: www.yourstrulycafe.co.za
9. Rick’s Cafe Americain
On top of the historic Villa, you will find the Rooftop terrace of Rick’s Cafe, with a cocktail bar and a food menu offering delicious local, Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine and the most amazing mountain views of Cape Town, The perfect spot for sundowners with friends.
- Location: 103 Kloof street, corner Weltevreden Avenue, Gardens, Cape Town
- Website: www.rickscafe.co.za
10. Oblivion Kitchen and Bar
Welcome to Oblivion, one of Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs gem of a place where old friends meet and new friends are made. The dreamy rooftop bar with views of Table Mountain is decked out in comfortable couches, fireplaces and board games, creating the perfect environment for you to relax and chat with a friend while sipping on your favourite drink from its extensive wine and cocktail list. The menu serves up classic dishes from burgers, pizzas, waffles and so much more.
- Location: 22 Chichester Road, corner 3rd Avenue and Chichester Road, Harfield Village, Cape Town
- Website: www.oblivion.co.za
11. The Silo Rooftop Bar
Another one of the best rooftop bars in Cape Town, the Silo Hotel’s roof bar in Cape Town is a must, with sea and city views competing for your attention. In this setting, wine should definitely be your partner for the evening and you can pair their incredible collection of viño with everything from flatbread selections to poké bowls and oysters while soaking up the last bit of the day’s sun and welcoming a glorious Cape Town sunset.
- Location: Silo Square, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
- Website: www.theroyalportfolio.com/the-silo/experiences/at/the-silo-rooftop/
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