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The Best Winter Activities to do in the Cape

by Sinke Car

It’s often difficult to find things to do in Cape Town during winter because it’s such a ‘summer’ city. Because Cape Town is an outdoorsy place, keeping busy when it’s cold and miserable outside is rather challenging. But don’t worry, we have come up with an exciting list of things to do over this winter season!

Watch a movie at the Cinema

Since Netflix and streaming has taken over many of us have parted ways with the cinema. But if we’re honest with ourselves, watching a film on a big screen while eating popcorn and sipping on slush puppies is the ultimate winter treat. With fantastic movies on the way, such as the Lion King, there’s no reason not to pay a visit this winter – plus, it beats sitting at home!

Spend a weekend in Franschhoek


Franschhoek is one of the most charming small towns in the world, if I do say so myself. The green rolling hills of the wine farms, the gorgeous mountains which make for an exquisite backdrop to the small-town coffee shops, art galleries and restaurants, and the peace and tranquility similar to that of the countryside makes Franschhoek a true gem of a place. And let’s not forget the award-winning wines produced by Franschhoek’s world-renowned wine farms such as Boschendal, or the delicious cuisine whipped up by top-class chefs; if this is not the ideal place to spend a winter weekend, I don’t know what is!

Spend the day at the V&A Waterfront (markets, shopping, restaurants)


The V&A Waterfront is a tourist hot-spot in Cape Town for many reasons: it’s situated in the perfect location to marvel at the views of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean while having lunch or dinner; and it’s also a place filled with activities for the whole family. During winter it is the place to be as you can wander through the mall and shop to your heart’s content, or watch a film at the cinema. There are also kids play areas, as well as Cape Town’s very own ‘London Eye’ called The Wheel of Excellence. There are of course also hundreds of amazing restaurants to choose from – it’s impossible to be bored at the V&A!

Host a dinner at your home

While trying out new restaurants is fun, hosting a dinner party for your closest friends is even more enjoyable. People feel more relaxed in the comfort of a home, rather than in a public setting because one is free to laugh as loud as they want, crack jokes and have a good time for as long as they wish, which is why dinner parties, or braais are so much fun. You can either go all-out with a three-course meal and a table set for the queen, or just a casual affair with pizza and wine. Throw in some games and good music, and you’re set for an unforgettable night!

Play indoor putt at the V&A Waterfront

Just as we mentioned, there is so much to do for the whole family at the V&A! Just opposite the mall is an indoor putt-putt arena which many don’t even know about because it’s pretty well hidden, but trust us, it’s one of the best ways to enjoy a winter’s day. You can bring along a group of friends and battle it out before grabbing a drink or a bite to eat at the restaurant – sounds like bliss doesn’t it?

Watch a show at the theater


There are many amazing theaters in Cape Town with even better productions. Theaters such as the Fugard, The Artscape and the Baxter host some of the world’s greatest productions touring from various countries around the world. You may want to keep up to date with their shows and schedules, so that you know which one to book in advance. Everyone needs a little creativity and inspiration in their lives, and this is a fantastic way to get in touch with your cultural side.

Immerse yourself in a hobby

Maybe you already have a few hobbies, or maybe you have yet to find something that interests you, but whatever the case may be, winter is the ideal time to explore your interests and passions – especially since there’s not much else going on to distract you. Try your hand at drawing, painting or writing, or use your handy skills to build models or refurbish old items.