While the rainy weather in Cape Town might make you want to cuddle up under the covers there’s still so much to do and see in The Mother City in winter! You might think that Cape Town is at its best when the sun is out but that doesn’t mean that you should stop exploring the city. To inspire you to get up off the couch we’ve found just 5 super unique things to do in Cape Town this winter – but rest assured there are so many, many more!

1. Laugh it off at the Cape Town Comedy Club

Cape Town Comedy Club

If you love to laugh (and who doesn’t?) then the Cape Town Comedy Club is the perfect place to destress and laugh it all off. The best thing about this unique comedy club is that it’s also a restaurant so you can stuff your face while you listen to the carefully crafted stand-up routines of some of South Africa’s best comedians. If you’re budget conscious then head through on a Wednesday and Thursday for Mid-Week Madness nights and pay only R50 to get into selected shows, if you’re not keen to go in the week then Sundays are half-price so you’ll pay only R60 to get into selected shows. The food at this casual dining spot is absolutely delicious and the spot makes the for the perfect first date or winter night out with friends. Click here for more information. 

2. Enjoy your own private cinema experience at The Twelve Apostles

12 apostles cinema

This is the ultimate winter experience – dinner and a movie and then your own private movie screening! The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa’s dinner and movie offering is a great way to celebrate a birthday this winter and definitely takes the stress out of organising a party. Of course, you don’t have to wait for a special occasion to organise it as this is also a great way to bond with your friends and family over your favourite movie. Available for between 10 and 16 people at R475 per person per person for lunch and a movie, the Blockbuster Party package includes a three-course menu at fine dining restaurant Azure, followed by the movie of your choice in the hotel’s private cinema. The Twelve Apostles features a wide selection of films, features something for everyone, with themed months ranging from Classic Hollywood to Family Fun and ‘Local is Lekker’ South African films. During the movie you will also be treated to heavenly desserts such as Vanilla Crème Brûlée, or Strawberry Mille Feuille with strawberry pudding, white chocolate and strawberry sorbet as well as plenty of snacks, including the obligatory popcorn, sweets and a rich hot chocolate or milkshake of the day. To book, contact restaurant reservations on 021 437 9029.

3. Go deep underground

cape town tunnels

Sure there’s lots to explore in Cape Town but we bet you’ve never explored UNDER the city – we mean deep, under the city. For something completely different explore the tunnels under cape town with Good Hope Adventures (yes, there are tunnels under the city!) To make a long story boring, in 1652 the Dutch built a series of canals in the Cape to feed water through to the Company Gardens and to replenish passing ship’s water supplies the canals were later arched over by the British in 1895 and were almost forgotten until recent city excavations revealed them. Now, locals and tourists can tour the tunnels along with tour operators starting at The Castle. The tours are about 2-hours long and cost about R250 per person. Please note, while this is a great thing to do in winter the tours are weather dependant and heavy rains will make the tunnels dangerous to walk through. Click here for more information.

4. Visit the indoor Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay

Bay Harbour Market

Winter time at this cosy indoor market is simply magical – warm up in front of the roaring fireplace while enjoying a bowl of wholesome soup or a cup of piping hot coffee before heading off to browse the stalls offering warm and cosy winter fashion. A visit to the market is a super warm and toasty way to spend a Friday night, Saturday afternoon or ‘Sunday Funday’. The market also offers live music on Friday from 17:00 – 21:00 as well as Saturday and Sunday from 09:30 – 16:00. Click here for more information.

5. Head out for dinner and a show

trees restaurant

Book your tickets for a spectacular show of your choice at the Artscape, Fugard Theatre or City Hall and treat yourself to a sumptuous dinner before. The theatres in Cape Town offer a wide selection of top-notch plays, musical performances, comedy shows and other productions all winter long so there’s bound to be something that will catch your fancy. For a memorable experience make a night of it and book dinner at Trees Restaurant at Townhouse Hotel before the show. The hotel and restaurant is located in the heart of the city centre and are perfectly positioned to host guests who are looking to enjoy a special meal before heading off to enjoy a show. The team in the kitchen have put together a Pre-Show Theatre Special which is served from 18:00 until 19:00, giving you plenty of time to eat and make your way to the theatre venue. We love the sound of the“Potjie of the day” – stew or curry, with rice and seasonal vegetables served with a glass of Waterford Pebble Hill Red blend (R132). Click here for more information.