Though rainy days have been hard to come by in the Mother City, Cape Town is a city that thrives off winter activity in any weather. Whether you’re warming up with great coffee to the tunes of South Africa›s finest musical talents, or marvelling the gentle giants of the Atlantic Ocean during whale season, this coastal metropolis has fun all wrapped up when the mercury drops.
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Save the date
With the city having been awarded the title of Design Capital of the World 2014, it shouldn’t be too hard to find the odd art gallery, should it? It’s made especially easy with the first Thursday of every month dedicated to an art and artisanal food and beverage evening, Known as First Thursdays.
Roeland, Long and Bree Streets are transformed into a hub for cultural frenzy where colourful art galleries are perused and bacon bistros become beacons of light for the hungry.
Tune in live
Cape Town is synonymous with the live music scene and with loads of venues to choose from, Cafe Roux has to be one of the best. Here you can enjoy the tunes of South Africa’s finest musical talents for an intimate, 'unplugged' session.
Cafe Roux is also famous for great cuisine and the best beverages. Keep it local in the CBD, or travel further south, beyond the “Lentil Belt” to the original venue in Noordhoek.
Have a whale of a time
Winter season is the perfect time of the year to go whale spotting. Hermanus is arguably the whale capital of the country, where every year over 100 whales come to breed and give birth to their calves, thanks to the shallow ocean floor and calmer waters.
A little closer to Cape Town though, is spectacular False Bay where several species gather for breeding. These include the most common Southern Right Whale, Humpback Whale and Bryde’s Whale.
The thought might seem a little left of field if you think about surfing in winter. But in actual fact, some of the best surfing conditions occur in Cape Town in the winter.
Widely considered to be the birthplace of surfing in South Africa, Muizenberg is ripe for surfing in the cold months thanks to the valuable Northwesterly wind that pulls through to keep the swell tidy and strong. The shallow waters and simple waves make it paradise for surfers of all abilities.
Cape Town has long been famous for its Winelands, but there is another favourite beverage on the block making sure the city stays full of beans.
Speckled across the business district and greater suburbia, coffee houses play host to hundreds of different styles of coffee, lattes, espressos, mochas and more. Deluxe, Truth and Origin have some of the best in town. Keep an eye out for "Black Insomnia" – the strongest coffee in the world!