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Five Best Rooftop Bars in Cape Town

Five Best Rooftop Bars in Cape Town

Cape Town is a city that doesn’t do things by halves. Incredible natural beauty, world-famous wines and some seriously cool rooftop bars. From tropical drinks on the terrace at Silo Rooftop Bar to a tipple above the bustling city centre in The Waiting Room, there are plenty of places to drink in the views. Ready to explore new heights? Read on for our roundup of the five best rooftop bars in Cape Town…


  1. Sunshine & Scenery at Silo Rooftop Bar
  2. A Fusion of Flavours at Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar
  3. An Evening in the Waiting Room
  4. Up in the Clouds at Sky Bar
  5. Get Lively at Gigi Rooftop


Sunshine & Scenery at Silo Rooftop Bar 

Perched atop the luxurious Silo Hotel in the trendy V&A Waterfront, Silo Rooftop Bar is a chic contemporary venue that appears on many lists of the best rooftop bars in Cape Town. Offering unrivalled views of the harbour, Table Mountain and the city’s impressive skyline, it offers an unbeatable drinking experience. Whether you’re sipping on a zesty Table Mountain Mule in the afternoon sun or savouring a tropical Silo Sunset as the day draws to a close, the panoramic vistas here offer a whole new perspective of the city’s beauty. There’s also a mouthwatering menu of small seafood plates and gourmet snacks to nibble on while you enjoy a refreshing beverage or two. 

A Fusion of Flavours at Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar  

Set in a historic building in the heart of the bustling city centre, Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar is a hidden gem with a passion for modern Japanese culture and cuisine. It’s definitely one for those who appreciate a classic cocktail with a twist, so if a honey and smoke old fashioned sounds like your thing then you won’t be disappointed. As soon as you step onto the airy outside terrace, you’ll be transported to a vibey urban oasis. Sit back and relax under fairy lights with a lychee martini or garden gin fizz in hand, soaking up the sights and sounds of the busy streets below. Prefer a pint of craft beer or glass of fine wine? Take your pick from the bar’s extensive and impressive menu and don’t forget to order a few tapas dishes to snack on too. 

An Evening in the Waiting Room 

The Waiting Room is a lively rooftop bar with a bohemian charm, offering breathtaking views that stretch from the bustling Long Street to the awe-inspiring Table Mountain. It has rightfully earned its place among the best rooftop bars in Cape Town, frequently hosting local bands and DJs, and attracting both locals and visitors year round. It’s set on the top floor of a Victorian building but don’t be put off by the staircase as it’s well worth the climb. When you reach the quirky space, make sure to try their signature cocktail, the Bohemian Bliss. This concoction of gin, elderflower and lemon is sure to delight your taste buds and leave you wanting more. 

Up In the Clouds at Sky Bar  

We’re heading to the trendy De Waterkant neighbourhood for our next stop on this bar crawl: the stylish Sky Bar at The Grey Hotel. This sophisticated rooftop establishment offers more than just uninterrupted views of Table Mountain and the surrounding cityscape – it also boasts a luxurious outdoor swimming pool. Whether you’re looking to socialise in your swimsuit during the day or relax by the water come evening, the Sky Bar has you covered. You can also expect a well-curated wine list at this trendy spot, so keep an eye out for local white, red and sparkling options. There are all sorts of artisanal cocktails and top-tier spirits to choose from too, so we’re sure there’s something to satisfy even the most discerning palates. 

Get Lively at Gigi Rooftop 

It’s time to get the last round in, so we’re making our way over to the highly acclaimed Gigi Rooftop at Gorgeous George, to round off our list of the five best rooftop bars in Cape Town. Located right in the heart of the city, it’s the place to come if you’re craving an energetic vibe (especially when there’s a DJ set in full swing). Expect innovative twists on contemporary classics complemented by incredible views of the city skyline from the chic outdoor terrace complete with a pool.