Rooftop bars Cape Town

Complete guide to the 7 best rooftop bars in Cape Town [2020 update]

Made by the world's leading experts on rooftop bars

Last updated: January 8th, 2020

A full list of the very best roof terraces in Cape Town. Here you'll find the best Cape Town rooftop bars with all info you need about each venue. Dress code, pictures, opening hours, maps and a lot more. Drink with a view over the ocean, the mountains and the city skyline at one of the fantastic sky lounges available. Or take a refreshing swim in one of the Cape Town rooftop pools. Whatever you choose, you won’t be disappointed. But which is the best rooftop bar in Cape Town? Just scroll down and find the Cape Town rooftop bar best suited for you.

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Area:Cape Town Harbour
Rooftop bar The Silo Rooftop Bar in Cape Town
The Silo Rooftop Bar
$$$$ Silo Square, V & A Waterfront
  • Highlights
  • 11th floor
  • Rooftop pool
  • Panoramic views
  • Luxorious
Perched on top of the fantastic The Silo Hotel, located at the Waterfront of Cape Town, this rooftop bar offers an amazing view, with panoramics all over the city, harbor, ocean and mountains. Equipped with one of the world's coolest rooftop infinity pools, this is the perfect spot for luxurious lounging high above the city. While the pool is only available to guests at the hotel, the rooftop bar is available to all. Just remember that you have to make reservation before you visit. Enjoy nice bites, classic cocktails or South African wines.
Area:De Waterkant
Rooftop bar Sky Bar at The Grey Hotel in Cape Town
Sky Bar at The Grey Hotel
$$$$ 49 Napier St, De Waterkant
  • Highlights
  • 3rd floor
  • Rooftop pool
  • Cocktail bar
  • Table Mountain view
A cozy and contemporary African rooftop bar, located on top of the fabulous boutique Grey Hotel in the vibrant De Waterkant of Cape Town. The top feature of this rooftop is probably the amazing views over Table Mountain, completed with panoramic vistas over the city and its surroundings. Not only views, the rooftop also comes with a rooftop swimming pool and a relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere. Serving tasty signature creations along with familiar classic cocktails it is a great place for both daytime pool-lounging or pre/post dinner cocktails.
Cloud 9 Rooftop Bar in Cape Town
Cloud 9 Rooftop Bar
$$$ 12 Kloof Nek Road
  • Highlights
  • 4th floor
  • Rooftop pool
  • 360-views
  • Relaxing
Located close to the popular Kloof and Long Street, Cloud 9 is a charming and relaxing rooftop bar, offering some fantastic 360-degree views over pretty much all of Cape Town. Including majestic close-ups over Table Mountain and Lion's Head. Set over two levels, here you can spend hours in the comfy sofas, but also take a dip in the crystal clear rooftop pool, open to all. The rooftop bar serves signature cocktails, local wines, beers, and ciders, along with bar bites and sourdough pizzas.
Area:Greenmarket Square
Rooftop bar Cape Town Sky Bar at The Grand Daddy Hotel in Cape Town
Sky Bar at The Grand Daddy Hotel
$$$ 38 Long St, City Centre
  • Highlights
  • 3rd floor
  • Rooftop cinema
  • Trailer park
  • Downtown
The fabulous Grand Daddy Hotel, located right in the heart of Cape Town, comes with a truly unique and very eventful rooftop terrace. Complemented with cool views of downtown and the outlines of Table Mountain, this venue is close to a must visit. Up here you can either stay in one of the seven authentic Airstream trailers, visit the Sky Bar for cold beer and classic cocktails in a very relaxing atmosphere or go for the weekly Pink Flamingo Rooftop Cinema.
Rooftop bar Harald's Bar & Terrace at Park Inn by Radisson in Cape Town
Harald's Bar & Terrace at Park Inn by Radisson
$$$$ 29 Heerengracht St, Foreshore
  • Highlights
  • 11th floor
  • Rooftop pool
  • Table Mountain view
  • Large cocktail list
A luxurious and modern cocktail bar perched on the 11th floor of the Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore. The roof terrace, called Harald's Bar & Terrace, comes with spectacular views of Table Mountain and panoramas over the city skyline. Open from early day to late at night you can visit for daytime lounging in the comfy sun loungers and dip your feets in the splash rooftop pool, or visit at night and enjoy the colourful lights and relaxing atmosphere. The rooftop bar menu is quite large, both in terms of food as well as drinks.
Area:Greenmarket Square
Rooftop bar Cape Town Tjing Tjing in Cape Town
Tjing Tjing Rooftop
$$$ 165 Longmarket St, City Centre
  • Highlights
  • 3rd floor
  • Japanese house
  • Handcrafted cocktails
  • Downtown
Tjing Tjing House really brings a slice of Japan right to the heart of Cape Town. Renovated and refurbished during summer 2018, here you find Tjing Tjing Torii (street-food Japanese) on the ground floor, Tjing Tjing Momiji (fine dining Japanese) on second, and if you make your way up to the top (as you should) the Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar. The rooftop bar serves fantastic and well-made cocktails, many with a Japanes touch, in a casual but trendy ambience.
Area:City center
Rooftop bar Cape Town The Waiting Room in Cape Town
The Waiting Room
$$ 273 Long St, City Centre
  • Highlights
  • 3rd floor
  • Hipster vibe
  • Live music
  • Downtown
Located on top of the Royale Eatery, right in the heart of Cape Town, The Waiting Room is a chilled and hip rooftop bar offering great views across Cape Town and the busy street below. Not at all fancy, but retro, urban and chic, this place comes not only with rooftop patio but also an indoor lounge and dancefloor, plus an adjecent balcony. While the indoor part is a lot about live music, DJs and weekend party-vibes, the rooftop terrace is a bit more chill and with hanging lanterns it's a cosy place for pre- or post dinner cocktails.

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Rooftop bar Cape Town

Rooftop-grade: 6/10
Prime season: Sep-May
Residents: 3,7 millions
Climate: mediterranean

When speaking of rooftop bars, there are a lot of good ones in Cape Town.

The views from the view spots here, vary a lot, but on a whole there is something for everyone here in terms of drinks, views and atmosphere. You get really cool views of the ocean, mountains, city and landscape from most of the sky bars located here.

There's also a great varaity among the rooftop bars in Cape Town, where some a very fancy and some a little bit more laid back.

About Cape Town

Cape Town is South Africa's second largest city after Johannesburg. It is also the legislative capital of the country, which means that the Parliament is based here. The city is located in southwest Africa near the Cape of Good Hope at the Atlantic coast. It enjoys a Mediterranean climate with distinct seasons. Hot summers and fairly cold winters. Cape Town is one of South Africa's most popular destination with attractions such as Table Mountain, surfing, white shark diving and its fine architecture.