10 best rooftop bars in Africa

From Marrakech to Cape Town.

February 14, 2022

Africa plus rooftop bars is a trend that’s starting to get very popular nowadays. More and more hotels understand that you need a rooftop bar to be competitive in the business.

Most of the best rooftop bars in Africa can be found at luxurious hotels along a coastline. So, the view you’ll get from these rooftops are often out over the ocean, which is indeed a very nice thing.

Here’s our list of the 10 best rooftop bars in Africa. Made by the world’s leading experts on rooftop bars – The Rooftop Guide.

1. Alto234
/ Johannesburg

Best Rooftop Bars Africa - Alto234
Alto234 - Photo: www.alto234.co.za/

Found on the rooftop of The Leonardo in Sandton, Johannesburg, Alto234 is the highest urban bar in Africa.

Redefining ‘drinks with a view’, this sky-high (234 meters to be exact) rooftop bar and viewing deck boasts amazing 360-degree views, overlooking the lush landscape of Johannesburg.

Serving only the world’s finest when it comes to drinks, tapas and service, Alto234 is one of the most aspirational and exclusive places in all of Africa, quite simply described in three words: High. On. Life.

Alto234 has a variety of experiences on offer, each at a different time of day. From the relaxing 'Afternoon Experience' to a glittering 'Night Light Experience'.

ALTO234

75 Maude St, Sandown, Sandton, 2031

Daily: 12:30 - 23.00

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2. The Jame's Rooftop
/ Casablanca

Best Rooftop Bars Africa - The Jame's Rooftop
The Jame's Rooftop - Photo: www.thejamesrooftop.com/

Found in the heart of the Art-Deco district in Casablanca, The Jame's Rooftop offers an urban jungle experience with a view.

Set on the 5th floor of the JM Suites & Spa Hotel, the rooftop mixes the industrial-chic with the lush, all surrounded with amazing 360° views over Casablanca.

Overlooking the Hassan II Mosque and the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, here you can enjoy a cosmopolitan menu, offering a nice selection of refreshing cocktails, wine and beers, as well as global food, from tacos and sushi to juicy burgers.

Open for lunch, after works with a relaxing lounge vibes, and nightly fun including great live DJs on weekends, The Jame's Rooftop is pretty much always a good option to experience Casablanca from above.

THE JAME'S ROOFTOP

161 Angle Bd Rachidi & Moulay Hassan 1er- Quartier, Bd Moulay Youssef, Casablanca

Daily: 12:00 - 01.00

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3. Sky Lounge at Emara Ole-Sereni
/ Nairobi

Best Rooftop Bars Africa - Sky Lounge at Emara Ole-Sereni
Sky Lounge at Emara Ole-Sereni - Photo: https://emara.ole-sereni.com/

Found right by the Nairobi National Park, the luxurious hotel Emara Ole-Sereni comes with a swanky 10th floor rooftop, that is not only one of the best in the city, but in all of Africa.

Given the location, it is no big surprise that the terrace comes with some amazing views over the National Park, continuing to the city skyline.

Equipped with comfy lounge furniture, colorful details and a lovely rooftop pool, the rooftop is definitely an Insta-worthy spot.

Surrounded with a sophisticated ambience and chill vibes, the Sky Lounge is perfect for hanging out, sundowners or anyone who wants to impress a date.

From the rooftop bar you can order crafted signature cocktails, mocktails, beers and wine, as well as tasty shareables and bites.

SKY LOUNGE

Off Mombasa Road Adjacent to Ole-Sereni, 00500 Nairobi

Daily: 12:00 - late

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4. Rooftops at Z Hotel
/ Zanzibar

Best Rooftop Bars Africa - Rooftops at Z Hotel
Rooftops at Z Hotel - Photo: www.thezhotel.com

While it's located only on a 2nd story, Rooftops has earned a spot in this list, not for its beautiful views but rather for the experiences it delivers.

This open-air rooftop cocktail bar is one of the most unique venues in Zanzibar, and as such, one you're sure to remember. After all, lying back on one of the bar's coconut wood loungers and enjoying the fully stocked bar and the beautiful sunset isn't something you'll forget any time soon.

Just below you also find the Cinnamon restaurant, serving a global food menu filled with everything from Asian inspired platters to western classics and a selection of Zanzibar dishes. If you wish, you can enjoy your food up on the rooftop.

Rooftops tends to appeal to a younger crowded, which means the atmosphere is vibrant and laid back, but that always goes well with the spirit of Zanzibar.

ROOFTOPS AT Z HOTEL

Nungwi Beach, Zanzibar City, Tanzania

Daily: 12.30 - 22.00

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5. The Silo Rooftop Bar
/ Cape Town

Best Rooftop Bars Africa - The Silo Rooftop Bar
The Silo Rooftop Bar - Photo: www.theroyalportfolio.com

Perched on the fantastic five-star hotel The Silo, this rooftop bar offers incredible views of Cape Town's waterfront, as well as the city and the surrounding mountains.

Up here, you can enjoy one of the continent's coolest rooftop infinity pools, as well as comfortable loungers, luxurious decor, and a world-class staff.

While the pool is available only to guests, the rooftop bar is open to the public, but reservations are mandatory, as well as arriving in time.

Open daily, The Silo rooftop bar serves fresh oysters, pulled pork sandwiches, and even has a tempura bar.

Drink-wise, expect South African wines, classic cocktails, champagne, and more. If for any reason, you can't get a table at the rooftop bar, The Silo has a second bar, located on the sixth floor.

THE SILO HOTEL

Silo Square, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8801

Daily: 12:00 - sunset

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6. Level 8
/ Dar es Salaam

Best Rooftop Bars Africa - Level 8
Level 8 - Photo: www.hyatt.com

One of the favorite rooftops in town, Level 8, offers jaw-dropping views of the harbor and the city skyline, as well as comfortable lounge furniture from which to enjoy.

Classic and exotic cocktails, beers, liquors, and more await you, alongside local beats and excellent service.

Located on the eighth floor of the Hyatt Regency Kilimanjaro Hotel, Level 8 is also the stage for various live music acts and some of the best sunsets in the world.

LEVEL 8

24 Kivukoni Rd, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Wed-Sat: 17:00 - 00:00

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7. Nomad
/ Marrakech

Best Rooftop Bars Africa - Nomad
Nomad - Photo: www.nomadmarrakech.com

A modern Moroccan restaurant overlooking the Rahba Kedima Spice Square, Nomad is a vibrant and lively venue, perfect for those looking to immerse themselves in the city.

This chic bar mixes tradition with urban spirit, with comfortable furnishings, indoor and outdoor seating and trendy, yet relaxing music.

Featuring traditional local cuisine for lunch and dinner, as well as tasty drinks with a local twist, Nomad is a must-visit for those looking for a modern, yet still undeniably local venue.

Reservations are highly encouraged, and when you're making them, don't forget to ask for a spot on the top terrace, where you can get the best views of the Atlas Mountains.

NOMAD

1 DerbAarjane, Medina, Marrakech 40000

Daily: 12:00 - 23:00

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8. The RooPh
/ Abidjan

Best Rooftop Bars Africa - The RooPh
The RooPh - Photo: www.facebook.com/TheRooPh

Found in Abidjan, the largest city in Ivory Coast, The RooPh is a modern and trendy rooftop lounge, offering visitors a journey through the flavors of the five continents and offers a unique experience.

The spacious rooftop comes decorated with a stylish decor of wood and and plenty of greenery, all opening up to some amazing views over the Riviera Bonoumin.

The RooPh menu includes both a fine array of cocktails and an impressive selection of exceptional spirits. To go with the drinks, there is a simple but effective food menu, including both seafood, meats, salads and ivorian specialties.

Open daily, this rooftop is a perfect spot for some good times, with a relaxing and varied musical atmosphere surrounding the venue.

THE ROOPH

Riviera Bonoumin, Immeuble Le Phare Coworking, Abidjan 01, Ivory Coast

Mon-Wed: 10am-11pm / Thu-Sat: 10am-2am / Sun: 7pm-11pm

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9. San Deck, Bar & Restaurant
/ Johannesburg

Best Rooftop Bars Africa - San Deck, Bar & Restaurant
San Deck, Bar & Restaurant - Photo: www.tsogosun.com

This beautiful all-day dining and drinking rooftop terrace features scenic views of the city center and Johannesburg's skyline.

Open from early morning to late at night; this rooftop bar is perfect for a quick visit, no matter the time of the day.

San Deck serves both lunch and dinner, with the food featuring South African flavors and culinary traditions.

The same goes for the drinks, as you'll be able to enjoy South African beers and wines, as well as signature cocktails featuring the local flavor.

Stylish and modern in decoration, furnished with cozy bean bags and a large fireplace, this roof terrace works as both an urban oasis and a party rooftop. It all depends on the time of the day.

Come early in the day for relaxation, and late in the afternoon for a more vibrant atmosphere.

SAN DECK

Corner Fifth and Alice Streets Sandton Sun, Sandton, 2196

Daily: 11:00 - 22:00

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10. The Roof Pool Bar at Kempinski Nile Hotel
/ Cairo

Best Rooftop Bars Africa - The Roof Pool Bar at Kempinski Nile Hotel
The Roof Pool Bar at Kempinski Nile Hotel - Photo: www.kempinski.com

Located on an 11th floor and overlooking the Nile and Cairo's skyline, The Roof Pool Bar is the perfect location for taking a dip while enjoying refreshing drinks.

While the rooftop pool is available only for guests, the bar, the restaurant, and the bar are open to the public, making this venue an excellent location for romantic dates or a night out with friends.

The drink menu is small, but varied, offering wines, beers, juices, martinis, and other cocktails; The food menu is also short, but features tapas, sushi, and more filling dishes, like Lobster and Beef Tenderloin.

You can also enjoy a shisha service, which features many different flavors.

KEMPINSKI NILE HOTEL

Kempinski Nile Hotel, Corniche El Nil, 12 Ahmed Raghab Street, 11519, Garden City, Cairo

Daily: 09:00 - 02:00

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The Rooftop Guide
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The Rooftop Guide

- The world's leading experts on rooftop venues