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Cape Town After Dark Restaurants Bars and Clubbing

Cape Town
After Dark
Restaurants Bars and Clubbing

Giant disco ball at The Grand Cafe on Granger Bay
From chic sundowners at Shimmy Beach to moshing out at Aces & Spades, night life in Cape Town is super fun and caters for all tastes. The main areas to venture to are the V&A Waterfront for dinner by the harbour, Camps Bay for beachside bars and Long Street an eclectic mix of bars and restaurants in the city centre.
Beach Clubs
Filled to its champagne swilling rafters with Cape Town’s cognesenti The Grand Cafe in Granger Bay is the perfect day time beach club to enjoy sundowners. Indulge in dinner and dancing on the day beds, while DJ’s spin house tunes till dawn. For a similar boujis vibe also check out Shimmy Beach Club, but bring your Louboutins in the Lamborghini, it gets dressy after dark.
Enjoy sundowner cocktails and canapes at the poolside terrace bar at the Radisson Blu
Chocolate mousse with blackberry sorbet, pickled baby beetroot and liquorice meringe at The Test Kitchen #food porn!

Dining Out
The roof top Pot Luck Club and sister restaurant The Test Kitchen are Cape Towns hottest restaurants right now. Based in the regenerated factory site of the Old Biscuit Mill complex in Woodstock, expect experimental beautifully presented plates. But make sure you book way in advance, I’m talking weeks, the waiting lists are insane. Alternatively you could always go there for lunch.

Chic lantern filled interior at The Test Kitchen

Long Street and Central Cape Town
Long Street and the surrounding roads Kloof, Bree and Loop Street are filled with shops, bars and restaurants, the crowd seems to gets more sophisticated (less students and tourists) as Long Street heads into Kloof. Here are some fun venues I checked out, with a little help from my Capetonian friends:


Head to Tjing Tjing just off Long Street for rooftop cocktails and posing.

The boys have a tiff at Tjing Tjing

If indie music is more your scene head to the mosh pit dance floor at Aces and Spades.

I may have had one too many by the time we got to Aces & Spades
Other bars in the area to check out: 
Long Street – NeighbourhoodBree Street – The Orphanage, New Church Street – The Fire and Ice Hotel (you HAVE to visit the quirky toilets if you go! You’ll see why).
Eclectic interior at Bombay Bicycle Club
This quirky bohemian bar at the top of Kloof Street has a magically eclectic interior. Have dinner on the mezzanine level watching the antics below or ‘swing’ along with the revellers at the bar.
Dylan has a swing at Bombay Bicycle Club!
Camps Bay
If you want to know where the chic set hang out in Cape Town head to Camps Bay. Grown up cocktails overlooking the beach with expensive cars cruising up and down the parade. If you fancy a spot of celeb spotting head to Cafe Caprice. Or if you prefer somewhere a little less showy but with just as good cocktails try Paranga a few doors down. Also check out uber chic The Bungalow in Clifton it’s great for lunch.
Camps Bay favourite celeb haunt – Cafe Caprice
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