If you are fond of Cape Town’s magnificent views, then you should definitely make a turn at the Cloud 9 Rooftop bar. The rooftop bar is located in the 52-room heritage Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel & Spa on Kloof Nek road, positioned at the foot of the Cape’s most iconic landmark, Table Mountain. On top of the hotel, one can admire the From its perch, the impressive and uninterrupted 360-degree views of the Mother City.

The bar is open to the public which means you don’t need to stay at the hotel in order to be able to enjoy the bar, it’s specials and the swimming pool. The Tamboerskloof institution claims a grand bar with an extensive offering, a flat screen TV ideal for big sport matches and delicious signature cocktails. Some of the bar’s famous cocktails include the Golden Dream, the Amarula Colada, the Basil Grande and the iconic Vanilla & Pear cocktail. In addition, the bar too serves a wide selection of the Cape’s finest reds, whites and bubbly – think La Motte, Ernie Els Wines, Klein Constantia, Graham Beck Wines and many others – offering visitors by the glass and/or bottle options. Other alcoholic options include a mix of imported beers, whisky, cognac and boozy shooters.

The place is a truly rare Cape Town gem. It’s a sight that you must experience for yourself.

 Opening Hours: Daily: 12pm until late.

2 Park Road | Gardens | Cape Town | +27(0)21 424 1100




 Our second pick of Cape Town’s best rooftops has to include the magnificent Harald’s Bar. Situated on the sky-high 11th floor of the Park Inn Cape Town Foreshore, the Sunroof Terrace boasts an impressive 180-degree view of the Mother City in all her glory. On the one side, Table Mountain tall and prominent and on the other the harbour sprawls out into the sparkling Atlantic. Open to the public whether you’re staying at the hotel or not, you can sip a cocktail on the rooftop or order light bite off the menu. Come on Fridays: the hotel sponsors live music from 5pm to 8pm and the space gets quite vibey.

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29 Heerengracht Street | Foreshore | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 427 4800



If you looking to experience in the inner city atmosphere, then Tjing Tjing is for you. Surrounded by by some of the Cape’s tallest buildings, the place boasts a creative mix of crowds of young and middle aged people and good beverages. Overall this loft-style bar above Dear Me Brasserie is contemporary, sleek and a mere trap door away from the White Room (an open space for art exhibitions). A must try and some local’s favourite chill-out spot.

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165 Longmarket Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27(0)21 422 49 20



 The legendary Grandaddy Hotel has a lot to offer. The Sky Bar shares its space with a rooftop airstream trailer park (seven vintage Airstream trailers hauled all the way from the States, then popped onto the hotel’s roof). Watch the trailers glint at sunset and lounge back on wooden decks under the protection of a Bedouin tent. There is also the Pink Flamingo Roof Top Cinema which airs classics; think ET, Edward Scissorhands, True Romance et al.

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38 Long Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27(0)21 424 7247



One of XO’s favourites. Be awestruck by the Cape Town panorama and savour the epic views with a drink in hand at The Vue Sky bar, located in the sublime Mirage Capital Hotel located in the stylish De Waterkant area. 5 star, The Capital Mirage is the picture of style and sophistication. Sleek and sophisticated, the setting is ideal for social gatherings and events. 360-degree views over and beyond the city, encompassing picture-postcard looks at Table Mountain, Signal Hill and across the bay, the venue is ideal for cocktail functions, corporate events or simply mixing, mingling and relaxing at the end of a long working day. Exquisite tapas are available, inspired by international flavours and served stylishly with a mind to being shared over a drink among friends old or new.

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40 Chiappini St | City Centre | Cape Town |  021 200 5100 


by Sébastien Charrieras