Entertainment and Nightlife

As the sun sets, De Waterkant comes alive with energy and excitement. Experience the pulsating rhythm of the neighborhood's nightlife, from chic cocktail bars to bustling clubs. Whether you're seeking a sophisticated evening of jazz, lively dance party or LGBTQ friendly bars, De Waterkant offers an unforgettable nightlife experience.

Cafè Manhattan

Situated on the corner of Waterkant and Dixon street, this LGBTQ friendly bar and restaurant is an iconic De Waterkant destination. Hailed as the oldest gay bar in Cape Town, Manhattan serves up delicious food and mouthwatering cocktails. The friendly staff and fun atmosphere makes this a must-visit when in De Waterkant.

Mojo Market

A little further away in Sea Point, is the much talked about Mojo Market, with over 30 food stalls includes everything from authentic African cuisine, to fresh oysters and trendy foods such as poke bowls and dim sum, as well as five unique bars with options from beer to wine to cocktails, spirits & more.

 

Cafés

A cafe experience in Cape Town is not just about the food and drink—it's about immersing yourself in the city's vibrant culture and soaking up its unique atmosphere. Whether you're a coffee aficionado, a foodie, or simply looking for a cozy spot to relax, you're sure to find something to love in Cape Town's cafe scene.

EspressoLab

With cafés all around the world, Espresso Lab in De Waterkant shares a common style with its international counterparts.

The upper level, which houses a coffee atelier, is flanked by a cosy area and seating that promotes not only café productivity, but socialising.

Rapt

Choco-o-lattes, flash nitrogen ice cream and build-a-bar experiences. This is what you’ll find at Rapt, the colourful chocolate store on Buitenkant Street. It’s a whimsical wonderland for sweet lovers,  too experience The Art of Indulgence.

 

Arts and Culture

Immerse yourself in De Waterkant's vibrant arts scene. Explore contemporary art galleries showcasing the works of local and international artists, or catch a live performance at one of the area's intimate theaters. Don't miss the opportunity to engage with the local community through workshops, exhibitions, and cultural events.

First Thursdays

Cape Town is known as a hub of art and culture, and it is most evident in the First Thursdays events, started in the Mother City, several art galleries, eateries and museums offer free entry on every first Thursday of the month. This is the perfect time to see the rich culture in Cape Town and explore the city.

De Waterkant Walks

De Waterkant is such a beautiful suburb of the Mother City, it is a must to simply stroll through its cobbled streets. Take a gentle walk and immerse yourself in the vibrancy of the neighbourhood. Take a look at the distinct architecture, the colourful houses, beautiful trees and snap a few pics while you’re at it!
 

V&A Waterfront

Less than a 5-minute drive from De Waterkant (you can walk it, too!) is the renowned V&A Waterfront - one of Cape Town’s most famous landmarks. Here you can experience everything from luxury shopping, to boat rides, Aquarium visits and open air concerts, fine dining and food and art markets. The V&A Waterfront offers a myriad of experiences for all to enjoy.

Bo Kaap

On the slopes on Signal hill, facing Cape Town, lies a vibrant and colourful neighbourhood known as the Bo-Kaap. This area has become infamous with
visiting tourists due to the picturesque houses offering the perfect 'Insta'shot Enjoy local dishes, such as bobotie or a Koeksister on the go.

 

Shopping and Dining

Indulge your senses in De Waterkant's array of boutiques, galleries, and eateries. From trendy fashion boutiques to artisanal craft shops, there's something for every taste. Savor the flavors of the local cuisine at quaint cafes and upscale restaurants, where you can sample traditional South African dishes infused with global influences.

Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village

Home to local and international gems alike, it’s a shopping destination that has become a firm favourite amongst locals and out-of-town visitors. With a cosmopolitan vibe and an eclectic mix of food, fashion, art, décor, jewellery, gifts and fitness, Cape Quarter doesn’t disappoint. Somerset Road and Jarvis Street entrances offer access for visitors in wheelchairs.

Utopia Dining Elevated

Utopia Dining Elevated is a rooftop bar and restaurant with the best view in Cape Town. Situated on the top of the beautiful Mirage building in Chiappini street, a trip to De Waterkant is not complete without popping by Utopia for sundowners as you overlook the city, harbour and stadium.

 

Origin Coffee Roasting

One of the best and most famous coffee shops and roasters in Cape Town, Origin in an all-immersive coffee experience. Situated in Hudson street, the restaurant is famed for their beautiful breakfasts and, of course, coffee. They also offer coffee cupping sessions, where you can learn all about coffee and how to pour the perfect cup.

GOLD Restaurant

Situated in Bennett Street in the adjacent neighbourhood of Greenpoint, Gold Restaurant offers an authentic African experience. So much more than just an African restaurant, a night at GOLD is an immersive experience that will take you on a 14-dish taste-safari paired with traditional Mali puppets and entertainment. These traditional African stories are told on stage through music and dance, all while you dine on fabulous food.