Cape Town’s best sundowner destinations

Private Property South Africa
Taryn Isaac

Ever wondered what Cape Town looks like as the day draws to a close? The city is known for its picture perfect views, with sunsets that don’t disappoint. Check out these popular spots to watch the sun go down.

With the perfect climate and beautiful landscapes, it’s no doubt that Cape Town has some of the best sundowner destinations in South Africa. Here are a few of the popular spots to visit:

The Grand Café and Beach

The Grand Cafe and Beach, located next to the V&A Waterfront, is one of the city’s finest spots where locals can enjoy a laidback gathering in a stylish environment.

The café boasts its own private stretch of beach where guests can lounge about on the wooden decks or down at the water’s edge. The Grand Café is best known for its incredible sunset views, impeccable service and its warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Visitors can indulge in a tropical cocktail, accompanied by a delicious meal, whilst taking in the warm rays of the sun and colours that stretch across the sea.

The outdoor cafe set up of the Grand Café and Beach in Cape TownThe Grand Café and Beach

Tjing Tjing Bar

Located in the city centre on Longmarket Street, lies the Tjing Tjing Bar, a place that attracts the hip and happening.

The bar is situated on the rooftop floor of a 200-year-old building which is the best way to observe the city’s transition from day to night. The leather seats and Chinese lanterns give the bar a chilled-out metropolitan vibe and makes for a great place to enjoy a sundowner or a celebratory drink or two.

Their specialities include their tapas menu, the best in cocktails and infusions, an exclusive wine list, as well as a variety of craft beers and draughts.

A signature cocktail available from Tjing Tjing Bar in Cape TownOne of Tjing Tjing Bar's signature cocktails

Table Mountain

It’s no doubt that Table Mountain is the pinnacle of views in all of Cape Town.

Overlooking the Atlantic Seaboard, approximately 1000m above sea level, visitors have a free view of the sun’s descent below the horizon. Table Mountain Cableway provides a weekly sunset special to experience the best of summer’s long days and balmy evenings.

The aerial cableway offers an early evening cable car ride up the mountain where you can experience a glorious African sunset before grabbing a ride back down.

A view of Table Mountain from a distance as the sun setsTable Mountain from a distance

Lion’s Head

Situated to the right of Table Mountain lies the magnificent Lions Head, but unlike its neighbour, there’s no quick option of a cable car. The hike up Lion’s Head entails a 2-hour trek from base to summit, but is worth the tiring journey to catch the final curtain of the day.

Lions Head offers brilliant 360-degree views of the city and its suburbs that can be enjoyed once you’ve completed the hike up.

Hikers can watch the sun glisten on the horizon and enjoy a packed dinner before making their way down in the moonlight.

Lions Head summit view of Cape TownThe magnificent Lions Head

Signal Hill

For those who would rather avoid the effort of climbing Lion’s Head, Signal Hill is the equivalent for a summit view.

The flat-topped hill which overlooks Sea point, Camps Bay and Clifton, makes for the best family picnic destination and is an ideal spot to watch the sun set.

For something a little more luxurious, there’s always the Signal Hill Terrace and Lounge, which is an outdoor restaurant and bar, boasting a trendy and laidback atmosphere.

It’s an ideal location for lunch with friends or an after-work gathering whilst taking in some of the best sunset views of the city.

Signal Hill Terrace and Lounge's outdoor areaSignal Hill Terrace and Lounge

The Camps Bay Strip

The Camps Bay Strip is an iconic beachside stretch, located on the waterfront of Camps Bay.

The strip is home to a variety of great bars and restaurants overlooking the ocean and offers one of the best horizon views around.

This popular spot is surrounded by Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles mountain range, which lie metres away from the shimmering sand and lapping waves.

The Camps Bay Strip is an ideal spot to enjoy a relaxed fine dining experience while taking in the magnificence of the sunset horizon.

A lineup of cocktails available from the many bars and restaurants in Camps Bay, Cape TownThe Camps Bay Strip offers a variety of bars and restaurants to choose from

Brass Bell

Located in Kalk Bay, Brass Bell is a famous restaurant situated on the edge of the shore which offers panoramic views of the harbour and False Bay.

Over the years it has expanded from a small coastal restaurant and bar to an impressive collection of seven different dining and bar areas.

This magical place has captured the imagination and hearts of many and is now a prominent hotspot frequented by locals.

The restaurants boast a fun-loving atmosphere which is ideal for a long and anticipated sundowner gathering.

Diners can experience a beautiful sunset and take in the fresh sea air, whilst enjoying a classic cocktail, followed by a mouth-watering feast.

Outside evening view of the Brass Bell Restaurants and PubsBrass Bell Restaurants and Pubs

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