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10 Best sundowner spots in Cape Town



Watch the sun slip away while sipping on your favourite cocktail:

We're giving you the low-down on the Cape Town's best bars and summer sundowner scene and a few tips on where to go for a star-lit dinner afterwards.

The Polana: The cocktail section at the Polana restaurant in Kalk Bay is literally built on the rocks. Sit on the cushioned window-sill and watch the waves lapping at the rocks while sipping on a 'Jam Jar'. Where? Polana Kalk Bay, Cape Peninsula.
Complementary restaurant: Harbour House

Tobago's Bar & Terrace: The Radisson Hotel's popular bar in Cape Town has been voted "best seaside bar" by Conde Nast. Enjoy a sundowner at the edge of the ocean next to the rim-flow pool. Where? Radisson Hotel, Beach Road, Granger Bay, V&A Waterfront.
Complementary restaurant: Caveau Wine Bar & Deli

Lion's Head: Those seeking a slightly more exhilarating sundowner experience can paraglide off Lion's head, enjoying unsurpassed views of the cityscape, before landing at La Med bar in Camps Bay for a rewarding sundowner. Phone Molo to book your paraglide flight at 078 656 7505. Where? The trail starts at Signal Hill Road, at the base of Forestry Rd.
Complementary restaurant: Cafe Paradiso on Kloofstreet

Butterfly Bar:
Savour spectacular city views while enjoying a drink at this luxurious cocktail bar in Cape Town's city centre. The panoramic views of Cape Town from the 31st floor of the iconic Absa Building are breathtaking. Where? The Absa Building, 2 Riebeeck Street, Cape Town.
Complementary restaurant: Antique Restaurant

Table Mountain: Those seeking solace from posh interiors and flashy juggling barmen can watch the sunset from the top of Cape Town's most iconic landmark. Where? UpperCable Station, Tafelberg Road.
Complementary restaurant: Maria's Greek Restaurant

The Waiting Room (upstairs at Royale): The artsy Long Street crowd's favourite gourmet burger restaurant has recently expanded and now boasts a funky rooftop bar. Where? Upper Long Street, Cape Town City Centre.
Complementary restaurant: Lola's Cafe

Wafu Bar: Wafu Bar (currently closed) boasts stunning views of Robben Island, the Mouille Point Lighthouse and Table Bay's lights. Where? Above Wakame Restaurant, corner of Beach Road and Surrey Place, Mouille Point.
Complementary restaurant: Tank Sushi Restaurant

Bascule Whiskey Bar: Watch luxury yachts sail by as you relax on the cobbled pavement at the water's edge. Enjoy live Jazz on Wednesdays and chilled House on Fridays. Where? Cape Grace Hotel, V&A Waterfront.
Complementary restaurant: Belthazar Restaurant

Alba Lounge: Lounge on a comfy couch and enjoy an innovative mix of cocktails (We recommend the Hot Apple Pie cocktail) while watching the sun set over Cape Town's harbour. Where? The Pierhead at the V&A Waterfront.
Complementary restaurant: Porcini Restaurant

Sandbar: The preferred chill-out spot for many a laid-back local, with beautiful views of Camps Bay beach. Soak up the last rays of the summer sun while knocking back a cocktail or two. Where? 31 Victoria Road, Camps Bay.
Complementary restaurant: Sandbar in Camps Bay


Note: 'Met Eish' in the title, refers to an iconic South African Klipdrift brandy ad in which the phrase 'with ice" gets lost in translation.


Molo Indlu yeSanti is freelance editor, logo and iconic spokesperson for CapeTownMagazine.com, Cape Town's largest internet magazine in three languages; English, German and Dutch. He has his own clothing line coming out in January 2007 and is featured on canvas, wine and lights.