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July 2, 2019

Four Exclusive Rooftop Bars in Cape Town

By Alex Martin

In this latest article in our ongoing South Africa series, Elite Traveler brings you a quick round-up of the best and most exclusive rooftop bars in Cape Town.

Cape Town is known for its spectacular views and there is no better place to see them than on a luxurious rooftop bar with a cocktail in hand.

There are dozens of rooftop bars dotted around the beautiful city so we have filtered through them all to bring you an elite selection.

The Silo Rooftop

The Silo Rooftop / ©RoyalPortfolio

The Silo is one of the newest luxury hotels in Cape Town and is already considered to be one of the best. That is in no small part down to the spectacular Silo Rooftop Terrace, which offers guests an al fresco experience with panoramic views across the V&A Waterfront and across to Table Mountain.

Reservations are required for anyone not staying at the hotel, which keeps it feeling relaxed and exclusive even in the busy summer months. Order fresh oysters or pulled pork sandwiches from the Tempura Bar and choose your favorite cocktail from an extensive menu. Once the sun sets, head inside to the stylish Granary Café, which serves excellent seasonal dishes from executive chef Veronica Canha-Hibbert.


Address: Silo Square, V&A Waterfront Tel: +27 21 670 0500 Email: Website:

Cloud 9


Situated at the very top of a boutique hotel of the same name, Cloud 9 is a sanctuary from the bustling city that offers unobstructed 360-degree views of Table Mountain and the Lion’s Head.

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The plunge pool is certainly one of the most Instagrammable spots in the city so grab a cocktail and snap a shot worthy of your next profile picture. The bar specializes in sourdough pizzas that would not look out of place on the backstreets of Naples.


Address: 12 Kloof Nek Rd, Gardens Tel: +27 (21) 424 0291 Email: Website:

Skybar at The Grey


The Grey is one of the finest boutique hotels in the city and its exclusivity is epitomized by its charming Skybar. Located close to the Cape Quarter center, the intimate deck is the perfect place to end a long day of shopping. Grab a cocktail from the bar and watch the sunset to the sounds of the busy streets below. There is also a lap pool for guests who wish to cool off on hotter days.

Address: 49 Napier Street Tel: +27 (21) 421 1106 Email: Website:

Pool Deck – Cape Royale Hotel


Cape Royale is an established member of Cape Town’s luxury hotel group, so you will be in excellent company at their stylish rooftop Pool Deck. Overlooking the city and out across the Atlantic Ocean, this is an all-day sunspot for guests seeking to top up their tan.

The bar and pool are only available to guests staying at the hotel, which means there is always ample space to relax on the comfortable sunbeds. Grab a cocktail and your favorite book and simply watch the sun float across the sky.

Address: 47 Roof Top Cape Royale Hotel Tel: +27 (21) 430 0500 Email: Website:

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