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6 Must-Do Activities To Do In Cape Town This Festive Season

Updated: Nov 29, 2023

As December unfolds, the city of Cape Town comes alive with a variety of events and activities that cater to every taste. Whether you're a foodie, adventure seeker, or someone who simply enjoys soaking up the vibrant atmosphere, the Mother City has something special for you. Here's a curated list of cool things to do during your trip to make your experience unforgettable.

Step into a nostalgic world at Barcadia, where vintage meets modern in a fusion of arcade games and craft beverages. Cape Town's first and only retro bar arcade is located in the heart of the City Centre. At Barcadia, customers can go down a trip down memory lane with classic arcade games whilst enjoying a meal and drink. Spend a fun night out with friends and experience this retro haven in a modern world.

Note: Entry is for persons aged 21 and older

62 Hout Street, Cape Town | Tuesday - Saturday 18:00 - 02:00 | Free Entry


Cape Town kirstenbosch summer concerts national botanical garden

Cape Town's summer staple is back! Taking place every Sunday afternoon from December to 31 March, concert-goers are treated to a fabolous sunset evening of music at the foot of Table Mountain. Set against the backdrop of the breathtaking Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, these open-air concerts feature an awesome lineup of talented local and international artists. Pack a picnic basket, bring a blanket, and revel in the enchanting melodies as you soak up the beauty of the botanical garden under the warm Cape Town night sky.

Click below to view the lineup for the 2023/2024 season:

Click below to book tickets:

Rhodes Drive, Newlands | Gates open at 16:00 | Tickets start from R230

Cape Town kirstenbosch summer concerts national botanical garden


Cape Town food market V&A market

Calling all foodies! The iconic Time Out Market has hit Cape Town's shores. Head out to the V&A Waterfront for a culinary adventure like no other. This market brings 13 of Cape Town's top chefs and eateries together under one roof. From mouthwatering street food to gourmet delicacies, the Time Out Market promises a diverse range of flavours. Bring the family out and explore the vibrant food stalls, sip on handcrafted cocktails, and indulge your taste buds with the ultimate foodie experience.

The Old Power Station Building, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront | Open daily from 11:00

Cape Town food market V& A waterfront


Electrek Cape Town electronic scooter and bike rentals

The perfect activity for thrill-seeking adventure enthusiasts. Electrek offers a unique way to explore Cape Town's scenic beauty. Embark on an electric bike or scooter tour and cruise through iconic landmarks such as Signal Hill, Camps Bay, and the Sea Point Promenade. Whether you're a novice or experienced, Electrek's guided tours provide an eco-friendly and fun exhilarating way to discover the city's hidden gems. All you need to bring is a valid form of identification and your sense of adventure!

Queen's Beach Parking Lot, Sea Point/Two Oceans Beach & Surrey Place, Mouille Point Open daily from 09:15 - 18:00 | E- Bike R250 per hour | E-Scooter R200 per hour

Electrek Cape Town electronic scooter and bike rentals


Cape Town classic car tours sunset Cobra Experience

Unleash your inner daredevil with the Cobra Experience, an adrenaline-pumping adventure in the city. Take the driver's seat of a classic Cobra sports car while you tour and enjoy Cape Town's scenic routes. Travel through the City Bowl and escape through the winding hills of Chapmean's Peak If you prefer a passenger experience, buckle up and let a professional driver take you on the ride of your life! This experience promises an unforgettable thrill for automotive enthusiasts and thrill-seekers alike.

19 Solan Road, Gardens | Open daily from 09:00 - 17:15 (Weekend times may vary)

Cape Town classic car sunset tours Cobra experience


Cape Town V&A Waterfront adventure activities Stand Up paddle boarding

Explore the beauty of Cape Town's coastline from a different perspective with SUP Cape Town. Located in and around Cape Town's vast coastline, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) offers a unique blend of relaxation and adventure as you glide across the crystal-clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced paddler, SUP Cape Town provides a memorable way to connect with nature while enjoying panoramic views of the city and Table Mountain.

Battery Park, Alfred Street, V&A Waterfront | Monday - Sunday 09:00 - 17:00 (Open from 08:00 on Saturday & Sunday)

R250 per hour | Private Lesson R600 per hour (adult rates)

Click the link below to make a booking:

Cape Town V&A Waterfront adventure activities Stand Up paddle boarding


Cape Town in December is a playground of possibilities, offering a diverse range of activities for every interest. From retro gaming at Barcadia to the electrifying experiences with Electrek and the Cobra Experience, there's no shortage of excitement. So, pack your sense of adventure and get ready to make the most of your December in the vibrant and enchanting Mother City.

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