Visit Cape Town in winter and you’ll enjoy lush green scenery, a lack of crowds, lots of special deals and some spectacular calm, sunny days. However, since the Cape is a winter rainfall region, there’s bound to be the odd rainy day or two. But, those clouds have a silver lining. While you might feel guilty staying indoors when the sun is shining, grey days are the ideal opportunity to enjoy some of Cape Town’s inside attractions, which really shouldn’t be missed.
Two of the newest and most exciting of these are an absolute must for art lovers. The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) opened recently in the new Silo District of the V&A Waterfront. It’s housed in an old grain silo, and the stunning architecture that went into the conversion is worth seeing just on its own. However, with over 100 galleries featuring works by Africa’s finest contemporary artists, there’s far more to see. Expect to spend about 3 or 4 hours here in a trance of fascination and awe.
The Norval Foundation’s new exhibition space in scenic Constantia has been an instant sensation since it opened in April. The striking modern building is set in a serene wetland and houses one of the largest private collections of South African contemporary art. The centre also hosts key exhibitions of local and international artists. Treat yourself to lunch at the Skotnes Restaurant. It’s named after the legendary South African sculptor and features simple but sophisticated distillations of classic local dishes.
After such heady doses of high art, you may be in the mood for something a little lighthearted. If so, head to The Biscuit Mill or the Waterfront for an exciting hour at Hint Hunt. This live escape game provides an unforgettable experience and lots of laughs. It’s perfect for groups of 2 – 6 people.