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What to do in Cape Town on a Friday night

New in Cape Town? Or just looking for something different to do in Cape Town on a Friday evening? Then you’re in the right place ๐Ÿ™‚ With a long weekend coming up in South Africa you have one extra day to squeeze in all the awesomeness that Cape Town has to offer. Here are a few suggestions of what to do in Cape Town on a Friday night.

Wind down in Cape Town after a long week

Sundowners and cocktails

DOODLES is well-known with Capetonians and with its amazing view of Table Mountain and the bay, it should be on your must-visit list. We live in Blouberg so we go to Doodles often for a quick bite – and occassionally for a bit of dancing on a Friday or Saturday evening. On weekends, there is a DJ from 21h00 (sometimes earlier) in the bar / smoking area. It can get a bit crowded and stuffy so be prepared. They have a nice menu with pizza, seafood, burgers and a nice range of cocktails so be sure to visit them. Visit their website.

doodles in cape town

The view from Doodles’ outside area

Also in our valley, BLUE PETER is another great place for sundowners. Their service is a bit slow so rather go to the bar instead of waiting for a waiter to bring you a drink once you’ve found a seat. Their pizzas are okay but not great, I’d suggest going there for a drink and then head somewhere else for dinner – they have a very pretty view. Visit their website for more information.

blue peter in blouberg

A fairly quiet day at Blue Peter…

EDEN ON BIG BAY has a number of restaurants and places to visit. Moyo at Eden on the Bay is probably the most popular and well-known of them all. I find the service very slow so again, if you go there know this beforehand and go to relax.

view from eden on the bay

Eden on Big Bay

If you don’t want to take a drive, why not visit CAMPS BAY beachfront strip? Caprice is a favourite and there are many other smaller restaurants and bars on the strip.

BRASS BELL in Kalk Bay is definitely worth the drive if you’re up for something completely different. Situated right on the water, they also have a nice wide menu and it’s great to sit there with sunset enjoying a drink. If you don’t want to eat there, there are plenty of other restaurants to chose from – give OLYMPIAย a try if you want to do dinner after drinks.

Eating out

Situated centrally in the CBD, the V&A Waterfront has a number of restaurants you can visit. My favourites? HARBOUR HOUSE – their balcony has a great view of the harbour. I’d suggest starting here for sundowners and maybe a snack or two and then moving on to QUAY 4, just a little further down. Quay 4 has a large menu with a variety of food – from burgers to seafood to steak. For dessert, why not visit the Hรคagen-Dazs store – they have delicious ice cream!

drinks at harbour house in waterfront

Drinks at Harbour House

Another one of my favourites is is FAT CACTUS in Park Road (just off Kloof Street). Their burgers are too die for! Just note, they generally get very busy in the evenings either be prepared to wait, or prebook a table.

If you want to venture out to the Southern Suburbs, try MAGICA ROMA. I think everyone that has been there will agree that their pastas are top notch. Their bread is not bad either ๐Ÿ˜‰ I suggest you book if you want to visit Magica Roma, they are quite busy in general.

If you want to come out to Table View, one of my favourite hidden gems is FORNERIA ITALIA situated in Raats Drive. They’re an authentic Italian restaurant and even in Italy we didn’t find pizza as good as theirs! We really like the Adrian and Bella pizzas, and that’s what we have most of the time we go there ๐Ÿ™‚ They also get very busy in the evenings (the locals love them) so be sure to book. They also don’t have card facilities so make sure you have enough cash. Also, don’t be in a rush – the service is slow but it’s part of the vibe. Go there to relax and enjoy a glass of wine or three while you wait for your food. Bonus: you can take in your own wine with no corkage fee. My kinda place ๐Ÿ˜‰

DEAR ME in Cape Town CBD has a great menu, I especially like that you can get their mains in either full portions or tapa portions. I prefer the tapa portions – you can taste more than one dish and not feel completely stuffed. I can HIGHLY recommend the pork belly, it’s great.

If you like Mexican food then you have to visit EL BURRO. Situated in Green Point opposite the Green Point stadium this place is a winner. I’d also recommend that you book – it’s a popular restaurant with Capetonions and tourists alike.


If you feel like doing something active on a Friday evening, why not head up LION’S HEAD?ย Be sure to take a torch and be safe – also be very alert. There have been reports of muggings so be warned. I won’t say don’t go, but don’t carry a camera / cellphone / etc with you and be very aware of your surroundings. Cape Town from the top of Lions Head at night is spectacular.

If you’re looking for something probably a bit more ‘safer’ then I suggest going up TABLE MOUNTAIN. You can take the cable car up and enjoy the sunset with a picnic dinner. Be sure to check what time the last cable car goes down though ๐Ÿ˜‰


DECO DANCE in Sea Point is a must-visit club if you like classic and just lekker dance music. In all the times we’ve been there, we’ve never had a bad evening and my bachelorettes also took place there. Good memories ๐Ÿ™‚

bachelorette party at decodance

Dancing on the stage at Deco Dance


TJING TJINGย bar above Dear Me in Cape Town CBD is a good lounge vibe. I had my birthday party there last year and they play some awesome music. Try and get a couch if you can – so get there early and settle in.

platters at tjing tjing bar

One of the cheese and meat platters at Tjing Tjing

These are just a few of my suggestions of what to do on a Friday night in Cape Town. I’m sure there are plenty more to add to the list but these are the places that I’ve been to, like and can recommend. So whether you want to go for dinner, dance, just have drinks or do something a bit more active – you should be able to find something from this list. If you have any questions, chat to me in the comments. Also let me know if you think I left something / a place off this list that is worth adding. Have a good long weekend peeps and stay safe! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Kim -

    Some of your links don’t work. Looks like some good advice, but I cannot see where you are refering too.

  2. carlavanstaden -

    Hi Kim, I just checked and all of the links are working on my side. Which ones are you struggling with?

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