Spending time with friends is one of the best ways to unwind after a long week at work. You can get together for a fun night out on the town or organise a dinner at one of the many sumptuous restaurants you will find in the Mother City.
There are hundreds of fun activities to choose from, including visiting the best cinema in Cape Town for an indulgent night at the movies. So, if you are looking for fun things to do with your friends in Cape Town, read on below for top tips and unique ideas.
Explore the city on First Thursdays
First Thursdays are well-known among almost every Capetonian, and offer the perfect activity choice for groups of friends looking for something to do. You can explore the Mother City after hours and take in the sights and sounds of the bustling metropolis.
This is not a tour, but rather the opportunity to experience restaurants, art galleries and bars that you might not have had the chance to try otherwise. Many of the galleries and events are along Bree Street and Church Street and it can become very crowded. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes to this event and bring along an open mind for the various art exhibitions that are open to the public.
Movie indulgence at Nu Metro in Canal Walk
Going to the movies with friends is not a new idea. But with the best cinema in Cape Town, it can become the experience of a lifetime. At the Nu Metro cinema in Canal Walk, you can choose to have the VIP experience, which is an amazing way to spend time with friends.
Get your fellow cinephiles together and prepare for an exciting and unique cinema experience. In the VIP experience, you will be seated on comfortable leather recliners and have the option to choose cooked food from a delicious menu. You will never want to watch a movie the same again, and it will provide an afternoon of fun for all involved. Choose a rom-com for the couples or an action adventure for boys’ night out.
Coffee and cupcakes at Charly’s Bakery
Going out for something decadent to eat is a common activity among friends. But with Charly’s Bakery being the home of “mucking afazing” cakes, you are sure to be delighted by choice and decadence. This is one of the most popular bakeries to visit in Cape Town, and with good reason!
Here you will find delectable chocolate brownies, colourful cupcakes and cake slices galore, along with other tempting treats. The coffee is of the highest quality and provides a fantastic foil for the sweet delicacies on offer. It is the perfect day out for foodie friends who want a change of pace, as the quirky atmosphere is different to other, more laid-back bakeries. Be sure to go hungry, as you will want to buy (and eat) more than just one cupcake from Charly’s.
Trawl the stalls at the Oranjezicht City Market
When the warmer weather hits the Mother City, it’s time to put on your walking shoes and spend time browsing the stalls at the Oranjezicht City Market. It began as a small non-profit market at the Oranjezicht City Farm and has now blossomed and moved to new premises in Granger Bay.
Here you will find a diverse array of farmers selling fresh produce, as well as artisanal food vendors offering unique dishes. Pick from the first peaches of the season, find fresh almond milk on offer and stock up on delicious bread all while enjoying the outdoor scenery of Cape Town. The market is open on Saturdays from 9:00 to 14:00 and there is also a pick-your-own harvest day on the first Wednesday of every month at the original farm in Oranjezicht.
Catch a kombi tour
All South Africans are familiar with the kombi taxi. In the case of Kiff Kombi Tours, the taxi is actually one that is fun, exciting and offers you a unique way to see the Mother City.
There are a variety of tours to choose from, including the Urban Safari (Bo Kaap, District Six, Woodstock and Chapman’s Peak) the Gin Jol (which includes a visit to three Cape Town distilleries) and the Street Art and Township tour (which includes a braai in Langa, a Xhosa music experience, and a beer tasting). For those with a taste of adventure, a Kiff Kombi Tour is the perfect way to spend time with friends doing something completely different.
Get out there and explore
Cape Town is one of the most exciting places in South Africa for young people to explore. You can go to the best cinema in Cape Town for a deluxe movie experience, see the sights of the city for half the price on First Thursdays and be shown a different side of the Mother City with a Kiff Combi Tour. Whatever you choose to do, your friends will thank you for showing them the time of their lives in such a unique city.