With Summer drawing to a close, the days of stiff drink while marvelling over how beautiful the sunset is, are almost over. However, while you still can, make the most of light, summer days with sundowners overlooking the azure waters of the Atlantic, the many imposing mountain ranges of the Cape or the sprawling vineyards of the Western Cape’s finest wine estates.
To help you find the best sundowner spots in the Western Cape, we have done our research and have come up with restaurants, bars and terraces that will help you to relax after a long day at work, or get festive on the weekend.
Following a slow meander or a strenuous run along the magnificent Sea Point promenade, take a break to enjoy your surrounds at Harvey’s – a stylish, upscale restaurant that forms part of Winchester Mansions.
Here, you’ll not only get to enjoy the uninterrupted views of glistening sand and cascading waves, but you’ll also have the opportunity to watch as locals wind down with a relaxing evening stroll on the beach strip.
The ambience at Harvey’s is laid back, so don’t worry about donning your finest evening wear for the occasion.
There is a host of fun cocktails and fine wine varietals to choose from, all of which can be accompanied by some tasteful bar snacks. No, we aren’t talking about messy buffalo wings or a serving of greasy fries. If you’re looking for an appetiser, opt for a cheesy, ‘Camembert Hot Pot’.
Mezepoli is a swanky Meze and wine bar that is situated on the Camps Bay Seaside Strip – an area characterised by palm-lined beaches and breathtaking views of the ocean.
Some might say that Mezepoli is located in a prime spot. Not only can you enjoy the sun setting over the ocean, but at an angle, you can see Signal Hill.
Sip on a classy Kir Royale cocktail, and accompany your drink with a selection of appetisers – think salt dried Kalamata olives; soft and creamy cheeses and an assortment of authentic, Greek dips.
If you’re a local, the Brass Bell needs no form of introduction. Having started out humbly, as a tiny pub and restaurant, it is now a hotspot for tourists and locals alike.
The Brass Bell is located in the heart of Kalk Bay, right next to the train station and borders the ocean. The views are unparalleled, with the ocean right at the doorstep of the popular eatery and Kalk Bay Harbour within walking distance. Look out on the ocean or watch the hustle and bustle at the port, as fisherman come back ashore with their various catches of the day. If you’re looking to cool off in between drinks, the downstairs terrace opens up to a series of tidal pools.
The Brass Bell have a comprehensive wine list, so enjoy a glass or bottle of Klein Constantia KC or if you are of the red persuasion, a Lanzerac Pinotage.
If you’re looking for a snack to line your stomach, you can’t go wrong sharing a cheesy pizza with friends. The veggie-friendly ‘Cyprus Hill’ will fend off the hunger pangs until suppertime.
Nestled in the picturesque Paarl Valley, with the beautiful Paarl Rock forming part of your backdrop, Laborie Wine Farm is the perfect venue to wile away a lazy afternoon.
The spacious outside terrace is shaded by towering oak trees, with scenic vistas of the sprawling vineyards. Sit back and relax while sipping on a glass of two of Laborie’s flagship wines. If you’re a vino-lover looking for some fine varietals, the wineries’ collection of Methode Cap Classique sparkling wines are award-winners.
For the hungry, the Fresh West Coast Mussels ‘Marienere’ or the ‘Local Artisan Cheese Board’ are delectable, satisfying appetisers.
Situated at the V&A Waterfront, some might say that Tobago’s is one of the best spots to enjoy a leisurely drink with a view.
Guests can enjoy a glass of the Cape’s finest wines or sip on a fruity cocktail, all the while, fawning over the glistening shoreline.
While located in the vicinity of the upscale Waterfront, the ambience on the outside terrace is incredible. Guests with sandy feet and donning sandals are as welcome as patrons dressed to the nines. So, put your feet up and marvel over the sunset.
If you happen to get a bit peckish, their cheesy nachos or the ‘Brie and Camembert Money Bag’ are bound to fill the spot.
Moyo – Blouberg, which is situated at Eden on the Bay, is surrounded by the unspoilt shores of the West Coast.
Patrons are treated to the unparalleled sights of Cape Town’s most iconic landmarks, Table Mountain and Robben Island.
While Moyo boasts great views over the ocean, their cuisine is simply delicious. For a snack-like meal, Moyo serves up delicious African deluxe sandwiches – served on cumin flavoured wraps, panini or homemade pumpkin bread.
If you’re looking for a non-traditional cocktail, enjoy Moyo’s speciality drink, a ‘Roasted Hazelnut Espresso Martini’.
The prestigious Glen Carlou Estate is nestled at the foot of the Simonsig Mountains in Southern Paarl.
The world-class winery has received much international acclaim for award-winning varietals of reds, whites and roses. Indulge in Glen Carlou’s premium chardonnay varietals and red blends, while enjoying the sweeping vistas of the vineyards and mountainside.