Cape Town in the colder season

Everything from Friday Jazz Evenings to whisky tastings

With everything from Friday Jazz Evenings to whisky tastings sessions to warm you up during the chillier months, the V&A Waterfront has sure enough thought out some clever ways to keep the cabin fever at bay as winter rolls in across Cape Town.

After a beautiful afternoon exploring the frozen coastline, our tour guide, Jesse, dropped us off at the iconic Victoria & Albert Waterfront where we would spend at least the next couple of days of our South African adventure. We were frightened away by the touristy noise and the loud attractions that can be found by the Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco only a few weeks earlier and as a result, we were quite dubious about staying so close to the V&A. But I have to say, after just 48 hours and two gourmet dinners, we were Victoria and Albert’s biggest fans.


On our original itinerary, we were actually booked to have two nights and the fantastically reviewed, Tinstwalo Atlantic, and not actually on the Waterfront at all. Unfortunately, just prior to our trip, this beautiful hotel was ruined by the horrible, tragic Cape Fire. Luckily they’re working night and day to rebuild this hotel, and because we’ve only ever heard wonderful things about the staff, and the place as a whole, we’ve definitely put this on our list to visit when we return to Cape Town. You should definitely pay it a visit!

This trip however led us to somewhere a little more central. We were left in expert hands at the Dock House Boutique Hotel; comprising of five guest rooms only, each had a stunning view of the harbour and it’s very own butler service. We had everything we needed!


A quality whisky is one of the finest ways to warm up on a chilled, winter evening. If this strikes your fancy then you’ll be happy to know that the The Whisky Live Room will return to the V&A Waterfront this year from Wednesday, 19 December. Not only will you be served the best local and international whiskies but you’ll be instructed to do so under the guidance of the top, industry professionals. Their purpose is none other than to introduce connoisseurs and newcomers alike to the warming art that is whisky pleasure.


Let your hair down and de-stress with the V&A Waterfront’s evenings of Jazz delights. These take place on select fridays throughout the winter season and we were lucky enough to experience one. Wrap up warm and enjoy the likes of performers such as Gavin Minter Septet, Rukma Vimana, Allou April, Judith Sephuma, Top Dog, Kesivan and the Lights, Zoe Modiga, Lana Crowster and a host more. Styles range from blues to latin and even some more modern jazz. There is something for everyone!