6 indoor activities as cool as the weather in Cape Town

Sometimes all we want to do when the weather enters its ‘I’m too cool’ era in Cape Town is stay indoors. While a day can sometimes be delightful, side effects for a Capetonian in particular can certainly include cabin fever.

Luckily for us, indoor activities in the Mother City is not a whisper in the wind of dreams and time sinks could be the perfect time to head for some indoor adventures. Get creative at the Clay Cafe and create the cup you’ll drink your next cold brew from, test your balance on roller skates or discover Cape Town’s finest curiosities and trinkets in a trendy indoor market. Here are five indoor activities in Cape Town that are as fresh as the weather.

1. Paint the next cup you’ll drink coffee from on another cold day

A “gloomy” weather can encourage us to paint our own colors during the day. A perfect place to do this is at the Clay Cafe, which has two locations in Bree Street and Hout Bay.

A craft-focused space, Clay Cafe combines the art of treats like tapas and cocktails with ceramic painting experiences. It’s the creative ‘it spot’ to let your inner artist flourish. Don’t worry about making a mess, it’s part of the fun and you’ll be soaked in the expertise of the Clay Cafe teams to guide you too.

Photo: @claycafe_inthecity
  • Pitches:
  • Town location: 199 Bree Street, Gardens, Cape Town
  • Hout Bay: 4080 Main Road. Opposite Bokkemanskloof Estate

2. If it’s roller coaster weather, go roller skating

Maybe you can’t get your exercise fix from the usual jog on the boardwalk or biking through town. It’s time to turn your attention to the favorite way to move from the 70s: roller skating!

Rollercade at Battery Park at the Waterfront is the perfect place to learn a new groove. Boasting rhythms, skates, and waiting marshals to help you glide with finesse (and not on the ground on your behind). Rollercade is one of my personal go-to places on rainy days, writes Ashleigh Nefdt of Cape {town} Etc.

Photo: @eyesoflavida
  • Location: V&A Waterfront, Alfred St, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

3. You can still have a golf day, just in miniature, light-up form!

Instead of checking out your golf day desires, reduce them to mini-golf and add the thrill of a light-filled experience. Glowing Rooms SA can be the perfect solution for a colder day, especially when the wind is not on our side.

With your 3D glasses, the world will light up with the art of glow in the dark. It takes mini golf to the next level of magic and is a perfect activity to cure any rainy blues with a bit of creativity and (hopefully) some friendly competition.

Photo: @glowingroomssa

Location: 1 Turf Club Dr, Milnerton, Cape Town

4. Venture into the treats of an indoor market

The covered markets resemble Aladdin’s Cave of Wonders, but without collapsing in on themselves. There are a dozen covered markets in Cape Town just waiting for the curious onlooker to enjoy the creations and foods they boast. For a market open every day of the week, head to Mojo Market at Sea Point where music, drinks and an array of exciting foods await. If you’re looking for a weekend pick-me-up, the Bay Market in Hout Bay can’t wait to see you. He spoils his guests completely with decoration, jewellery, curiosities and of course delicacies.

Photo: @themojomarket

For more covered markets to explore and where to find them, head here.

5. Let the cold be the perfect excuse to enter the art world

Cape Town and art go hand in hand, and if you’ve never explored the art world before, this is your sign to do just that. Zeitz MOCAA is open six days a week, except Mondays, and has enough artwork to completely satisfy your curiosity. Alternatively, more intimate galleries like 131 A Gallery in Woodstock or Youngblood Africa in town are other fabulous slices of the artistic pie to chew on.

Photo: @johnny.lochner

Pitches:

  • Zeitz MOCAA: V&A Waterfront Silo District, S Arm Rd, Waterfront
  • 131 A gallery: Sir Lowry Road
  • Youngblood Africa: 70, 72 Bree Street

6. Explore the seascape at the Two Oceans Aquarium

Instagram: @hartzmom9

The Two Oceans Aquarium has been a local and tourist favorite for 26 years, allowing us to explore the creatures and wonders of the seascape up close. Now, before the cynic thinks this is a typical choice, our favorite aquarium has added new ways to enjoy its magic. Some of its latest features include behind-the-scenes tours and penguin encounters!

Is there really a better way to spend a day indoors than exploring a whole world of life below the surface?

Location:
Dock Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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