Cape Town sits at the base of the iconic Table Mountains, and spills into the South Atlantic Ocean. If it’s dramatic geography and stunning vistas weren’t enough to bewitch you, the city’s cosmopolitan lifestyle and lively gay scene certainly will. Often referred to as the Mother City, Cape Town offers one of the most open and vibrant gay scenes found in Africa. After all, gay marriage was legalized in South Africa as far back as 2005, making it a global frontrunner in terms of LGBTQ rights.
Most gay life in Cape Town can be found in the city’s charming De Waterkant district, which is home to plenty of renowned restaurants, designer shops, and gay bars and clubs. Offering a village-like atmosphere, similar to London’s Soho, De Waterkant is a just a stone’s throw away from Cape Town’s city center, and is an ideal place to stay for gay and lesbian travelers. Many of the area’s gay bars, restaurants, and clubs, are centered on and around Somerset Road, including the popular Cabaret venue, Beefcakes. Stop by during the day for a tasty American diner-inspired burger, then return in the evening for some drag and comedy.
For gay clubbing, make a beeline for Crew Bar, one of the most popular gay clubs in Cape Town. Split over two floors, you can enjoy hot bartenders, plenty of local boys to meet, and a playlist of funk/electro. After you’ve enjoyed one too many cocktails, or your dancing shoes are just about scuffed to the ground, why not take an early morning walk to Cape Town’s beautiful waterfront and catch a memorable South African sunrise with your new friend for the night?
Along with the lively gay scene in Cape Town’s De Waterkant, the city is also bursting at the seams when it comes to entertainment. Visit in February, and you’ll get to experience Cape Town Pride, one of the first to take place in the year. Otherwise, if you want to sample some local wines, venture to the Cape Winelands and savor some tasty blends for the day at several of the area’s wineries. The area is also home to many award-winning restaurants, so stock up with a mouthwatering meal in between wine tastings, and enjoy a day out of the city.
After a day exploring Cape Town, and surrounding areas, retreat to your ideal gay accommodation and catch up on a little R&R. With misterb&b, you can find the ideal gay accommodation in Cape Town. Traveling with friends? Opt for an entire apartment, and enjoy the luxury of having your own place to call home. Alternatively, if you are traveling solo, why not stay with a local misterb&b host and get all the inside gay tips to Cape Town? A gay hotel is more your thing? Choose from the many gay and gay-friendly hotels on misterb&b, and enjoy some room service and a fully-equipped gym. Whichever gay accommodation you opt for, misterb&b has you covered for your next gaycation to the Mother City.