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Gay Guide Cape Town – Western Cape

Cape Town, known to its locals as the Mother City, is Africa’s self-proclaimed gay capital. It also just happens to be one of the world�s most beautiful cities: a cosmopolitan city nestled between the heights of Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles and the superb beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. If you are into natural beauty, try the view from Table Mountain or a wander through the Winelands (Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl). If beaches are your thing, check out Clifton 3rd, Camps Bay or the nudist Sandy bay. If it’s shopping that turns you on, look no further than the Waterfront or the other proud members of Cape Town’s Big Five shopping Centres. De Waterkant – Cape Town’s Gay Village. Centrally situated and within walking distance of the City Centre and the V&A Waterfront, and a few minutes drive from the best beaches. If you want to sleep with, and/or eat, drink or shop around „family“, then de Waterkant is a good choice! Cape Town has everything the gay traveller can want.

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Granted, given the political and social background of the continent, this title is not particularly hard to claim – but Cape Town truly is gay mecca renown the world over for its luxurious hotels, vineyards, gorgeous coastline, hiking, and cosmopolitan nightlife. We haven’t been this in love with a gay destination since San DiegoCopenhagen. It’s just that good!

Whether you want to explore the  De Waterkant LGBT district, sunbath out on a gay bath or attend some of the biggest queer events in Africa there is a lot to love here, all served up in a captivating urban setting flanked by majestic mountains and an animated coastline.  While we don’t think the Mother City – as locals call it – is quite ‘a second San Francisco’, this is a city that doesn’t discriminate and is a mother to all. You are unlikely to be excluded anywhere because of your personal sexual preference and the citizens in Cape Town take immense pride in their diversity of culture.

While South Africa’s constitution was the first in the world to protect people from discrimination on the grounds of this sexual orientation, and the country was the first in Africa to legalize same-sex marriage, but this progressive political climate has woefully not translated to complete acceptance across society and LGBT hate crimes are all too common.

South African law doesn’t catalog hate crimes separately from other crimes, so we can’t know for sure the exact levels but there is no denying that homosexuality is still very much taboo in smaller, rural areas and that there is a gaping chasm between the law and the social realities for many South Africans.

This, however, is unlikely to affect your average traveler in urban areas – and particularly in gay-friendly Cape Town   – but is something to be aware of, and we generally advise caution with public displays of affection in public as such. We are only just beginning to understand the shocking scale of LGBT discrimination in South Africa and while as visitors we personally did not experience any- this is not to say there is a critical need for hate crimes laws here as the local LGBT community still faces high levels of violence.

Theirs is no magic solution here and a change in public perceptions it’s a process that will take time. In urban sophisticated Cape Town, however, we found almost everyone to hold accepting and progressive attitudes and feel comfortable recommending to gay travelers who wish to experience a rich diversity of people, cuisines, and languages, alongside pristine beaches, metropolitan delights and resplendent nightlife.

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Charles Guest HouseDe Waterkant, Cape Town

The Charles Luxury Guest House in Cape Town is situated in a fashionable district of the city with wonderful views and ambiance. The village of de Waterkant is trendy and fashionable with a unique vibe that is comparable to Soho in London or Greenwich in New York.

Part of the Bo-Kaap area of Cape Town, a traditionally Muslim residential suburb, de Waterkant provides as delightful back drop for The Charles Luxury Guest House in Cape Town. The Guest House is located in 3 historic Georgian style buildings that are internally linked.

Private and intimate gay friendly accommodation in Cape Town is offered to discerning guests looking for luxury and understated elegance. The interiors of The Charles Luxury Guest House are a mix of beautiful Cape Cottage furniture and contemporary modern and African pieces.

Guests will enjoy the comfort and luxury at the Charles while taking in the views from the various decks overlooking the village, V & A Waterfront and Table Mountain. Delicious meals are served at Cafe Charles which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Charles Guest HouseDe Waterkant, Cape Town

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South Africa is certainly going all out to prove its rainbow status, not only does it have a committed gay travel tourism marketing campaign, but it was the first country in Africa to legalize same-sex marriage – and was only the fifth worldwide to do so.

While there is still some deep hostility to homosexuality major urban areas are becoming more accepting and here you will find a thriving gay nightlife, especially in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Sandton and Nelsprut. In Cape Town The Bronx is one of the longest serving gay bars. Cape Town Pride waved its pink flag proudly in 2011 celebrating its 10th anniversary, which is held annually between February and March. Every October and November Cape Town turns down the lights for the annual Out in Africa Film Festival. The Pink Loerie in the enchanting Garden Route is one of the most vibrant Mardi Gras events in the South African calendar, often towards the end of April. This is a multi-stop destination where you can take in the vibrant flow of Victoria Falls, enjoy long warm evenings in Kruger National Park, and explore deep tangled forests on the Garden Route. There are a number of gay tour operators that can help you explore some of the extraordinary sights of the country like Cape Wine Lands, Sun City or a safari in Madikwe or Mpumalanga.

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De Waterkant

De Waterkant is the main gay district in Cape Town. It’s known for its stylish bars, Dutch-style architecture and buzzing nightlife.

De Waterkant is the main gay district in Cape Town. It’s known for its stylish bars, Dutch-style architecture and buzzing nightlife.

Boasting a swimming pool, this gay-popular hotel is located near De Waterkant and offers comfortable accommodation.

The Glen Boutique Hotel’s 24 rooms,  many of which come with a private terrace. You’ll be able to make the most of the spa, sun terrace and cascading pools.

When you’re ready to explore the city the nightlife is right on your doorstep.

bar, cafe, restaurant, internet access, swimming pool, spa.

This colonial-era manor house is situated in the heart of De Waterkant Village, the hub of Cape Town’s gay scene. The guest house overlooks Table Bay Harbour and the Stellenbosch Mountains. The V&A Waterfront is easily accessible.

If you like to be in the thick of it De Waterkant Lodge is a good option.

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De Waterkant House is located in the heart of De Waterkant, Cape Town’s gay district. Surrounded by Dutch colonial era architecture, this Georgian manor house is an elegant 3-star inn.

The rooms at De Waterkant House offer tea and coffee making facilities, a laptop safe and a ceiling fan. They are also equipped with cable/satellite channels and a DVD player.

When you’re ready to explore the vibrant nightlife of De Waterkant you won’t have far to walk.

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The Grey Hotel is situated in the vibrant gay district of De Waterkant in Cape Town. This boutique hotel has a Japanese restaurant and a rooftop bar with views of Table Mountain.

The V & A Waterfront is just a short walk from the hotel.

Each room is decorated in a unique and modern style, offering an alternative to the soulless homogeneity of many hotels.

The hotel’s rooftop bar, piano bar and late breakfasts make this a good choice if you like to party. The city’s best nightlife is also right on your doorstep.

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The Capital Mirage is an upmarket hotel on the edge of De Waterkant, Cape Town’s gay village. The hotel’s rooftop bar offers excellent views of Table Mountain.

You can choose from luxury or superior studios or opt for a spacious apartment.

Make the most state of the art gym if a fancy a pump before hitting your night out. There’s also a salon and a spa so you can make sure you’re looking fierce when you hit Cafe Manhattan and Crew Bar.

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The Rockwell Suite Hotel & Apartments offers self-catering apartments with views of Table Mountain and the harbour.

The rooms are well-appointed and all come with kitchens, living areas and balconies. This is a good choice if you prefer serviced apartments to a hotel.

Located in the stylish De Waterkant district, the best shops and nightlife are on your doorstep.

Bantry Bay

Bantry Bay is a chic suburb ranged along the Atlantic shore. It’s known to be the most wind-free place in town and it’s a popular hotel and resort destination.

Bantry Bay is a chic suburb ranged along the Atlantic shore. It’s known to be the most wind-free place in town and it’s a popular hotel and resort destination.

One of the best hotels in Cape Town, it was the accommodation partner of Mr Gay World 2019, so it’s safe to say the President Hotel is gay-friendly. It’s located in Bantry Bay on the shores of the Atlantic. The location is hard to beat.

The rooms are smart and well-appointed. It’s an ideal choice if you’d like the added benefits of a resort. There are many dining options around the hotel in the Bantry Bay area.

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Gay Cape Town

Cape Town is a city that people just fall in love with immediately. The people are friendly, the nightlife is bumping, the food is eclectic, and you can walk pretty much anywhere in the center of the city. The city grid is easy to navigate, even for those who can’t navigate around their own neighborhood. From live music to spontaneous street dancing to breathtaking sunsets, Cape Town is intoxicating, and I recommend spending as long as you can here. It’s one of the most multicultural cities in the world and has a rich mix of generations-long locals and new expatriates. Even as an outsider, it’s easy to feel at home in this bustling city.

Gay Scene Cape Town

Cape Town is one of the few places in Africa where it’s truly okay to be gay, so take advantage while you’re here. Cape Town has repeatedly been voted as one of the friendliest gay capitals in the world, and absolutely the gayest city on the African continent. You can touch the tip of Africa, swim with sharks, and visit a gay nude beach all on the same day. The greater Cape Town region has several gay beaches, you just have to know where to go. Sandy Bay is a nude beach frequently by gays and lesbians. The beach itself is a 15 minute walk from the car pack, so take everything you need with you. Sandy Gay is tucked behind steep cliffs and offers soft white sand, large boulders, crystal water, and gay people- what more could you want?

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Take a wine tour in Stellenbosch, a short drive outside of Cape Town. The wineries are gorgeous and have no shyness offering up wine that tastes like bananas or grass. If you like sharks and don’t get seasick, go shark diving in Hermanus. The shark-diving company picks you up early in the morning (we’re talking 4:30 am) and takes you out into the ocean to wait for sharks. When they’ve been spotted, you crawl inside a shark cage and pee your wetsuit from fear for several minutes until you get back onto the tiny little boat and pretend like everything’s ok. Hermanus is also the prime whale-watching spot in South Africa, and you can go on eco-tours to see how whales interact with dolphins, seals, otters, and other creatures of the seas. And as Margaret Cho says, “I went to Alaska because lesbians loooove whale watching. They f***ing love it! It’s any kind of sea mammal, really.”

If you’re looking for buzz, excitement and an excuse to stay out all night, head for Long Street, Cape Town’s party district. Bo-Kaap is not to be missed either – the spiritual home of the Cape’s Muslim community it is one of the city’s most colorful suburbs, with plenty of restaurants serving the spicy Cape Malay cuisine. De Waterkant is equally popular, a trendy area with a village vibe that’s reminiscent of London’s Soho and New York’s Greenwich Village. Cape Town also boasts a wealth of art galleries. The South African National Art Gallery has outstanding collections of African, British, French, Dutch and Flemish art dating from colonial to modern times, but there are over a hundred more galleries to choose from!

Gay Cape Town 2021 – Complete Gay Travel Guide

First things first, you need to visit Cape Town. It is an absolute must! The first time we visited we had no idea what to expect or what it would be like to be gay in Cape Town. However, we quickly fell in love with this incredible city and found that ‘gay Cape Town, South Africa’ really does exist!

Cape Town as a destination is truly spectacular. It is a modern city surrounded by breath-taking nature. Its mountain ranges including the iconic Table Mountain are awe inspiring, its white sand beaches perfect in the summer and of course we have to mention the many rolling hills filled with beautiful wineries.

Beyond its natural beauty, there is an abundance of exciting wildlife to see. Here you can go whale watching, visit ostrich farms, see seals at the V&A Waterfront, hundreds of penguins at Boulders Beach and for the brave, go great white shark cage diving!

Luckily for us, Cape Town also happens to be a very popular gay travel destination (which we never knew) and has been for a number of years. Perhaps after reading this gay guide to Cape Town it will come as no surprise that we decided to live here for 3 months!

So lets get on to our Cape Town Gay Guide and see what it has on offer!

First Impressions: Is Cape Town Gay Friendly?

Based on first impressions, this was very hard to tell. We didn’t notice any other gay couples in the street or in day to day life, and as a result did not see any public affection between gay couples.

However, after spending some more time here we have learnt that gay or straight, public displays of affection are not a typical thing for the locals of Cape Town.

On one of our first nights out to a backpacker/local bar on Long Street we started to get a better insight. This was by no means a gay bar, but with alcohol flowing we started to notice quite a few gay couples seemingly very comfortable in this environment – this was a very positive thing to see!

Given some time, we found that Cape Town is very gay friendly indeed. Lets take a look at what makes Cape Town so gay friendly.

Gay Rights in South Africa

We recently ran a poll on Instagram and asked some questions about the rights and laws below. 41% of people assumed that same sex marriage would not be legal (which it is) so there are definitely some misconceptions to address. Here is the current situation:

South Africa in its post-apartheid era (c1993 onwards) has made a lot of very positive steps. It was the first country in the world to put discrimination protections based on sexual orientation into its constitution and was the fifth country in the world to legalise same sex marriage – the only country in the entirety of Africa.

It is worth noting that while we are focusing on Cape Town in this guide, head outside the major cities and tourist areas and the picture may not be quite as positive. Homophobic violence still exists in certain parts of South Africa and public opinions on whether homosexuality is right or wrong can be quite negative. However, as a tourist visiting the ‘touristy’ parts, especially Cape Town, you should feel very welcome.

Gay Scene Cape Town

The gay scene is relatively small here in Cape Town but it does have a good selection of options when it comes to nightlife. Of course, there is so much more to Cape Town than gay bars and clubs, but for the purposes of our gay guide to Cape Town, lets take a look:

Gay Beaches in Cape Town

There are two gay beaches in Cape Town, Sandy Bay Beach and Clifton Beach no.3.

Neither of these are particularly obvious as ‘gay beaches’ as we did not see any rainbow flags flying but instead were told by one of our friends about them. However, once you arrive and see the clientele, it becomes pretty apparent that you have found the gay beach!

Gay Tours Cape Town

There are a few gay tour operators in Cape Town including Cape Town Gay Tours and Friends of Dorothy gay tours, however we only managed to experience one gay friendly tour whilst here which was with Amatungulu Tours. 

Amatungulu Tours operate a specific LGBT division, LGBTQVacation. We had a fantastic day out learning about their itineraries, how they operate, and most importantly, how they cater to the LGBTQ travel market. Find out more about our experience here. 

Gay Pride – Cape Town

We have been to many gay prides all over the world. We were lucky enough to arrive in Cape Town just as Cape Town Pride was starting and we loved it.

It was perhaps the most unique pride that we have been to, in that this pride showed the most diversity we have ever seen. Many of the prides we have attended and enjoyed all around Europe are mainly 85% white men. Here in Cape Town you saw even mixes of every gender, age, sexual orientation etc – it was something special.

Take a look at our full write up to Cape Town pride here.

Cape Town is a truly beautiful place. It has everything you could want from a destination including a welcoming and gay friendly environment! Gay travel aside, if you come and visit Cape Town you will have the experience of a lifetime, there were many good reasons for us coming to live here and we hope you get the chance to come and see for yourselves!

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Why Cape Town

South Africa’s 1996 Constitution specifically protects full and equal rights for LGBT people. In 2006, the rainbow nation legalized same-sex marriages – the first country in Africa and the fifth in the world to do so.

Naturally, Cape Town is home to the most developed gay and lesbian community on the African continent – Britain’s The Guardian newspaper called it ‘one of the 10 most popular gay travel destinations in the world’, while the US publication Out and About named it a ‘world-wide favourite’.

I’ve never been prouder of our Constitution than I was on the day my godfather was finally able to marry his long-term partner in a small ceremony in the vibrant neighbourhood of De Waterkant. It is the heart of the rainbow district and home to many of the city’s official 100 gay and lesbian venues – the perfect venue to celebrate a rainbow romance.

Here is our guide to celebrating your rainbow romance in Africa’s most beautiful city.

I dare you to deny it. Popular as a traveller’s destination generally, and for varied reasons, including but not limited to its beautiful beaches, majestic skyline, vibrant night life, exciting activities and of course, the Mountain. These same reasons (and more) make it undeniably popular as a Gay Hotspot.

The Mother City has even oftime been referred to as the second San Francisco (San Fran commonly known as the Gay Capital of the World).

You could even go so far as to say that we’ve become possessed with the spirit of co-operation

The term Rainbow Nation has a far more umbrella, enveloping effect than most realise. It’s not limited to just race; but all who take refuge in our Mother’s arms.

Historical information points to C.T. as having been popular to gay travellers from as far back as the 1700’s, sailors coming over on some of the most luxuriant, beautifully designed boats ever seen.

As a country as a whole the appeal is obvious – South Africa was the first country in the world to enable protection from persecution and discrimination on the grounds of  race, gender and – sexual orientation; meaning that for the first time discrimination was made illegal. This law was passed in 1996, following the 94′ democratic elections and the purging of our Apartheid past. 

But still – why Cape Town specifically? Why not Johannesburg, or even Durban? Are our beaches so beautiful, our scenery so resplendent, our nightclubs so chic, that the magnetism is simply irresistible?

We give the best welcoming party of all, and what a party it is. Cape Town offers famously picturesque, natural beauty that alone should be sufficient a card to trump other South African cities. We’ve always been a favoured tourist destination for that very reason.

But Cape Town also has hotspots such as Greenpoint and Seapoint, gay nightclubs of the highest calibre, the whole city in fact filled with an unoppressive, almost opulent nature, an… essence that other South African cities fail to compete with.  This is contrasted with a laid back atmosphere, ideal for those who yearn to lead a more relaxing lifestyle.

Once you’ve seen the eccentric characters that one does on long street etc., being gay hardly registers on the extrememometer, there are far more wacky and wonderful characters to point at.

With the ever increasing number of Gay residents and tourists, there is even accommodation available that is specifically tailored for homosexual clientele. Then there are our beautiful beaches – ones like Clifton 3, which have become largely ‚Gay‘ beaches, some nude, some a teeny bit more conservative.

Whether partying at the popular Bronx club or getting an all-body-tan at the furthest end of the beautiful Sandy Bay, you won’t be excluded because of your personal sexual preference.

Another major attraction is of course our extensive events, parades and gay festivals (Cape Town Pride, Moby Dick, MCQP Jungle Fever for example). The Mother City Queer Project and other organisations have proven themselves adeptly skilled at arranging parties and occasions that truly light up the city, painting it pink with unequalled fervour, flavour and flair.

In March of 2010 Big Concerts even brought over The Queen of England, Elton John, for our musical enjoyment. Rumours’ abound that soon they’ll be able to bring over his younger sister, Ricky Martin.

We take immense pride in our diversity of culture – taking joy in rather than segregating because of ‚difference‘; celebrating our metropolitan delights; all brought together in a wonderful fusion of the people that make our beautiful city a humdrum of exciting activity and festivity.

Laugh at the Queen and at yourself at this hilarious Cape Town drag show.

Our spirit of inclusion welcomes Mr Gay World back to our shores for Mr Gay World 2019.

Looking for a good gay night out? Check out our list of the Best that Cape Town has on offer.

Be sure to keep up-to-date with who’s doing what in and around Cape Town by subscribing to our monthly Editor’s Pick’s Newsletter.

Cape Town LGBT-Friendly Hotels

There is a great deal to consider when you look for a hotel. Is there a fantastic bar on site? Is it away from the center of the city so you can have a bit of quiet time, or close to downtown where the majority of the excitement? Does it have a sauna? But, you can rest assured knowing the hotels here are LGBT-friendly. Expedia has hotels with the amenities and features that you desire. Further, you will discover some are TAG approved, and others are also members of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association.

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Gay Bars Cape Town 2021: Do not miss these bars!

Cape Town may be a lot smaller than other cities in South Africa, like Johannesburg, but when it comes to gay clubs and gay bars, Cape Town is a winner!

You might immediately Google ‘Best Gay Bars in Cape Town’ when you arrive, but what you should also know is that Cape Town as a whole is very gay friendly – something which we found very true during Cape Town Pride.

This means that a lot of bars that aren’t ‘officially gay bars’ in Cape Town will still have a very mixed and diverse crowd. This is especially true if you head to the touristy bars on Long Street.

That being said, when it comes to gay clubs and gay bars in Cape Town, you will be pleased to know that there is a good selection of options! Take a look at our up to date list below and let us know where you end up!

Gay Bars in Cape Town/Gay Clubs in Cape Town

If you are looking for the gay area in Cape Town, the majority of the gay scene is focused around the De Waterkant area. We’ve included addresses for each bar so you can see which fall into this area and which are a little more further afield:

LGBT-Friendly Hotels in Provincetown

You’ve put in long hours at work for months, and finally decided it is about time to treat yourself with a getaway to Provincetown. But, where you return each night can be as important as what you do on a vacation. It’s always comforting to return a hotel that keeps the good vibes you have had while sightseeing. With numerous amazing, well-kept hotels to book in Provincetown, it can be tough picking just the right one. That is why we have gathered the LGBT-friendly hotels (some of which are TAG Approved) in Provincetown. We just made that decision so much easier.

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Cape Towns gay bars and clubs are distributed across the entire city with the highest concentration being around the Waterkant area.

There is little distinction between gay clubs and gay bars in Cape Town. Don’t expect to find a huge gay superclub, but you can definitely have a night out and dance with some hot gay guys.

Below is a short summary of the gay bars on offer. We also wrote a dedicated Cape Town gay bar guide.

Gate 69

Gate 69 offers full on comedy and drag shows – on a much bigger scale than you will find in a bar or a club!

You need to prebook your tickets if you want to see a show here, and just like in a theatre, the cost of a ticket varies depending how far from the stage you sit. The shows regularly change and the cost of a ticket includes a three-course dinner.

For more gay friendly bars including Alexander Bar, The 41 and Prison Bar check out our full Cape Town gay bar guide.

Sandy Bay Beach

This is the ‘gayer’ of the two beaches being the nudist beach. It is quite some effort to get to as you need to drive to the nearest car park and then trek for 20 minutes through sand dunes.

What struck us most about this beach was that there were very few tourists, and best of all, no one trying to sell you anything! It was secluded, relaxing and beautiful.

Clifton 3 Beach

There are 4 beaches in Clifton with each separated by a line of boulders (these reduce the wind).

Clifton 3 is known as being the gay beach and is much more accessible than Sandy Bay – but you do need to keep your speedos on here!

To get here, you can either get the bus to the stop ‘Clifton 3’, a taxi or drive yourself. From the roadside just walk down some steps and you are there!

For both the beaches, you are on the Atlantic side so the sea is freezing. You have to brave it at least once and take a quick dip!

For full directions and details, check out out full guide to gay beaches in Cape Town.

The Glen Boutique Hotel & Spa

The Glen Boutique Hotel & Spa is a beautiful hotel offering 24 rooms from luxury suites to their penthouse. The rooms here are stylish and stunning!

The hotel is gay owned and gay friendly so attracts a mix of customers. It is located in Sea Point, a short drive from Cape Town city centre.

The centrepiece of the hotel is its beautiful pool and if you really want to relax, the jacuzzi!

Cactus House

Cactus House is an exclusively gay male guesthouse in Cape Town

They are based at the foot of Table Mountain. The house has five stylish en-suite bedrooms with large oversized showers, king sized beds in the Deluxe and Superior rooms and queen size in the standard room.

Most rooms have a balcony with daybeds or outdoor seating and views of Table Mountain, Signal Hill and Lions Head. There is also a pool which is perfect in summer.

It also gets excellent reviews on TripAdvisor. Take a look at Cactus House here.

Pink Rose Guesthouse and Spa

Just 25 minutes from downtown Cape Town the Pink Rose Guesthouse and Spa is a gay guesthouse which opened in 2009.

They are a small B&B with 5 rooms, a pool (clothing optional), Jacuzzi, sauna and gay massage services. If you want to stay somewhere a little quieter away from the CBD, take a look at Pink Rose Guesthouse.

Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore

This is a 4 star hotel with stylish rooms, a rooftop bar and a plunge pool.

It was also the hotel to sponsor gay pride in Cape Town and was previously the location for the monthly LGBT Village drinks.

It also boasts great views of the iconic Table Mountain! Take a look at this hotel here.

Wat heeft Kaapstad te bieden op het gebied van LGBT-hotels?

Als je geïnteresseerd bent in een LGBTQIA verblijf waar je je op je gemak voelt in Kaapstad, dan kunnen wij je helpen. Je ervaart een uitnodigende, ontspannen atmosfeer wanneer je verblijft in een van onze 2 LGBT-hotels in Kaapstad. Na een gezellige avond uit kun je op pad gaan om te zien wat deze stad zoal biedt. Reizigers die Kaapstad bezoeken, zijn vooral tevreden over het winkelaanbod en het uitzicht op de bergen. Dit is een leuke manier om je bestemming beter te leren kennen! Table Mountain, Robbeneiland en Boulders Beach zijn lokale bezienswaardigheden die je wellicht aan je lijstje wilt toevoegen.

Where to Stay

Choose a romantic hotel or private villa that is central to Cape Town’s main attractions and near the top gay and lesbian venues, which are mostly in and around the enclaves of De Waterkant and Green Point.

Cape Royale Luxury hotel and Spa Walk to the V&A Waterfront or De Waterkant from this gay-friendly luxury hotel with in-room kitchens for independent living and a selection of top restaurants nearby.

Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront One of Cape Town’s best sunset spots, this comfortable, oceanfront hotel is a quick stroll away from the delights of the V&A Waterfront as well as the seaside restaurants and bars of the Mouille Point strip.

100 Loader Penthouse Epitomising Cape Town-cool at the heart of the city’s stylish De Waterkant district, this sensational 1-bedroom penthouse offers nothing but the most luxurious urban living.

13a de Smidt With a rooftop terrace boasting 360-degree views of the harbour, city and mountain, this sleek 3-bedroom apartment is ‚a must‘ for travellers wanting to experience Cape Town in unassuming style.

Out & About

Cape Town is an easy-going city with a playful atmosphere. You’ll find a buzzing nightlife with venues for dancing and cruising, fine dining and cabaret shows, sophisticated coffee bars, world-class shopping and every incentive to be out and about in the fresh air – award-winning beaches, picture-perfect Winelands and mountains to hike, bike or climb.

You’ll find gay venues listed on street maps at the city’s tourist information kiosks and see the multicoloured rainbow flag flying proudly from many businesses in the city.

Somerset Road – known as ‘The Strip’ – runs through Greenpoint and De Waterkant. It’s home to the most popular gay venues and is lively well into the early hours.

Crew is famous for its handsome bartenders and for playing the best music in Cape Town. Stylish open-plan interiors, a super spacious dance floor and very VIP areas make Crew the hot spot to see and be seen.

Address: 30 Napier Street, De Waterkant Tel: +27 (0)73 204 3706.

Café Manhattan bar and restaurant is a popular but laid-back meeting place. The service is excellent, the menu perfect for the morning after or a leisurely lunch and there is regular entertainment in the form of art exhibitions and live music (most Thursdays).

Address: 74 Waterkant Street, De Waterkant Tel: +27 (0)21 421 6666.

Beefcakes Burger Bar is styled like a 1950’s American diner and boasts the ‘biggest and best’ burgers in Cape Town. It’s a great place to relax and have fun – there are regular shows featuring stand up comedians and drag queens, and even ‚bitchy bingo‘ evenings.

Address: 34 Somerset Road, Green Point Tel: +27 (0)21 425 9019.

Pride Events

If you’d like to co-ordinate your romantic break in Cape Town with one of the city’s annual gay and lesbian events, consider a late summer visit in February to March to take advantage of Cape Town’s Gay Pride week or visit in spring (October to November) for the Out in Africa film festival.

Cape Town Gay Pride takes place in late February or early March annually and features 11 days of gay and lesbian events and parties attracting over 10 000 revellers to the city from around the world.

Mother City Queer Project started in 1994 as a dress-up party to celebrate the dawn of democracy in South Africa; it now attracts partygoers from around the world and is a must-do for many gay and straight Capetonians alike. MCQP takes place in December.

Out in Africa is South Africa’s gay and lesbian film festival that runs in art cinemas around October/ November each year. In addition to superb cinematic contributions from Africa, the festival brings together a truly global offering each year.

The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras is a colourful pride festival that takes place over a few days in April or May. Although located outside of Cape Town, the few hours‘ drive along the Garden Route to Knysna is worth it to join in the fun of the Mr Mardie Gras South Africa and Madam Wigstock pageants.

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CAPE TOWN Gay Friendly Restaurants 2021

Cape Town’s restaurant scene combines the best of local and international cuisine to create stunning dishes, all washed down with some of the best wines in the world.

Visit Beefcakes for delicious burgers, camp shows and hot waiters. A must!

Check out the “SUNDAY ROAST” At Cafe Manhattan for a delicious end to the weekend!

Our guide to dining out in Gay Cape Town

Smoky garlic & lemon drizzled prawns, mussels, shrimps, lobsters and crayfish smoked or barbecued on the beach, the tide tickling your toes as you wait.

Mouth watering cardamom infused savoury coriander Cape Malay curries, briyanis and boboties served with sweet yellow rice sprinkled with raisins and for dessert, koeksisters or milk tart. Traditional African cuisine – spicy chakalaka sauce over mealie pap, morogo (steamed green vegetables) teamed with a succulent lamb shank or as a special treat, eaten with grilled or fried chilli mopani worms. To this add in an generous helping of French, Italian, German, English and Mexican restaurants and a wholesome dash of Eastern eateries from India, Thailand, Japan and China and you’ll soon discover that restaurants in Cape Town and the Western Cape cater for every taste bud.

The cuisine of Cape Town can truly be described as”international.” Menus will consist of a lot you’ll recognize (pizza, pasta and hamburgers), often some game (always ostrich, occasionally something like kudu medallions), and the more local, Malay (a sort of Muslim, Indian, Indonesian mix). Fresh fish is plentiful, and, of course, the local wines make the perfect accompaniment.

You’ll find that much of the gay scene revolves around De Waterkant, a compact district of cobblestone streets on the northeastern edge of downtown, not far from the V&A Waterfront. In this little quadrant you’ll find several excellent restaurants and cafes,

Crew Bar Cape Town

If you want to see the hottest bar staff in Cape Town,  Crew Bar will leave you with your mouth wide open. This is one of the best-known gay bars in Cape Town and has recently been refurbished.

Crew Bar has two dance floors, weekly themed nights and is open every night of the week.

Prices here are a little more expensive than the other bars, but when the go-go boys and bar staff start dancing topless or in speedos, you tend not to mind so much.

Every now and then they do have some good drinks offers such as drinks for 16ZAR ($1) 7-10pm.

The music here tends to be more house and less pop.

Pink Panther Cape Town

Next in our list of Cape Town gay bars is Pink Panther.

There are two Pink Panther gay bars in Cape Town. Pink Panther 2 has the better music for us, playing pop with a little bit of house mixed in.

If you want to live it up a little, here you have the option of hiring a VIP booth for the evening and enjoying table service!

Zero21 Cape Town

Zero21 is a gay social club found about 15 minutes from Long Street.

This is known for its drag shows and is one of the cheapest places we have had drinks, with a large glass of wine costing just over $2, and a double spirit and mixer just over $4. Zero21 has a mixed crowd of locals and the odd tourist.

When we visited the music was mainly a lot of old school RnB, which the locals seem to really enjoy.

Café Manhattan Cape Town

Café Manhattan is one of the oldest gay bars in Cape Town. It has a little bit of a cowboy theme and a chilled atmosphere during the week.

Whether you are there for food, drinks or just to hang out this place attracts both tourists and locals. This is a good place to start your evening before moving on to a late night venue. We came here after hiking Table Mountain and devoured one of their burgers with halloumi and avocado – it was really good!

You can also come along for Happy Hour every day between 4pm – 6pm and again from 9pm until 11pm. This applies to selected drinks, just ask your server.

Café Manhattan is based in the heart of de Waterkant village and is open daily until 11pm.

Beefcakes Cape Town

This is not a gay bar as such, but it is definitely worth a visit. Beefcakes is the place for burgers, drag shows and wait staff that look like Abercrombie and Fitch models.

The drag show is actually quite hilarious and the food reasonable at 79ZAR for a burger. If you are really there for a fun night you can take a body shot from one of the waiters – I have to say we were very tempted.

For all of the above reasons, this is very popular now with a lot of hen parties that go here looking for their own beefcakes! Make sure to check availability and book online before you go.

Alexander Bar

This is not exclusively a gay bar but it is gay owned and known for being a queer space with a mixed crowd.

Here you can enjoy slightly cheaper priced drinks and all kinds of shows ranging from comedy shows to some more queer themed shows such as Boylesque.

The 41 Cape Town

Again, not an exclusively gay bar, however this gay owned bar and restaurant proudly underlines its logo with the rainbow flag. It is not a place to dance, however when they occasionally have events they will move some tables to create a small dancefloor.

The food here is really good, we had some very tasty springbok, the drinks are reasonably priced and it’s the perfect place to sit and watch the sun set in Camps Bay. It was a bonus for us that while we were there for food they played Ariana Grande and Little Mix!

Prison Bar (previously Beaulah Bar) Cape Town

We first visited Prison Bar many years ago when it was Beaulah Bar which was a gay bar. During Pride we returned to find the name had changed. We spoke with Prison Bar to see if it was still a gay bar and were happy to be told:

”Prison is a straight bar but yet gay friendly as it use-to be Beaulah in the past. We decided that it is only fair to cater to the regulars. We are a straight bar but gay friendly and we welcome all individuals no matter of their sexual preferences. We believe there is fun to be had for all and that is what we strive for”.

Drinks are cheap, bar staff are friendly and there is a small dancefloor with a pole at one end if you fancy a go!

Crust

Crust is a small gay owned cafe found at the end of Long Street. Outside of its normal hours it runs a very fun quiz night hosted by local drag queens! You can head there from 6pm for food and then the quiz usually starts at 7:30pm.

We really enjoyed it and it was a good way to socialise rather than just going to another bar.

The event is only once a month and to find out when, type in quiz at Crust into Facebook.

Village Drinks at the Radisson Red

This is a monthly event held for LGBT professionals living or visiting the area. Check out ‘Village Drinks’ on Facebook to see when their next event is.

So there you have it. Before coming to South Africa and specifically Cape Town we had no idea what the gay scene would be like or if there would be one at all. Make sure that you check out these gay bars in Cape Town but don’t forget, many other bars will also be very welcoming! Have fun!

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Gay Friendly Hotels in Cape Town

Staying in one of the gay friendly hotels in Cape Town will most certainly improve your gaycations. And finding the right hotel is reason enough to make the trip worthwhile. Booking a hotel that’s as unique as you are is sure to upgrade your travel game, and Hotwire makes it easy to find the best LGBTQ friendly hotels in the area, designed just for you.

Attractions in Cape Town

Cape Town has a Mediterranean-style climate so you can bet there are going to be plenty of outdoor things to do in Cape Town and fabulous events which take advance of the amazing weather here. It can be wet in the winter, but no season will hold you back from enjoying Cape Town to the max.

Beach days, hiking and cycling are all popular, but equally so is laying by the pool or booking day trips to explore the glorious nature on the doorstep of Cape Town. If you plan to get a lot done car hire in Cape Town is a very affordable option and popular to see more far-flung attractions. This is South Africa after all – one of the world’s greatest self-drive holiday destinations with the excellent road network and epic scenery.

However, when it comes to driving in South Africa, there are a few simple rules to keep safe including ensuring your windows and doors are locked when driving through any urban areas (especially when stopped at a traffic light!) and never leaving any valuables in sight when you are parked. Even better, park your car where a car guard is available  – and then all it takes is a few rands to ensure your vehicle remains safe.

Naturally being gay does not define which attractions most of us will want to see in each destination and most queer travelers will simply want to check out the top things to see in Cape Town during the day! We found our favorite memories were watching the sunset from a relaxing cocktail bar, dancing till dawn with our queer family, or laying out by the pool in our luxe Cape Town hotel.

Gay-friendly and Gay Hotels in Cape Town

In this glorious beachside city, you will not find any major hotel accommodation that has issues with gay guests checking in – and most are explicitly gay-friendly!

After all being gay-friendly is about providing a non-judgmental and respectful environment in which all people are treated equally. In saying that, elegant design, helpful staff, and excellent value for money never hurt anyone. Some hotels in Cape Town have also gone above and beyond in recognizing and marketing to the LGBT community and given their popularity with gay travelers we would say it has paid off!

Everybody likes to be surrounded by people with common interests and as such there are a few hotels in Cape Town favored by gay travelers  – and even two exclusively gay hotels in Cape Town. We were torn better clothing-optional bathing poolside with other gay travelers and the endless options of boutique hotels in Cape Town – with some of the most beautiful properties we have ever seen..anywhere!

The following gay-friendly hotels in Cape Town are only the most recommended, but there are hundreds of other hotels in Cape Town if you don’t find quite find what you are looking for. Whether you want a fun and social hostel, a cheap but private place to crash after a night of partying or a chic luxury option to sip cocktails surrounded by fashionable people, Gay Cape Town has something for everyone!

Gay Nightlife in Cape Town South Africa

Sadly the gay club scene in Cape Town is always changing and it seems like most places open just as quickly if they close.

That is not to say you are not spoilt for choice here, but just be sure to check websites and Facebook pages before heading out, and take care – While Cape Town might be one of the most gay-friendly cities in Africa, displays of affection outside of gay bars can still lead to trouble.

Also, watch out for hustlers and don’t take any valuables with you if you can help it.

Visitors to Gay Cape Town tend to be more focused on the daytime fun-in-the-sun so there is no need to wait until Happy Hour to head to the bars – and many travelers here can be found drinking any time of day on sun-drenched rooftops or at chic cocktail bars. Sure they might not be exclusively gay, but they are gay-friendly and gay-popular so we have decided to include a few here as well. Because with a cocktail scene as divine and competitive as here, you would be mad to not try out a few.

Of course, Cape Town does get crazy wild, and what better way could there be to get to know the locals than in a Cape Town gay bar!

Cruising, Gay Saunas & Bath Houses in Cape Town

Even though Cape Town is a wildly popular gay vacation destination there is only one gay sauna in Cape Town, but thankfully it is one of the best on the continent – and is guaranteed to get your pulse racing! If you want some hot and steamy fun similar to the glorious European gay sauna scenes that we found in MilanParis, you are in luck!

Other than that there is always Crew Bar for cruising or Grindr et al if you’re desperate for some non-sauna action at other times. Or you could also try any of the gay hotels in Cape Town: previously the (almost-gay) Glen Hotel opened its spa to outside guests but due to the severe drought in Cape Town, they have closed our indoor jacuzzi, steam room, and sauna until further notice.

Café Manhattan Cape Town

This is the oldest gay bar in Cape Town and a place we would suggest for chilled drinks and a chat with friends. Café Manhattan also does really good burgers and has a Happy Hour every day between 4pm – 6pm and again from 9pm until 11pm.

Café Manhattan is based in the heart of de Waterkant village and is open daily until 11pm.

Your Destination for a Gaycation

Your hotel room might be everything you were looking for, but you will probably want to check out Cape Town’s most popular sites. Plenty of these gay-friendly hotels can provide info on Cape Town’s LGBT communities and businesses nearby. They may also be able to inform you of the gay-friendly bars and clubs in town. And of course, the rest of the note-worthy attractions that make Cape Town worth visiting. The hotel’s concierges are more than welcoming and strive to make your trip wonderful!

You don’t have to trust just us. Be sure to peruse the reviews to find out what guests said about their most-recent stay. And it is always a good idea to chat with the local crowd. As they may be able to tell you about the hidden gems in Cape Town.

Book a LGBT-Friendly Hotel Soon

No matter if you are vacationing with your partner or hoping to meet someone new, Expedia has lots of LGBT-friendly hotel options that will help create a holiday you want to take every chance you get and one that is also budget-friendly. When traveling to Cape Town it’s important to book a location that is comfortable and lets you be you. Pack your luggage and look forward to flying to Cape Town. Your perfect vacation is only a few moments away.

Better Experiences and Bigger Discounts

Cape Town is one of the best gay destinations to visit. Why? Because not only is there a thriving community and tons to do, but there are also cheap gay friendly hotels in Cape Town. And gay friendly hotels come in all shapes and sizes, celebrating diversity and welcoming guests to a sense of freedom that can be hard to come by elsewhere.

Designed With You In Mind

When you’re checking out gay friendly hotels in Cape Town, you want to be sure you’ve picked the right hotel for your style and preferences. There are some fantastic hotels designed for LGBT travelers, welcoming guests with open arms and open hearts. When you’re traveling, it’s nice to stay in a place where you don’t feel the need to hide anything and can just be yourself. Now all of that travel energy can be spent on having an unforgettable trip!

Provincetown Gay Friendly Hotels Welcome You

The room may be wonderful, but you will probably want to check out the sights and sounds of Provincetown. Plenty of these gay-friendly hotels can offer details on Provincetown’s LGBT communities and businesses nearby. They may also be able to direct you to the gay-friendly clubs and bars in town. And of course, the rest of the interesting sights in Provincetown. The hotel’s staff are more than hospitable and aim to make your trip great!

You don’t have to trust just us. Be sure to check out the reviews to see what fellow travelers said about their latest stay. When you are in a new city, it is always a good idea to chat with the local crowd. As they may be able to show you the best-kept secrets in Provincetown.

Book Your LGBT-Friendly Hotel Now!

When you vacation in Provincetown it’s nice to stay in a place that is comfortable and lets you be you. No matter if you are touring with your partner or hoping to meet someone new, Expedia has numerous LGBT-friendly hotel options that will create a trip you want to take every opportunity you get and without you going over your budget. So, get out your luggage and get ready to fly to Provincetown. Your perfect hotel is only a few minutes away.

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With same-sex marriages having been legalised in 2006, rest assured that South Africa is more than worthy to play host to your most precious union. Whether it is beautiful sceneries, priceless memories, excellent services, or just a positive and loving atmosphere you’re after, Gay Weddings Abroad is the wedding company for you.

We are a dedicated weddings company that specializes in coordinating gay destination weddings in South Africa for couples visiting from abroad for that perfect destination wedding or gay elopement wedding in Cape Town. Gay Weddings Abroad will co-ordinate an incredible gay elopement experience and will arrange your intimate event down to the smallest detail. From the travelling arrangements, unprejudiced service providers, to arranging your dream wedding cake, rest assured that the most important day of your life will be nothing short of beautiful.

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This special occasion should be unique to you as a couple, as a result, our fee structure varies from wedding to wedding. Our gay-friendly service suppliers will be offered to you at their cost, and these services can be invoiced to you directly by the relevant suppliers for payment.

On the day, everything should go off without a hitch. Our dedicated gay elopement wedding planner in South Africa will be with you every step of the way in every aspect of the planning. We take just as much care on the intricate details of your special occasion, as we would the bigger pieces of your gay elopement wedding in Cape Town. The colour of your napkins matters just as much as the beach wedding venue. Our suppliers care just as much as we do, so you are guaranteed dedicatedattention and friendly service throughout the process.

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As independent consultants, you will benefit from a personalised wedding planning experience with the coordinator where each wedding is individual and authentic to the couple. The gay wedding planner will work tirelessly to exceed your expectations for your dream day, no matter if it’s a private gay elopement wedding or a big lavish affair. With our in-depth knowledge of South Africa, we promise to deliver a wedding showcasing the stunning beauty of South Africa and everything ithas to offer.

A destination wedding should not only be unforgettable to the bridal couple, but to their beloved guests as well. Whether it’s a Cape Town beach wedding, a South African safari wedding, or a vineyard wedding that highlights the prominent wine culture of our country you wish to achieve, Gay Weddings Abroad will deliver the perfect gay elopement wedding in Cape Town, South Africa.

Because of our vast experience in same-sex wedding planning, it will be less expensive and less of a hassle than if you were to choose otherwise. Our long-lasting relationships with our most trusted and LGBT-friendly suppliers and service providers means you will get the best rates and the very best of everything South African.

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