The Labia Theatre
The Labia Theatre is known as the oldest independent cinema in South Africa, caters to an alternative crowd who admire the charm of its old-world ambience and enjoy art movies.
In Adderley Street, learn about the slave trade at the Slave Lodge, then open up your umbrella and put on your galoshes for a short walk through the Company’s Garden – past Parliament and Tuynhuis – up to the South African Museum. Warm-up with a cup of hot chocolate in their cozy coffee shop before learning about the animals, the geological and archaeological origins and the people of South Africa.
From there, its a hop-skip-and-a-jump across to the Jewish Museum, where the history of the Jewish people of South Africa is beautifully laid out. Make an effort to pop in to see the Netsuke exhibition on the bottom floor – tiny, intricate Japanese carvings.
In Buitenkant Street, the District 6 Museum colorfully chronicles the history of this vibrant area, torn apart by the forced removals during Apartheid.
What better way to spend a rainy day than soaking up a bit of culture in one of Cape Town’s many art galleries? See the permanent exhibition of art through the ages at the South African National Gallery in the Company’s Garden, and then amble through their changing exhibitions.
South Africa has a diverse and fascinating art world. See what and who are being exhibited in the various Cape Town galleries, such as the Michael Stevenson in Woodstock, the AVA Gallery in Church Street, and the Zeitz Mocaa at the V&A Waterfront.
A list of Cape Town art galleries
Planetarium and Aquarium
Pop down to the V&A Waterfront and visit the Two Oceans Aquarium – a delight for kids and adults alike.
With an enormous, central, shark- and ray-filled tank at its center, penguins upstairs and a whole range of seaside creepy-crawlies to see up-close, it’s easy to spend a full day here.
Forget about the rain outside, and the clouds covering the sky, tilt your seat back as the lights dim and you watch the stars and galaxies projected onto the enormous dome above.
Exotic Animal World
Head out on the N1 towards Paarl, take Exit 47, and, just down the road to the right, you’ll find Exotic Animal World (formerly Butterfly World), with its 1000 m2 greenhouse. Inside, it’s warm and humid and filled with tropical plants, gorgeous free-flying butterflies, and an array of creepy crawlies and other creatures.
A list of shopping malls in Cape Town.
Restaurants and coffee shops
For a list of my favourite restaurants and coffee shops in Cape Town.
Here is a list of spas in Camps Bay and Cape Town.