Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, 63 Snell Parade; 031 362 1300This trendy spot offers relaxed poolside dining, cool cocktails and beautiful sea views. Try the Jam Jam (blueberry, tonic water, sugar syrup, mint and lime juice, R55) with the mixed grill bucket (spiced lamb cutlets, Cajun chicken, beef skewers and potato fries, R65). Cool things off with a swirl (frozen yoghurt in a variety of flavours, R25).
Three Cities Gateway Hotel Rooftop Bar
Cnr Boulevard and Twighlight Dr, Gateway; 031 536 9200
This eco-conscious, contemporary space looks out over the bustling city – a vibey way to knock back a margarita (R42) or strawberry daiquiri (R43). Then move on to the tempting menu. We love the lamb burger (R72) and double-decker sandwich (R50).
7 McCausland Crescent, Umhlanga Rocks; 031 561 3371
This revamped eatery is known for its awesome atmosphere and wholesome fare. Take in the sea view from the roof deck as you sip on a Cottie’s mojito (R25). And on Sundays, for R50 p/p, you can tuck into a roast (beef or pork with veggies, potatoes and Yorkshire puddings). Add live music and it’s a great way to end your weekend.
73 Juta St, Braamfontein; 082 370 4075
If fresh-produce stalls aren’t enough to tempt you to Braamfontein’s trendiest Saturday market, then the rooftop bar above the food stands will. Enjoy Dutch poffertjes at The Frying Dutchman (R40) or a Balkan burger (R40), with local craft beers (from R30), all while surrounded by striking city views.
9th Floor, Holiday Inn, 123 Rivonia Rd, Sandton; 011 282 0000
Grand panoramas and an opulent interior make Skye Bar a very special cocktail lounge. Try the appetising cheese platter (R65) while you savour a chic drink like a pink mojito (R55). And go after dark, when the impressive city lights are on display.
Sandton Sun Hotel, cnr Fifth and Alice St, Sandton; 011 780 5000
Sleek decor, a stylish vibe and great views make this a fabulous place for sundowners or after-dinner drinks, but it’s also an unusual setting for high tea, which is served every Saturday (from 2.30pm) and Sunday (from 3pm), with live music on Sundays. For R145 p/p you’ll get delicacies like smoked-salmon towers, freshly baked scones and Belgian chocolate brownies.
VIP Sky Bar
Cape Royale Hotel & Spa, 47 Main Rd, Green Point; 021 430 0500
Breathtaking views, from the sea to the CBD, plus a terrific location make this one of the city’s most scenic spots. Come early and enjoy a dip in the rooftop pool before tucking into the party platter, a selection of 29 pieces of sushi (R200), accompanied by a cocktail or two – we loved the Sky ice (caramel vodka with passion fruit liqueur, R30), and the caipirinha (Brazil cachaça, lime and vanilla-infused sugar cane muddled over ice, R50). With a mix of live performing artists and DJs from 6pm every Saturday, you’ll enjoy a party vibe long after the sun has set.
Top of the Ritz Revolving Restaurant
21st Floor, The Ritz Hotel, Main Rd, Sea Point; 021 439 6988
This time-honoured eatery has become an iconic part of Sea Point’s skyline, and while the decor is somewhat dated, the views
from this rotating restaurant (which moves slowly to give you a 360° experience during your meal) make it a must-visit. Start with
the ostrich Carpaccio (R59.50), followed by the grilled duck breast with orange and sherry sauce (R154.50).
189 Buitengracht St, Gardens; 021 422 4745
Formerly Blake’s Bar, this welcoming spot is reopening with a new look and a new name, as well as a roof terrace offering marvellous Table Mountain views. Relax with The Office martini (raspberry vodka, ginger liqueur, apple juice and strawberry pulp, R50) and sesame glazed ribs (beef ribs with sticky honey, R47), and soak up the rays of the late-setting sun.
Words: Chelsea Foord Micklewood, Lori Herbert, Sarah Browning; Photography: Julia Janse van Vuren, Chris Micklewood