• Cape Town Gay Guide

    Get an insiders guide to the city of Cape Town with our gay guide, including tips on the best places to dine, shop and party.

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  • Gay Bars & Clubs

    Check out the best gay bars in De Waterkant, the gay village right in the heart of the city centre.

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  • Cape Town Beaches

    Check out our guide to the best gay beaches in the city, including Camps Bay and Clifton 3rd.

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Welcome to Gay CAPE TOWN 2021

Cape Town, the Mother City, is one of the world’s leading gay destinations. Its unique location combines a relaxed beach vibe in Camps Bay with an uber cool gay village, De Waterkant, right in the heart of the city.

Cape Town Gay Beaches

Some of the most pristine beaches in the world are just a 10 minute drive from Cape Town’s CBD. Check out our list of the most popular.

Cape Town Hotel Guide

Find the most charming guest houses, the perfect penthouse suites or a best beach side Villa with our guide on where to stay in Cape Town.

Recommended Bars

Cape town has a compact yet diverse gay bar scene right in the heart of the city. Check out our listings featuring the most popular.

Cape Town Winelands

Check out the villages of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. Discover the best restaurants and wineries. Stay in one of the many charming guest houses.

Top Trending Hotels in CAPE TOWN with our visitors.

Check out the most popular hotels with our guests this past 7 days in Cape Town.

Cape Royale

Cape Royale Hotel


This luxury 5-star hotel is located in central Green Point, just a 5-minute walk from Cape Town Stadium and the V&A Waterfront. It offers bright rooms with free Wi-Fi, a rooftop pool, gym and spa.

DysArt Boutique

Drys Art Guest House


Located in Cape Town’s trendy suburb of Green Point, DysArt is a 5-star guest house offering luxurious and stylish accommodation. DysArt Guest House is just minutes from the V&A Waterfront and De Waterkant.

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Gay CAPE TOWN & What you need to know!

A short guide to planning a successful gay holiday in Cape Town!

De Waterkant gay cape town

De Waterkant is home to the city’s gay district and is right in the heart of the city at the foothills of Cape Town’s famous mountains. Its has a charming, village-like feel, a real gay neighbourhood full of superb restaurants, designer shopping and fun bars and cafes.

Cape Town is home to one of the most vibrant, tolerant and open gay scenes in all of Africa. Gay rights are enshrined in the constitution and gay marriage has been legal since 2006.

The “Pink City” of “Mother City” combines the best elements of beach and city living. At the heart of the city is De Waterkant, a village reminicent of SoHo or Greenwich in New York. Some of the city’s best gay bars, clubs and restaurants are located here and there are numerous boutique guest houses and hotels close by. The city centre is within easy walking distance.

The gay scene is quite compact. Crew Bar is a mixed bar on two levels with great music and a party atmosphere. Nearby Beaulah bar is a lesbian bar that is popular with both guys and girls and is a great place to hook up with the locals and check out what’s happening.

Beefcakes is the most popular venue and is restaurant by day, party bar by night. Those seeking a more cruisy atmpsphere should check out the Hot House Sauna.

Those seeking a beach vacation should head to Camps Bay an upscale beach resort just a short taxi drive from the city centre. Here you will find the gay beach, stunning ocean front restaurants and famous beach club-style hotel resorts such as The Glenn.

No trip to Cape Town would be complete without a visit to the lush Cape Winelands. Take a day and spend your time savouring the delicious wines and stunning scenery. Stop off at Franschhoek or Stellenbosch and have lunch in one of the many award winning restaurants that dot the wine-route for a truly unforgettable experience.

Major gay events include Cape Town Gay Pride in February, the MCQP Party in late December and the New Year’s Eve celebrations across the city, but especially in the gay village.

  • Where to Stay?

    The hotels in De Waterkant, the de-facto gay village of Cape Town are small and charming – think “Luxury-Boutique”, however because of their size they tend to fill-up well in advance, so book early.

  • When to visit?

    The Climate in Cape Town is considered Mediterranean. Winter in Cape Town (July), averaging a low of 7ºC, a high of 18ºF and Summer (let’s say February) sporting 29ºC for a high and a low of 16ºC. The most popular time to visit is between December and March. Check out the weather before you visit.

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