The best places in Cape Town for people-watching

Aperol Spritz at :La Perla. (PHOTO: Marisa Crous)
Aperol Spritz at :La Perla. (PHOTO: Marisa Crous)

Sitting back, leisurely sipping on an overpriced flat white while watching the world past by can be a morning or afternoon well spent.  

Engaging in the light sport of people-watching as you do just that, could make the experience even better! 

Here are just a few of Cape Town's prime people-watching spots: 

Watching the Promenade People at La Perla in Sea Point

A popular drinks spot since 1959, it has become a bit of a Cape Town institution.

Sipping on a R90 Aperol Spritz on a sunny, winter Sunday afternoon while watching active Promenade People from the deck is a 5-star people watching experience. Almost literally. 

READ: Sea Point: The least Capetonian suburb in Cape Town 

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Tattoos and facial hair viewing from the Knead counter on Kloof Street

Perched comfortably at the counter overlooking Kloof Street, Knead is the perfect coffee stop for hungover Capetonians to load up on carbs (some of us still eat carbs, yes), and to grab a glance at the dude bros who skate or strut past.

Covered in facial hair and inked from the waist down (i.e. leg tattoos are 2019's full sleeve), they wear a uniform of Vans Old Skool sneakers, plain tees and long trousers with hems so high (meant to expose the ankle) that it comes dangerously close to being classified as a pedal-pusher. 

It’s just the Kloof Street way, man… 

Kick back with the cool kids at Clarke’s on Bree Street

Getting a table outside Clarke’s Bar and Dining is like the obtaining the Holy Grail. So rare, one leaps at the chance to plak your bum down on one of these unnecessarily hard benches for a few hours.


To inhale the world’s best burger made almost entirely out of butter (brioche bun) and to watch Cape Town's hipsters (made up almost entirely of the Michaelis fine arts graduate class), interact in their natural habitat. 

WATCH: Free things to do in Cape Town on your birthday  

Pointing out posers at the Oranjezicht City Market in the V&A Waterfront

If you want to see Instagram come to life, go here. This is probably Cape Town’s best food market - offering an eclectic variety of artisan products for every palette. It is also a place people flock to, to be seen as they spend their time being snapped looking super fly, drinking from a coconut.

It's fun to watch Instagram people come to life. Just don't touch to to make sure they're real...

Reading love signs at Signal Hill

Aside from the near-perfect 360 view, it is a place for international travellers, lovers, friends and families.

During sundowner-hour you can expect a range of interesting sightings. Stories range from couples jumping into bushes together to further the romance brought on by the sunset to failed (though luckily not fatal) stumbles down the hill. 

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