dk villas Top Things for Art Lovers to do in Cape Town

Cape Town is a city overflowing with incredible art and culture. The city is a veritable melting pot of influences and expression making the Mother City a must-visit destination for art lovers and culture vultures!

From world-famous museums and annual design events to immersive sculpture gardens and colourful street art - creativity can be found all around. With so much to see and do, it can be difficult to know where to start! To help visitors and locals who would like to experience a taste of Cape Town’s art scene, we have put together a list of the top things for art lovers to do in Cape Town. Take a look below!

Art Lovers' Top Things to do in Cape Town:

Explore the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa

The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) is the world’s largest museum dedicated to contemporary African art. Since opening in September 2017, the museum has hosted a variety of captivating exhibitions. The art housed within the museum’s walls is fantastic and the museum building itself is sure to take your breath away! An old grain silo was converted to house the Zeitz MOCAA across several floors while the luxury Silo Hotel occupies 6 floors above the museum. The building still holds the shape of the grain silo while the interiors have been revamped. The architectural elements are as impressive as the art; from the sweeping arches of the entrance hall atrium and multi-faceted windows to the panoramic views from the rooftop.

Visit the Zeitz MOCAA in the V&A Waterfront, open from Tuesday to Sunday.

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa 2

*Images courtesy of Cape Town Tourism

Admire the artwork in the Iziko South African National Gallery

Visit the South Africa’s National Gallery in the beautiful Company’s Garden. Here, you’ll find a collection of historic, modern and contemporary artwork by artists from Africa and further abroad. Housed in a historic building in the green heart of the city, the variety of artwork displayed speaks to South Africa’s rich cultural heritage. The program offers a variety of exhibitions which are updated regularly. Visitors can look forward to displays of paintings, textiles, sculptures, photography and more.

Enjoy a visit to the Iziko South African National Gallery in the Company’s Garden, open from Monday to Sunday.

South African National Gallery

*Images courtesy of Cape Town Tourism

Attend the annual Design Indaba

The Design Indaba is an exciting annual event that brings together the best in design and creativity in South Africa! The festival champions creativity from multiple disciplines and sectors including advertising, visual art, performing arts, graphic design, fashion design and more. Attend the expo, which usually takes place early on in the year but has been delayed the past two years due to Covid-19, and experience the best in local creativity and design. Look forward to the expo itself hosted at the Artscape Theatre in the city centre and much more. In the past, there have been a number of events to enjoy including the search for the “Most Beautiful Objects in South Africa” and the Emerging Creatives exhibition.

Keep an eye on Design Indaba’s social media channels for more info on upcoming events!

Cape Town

Visit one of the city’s many riveting galleries

There is absolutely no shortage of incredible art galleries in Cape Town! You’ll feel spoiled for choice with the variety of genres, mediums and artistry available. Must-see spots include the Goodman Gallery in Green Point, the Everard Read Gallery in the V&A Waterfront which is Africa’s oldest commercial gallery, Eclectica Contemporary located in the city centre which showcases contemporary African art, WHATIFTHEWORLD gallery which is housed in an old Synagogue in the city centre and focuses on contemporary art and WorldArt in the city centre which aims to connect local artists and art enthusiasts. In Woodstock, the Stevenson Gallery, 34 Fine Art and Art It Is should definitely be on your must-visit list.

These are just a few incredible galleries to visit in the Mother City!

Lisa Burnell

*Image by Lisa Burnell courtesy of Cape Town Tourism

Spend an afternoon at the Norval Foundation

Travel to the southern suburbs to visit the Norval Foundation. Located in the neighbourhood of Tokai in the gorgeous Constantia Winelands, the Norval Foundation researches and showcases visual art from the 20th and 21st centuries from Africa and its diaspora. The destination boasts a contemporary art gallery and sculpture garden. Spend an afternoon taking in the artworks and finish off with a delicious meal at the Skotnes Restaurant and Bar which overlooks the gardens.

Visit the Norval Foundation in Tokai, open on Mondays and from Wednesday to Sunday.

Norval Foundation

Check out the street art in Woodstock

The neighbourhood of Woodstock is an art lover’s paradise! It is a true hub of creativity in an already creative city. From the fantastic galleries and museums to the colourful streets, you are sure to be captivated. And the streets are where you want to be! Woodstock’s street art is truly impressive! Street art continues to play a huge role in transforming Woodstock into a vibrant hub for creativity and business. Join a local guide on a Juma Art Tour of Woodstock’s street art to see the impressive murals and artwork.

Juma Art Tour

Enjoy First Thursday in the city!

First Thursday is an exciting event in the city. On the first Thursday of the month, galleries and other cultural spaces stay open late to the public. Over the years, it has grown in popularity with many restaurants, bars and events getting involved. First Thursday is definitely a time to party for many! However, at its core, First Thursday is about enjoying art in urban spaces, late into the night! Stroll through the heart of the city, visit bigger gallery spaces or pop into smaller spots found along Church Street, Loop Street, Shortmarket Street and more.

First Thursday takes place from spring to autumn, during Cape Town’s warmer months.

First Thursdays

*Image by Lisa Burnell courtesy of Cape Town Tourism

Get creative at a Paint and Sip evening

Last but certainly not least is Paint and Sip. These interactive evenings are a way for us to
“uncork our creativity!” Hosted at various venues across the city and Winelands, Paint and Sip events offer the opportunity to paint (and enjoy a glass of wine!) under the tutelage of a local artist. No experience is needed - these events are all about expressing yourself, learning a thing or two and having fun! Events held at restaurants include dinner and proceeds go to Call 2 Care and additional charities which support and empower local charities.

Follow Paint and Sip on social media to stay up to date with upcoming events!

Paint and Sip

If you’re an art lover, be sure to add a few of these places and events to your Cape Town to-do list. It’s the best way to experience the creativity and artistry of this beautiful city!