A Cape Town institution, Rakiki’s is in no way elegant or refined, but it is fun, which is fine by us. Set out as a sprawling collection of small rooms, a long balcony (with kick ass views of Table Mountain – for anyone actually looking), it can feel like a big house party for hippies, taking the weekend off from psy-trance raving. But don't let that put you off.

Drinks are varied, and if you feel adventurous you can order a cocktail, but don't get excited - it’s unlikely to be any good. However, the Passion Fruit Martini did come with an entire passion fruit – gritty seeds and all – blitzed into a glass, so it was healthy at least. We opt for a Tipo Tinto, the Mozambican vanilla-flavoured paint thinner (technically a rum and coke), grab ourselves a spot on the balcony and try not to get vomited on.

With big screens for sport during the day it’s a bit more subdued, but if you’re looking for unashamed fun, this, my friend, is your place.




91 Regent Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa Tel: +27 21 426 4731


Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00
Sunday closed
Saturday closed


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