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Amsterdam Guest House


The Amsterdam, a stylish, men-only guesthouse, is award-winning, centrally located and has breathtaking views to boot. A heated pool, jacuzzi and sauna make it an ideal...

19 Forest Road

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A maze of darkrooms, slings and more await the leather, rubber, uniformed or denim-clad visitor (make sure you know what night it is as the dress code is strictly enforced -...

18 Cobern Street

Beaulah Bar

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Bars & pubsClubs

The word 'beaulah' means beautiful in the local gay-speak and describes perfectly many of the customers at this quaint bar/club. Girl-power abounds, although often with boys in...

Cnr Somerset & Cobern streets

Blackheath Lodge


This picturesque Victorian oasis comes complete with breakfast and pool and very, very good prices. Book a room if you can get it, as the picture perfect rooms are few, very...

6 Blackheath Road

Bronx Action Bar

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Bars & pubsClubs

Cape Town's longest-running gay and lesbian bar and dance club, Bronx's recent relocation across the road has in no way detracted from its popularity. Wall-to-wall all-sorts...

22 Somerset Road
Major venue

Café Manhattan

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Restaurants & cafés

Affectionately known as the 'Gay Spur' (ask a local to explain), this is one of the longest-running eateries and bars in Cape Town. Always friendly and always busy, this...

74 Waterkant Street

Evita se Perron

Restaurants & cafés

Take a trip up the West Coast and discover South Africa's most famous political satirist, Pieter-Dirk Uys, sending up everything 'rainbow nation' through the eyes (but mostly...

Old Darling Railway Station, Arcadia Street

Friendly Society & Salsa Lounge

Bars & pubsClubs

The upstairs lounge bar - the Salsa Lounge - is ideal for a chilled cocktail or refreshing beer after a hot day. Sexy sounds drift from the sound system or are performed live...

125A Waterkant Street

Glen Boutique Hotel


The Glen is a discreet four-star refuge for the discerning gay traveller, infamous for its pool parties and hunky international guests. Strut your stuff round the sparkling...

3 The Glen

Hot House

Adult Entertainment

Almost 1,000sq m of 'sauna'! Let your adventurous side loose in the city's most renowned maze of steam rooms, jacuzzis, saunas and private cubicles. Top up your tan on the...

18 Jarvis Street

L'Avenir Country Lodge


This gorgeous country lodge is situated on a working wine farm. The manager and staff's hospitality is legendary, the decor sublime, the setting breathtaking and the...

L'Avenir Wine Estate

Lazari Food Gallery

Restaurants & cafés

Lazari Food Gallery is a retro chic café and patisserie featuring gastro delights ranging from the city's best eggs Benedict to delicious award-winning cupcakes. Owner Chris...

Cnr Upper Maynard Street & Vredehoek Avenue


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Restaurants & cafés

Become part of the city's bohemian subculture and enjoy a lazy breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of Cape Town's most eccentric cafés. Fifties charm abounds, with a strictly...

228 Long Street

On Broadway

Cabaret & circusRestaurants & cafés

Dinner and a show! Basic yet wholesome meals (the baked cheesecake is delicious) are outshone by the fabulous talent on stage. Entertainment ranges from South Africa's most...

88 Shortmarket Street

Pink Palace Backpackers


A women-only boutique backpackers' hotel situated in this picturesque False Bay seaside suburb. Besides delightfully pretty (Biggie Best meets Ikea) accommodation it also...

136 Main Road

Romney Park All Suite Hotel & Spa


Recently redecorated by interior designer Christo Koegelenberg, this self-catering hotel is a firm favourite. The hotel's sexy-meets-colonial-styled bar is set to become a...

Cnr Hill & Romney roads

Soho Restaurant

Restaurants & cafés

Reminiscent of the Asian-inspired restaurants of London's Soho, this chic restaurant, which combines designer charm with delicious Thai food, is located in the heart of the gay...

49 Napier Street

Village Lodge


Located on a steep cobbled street in a quaint part of the village, this chic boutique hotel is a convenient and luxurious option from the Village Lodge group. Eleven luxury...

49 Napier Street