Our Gin Lover's Guide to Cape Town

07 September 2021

Cape Town’s gin scene has really taken off in recent years. The indigenous botanicals used in some of the locals gins make them beautifully unique, and a bottle of Cape Town gin is the perfect gift for friends and family. Whether you like it with tonic, on the rocks, or as part of an elabourate and exotic cocktail, you’re bound to find your perfect gin in the Mother City. Here are our four favourite best gin experiences on offer in the city.

Visit the Gin Lab at The Twelve Apostles

The Twelve Apostles Hotel has several gin experiences on offer at their Gin Lab @ The Conservatory, which is open daily from 11am. They have many local and international gins on offer. The daily gin tasting offers three local gins paired with three different tonics, offering a diverse range of botanicals and flavour profiles. The Gin & Canape Tasting experience pairs G&Ts with gourmet treats designed by Chef Nicholas Goldschmidt. The Gin Making Experience takes place at 5pm on Fridays. Join the fun-filled evening where professional mixologists guide you through the process of infusing your own gin with foraged botanicals. Craft beer pairings are available too.

Explore the Gin Route

The Cape Town Gin Route launched in mid-2018, and there are more exciting developments to come. It currently features six distilleries over six kilometres, with over 20 local gins available to try. The Gin Route is self-guided. There are maps and info on offer to help you to navigate the route, but you can explore it completely at your own pace.  Launching soon is a guided version of the route...


Sip Cocktails at the Secret Gin Bar

The Secret Gin Bar is tucked away behind Honest Chocolate on Wale Street. There are no signposts, so you have to know where you’re going: through the chocolate shop and out the back to the quaint Mediterranean-style courtyard. The bar is like an old apothecary, with glass jars filled with herbs and potions. They offer elixirs to cure all manner of ills of the head, heart, and soul—as well as classic drinks.


Image from the Gin Bar’s Facebook page ©Bernard Myburgh

Sample Local Gins

If you’d prefer to choose your own adventure, why not take a day to explore the local distilleries at your own pace? There are plenty of fantastic gins made right here in Cape Town, and most have tastings or distillery tours available.


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Content source: www.capetown.travel

Photo Credit: Cape Town Tourism & from the Gin Bar’s Facebook page ©Bernard Myburgh

Disclaimer: While we strive to ensure all information is up to date and current, changes in government Covid 19 regulations are out of our control and may impact some information. Please speak to your Travel Counsellor should you have any questions.

Cape Town’s gin scene is big and you can be guaranteed to find some incredible gin experiences in Cape Town. When planning your next holiday to Cape Town speak to your Travel Counsellor about the many gin experiences on offer. Your Travel Counsellor can give you loads of ideas, inspiration and insider tips to craft the perfect Cape Town Experience. Remember that your Travel Counsellor is on hand ready to assist you before, during and even after your trip. Share your Photos of your Cape Town experience and use the #lovecapetown and #TCExperience

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