Non-Alcoholic Cape Town Experience: Is It Possible?

You might not know this, but South Africa has a bad reputation for alcoholism. You can observe this both amongst the middle class, who benefit from the ridiculously low prices, and the unemployed people whose depression makes them inclined towards alcoholism.

There may be many reasons for you to not consume alcohol – your devotion to a religion, health reasons, and so forth. Then, is it possible to find alcohol-free tourism in a big city like Cape Town? In this article, we delved deeper into alcohol-free beverage tourism.

Non-Alcoholic South African Drinks

You may not like alcohol, but you might still want to try new tastes when you go out. So, we want to begin by recommending a few local beverages for you.

De-alcoholized Wine

Alcohol Free Wine Common Cultivation James Joel, License: CC

South Africa has world-famous wines, so why should you miss out on that just because you don’t like alcohol? Although the alcohol ratio of the conventional South African wines is quite high, some brands have managed to produce alcohol-free versions of their wines while preserving the taste and the texture. For instance, the brand Lautus invented an extra alcohol-removal step, where the mixture undergoes centrifuge, and the separated alcohol gets vacuumed out. Then, the final step involves the addition of grape juice to make up for the loss of volume. You can buy de-alcoholized wines at wine farms, as well as groceries and restaurants.

Virgin Gin and Tonic

Gin & Tonic is tasty, yet has a strong alcohol content. Luckily, local gin brands can substitute the gin content with their distinct recipes so that the bitter taste is still present. They achieve this through the mixture of native herbs and seeds like devil’s claw, aniseed, lime, and orange peel. You can find this healthy drink at many bars in Cape Town, such as the Secret Gin Bar, The Shortmarket Club, and Tigers Milk.

Virgin gin and tonic Amy Roundtree License: CC

Drinks with Sceletium

Alcohol doesn’t have a good reputation as a mood booster; it brings you down and makes you feel melancholic in the end. Instead, you can try a tasty and healthy drink that serves as a natural antidepressant. Western Cape is abundant in herbs like Sceletium, which is known for its natural non-addictive mood-booster content. Not only can you find this herb at coffee shops, but you can also find alcohol-free drinks that contain Sceletium. One brand is Artemis, which blends grapes, peppercorn, lemon, and sceletium. They also come with recyclable bottles, bringing the extra happiness of knowing that you are contributing to a more eco-friendly environment.

Sceletium tortuosum FarOutFlore License: CC


The farms in South Africa are not only famous for vineyards but also for the mass production of fresh and ripe fruits. Fizz is a local brand that obtains fruits from farms and adds water and carbon dioxide to prepare craft soda without additives and sugar. You can find Fizz products at many restaurants and coffee shops, such as Tamboerswinkel and Jason Bakery. The sparkling drink is a refreshing alternative to coffee for breakfast.


Kombucha Abi Porter License: CC

Here is another healthy drink that is tastier than most cocktails. Kombucha is a version of fermented iced tea containing natural extracts of rooibos, guava, buchu, ginger, and chamomile. Among its many benefits, it has immune-boosting properties. You can find kombucha both in bottles and served from taps at bars. Clarke’s on Bree Street is famous for its tap kombucha.

What Are The Policies Regarding Alcohol Consumption In Cape Town

Cape Town has a considerable Muslim population due to the Muslim Cape Malay people. Their ancestors were brought to Cape Town from Malaysia and Indonesia as slaves and freed. The trading company Dutch East India had allowed them to practice their religion, which is why they were able to preserve their Islamic beliefs. Moreover, South Africa’s tourist income largely depends on tourists visiting from the Arabic countries. As a result, many restaurants have halal options in South Africa not only with their food but also with the drinks.

Alcohol consumption on the streets is strictly prohibited, which limits alcohol drinking indoors.

Finally, bars and even night clubs will have non-alcoholic options, including the ones we mentioned above, and more generic drinks like coke, sprite, and Appletizer.

What Are Some Places In Cape Town For You To Try Non-alcoholic Beverages

A lot of restaurants have been adding alcohol-free options to their menu to attract alcohol-conscious customers. Here are a few recommendations.

Panchos: The Mexican restaurant in Observatory has an extensive collection of cheap alcohol-free cocktails.

Orphanage Cocktail Emporium: The cocktail bar has a collection of mocktails, including kombucha and the alcohol-free martini.

Pajamas and Jam: The cozy restaurant-bar is famous for its flavored cordials.

Secret Gin Bar: Although they have mainly alcoholic gin & tonic options, they also have alcohol-free versions, where they substitute the gin with virgin gin.

Greenhouse: The restaurant is located at the historic wine farm Babylonstoren. They offer several cocktails made of freshly-picked fruits.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden: The tranquil botanical garden nestled on the slopes of Table Mountain hosts the Mindful Drinking Festival every year in October. The festival is full of stalls that introduce locally-produced alcohol-free drinks, and you can even join workshops to learn how to make your own mocktail.