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20 August, 2019

Cape Town's Top 10 Art Galleries

The Silo Hotel

The Cape Town art scene has gone from strength to strength, its nurturing and beautiful environment creating an exciting and collaborative studio for artists throughout the continent to engage in meaningful and impactful dialogue through various mediums.  The explosion of creative talent has become a focal point on South Africa’s cultural canvas – a canvas that has attracted global interest.

Adjacent to Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), The Silo Hotel houses a comprehensive collection of contemporary Africa art in keeping with that of Zeitz MOCAA, as well as its very own private gallery, The Vault. Our team of art enthusiasts at The Silo Hotel, lead by Irene Boaventura who also offers our guests tailored contemporary art tours, has created a list of our favourite art galleries in Cape Town.


Located in Buchanan Square in Woodstock, this gallery is considered as one of the most respected contemporary galleries in the country, and has an international exhibition programme with a particular focus on the region. The gallery opened in 2003, and has spaces in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The Stevenson Gallery participates in Frieze New York, Art Basel, Frieze London, Paris Photo and Art Basel Miami Beach, making it one our most internationally acclaimed galleries.

Times: 10:30 – 17h00
Buchanan Building, 160 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock


The Christopher Moller Gallery is a tranquil space in the buzzing neighbourhood of Gardens. The gallery offers visitors a peaceful, contemplative environment to admire the remarkable collection of fine art housed within. Largely devoted to painting, it is parenthetically framed by sculpture and photography.

Times: Tuesday-Friday: 10am – 5pm Saturday: 10am – 1pm
No. 7 Kloofnek Road Gardens


Known as one of South Africa’s leading contemporary art galleries, this exciting space represents a diverse group of artists from the continent, but includes numerous international artists. SMAC manages a dynamic programme of exhibitions and curatorial projects that focus on contemporary artistic discourses, while facilitating collaborative projects with institutions and artists.

Times: 10h30 – 17h00
145 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock


The Goodman Gallery focuses on contemporary art within the African context by both local and international artists. Several artists based outside of Africa, exploring territory such as unequal power structures and socio-political constructs, have been exhibited in South Africa at the Goodman Gallery for the first time.

Times: 10h00 – 17h30
Fairweather House, 176 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock


Reimagined from a dilapidated warehouse into the beautiful gallery it is today, this interesting space is housed in a 230-year-old heritage site. The contemporary gallery is well worth a visit, and has granted a new lease on life for this curated location in the Mother City. Church Street is the hub for First Thursdays, and a visit to SMITH Studio is recommended on these festive evenings.

Times: 10h00 – 17h00
56 Church St, Cape Town City Centre


Tucked away in the pedestrian walkway on Church Street in the Central Business District, the collection features mainly contemporary urban and street art by local artists. WORLDART also specialises in sourcing unique pieces for collectors.

Times: 10h30 – 17h00
54 Church St, Cape Town City Centre


With spaces in Johannesburg and Cape Town, this gallery represents a growing number of international and locally based contemporary artists with a focus on African art. Gallery MOMO is currently relocating. Please contact The Silo Hotel’s concierge desk to find out more.

Times: 10h00 – 17h00
37 Parliament Street, Cape Town City Centre


WHATIFTHEWORLD specialises in innovative contemporary work by emerging South African artists. The gallery represents influential artists who critically engage with both global and local contemporary art and socio-political contexts. The gallery programme is dedicated specifically to ambitious solo projects and multi-disciplinary installations, with a focus on creating an environment that will allow artists the freedom to create significant exhibitions.

Times: 10h00 – 17h00
First Floor, 16 Buiten St, Cape Town City Centre


Originally founded in Johannesburg in 1913, Everard Read is South Africa’s oldest commercial gallery. The gallery exhibitions are dynamic as the space strives to maximise the exposure and dissemination of fine contemporary painting and sculpture to a broad audience. An important contributor to the already vibrant cultural life of South Africa, Everard Read/CIRCA maintains a strong and unique identity.

Times: 10h00 – 17h00
3 Portswood Rd, V&A Waterfront


The AVA is a non-profit, membership-based art organisation in South Africa, founded at a meeting in Cape Town in 1850. Through the years it has evolved and remained a cultural hub. The contemporary visual art production is promoted through regular exhibitions showcasing all media – from painting through to ceramics, photography, installations and performance – by established and emerging artists.

Time: Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 5pm Saturday: 10am – 1pm
35 Church street, Cape Town City Centre

We also encourage all guests visiting The Silo Hotel to visit our neighbours Zeitz MOCAA, as well as the beautiful contemporary design and art studio, Southern Guild.

For those looking to enjoy a day out of the city centre, the drive to  Norval Foundation on the Steenberg Estate is well worth the journey. This exquisite space is beautiful and modern,  and houses a collection of both local and international art from various eras, including some spectacular contemporary work by local artist Wim Botha. The museum has an enormous, immaculately kept garden where guests can enjoy picnics, intimate concerts in the atrium, and kids can play in the sculpture garden. The culinary arm of the museum, The Skotness Restaurant and Bar, is a spectacular space that pays homage to South Africa’s cuisine.

For enquiries or bookings at The Silo Hotel, please contact or +27 (0) 21 671 5502, or book directly online now.

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