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Things To Do In Cape Town On New Year’s Day 2020

Try something different in Cape Town this new year with these cool ways to kickstart 2019

Last Update: 17 October 2020

You wake up in 2020.
1 January 2020. Star Wars or Science Fiction. Not quite. It's the upcoming new year's day. 

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We'll give you all the options for 1 January 2020.
Breakfast spots. Special experiences. Events. Restaurants open.

Below some options from last year or before.
We'll update as they come in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glow-in-the-dark mini golf. Baby back ribs. Live music. And escape from the sinking submarine. There's just as much fun to have with friends, family or even as a couple – whether you're looking for lunch, a nice experience or things to do – this New Year's Day in Cape Town.

INDULGE FROM 11 TO 11 AT CENTURY CITY
Let your appetite start 2019 the right way with oak-smoked barbeque marinated ribs or gumbo, the American South Creole stew. Eating the baby back pork ribs is a sweet succulent mess – which is why they are served with an apron. There's a reason why Knife has become an institution. If you don't already know, make 2019 the year to find out why. Find out more about Knife Restaurant
New Year's Day Hours: 11am–11pm

Cnr Century Boulevard & Rialto Road | Century City | +27 (0)21 551 5000 | info@knife-restaurants.co.za 

EVERYONE CAN FEEL LIKE A KID ON NEW YEAR'S DAY
Open on 1 January 2019 with extended opening hours until 6 January, the Two Oceans Aquarium offers fun for the whole family. There's free face painting for kids and we could all do with starting the new year with a little bit of wonderment. Learn more about the Two Oceans Aquarium
New Year's Day Hours: 9am–7pm

Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town | +27 (0)21 418 3823

A HINT OF WHAT 2019 HAS IN STORE
The V&A branch of Hint Hunt, the epic escape game, is open normal hours on 1 January 2019. The first game is at 10am and the last game is at 5:30pm. Discover more about Hint Hunt
New Year's Day Hours: 10am–5:30pm

Jubilee Hall, The Watershed, 17 Dock Road, Cape Town | +27 87 4700 114, capetown@hinthunt.com

HEAD TO THE HARBOUR
Welcome the New Year with live music at Harbour House while dining on a scrumptious seafood platter for two and bottomless bubbly all day. Enjoy live music by Leigh Hondy at the V&A and Kai Liam Connor at Kalk Bay. Bookings are essential. Learn more about Harbour House
New Year's Day Hours: Kalk Bay and V&A branches: 11:30am to after midnight  
V&A: Quay Four, Ground Floor, V&A Waterfront | 021 418 4744, waterfront@harbourhouse.co.za
Kalk Bay: Kalk Bay Harbour | +27 (0)21 788 4136, kalkbay@harbourhouse.co.za 

JAPANESE BRAAI IN THE CITY
Try a Japanese braai on New Year's Day at Tomo. They sometimes have special offers for CTM readers, so please ask them about specials. Also, if you indulged the night before, be sure to ask about the highly specialised detox dish that's big in Asia. Read more about Tomo.
New Year's Day Hours: 12 noon–10pm

86 Loop Street (corner Shortmarket Street) | +27 (0)21 422 0635 

KEEP IT CLASSY
You’ll find the private wine merchants Frogitt & Vonkel's bar next door to Matt Manning's Grub & Vine, offering premium local and international wines. On New Year's Day, the full wine list will be available and Champagne cocktails. Read more about the adjoining Grub & Vine
New Year's Day Hours: 12 noon–6pm
Grub & Vine, 103 Bree Street, Cape Town | winebar@frogitt.co.za, +27 (0)21 888 8800

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PLUS: RECONNECT IN 2019
One of the most "Deep Southerner" ways of celebrating New Year's Day is paddling out at Surfer's Corner in Muizenberg before 5am to watch the sun come up from your surfboard and ride your first wave of 2019. Discover it, plus a few more beaches around Cape Town, as well as awesome surf spots.

Check out the special, secluded and hidden tidal pools around Cape Town

And these beautiful natural rock pools of the Western Cape.

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Usher in the year of the earth pig at Sea Palace Chinese Restaurant and celebrate the Chinese New Year

Get excited for the year and check out January events in Cape Town and discover The Mother City's unique activities.

New year, new things to do! Check out our overview of new places in Cape Town and unlock exciting new experiences that won't break the bank with these free and cheap things to do with kids

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