New Year’s Day in Cape Town and Surrounds

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New Year’s Day in Cape Town and Surrounds

Restaurants, eateries and wine estates open on the first day of 2017

Last Update: December 9, 2016

While New Year’s Day in Cape Town tends to be a time of reflection, relaxation and recovery – especially if a raucous New Year’s Eve party was on the cards – for others it’s a period of celebration.

The divide dates back to when slavery was commonplace in South Africa. Most servants were denied a day off on 1 January, and thus they started their new year of the second day of January. However, slavery and servitude has long since been abolished in Mzansi and all South Africans revel in the coming of the New Year on the right day.

On 1 January, beaches, parks and greenways are typically jam-packed as families, friends and lovers make merry beneath Cape Town’s sunny skies. Be warned though, the crowds that gather for these celebration can be both daunting and unpredictable. So, if you are planning on celebrating outdoors, or amongst large groups of people, please take care to look after your possessions and keep an eye out for your friends and family.

But, if you’re looking for a way to ease into 2016 (and avoid our pretty city’s beaches, parks and greenways), consider a delicious meal at one of the following restaurants in Cape Town and surrounds (they’re all open on 1 January 2016).


Dornier’s Bodega Restaurant
Those of you partying it up in Stellenbosch this New Year’s Eve won’t have to trek all the way back to the city to find a scrumptious meal. Spend the afternoon in the Winelands at Bodega Restaurant on the rolling hills of Dornier Wines and enjoy fresh farm fare. Their summer lunch menu is light, fun and flavourful – think Asian pork belly, fresh local trout fishcakes and a creamy mussel pot – but if you’re not feeling all that adventurous, you can always stick with old favourites, like a gourmet sirloin burger. If you didn’t have too much of a crazy night, try something from their cellar. Alternatively, nurse yourself back to wellness with a round of tapas later in the day.
New Year’s Day Opening Hours: Lunch: 12pm – 4pm | Tapas: 4pm – 7pm

Blaauwklippen Road | Stellenbosch | +27 (0) 21 880 0557

The River Club
What could be a better way to start your 2016, then with a hole-in-one (and a few celebratory drinks on you afterwards)? Lucky for you (and your buddies), The River Club is open the whole day on 1 January 2016, giving you ample time to find that sweet spot and sink the putt. What’s more, the golf course sports its very own Slug & Lettuce restaurant – a firm favourite among club members. The eatery boasts both an indoor and outdoor seating area so guests can enjoy views of the lush practice golf course while tucking into a variety of hearty meals including their award winning burgers and hand crafted pizzas. 
New Year’s Day Opening Hours: Golf Shop: 7am – 6pm | Golf Range: 8am – 7pm | Restaurant: 8am – 10pm
Liesbeek Parkway | Observatory | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 448 6117

Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards
If you had a quiet New Year’s Eve, then you’re most likely happy to spend New Year’s Day celebrating on a family wine farm in Franschhoek. Situated in South Africa’s prime Winelands area, Leopard’s Leap offers diners the chance to indulge in its simple but superb rotisserie lunch. The meal includes succulent skewered meat and a choice of home-baked bread, seasonal salads and roast vegetables on a pay-per-weight harvest table. What’s more, the hip winery is somewhat famous for its uber-trendy wine cocktails and cutting-edge interior, which includes a vast and beautiful veranda.  Best of all though, the New Year’s Day nosh is incredibly affordable. Vino lovers can also make sure they sample the fruits of the local vine at the wine tastings. The entire facility will be open on New Year’s Day.
New Year’s Day Opening Hours:
 Lunch: 11:30am – 3pm | Wine Tastings: 9am – 5pm
Main Road | Franschhoek Valley | +27 (0) 21 876 8002

Sotano by Caveau
Opposite Mouille Point’s iconic candy stripe lighthouse and the expansive Sea Point Promenade, Sotano is a relaxed Mediterranean eatery ideal for a leisurely New Year’s Day. With a sizeable alfresco dining area and live entertainment scheduled for the afternoon, the laidback restaurant is an easy, breezy breakfast, lunch, tapas or dinner option for those looking to enjoy the public holiday with family and friends. 
New Year’s Day Opening Hours: 7am – 11pm
NOTE: New Year’s Day is a tradition for their regulars, so space fills up quickly and booking is essential.
121 Beach Road | Mouille Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 433 1757

Eight Restaurant at Spier Wine Farm
Home to one of the most authentic farm-to-table eating experiences in Stellenbosch, Spier Wine Farm’s Eight Restaurant is ideal for a laidback brunch or lunch in a bucolic setting and is open for both on New Year’s Day. Visitors can look forward to freshly laid eggs, beef from cattle reared in the nearby plains and veggies straight from the garden. There is also a children’s menu and plenty of educational distractions for the young ones – a good reason to bring the whole family.
New Year’s Day Opening Hours: 7am – 12am
Spier Wine Farm | R310 | Stellenbosch | +27 (0) 21 809 1100

Savour Restaurant at African Pride 15 on Orange 
Nestled in the heart of the city centre and with a stellar view of Table Mountain, the swish upmarket African Pride 15 on Orange hotel has a best kept secret in the form of Savour Restaurant, which will be open from very early to late on New Year’s Day. Guests can look forward to lavish decor and elegant finishes all around. The menu is diverse, with innovative chefs creating intriguing international fare. Start with a hearty breakfast buffet, move on to light and flavourful lunch options, and end-off the day with  West Coast oysters or classic mains with a slight twist. Ideal if classic sophistication is the way you’d like to welcome the new year.
New Year’s Opening Hours: 6:30am – 10:30pm

African Pride 15 On Orange Street | Orange Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 469 8000   

Dish Restaurant at Inn on the Square 
You may have spotted this hidden gem at the graceful Inn on the Square while walking around the bustling Greenmarket Square. This welcoming eatery has some of that typical Mother City flavour. Guests can arrive for breakfast, lunch or dinner as the restaurant will be operating normal hours. Choose from something refreshingly light to positively decadent to get the celebratory mood going. 
New Year’s Day Opening Hours: 6:30am – 11pm
Greenmarket Square | City Centre| +27 (0)21 423 2050

Signal Hill Terrace at the Hilton City Centre
You’re probably going to want to sleep in on New Year’s Day, so let your first meal of 2017 be a divine brunch at the Hilton City Centre. Take in the awe-inspiring view of Signal Hill as you fill yourself with tasty dishes and refreshing drinks at the popular Signal Hill Terrace restaurant. The chef is preparing a light buffet for the day that includes a mezze platter, salads, breads such as wraps, pitas and paninis, and a hot buffet. Make sure you’ve got some space for dessert – we hear the chocolate truffle cake is superb.
New Year’s Day Opening Hours: Signal Hill Terrace: 10am – 11pm

126 Buitengracht Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 481 3700 |

The Royal Restaurant in Riebeek Kasteel  
Situated amidst some spectacular views in the Riebeek Valley and housed in one of the oldest licensed hotels in the Western Cape, this dining spot is perfect for those looking to take a little break from the city at the start of 2016. As the eatery is open all day, so why not welcome the new year with a countryside culinary experience with your loved ones. Early birds can look forward to a scrumptious breakfast with options like homemade granola or French toast  with caramelised banana. The lunch and dinner options are equally delicious. The hotel claims to have one of the longest stoeps south of the Limpopo so the ideal place to try their famous gin and tonics.  New Year’s Day Opening Hours: 7:00am – late
33 Main Street | Riebeek Kasteel | +27 (0)22 448 1378

Cascades on the Promenade
The Atlantic Seaboard is home to plenty of culinary gems, and the Cascades bistro is definitely one of them. Take a walk down Arthur’s Road in Sea Point or have that fresh morning jog on the promenade and pop in for some breakfast, lunch or dinner on New Year’s Day. Guests can look forward to a varied menu with affordable options amidst the upmarket setting. Gear up for 2016 by sampling decadent cheeses or simply grabbing a gourmet sandwich on the run. The ocean view and breeze are bound to keep any patron in that summer holiday mode. 
New Year’s Day Opening Hours: 7:30am – 11pm

11 Arthurs Road | Sea Point | +27(0)21 434 5979

Hudson’s Burger Joint
This popular franchise has the gourmet burger down pat and, lucky for patty buffs, on New Year’s Day all three the restaurants will be open. Thanks to a variety of fillings and combinations, the staple menu item is made endlessly interesting, which keeps people coming back for more. Choose between the signature Hudson’s burger topped with mustard and mayo or dig into smokey chicken wings with friends.  If getting hands-on with a gourmet burger sounds like the perfect way to celebrate the new year, then be sure to get there early as the restaurants get quite busy.
New Year’s Day Opening Hours: Lunch: 12pm - 3pm
69a Kloof Street | Gardens | Cape Town |+27 (0) 21 426 5974
Cnr Portswood & Somerset Roads | Green Point | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 433 1496 (12pm – 4:30pm)
Shop 1A | 25 Protea Road | Claremont | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 674 5152 (12pm – 5pm)

Grande Roche Hotel 
Standing graciously in the Boland town of Paarl this hotel offers awe-inspiring views and a luxury country feel. Boasting beautiful gardens and classically elegant decor, the spot makes for an enticing New Year’s Day getaway beyond the city limits. On the first, Bosman’s, the 70-seater restaurant  known for its fine dining fare, will be turning the tables and serving a bistro-style menu for lunch. This flavoursome  menu gives guests the chance to order exciting and delicious nosh. If dinner is what you are after, come for the braai, which starts at 7pm. However, space is limited and the restaurant is known to get busy over the festive season, so be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
New Year’s Day Opening Hours: Lunch: 12pm – 2:30pm | Braai: 7pm – till late

Plantasie Street | Paarl | +27 (0)21 863 5100

Blowfish Restaurant
Located just above the dunes of Dolphin Beach, Blowfish Restaurant in Blouberg is the perfect place for a peaceful, oceanfront lunch or dinner, or an ice-cold draught to soothe the previous night’s endeavours. Gather the entire ‘Brady Bunch’ – the restaurant has recently added lots of kid-friendly elements – and relax with the  stunning views of Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and the gorgeous beach in front of you, while enjoying scrumptious seafood, delectable ribs and sushi dishes. When you’re done, you can even pop over to the water for a quick dip. The seaside restaurant can get quite busy, so best you make a reservation early.
New Year’s Day Opening Hours: 6:30am – 10pm
1 Marine Drive | Blouberg | Cape Town| +27 (0)21 556 5464

Inspired by contemporary Asian culture and Japanese comic books, this urbane eatery in Mouille Point serves flavoursome dishes in a colourful and quirky setting. The restaurant is having a special New Year’s party on Sunday, 1 January 2017 where guests can dine on tasty sushi dishes, sip on local wine and beer and party to music by the fun and fresh DJ Dino. Guests are free to spend the entire day at Manga or come in and out as you please. Entry is priced at R750p/p for general seating and R1000p/p for access to the lounge area.

New Year’s Day Opening Hours: 10:30am – 6pm
Beach Road and Rothesay Place | Mouille Point |


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