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First Thursdays is back: here’s how you can participate

Enjoy contemporary local art, delicious food and a glass of wine for First Thursdays

Updated: 26 October

Plan your First Thursdays experience for 5 November. Discover new and up-and-coming artists at The Inner City Cartel building  or find inspiration in Abe Opperman’s summer exhibition. Top it all off with a glass of wine from Leo’s Wine Bar.

BLACK BOARD-STYLE MENU AND CONTEMPORARY ART
Oxalis Eatery is Wale Street’s new pop-up eatery serving up delicious seasonal snacks, wine and local art. Upstairs from Honest Chocolate and The Gin Bar, you’ll find unique dishes like tempura-fried cod with shiitake mushrooms or pork belly with green mango atchar. Keep an eye out on the ever-changing and creative Oxalis Eatery menu.
When:  Tuesday to Thursday, 12pm-10pm, and Friday to Saturday, 5pm-11pm
64 Wale St, Cape Town City Centre | facebook.com/oxaliseatery | + 27 (0)63 562 1136

A MIXED BAG EXHIBITION SPACE
The Nel Gallery, is a constantly changing exhibition space of home to ceramics, paintings, sculptures and sometimes even to live artistic performances. Although it is a space that mainly celebrates local Cape Town artists, don’t be surprised when you stumble upon stunning works from other South Africa and even international creators. 
When: Tuesday to Friday, 10am-4pm, and Saturday, 10am-2pm
117 Long Street | Cape Town City Centre | info@nelart.co.za | +27 (0)83 324 6512

AN INSTAGRAM POP-UP BOOKSTORE
Hot Days Cool Books’ pop-up bookstore is open for First Thursdays. Browse through a range of hard-to-find, second-hand art and design books curated by store owners Meghan and Daniel. Pop in for a visit at their spot on Wale Street or reach out via Instagram. 
When: Saturdays, 10am-1pm, (drop-offs available on Sundays, Tuesdays and Mondays)

 
 
 
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WINE TASTINGS LED BY EXPERTS
Leo's Wine Bar reopened on 2 September, and it makes a great pitstop on your First Thursdays route. It’s a wine bar inside a bagel shop, where you can discover wines from some of the most interesting and unique producers in the Western Cape. While you’re there, don't forget to try the delicious (and very Instagrammable) pizza bagels from Leo's Wine Bar.
When: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3pm-5pm
120 Bree Street | Cape Town City Centre | mfreemantle@gmail.com | +27 (0)76 042 0224

ON FIRST THURSDAYS, IT'S GIN O'CLOCK
Why wouldn't you want to spend First Thursdays at a hidden speakeasy? Grab a sweet treat at Honest Chocolate Café on your way to the Mediterranean-style courtyard where you'll find The Gin Bar. This secret location has been a long-standing meeting point for First Thursdays. Sip on delectable gin cocktails while you unwind and start your weekend a day earlier than normal. 
When: Monday to Saturday from 3pm, with last rounds called at 9pm
64A Wale Street | Cape Town City Centre| hello@theginbar.co.za | +27 (0)71 241 2277

WE'RE ALL IN LOCKDOWN TOGETHER  
The Abe Opperman Gallery is showcasing their brand new summer exhibition both online and in their gallery in De Waterkant. If you take a closer look at all the art, you'll notice that the gallery only sells pieces from the owner, Abe Opperman. Plusgallery curator Ben Theron promises that “all the pieces are unique” as you won’t find a copy or print in the whole space. 
When: Mondays to Fridays, 10am-6pm and Saturdays, 9am-1pm from 1 September to 31 December.


10 Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek | abeopperman.co.za |  082 551 9708

COFFEE, MUFFINS AND EXQUISITE LOCAL ART
The Ladder on 136 is a working café and art studio run by practising artists Nicholas and Anastasia. The space is filled with stunning pieces ranging from detailed landscapes and still lifes to intimate portraits, etchings and ceramics. Plus, on the weekends they host creative workshops both parents and kids would love. Stop by to view the works and grab a coffee and a muffin to go. 
When: Monday to Friday, 7:30am-4pm, and Saturday, 8:30am-1pm
136 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre | theladderon136.com | 082 451 1572

NEW FICTION, NON-FICTION, LOCAL FICTION OR PAPERBACK
The Book Lounge is a Cape Town treasure which sits right on the corner of Roeland and Buitenkant streets. Drop in to catch up on all of their new noteworthy books. Plus, find out what the passionate Book Lounge staff are reading and would recommend. 
When: Monday to Sunday, 10am-4pm

 
 
 
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71 Roeland Street, Cnr Buitenkant & Roeland Street | booklounge.co.za | 021 462 2425

A CRISPY GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH AND COCKTAILS
Clarke’s Bar and Dining room is open and accepting orders for sit-down collection. Try their crispy grilled cheese sandwich, vegetarian sloppy joe, or famous burgers. They’re also selling beer and wine to go, plus they have an all-day breakfast and a mimosa special on Saturdays and Sundays. 
When: Mondays and Tuesdays, 7am-4pm; Wednesday to Friday, 7am-11pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 8am-4pm

133 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre | clarkesdining.co.za | 087 470 0165

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