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Spend 1 January at a vineyard picnic, a wine-tasting drum show + more
last update: 16 October 2023 (updated till 31 December noon)
You might not want to leave your bed on New Year’s Day, but there are a few fun things happening in Cape Town you could miss out on. Whether you’re looking for a family picnic or a brunch buffet to beat your hangover, we’ve found some great events to suit any 1 January mood.
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ADMIRE SWEEPING VIEWS OF THE CITY
The Park Inn by Radisson has sweeping views of the city from it's rooftop bar. Harald's is open from 11am to 11pm, which means you can bring in the new year with a morning mimosa or afternoon sundowners. Or, at the RBG Bar & Grill downstairs, you can come for an a la carte breakfast: the kitchen is open from 6:30am.
Time: Kitchen is open from 6:30am; rooftop bar opens at 11am
Where: The Park Inn by Radisson Foreshore
29 Heerengracht St | Cape Town | @parkinncapetown | Image: Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town
GO TO (ANOTHER) FESTIVAL
Still in the party mood? Rich and Famous, thrown by Altitude Beach, will be held at the completely-revamped events venue The Ostrich Cape Town. Internationally-renowned Oxlade will be headlining. Known for his R&B and Afrobeats sound, you couldn't spend the first day of 2023 in a vibier way. Check out his hit "Away":
PICNIC IN A VINEYARD
At Klein Roosboom in Durbanville, you can picnic in the vineyard. Stop at the deli shop and stock up on sandwiches, bowls, coffee and sweet treats before setting up your picnic blanket between the vines or on the lush lawns. Plus, you can taste wine in a cave.
Time: 9am to 5pm
Where: Klein Roosboom, Durbanville
Cost: Varies, find more details here
Tygerberg Valley Road | Durbanville | 079 693 9646 | @kleinroosboom
BE ENTERTAINED BY BALLET
Settle into the comfy cushioned seats at The Labia and prepare for a few hours of soothing classical music. Audiences will be treated to Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker, performed at the Royal Opera House. This classic story follows Clara and the Nutcracker as they fight against the Mouse King.
Where: The Labia Theatre, Cape Town
Cost: R100pp, book here
68 Orange Street | Gardens | Cape Town City Centre | 021 424 5927 | Image: The Labia Theatre
CHALLENGE YOURSELF WITH AN ESCAPE GAME
Hint Hunt is open on New Year’s Day and you can play exciting escape games from 11am. The games include problem and puzzle solving and offer a series of themed rooms for you to choose from. Teams can be between 2-6 people and the price ranges from R590-R1 650. This is a fun way to start challenging yourself from day one of 2022. Book your next adventure now.
When: Open everyday; 1 Jan from 11am-8:30pm
Where: Watershed, V&A Waterfront
Cost: Ranges from R150 - R315pp
Watershed | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | 076 187 2764 | Instagram
HAVE BRUNCH IN GREENPOINT
Whether you’re hungover from the night before or looking for a family outing (or both), this brunch buffet is a great choice for a relaxed New Year’s Day. Bottomless brunch at Café Extrablatt includes pastries, meats, cheeses, salads, omelettes, warm waffles and more. There’s also a kids’ play area with toys, books and blackboards.
Time: 9am to 2pm
Where: Café Extrablatt, Green Point
Exhibition Building | 79 Main Road | Green Point | 021 434 3759 | @extrablatt_cpt
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