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

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

Try something different in Cape Town this new year with these cool ways to kickstart 2018

Last Update: 25 December 2017

The rad Red Raddison and the renovated Ritz are both cool city spots to take the whole family for great food and dips in their pools. Or take them to Ratanga for one last wild ride, or go swim in one of the many natural rock pools dotted around the Cape.

Local favourite Strolla Restaurant and Bar is open
The Sea Point eatery is open as usual and, at 140 seats, it can cater to a crowd. There’s a kids play area so everyone gets a chance to have a break on New Year’s Day. The menu is also varied, offering everything from pizzas to share, to soups, salads, curries and rotisserie chicken. Strolla also boasts a rooftop deck, which stunning views of the ocean which makes it an awesome spot for sundowners.

313 Beach Road | Sea Point | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 430 7778 | Open: 7am - 10pm

Enjoy Asian cuisine (and breakfast) at Manga
Start the year with some lovely ocean views at Manga in Mouille Point. You’ll be happy to learn that they are serving breakfast during the Christmas season –  available weekdays and weekends from 8.30am at Mouille Point. Did you know that there’s now a Manga in Church Square? Well, now you do. Or try the Manga at the Mojo Market.

Corner of Rothesay and Beach Road | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 202 2720 | Open: 8:30am - 10pm - no bookings, Manga operates on a first-come-first-served basis

Spend all day at Sotano
This relaxed Mediterranean restaurant has a way of pulling you in and keeping you there! Located along the Mouille Point promenade, just opposite the iconic lighthouse, it’s friendly to dogs and a favourite among the brunch crowd. Their flavourful menu has something for everyone – think tapas, fresh bread, homemade tzatziki, squid tentacles and more.

212 Beach Road | Mouille Point | Cape Town | +27(0)21 433 1757 | Open: 6am - 11pm

Fine Dining at the Top of the Ritz
Try a bucket list activity and treat yourself to a dinner at the recently renovated revolving restaurant Top of the Ritz at the Ritz Hotel. It boasts 360-degree views of the Atlantic Ocean, the mountain and the cityscape. Expect anything from steak and chips to fish and chips, but with a fine dining twist. There are vegan and vegetarian menus available too, which are as mouthwatering. 

Corner Main and Camberwell Road | Sea Point | Cape Town | +27(0)21 439 6010 | Open: 6pm - 12pm

Bring your kids for a day at Casa at the Ritz
It’s the summer hot spot to start your New Year, and it’s open to kids. This Miami-esque resort-style restaurant has a pool so you can cool off too! Opt for a delicious continental breakfast, or pick something from the cosmopolitan menu, like sushi or pizza. They serve a decadent Sunday brunch, which you must try too. And while you are lazing about, DJs are on the decks to add to the awesome ambience. 

Corner Main and Camberwell Road | Sea Point | Cape Town | +27(0)21 439 6010 | Open: 6:30am - 11pm

Dine at the Radisson Red
In the Silo District at the V&A Waterfront is the rad Radisson Red. It’s got awesome facilities, among which the OUIBar + KTCHN restaurant. This hot space is open all day and serves a delicious array of delights. Or you can just lounge by the pool and at the rooftop bar – here you’ll find a deli serving croissants, flapjacks and more.

Silo 6 | Silo Square | South Arm Road | V&A Waterfront | +27(0)21 439 6010 | Open: OUIBar + KTCHN  6am - 11pm, with alcohol served until 2am and Rooftop Bar 11am - 2am.

Ghibli Restaurant at Radisson Blu
Not just your average pool bar, Ghibli Bar and Pool Terrace is a modern and sophisticated space… the type of places that just oozes ease. Bring your costume, grab a cocktail and a bite to eat, and you are all set to start the year off right. The menu has many tasty meals, such as wraps, pizzas and pasta. What’s more, the drinks menu has something for everyone, from craft beers to cocktails. And gin – yay!

22 Riebeek Street | Cape Town | +27(0)21 467 4000 | Open: Bar service: 11am - 10:30pm and food service 12pm - 5pm.

Take a dip into our many rock pools
What’s better than a dip in a rock pool for a fresh start? Nothing. So do it! Since the water crisis means we can’t fill our swimming pools, cooling off in a rock pool is what we will do. Also, this is a great opportunity to discover the many beautiful rock pools dotted around the city. We have some recommendation for you in 7 Natural Rock Pools For Adventure Junkies.



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Eat, drink and be merry at Beerhouse
Beerhouse on Long Street has 99 different beers for you to try, as well as selected spirits. If you are looking for a fun day out, Beerhouse not only offers delicious brews, but you’re also spoilt for choice with their food menu which features favourites Flammkuchen (German pizza), ribs and more. Gather your friends and make a day of it.

223 Long Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27(0)21 424 3370 | Open: 11am - 2am 

One last ride at Ratanga
Cape Town’s only theme park Ratanga Junction is closing in 2018. For 19 years the theme park has been “the wildest place in Africa”. So for one last time on the very first day of the year, take your family and enjoy a wild ride, or two, on the Cobra, the Monkey Falls or the Congo Queen.

Century Boulevard | Century City | +27(0)21 550 8504 | Open: 10am - 5pm

Go on an adventurous drive at Aquila
Gather the family and head to Aquila Private Game Reserve. Located only two hours outside of Cape Town, the drive to the reserve will add to the adventure of the day. You’ll get to see the Big Five, relax in the spa and enjoy a delicious buffet meal.

R46 | Touws River | +27(0)21 430 7260 | Open: 7am - 6pm

Go tobogganing  at Coolrunnings
Do something exhilarating at the downhill tobogganing track in Bellville. Tobogganing is similar to bobsleighing, which is a winter Olympic sport. How it works is the toboggans run up and down steel tracks to provide a thrilling ride you won’t soon forget. It starts at the foot of the hill from where you and your toboggan are hauled up to the top by reinforced steel cables. This five-minute calm before the storm is a great time to reflect on your impending hurtle down the slopes! This is definitely one the kids will love. 

Carl Cronje Drive | Tyger Valley | +27(0)21 949 4439 | Open: 11am - 6pm

It’s market day at the Mojo Market
Forget the “new year, new me” and try instead the “new year, new market”. If you haven’t been to the Mojo Market in Sea Point then start your year off by heading there. What you can expect is 80 stalls, which include 45 designer retail stalls, 20 food vendors, two bars, a daily fresh food market, a live entertainment stage and a wellness zone. So that’s a whole day of activities sorted right there!

34 Regent Road | Sea Point | +27(0)21 422 2444 | Open: 10am - 10pm

The Mother City boasts a plethora of unique activities for you to check out.

Finding a space to relax and eat can often prove difficult as there is so much variety to go around, but we have a list to get you started.

Take your kids on a little adventure on the 1st of January.


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