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About New Year’s Day (Public Holiday)

All the info about New Year's Day as a public holiday in South Africa + tips on what to do

1 January marks the beginning of 2023. It’s a day for celebrations and spending time with family.

RESTAURANTS AND EATERIES OPEN ON NEW YEAR'S DAY


While most Cape Town restaurants and eateries are open on New Year’s Eve, some are closed on New Year’s Day itself.

You can find a nice selection of places that still invite families and friends to celebrate with a good meal and company among these

things to do this New Year's Day

 

THE CITY’S FAMOUS SECOND NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATIONS


Another world famous Mother City event is the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival, dubbed Tweede Nuwe Jaar (Second New Year, which takes place on 2 January. The festival dates back to the mid-19th century when slaves only got one day leave per year: the 2nd of January. It’s celebrated to this day as a means of cultural remembrance and a reminder for all South Africans (and the world) never to repeat the mistakes of the past.

Today, this colourful parade takes to the streets of the CBD and includes a series of festivals with live entertainment, food and fun for spectators and participants alike. It does involve some road closures, so holiday-goers should plan accordingly. We bring you all the info on events, entertainment, road and road closures around Cape Town’s Tweede Nuwe Jaar.

WATCH: WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE STREET PARADE

 

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PLUS: RECONNECT IN 2023
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.

 

Hello 2023! How to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Cape Town.

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Char'd Grill tasting traysSpirit tastings and unique cuts at this ...

Bring out your inner mad scientist: experiment with unique spirits + meat cuts

Pear Tree cocktailsHolistic food + drink at this healthy ...

Sit under the trees and enjoy kombucha cocktails, vegan dishes + a sea view

Ficks 8 things you didn’t know about this ...

Boozy milkshakes, pinchos, wildlife watching + more

Pear Tree HermanusUnconventional vegan dishes at this ...

From tofu tostadas and kombucha cocktails to MasterChef-level desserts

Dutchies Summer LoungeThe best beach day at this summer lounge

Boozy milkshakes, flammkuchen, sushi + more at Dutchies Summer Lounge

Milk on the Beach5 reasons to visit this beach-side ...

Never-ending summer of waffles, hotdogs, cocktails...

Waffle Shack by Milk on the BeachOur team’s top picks at the Waffle ...

Beach-side eatery is perfect for kids, adults and dogs alike

The Galileo Kirstenbosch picnicWhat’s on at The Galileo Open Air ...

The Galileo screens at the famous botanical garden every Wednesday to Friday

Drumstruck performersDrumstruck at Silvermist! African drum ...

Drumstruck is back from Broadway and playing for a limited run in Cape Town

Sweet River Brewery ingredientsBook out this distillery for your next ...

Make your own at Distillers Union + get beer and pizza at Sweet River Brewery

Taj Jiva SpaJiva Spa Special: 3 massages x 30 mins ...

Select 3 treatments from 7 options, from head massage to deluxe pedicure

Bombay BrasserieBombay Brasserie offers sumptuous ...

Taste 7 unique dishes (+ a surprise) at Taj Cape Town’s signature eatery

Blue Train ParkKids Party Idea: Take a ride on the ...

BOOK Now and let the outdoor adventure begin!

Scootours Kids Birthday PartyKids party Fridays at Scootours at ...

Kids and friends race on Monster Mountain Scooters

Breathwork Africa foundation3+ ways to get your breath back and ...

Classes, courses, retreats on conscious breathing run by the trainers leading the global ...

Hint Hunt torpedoPlay Cape Town’s original live escape ...

Be a pirate, detective or prisoner at HintHunt Africa every Friday (closes late)

Strolla RestaurantGet Irie On The Sunset Deck At Strolla ...

Weekend sunsets at Strolla mean live DJs and reggae (Rivertones)

Park Inn by RadissonFriday night live DJ on the rooftop at ...

ON HOLD: Harald’s Bar & Terrace is where locals and tourists mingle

Klein Roosboom tasting caveTaste wine in a cave

Boutique winery with 6 six cosy tasting nooks. Plus platters, picnics + trails

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