The best New Year’s Eve spots in Cape Town

December 23, 2019

Out with the old and in with a brand spanking new year! The festive season has kicked into fifth gear, but planning ahead is crucial for your 2019 New Year’s Eve celebrations. 

Here are a few tips on where to go and what to do in the Mother City as you welcome in 2020.

For the foodies

Ring in the new year with a happy and full belly! Here are a few restaurants in and around Cape Town that you can enjoy as you celebrate the arrival of 2020: 

  1. Chinchilla: find the kids an excellent babysitter and take your other half out for a stylish dinner at rooftop bar Chinchilla. The Camps Bay bar has a New Year’s Eve menu planned for what promises to be a night full of delicious food, good music and festive crowds. Booking is crucial; tickets are R950 per person 

  2. Café Roux: this Noordhoek restaurant’s New Year’s Eve event has dress-up, dinner and dancing all pressed into one festive evening! Starting at 7pm and ending at 2am the following morning, you can expect 1980s-inspired fun, with live music and great food. Tickets are R500 per person

  3. Roam the V&A Waterfront: if you’re not too keen to stay up late, why not have an early dinner at one of the V&A Waterfront’s many restaurants, then wander around and enjoy the bustling environment? Thousands of people will be drawn to the area for meals, live music and to socialise with friends. Expect large crowds throughout the day and night. Alternatively, you and the family can stay up for the firework display at midnight – it’s a bright sight not to be missed!

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For the takkie-squeakers and music-lovers

Looking for a party to end off 2019? We have a few perfect options for you: 

  1. Shimmy Beach Club: shimmy 2019 away at the New Year’s event held at the beach club from 7pm to 4am. Dancers, live performers, and local and international DJs will keep the crowds jamming all night. Tickets for the Blue Marlin Ibiza party start from R750

  2. Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concert: pack your picnic basket, buy a bottle of local wine, and take the kids out for an evening of music and treats from your basket. The concert is an excellent family activity that will keep you and the littles entertained into the evening. Freshlyground, Nomadic Orchestra and Native Young will all be performing

  3. Lou Lou’s cocktail bar: start shining your dancing shoes for a night of glitz, glamour and toe-tapping fun at Lou Lou’s cocktail bar. This Green Point bar will host popular DJ Dino Live, and for R650 you will get a three-course meal and bubbly. Cheaper tickets are available

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After the celebrations have settled, more will come! 

Every year on 2 January, the Cape Town city centre is a hive of activity. Not with shoppers or commuters, but with the jazzy sounds of marching bands and flashy outfits of the Tweede Nuwe Jaar parade performers! The 2020 event has been shifted to 4 January. 

The Tweede Nuwe Jaar (second new year) parade, now known as the Cape Town Street Parade, is a celebration in remembrance of slaves who had the second day of the new year off from their work. Hundreds of performers dance, march and play instruments while walking along the streets of Cape Town. Faces painted, flashy uniforms and instruments being played beautifully – don’t miss the marching bands of the Cape! 

When: the 2020 Tweede Nuwe Jaar parade will take place on 4 January 

Where: the Bo-Kaap and the Grand Parade are good starting points 

More information: keep an eye on the Cape Town Street Parade’s Twitter account for updated information

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