How to Celebrate in Cape Town
Words by Hip Africa
Cape Town has consistently been listed as one of the top global destinations for ringing in the New Year, and since 2016 has certainly been an eventful one. We have put together a few recommendations to help you make the most of the Mother City and put your best foot forward into 2017.
If your idea of a good night out involves Wayfarers and Cuban cigars, then the Bacardi Boulevard NYE event at Café Caprice this year is definitely for you. With a Miami-Vice inspired theme and DJs spinning Deep House, this party is sure to be popping, and its lively Camps Bay promenade location makes it an ideal spot to celebrate the New Year in one of the trendiest areas of Cape Town.
Azure at the Twelve Apostles
What is New Year’s Eve if not an opportunity to be glitzy? For a glam Hollywood experience that promises to live up to your expectations, head to the beautiful Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa’s dazzling Azure Restaurant in Camps Bay. The Oscars themed party will bring out your inner celebrity as you hit the red carpet and enjoy a five-course meal, dancing to live music, and a midnight Champagne toast.
The Roundhouse & Rumbullion
The Roundhouse and the Rumbullion restaurants have organized a Royal Affair themed night this year, with a Royal blue, Regal White and Rose Gold dress-code and no shortage of opportunities to dance under the moonlight thanks to DJs Leighton Moody and Neil Gain. Making the most of their lush gardens and superb Camps Bay views, the lavish celebrations include an al fresco cocktail dining spread and plenty of drinks that will keep you partying into the early hours.
Shimmy Beach Club
Shimmy Beach Club is one of the hottest spots to enjoy Cape Town’s summer nightlife scene, and this year they have organized the first of David Guetta’s FMIF (F*** Me I’m Famous) label parties in Africa. Known around the world for their impressive DJ line-ups and the best of Ibiza’s Electronic Dance Music, this beachfront party is bound to be a wild and unforgettable celebration of the end of 2016.
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To kick 2017 off with a bang, the V&A Waterfront hosts an annual New Year’s Eve fireworks show and 7 hours of post-midnight celebrations. With a variety of talented street performers, live music, DJs, and food trucks, you are guaranteed to be thoroughly entertained.
Alternatively, head to the Cape Quarter and choose from a wide range of lively bars and restaurants. From there you’ll be able to enjoy the various activities taking place in the central Piazza, which has a European flair due to its pedestrian-friendly cobblestone streets.
To enjoy a countdown party without the hassle of reservations, Long Street houses several nightclubs, bars and restaurants that are set to host parties for all tastes and budgets.
Another (perhaps slightly cheesy but fun!) option is to book one of the NYE cruises organized by several local businesses, providing you with an exceptional vantage point to view the fireworks and enjoy drinking, dining, and dancing while you to sail into the New Year.
Lastly, for a low-key celebration that still allows you to take advantage of the fireworks and the stunning natural beauty of Cape Town, we recommend packing some nibbles and bubbles and heading to Camp’s Bay for a festive picnic on the beach.
As if these weren’t enough to keep you entertained, January 1st is often celebrated on the local beaches, and on the following day be sure to catch the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival, a tradition dating all the way back to the 1800s when slaves were given January 2nd off to celebrate the New Year. This famous street parade entails over 13,000 minstrels dressed in colourful costumes. Locals and tourists alike can participate in all of the lively festivities.