What to do on New Year's Day in Cape Town

With our late summer sunsets, warm, clear evenings, and beautiful surrounds, there are few better places to spend New Year’s Eve celebrating the end of the year and ushering in a brand new one. On the day itself, most of us spend the day recovering from partying up a storm the night before, but this doesn’t mean you have to stay at home. Here are a couple of places where you can go to ease into 2017.

The beach

Cape Town is known for its clear skies and sunny weather, and pristine beaches, and spending the day next to the ocean is the perfect way to take things easy. A dip in the refreshingly cold water of the Atlantic might not be such a bad idea either. Check out our list of beaches. Just keep in mind that beaches can get extremely crowded on New Year’s Day, as well as roads leading there, so make sure you get there early.

Hout Bay Beach

Have some breakfast

Cape Town is home to some delicious brunch restaurants, and meeting friends for breakfast or brunch is a great way to spend a leisurely morning. It’s also a great way to recover from the night before. Cape Town is a foodie heaven, and there are plenty of places to choose from. Because New Year’s Day is a public holiday, some eateries might be closed, so just check before you head out, and book a table if you can.

Picnic under the trees

If a busy beach beneath the hot African sun is not for you, why not head out to one of the many public gardens, parks and forests in Cape Town and its surrounds? Take a picnic basket and spend the day in the cool shade of the great greenery that surrounds the city. The Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is a must-see, and its vast lawns make it a great place for the kids to play. If you’re up for a bit of a hike, head out to Crystal Pools in Gordon’s Bay and take a dip in the cool mountain pools.

Picnic at Groot Constantia

Visit a wine farm

While alcohol might not be at the top of your list after the night before, most wine farms have excellent restaurants and outside areas where you can kick back and relax, while enjoying a hearty breakfast or delicious lunch. Before you go, just check whether they are open for the day, as New Year’s Day is a public holiday, and some farms might be closed.