First Thursdays: Top 10 Highlights This Month

First Thursdays: Top 10 Highlights This Month Justin Kramer

Browse the galleries, shops, restaurants and boutiques in the city centre until 9pm on the first Thursday of every month.

Cape Town’s innercity is abuzz with activity on the first Thursday of every month when Capetonians (and visitors) wander through the various galleries and stores, which stay open until 9pm.


To start your evening, grab a map of the city at your first stop – which is any one of the participating galleries – so that you can plot your route. Some of our favourite participating shops and galleries include the Book Lounge on Roeland Street, Michaelis Galleries at UCT’s Hiddingh Campus on Orange Street and Youngblood Gallery and Beautifull Food.

Our picks for 7 March 2019 include:

  • Encounters – an exhibition by Clare Menck alongside A Trap for the Escape Artists by Chris Valentine at 99 Loop Gallery
  • Lonely Cowboy – a fashion film produced in collaboration with Maxine Thaysen and Gavin Mikey Collins at The Raptor Room
  • Today Stone Town – an exhibition of 24 photographs, one per hour, by Yann Macherez at Alliance Française du Cap
  • Cape Town Opera – Join Cape Town Opera at their studio on Bree street for a special glimpse into the behind-the-scenes work on upcoming productions
  • Hero – design work by Ed Young at Open 24 Hours
  • Worldart – exhibitions by Kilmany-Jo Liversage, Norman O’Flynn and Dion Cupido at Speakers Corner
  • Nastergal – a series of sculptures by Suzaan Heyns at Deepest Darkest
  • Six of One and Half a Dozen of the Other – the second solo exhibition with artist Pedro Piresa at Gallery MOMO
  • East City Sessions – live samba-groove performances by Hassan Adas at Harringtons Cocktail Lounge


And, should you need a pick-me-up between browsing for art, and hunting for fashion and decor, there are loads of cool bars, buzzy restaurants and hip street-food spots along the way. Our current favourites are Grub & Vine, The Commissary, Riverine RabbitBocca and Charango.

About First Thursdays
The brainchild of Gareth Pearson, who first experienced this concept in Zurich, First Thursdays is great way for locals to enjoy the city’s cultural richness, which has in recent years promulgated in the area between Wale and Strand streets. The main hub is concentrated in that vicinity, with a few galleries, boutiques and shops in Bree and Buitensingel streets also partaking and continues to expand to the rest of the city centre.

Event Information

First Thursday of every month

5pm – 9pm

Entrance is free



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Time of publication: 04 March 2019