New Year’s Eve 2020: How To Celebrate In + Around Cape Town

New Year’s Eve 2020: How To Celebrate In + Around Cape Town @lionsheadct

From chilled sea-scraping cocktails to a hike up Lion’s Head.

The countdown has begun! Cape Town, like other major cities around the world, is gearing up for the end of what can only be described as an unprecedented year! Going big is not on the cards, given the pandemic, so we rounded up some super-chilled outdoorsy options – from camping in the Cederberg to toasting to new beginnings on the seafront. Cheers! Here’s to a fantastic 2021!

How are you celebrating? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Soak up the innercity scene

Tjing Tjing: New Years Eve 2020 Cape Town

Cape Town’s innercity is always abuzz with excitement, with a string of options from secret speakeasies and rooftop bars to top-drawer restaurants. Our picks for New Year’s Eve include Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar for Japanese-inspired cocktails and snacks, the Athletic Club & Social for cool vibes and Chefs Warehouse for out-of-this-world sharing plates.
Contact Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar: 021 422 4920,
The Athletic Club & Social: 021 012 533,
Chefs Warehouse & Canteen: 021 422 0128,
Where to find it Cape Town City Centre

Dine at One&Only Cape Town

One&Only Cape Town New Years Eve 2020

The One&Only Cape Town is ending 2020 on an extravagant note with three sumptuous dining options. The gala dinner at Vista Bar & Lounge features a seafood platter (of Knysna oysters, yellowtail ceviche and Norwegian salmon) and a dessert platter; while the world-famous Nobu is offering an à la carte sushi menu for the evening. The Vista Bar & Lounge is even hosting an à la carte New Year’s Day brunch with self-serve bubbles and a Bloody Mary station.
Good to know If you’re looking for the perfect base for a festive season escape, check out their Urban Retreat special which includes free stays for children under 12.
Cost R3 300 per person (gala dinner)
R1 100 per person (à la carte menu deposit)
Contact 021 431 5888,
Where to find it Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Hike Lion’s Head

Lion's Head: New Years Eve 2020 Cape Town

Looming above Cape Town and the surrounding ocean like a sentinel, this iconic mountain offers panoramic views of the city, Table Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, making it an ideal spot to watch the  New Year’s Eve light displays. Full moon takes place on 30 December, so the sky will be beautifully bright.
Cost Free
Contact Kloofnek Office: 021 422 1601
021 712 0527,
Where to find it Signal Hill Road, Signal Hill, Cape Town

Camp under the stars in the Cederberg

Camp Cederberg: New Years Eve 2020

If, like us, you’d prefer to escape from the city this New Year’s Eve, we’ve rounded up 35 campsites in the Western Cape, where starlit evenings around a campfire and days spent reading and swimming in the river are how we’d like to send off 2020. Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve, Enjo Nature Farm and Jamaka Organic Farm are wonderful options for an immersive break in nature.
Cost From R50 per person per night
Contact Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve: 021 872 4343,
Jamaka Organic Farm: 027 482 2801 or 082 410 6417
Enjo Nature Farm: 027 470 0055,
Where to find it Cederberg, Western Cape

Sea-facing sundowners

Camps Bay Strip: New Years Eve 2020 Cape Town

Boasting 180-degree ocean views, the Camps Bay strip is an excellent place to toast the end of 2020. Clink your champagne flutes at the super-swanky Baptiste Rooftop, toe-tap to the coolest beats at Chinchilla or pull up a table with friends at Tiger’s Milk.
Contact Baptiste Rooftop Bar: 021 437 1287,
Chinchilla: 021 286 5075,
Tiger’s Milk: 021 286 2106.
Where to find it Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town

V&A Food Market

V&A Market: New Years Eve 2020 Cape Town

This harbourside hub is open until midnight, and is the perfect spot to tuck into some delicious international flavours and harbour views.
Cost Free entrance
Contact, 021 418 1605
Where to find it V&A Food Market, The Old Power Station, Building 19 Dock Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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Time of publication: 18 November 2020