How to Navigate First Thursdays

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By Tiyani Rikhotso

This article can also be found in the print Edition 2 of VARSITY Newspaper.

On the first Thursday of every month, Cape Town has art exhibitions, restaurants and shops that you can
explore in the evening. This event aims to encourage the public to explore the rich culture the Mother
City has to offer. The autumn programme has a lot of exciting experiences in store which will show you a
fun time without breaking your budget.

 

1. How to get there. Fear not! The Jammie to Hiddingh campus has got you covered. The last bus leaves Hiddingh at 23:40 but if you plan on staying out until the AMs, splitting an Uber with your friends to get back shouldn’t traumatize your wallet too much. The bigger the group the cheaper!

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2. Art. One of the main happenings of the day is the celebration of the art that graces the walls of many galleries in and around the city (open to the public for free until 9pm). So whether you’re an ‘art hoe’ or simply want to get a good shot for The Gram, a plethora of art is at your disposal.

 

3. Food and drink. There’s a wide range of restaurants, cafes, bars and lounges to choose from that will satisfy the keen foodie or whoever just wants to grab a quick bite (McDonalds and Nando’s are still cool too). This is also a good time to check out popular spots like Yours Truly.

 

4. Other fun stuff. You might also want to check out the St George’s night market or wander into any book, clothing or craft stores that catches your eye. And if you’re up for some live Jazz, head over to Harrington’s cocktail lounge.

 

5. Nightlife. As if the evening couldn’t get any better, Long Street is a 5-minute walk away from the
where most of the First Thursday action takes place. So you can end your night off dancing in
spots such as The Waiting Room, Fiction, Club 169 or Jo’burg.

 

For more information visit click here to find the official programme and a detailed guide to galleries, restaurants and more.

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