First Thursdays: What's hot in Cape Town and Jo'burg

First Thursdays is a public event and free to attend. Cape Town’s central city stays open until 9pm or later on the first Thursday of every month, allowing anyone to explore the city on foot and experience the cultural wealth this city has to offer. There is no tour, schedule, or guided walk; that is up to you. 

In Jozi you can check out Rosebank and Braamfontein for cool stops, as well as some fringe areas. 

TIP: The State of the Nation address is on the same day as Cape Town's First Thursdays. Be aware of closed roads and traffic issues.

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What is hot right now? 

Cape Town

The Gin Bar 

Through a chocolate shop, in a beautiful courtyard, lies a treasure of gins. Upstairs, ‘the secret in the secret’, the delights expand into whiskies, other spirits and experimental cocktails. - Wale Street, CBD. 

Open 24 Hours - Go see HERO, an exhibition by Ed Young 

"Drawing on our belief that art appreciation is not the preserve for the privileged few, we invite everyone to experience a space created for artists to present their ideas, unfiltered."  - The Harrington, 50 Harrington Street

THK Gallery

THK Gallery is a photographic focused gallery space celebrating the vision of contemporary art collector, Frank Schönau.

 - 52 Waterkant Street, City Bowl

Jozi

Once in Joburg

Once in Joburg is a vibrant youth hub located in central Braamfontein. Some come to sleep. Others come to mix, mingle and meet travellers from all around the world. - 90 De Korte Street, Braamfontein

Kitcheners 

Kitcheners pride themselves on having the most progressive and varied music policy out there with the best DJ’s in the country. The vibe is relaxed and real, no judgements here. - Corner of Juta of De Beer Streets, Braamfontein

Priest Gallery

Progressive gallery run by artists for artists. - Rosebank

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