First Thursday-season is upon us. South Africa has moved to Level 1 and we are ready to enjoy all the City has to offer. If this is your first First Thursday, it might seem intimidating. Where do you start, and how do you make sure you get the most out of your evening?
Anita Froneman has compiled a handy survival guide for newbies – or those who want to plan their night a bit better this time around.
Remember to adhere to health and safety protocols at all times, sanitise when entering and leaving a new place and always keep your mask on.
Map your route
It’s helpful to plan which galleries you want to visit, and where you want to get your much-needed refreshments in between. Look up the galleries, restaurants and spots you like or are interested in and have a look at where they are situated. This way you won’t waste time searching for places you can’t find or wandering about aimlessly.
Take something warm
Yes, it’s summer. But it is Cape Town after all. Anyone who has lived here more than a week will tell you the weather changes almost on the hour and the evenings can get quite chilly. Once that notorious southeaster sets in, you’ll be reaching for your jersey.
Wear comfortable shoes
You will inevitably walk a lot, so be kind to your feet. You’ll probably spend the better half of the night out on the town (yay for curfew extended to midnight!) so a good bet will be to wear flat, comfortable shoes.
Always move in a group
There is safety in numbers. Always move in a group when going out at night, and keep your wits about you. Don’t visibly carry valuables in your hand and don’t stop to talk to strangers if they approach you. Have the local police station or security station’s numbers stored on your phone.