Chinese New Year falls on February 10, 2024, marking the “Year of the Dragon.”
Cape Town is full of restaurants, shops and Chinese experiences that are all worth exploring.
Commemorating the Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, holds deep cultural and historical significance in Chinese tradition. It marks the start of the lunar new year, symbolizing renewal, reunion and the start of spring. Families come together to honor their ancestors, express gratitude, and usher in good fortune for the coming year.
The festival is celebrated with vibrant decorations, traditional rituals, festive foods, dragon dances, fireworks and the exchange of red envelopes containing money for good luck.
This year marks the Year of the Wood Dragon, the fifth animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac signs. Recent Dragon years include 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964 and 1952, with the next Dragon year being 2036.
If you find yourself in Cape Town, there are many ways to celebrate this auspicious day. Here are some suggestions:
Where to dine
Cape Town is home to a variety of Chinese restaurants to suit all budgets. As the auspicious day in the Chinese calendar approaches, many restaurants are preparing to celebrate with special events and exclusive menus. Here’s what they have in store:
A new addition to the Cape Town culinary scene, Dawn Restaurant aims to showcase authentic Chinese cuisine through its refined menu. This Green Point restaurant is offering a special four-course Chinese menu on February 10, from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The set menu offers a tantalizing range of dishes selected to showcase the best of Chinese cuisine. Guests will also receive a red envelope, a Chinese tradition symbolizing good wishes and luck for the year, along with a special voucher.
Location: 10 rue Jarvis, Pointe Verte
Price: R398 per person
Contact: Visit dawnrestaurant.co.za/
Tang Restaurant, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Tang, a luxury South African restaurant renowned for its Asian-inspired cuisine, continues to make waves in the culinary world.
In honor of Chinese New Year, the V&A Waterfront restaurant is offering a special treat to its guests. Those who book on February 10 or 11 will enjoy a complimentary serving of dim sum accompanied by a moon drink, adding an extra festive touch to their dining experience.
Location: Shop 153, V&A Waterfront, 19 Breakwater Blvd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Contact: To book, WhatsApp +27 76 652 8972
or visit cpt.tanghospitality.com/
Tai Ping is a family restaurant located in Newlands. This popular restaurant rolls out the red carpet for Chinese New Year by offering an exclusive lunch and dinner special from February 9 to 17, 2024. Diners can choose from two menus. For an added treat, each menu comes with a complimentary glass of wine. From delicious dim sum to ramen, crispy duck to Kung Pao chicken, pork Doong Po to braised tofu, the restaurant’s diverse menu promises to satisfy every palate.
Location: Dean St & Wilkinson St, Newlands
Price: From R580 per couple, including two glasses of wine.
Contact: Visit www.taiping.co.za/
Where to shop
Shop for fashion, groceries and other nifty items at these Chinese stores in Cape Town. These include:
Located in Sable Square, Ottery and Parow, China Town offers a wide range of Chinese products including shoes, fashion, toys and games, homewares, food, luggage and bags. With over 150 stores, you’re sure to find “more than you bargained for.”
Location: Otter: Woodlands Road, Ottery
Sand Square: corner of Bosmansdam and Ratanga Road, Century City
Parow: Shoprite Park, corner Jean Simonis and Voortrekker Road, Parow.
Contact: Visit chinatownsa.co.za/
Cape Grand China
Cape Grand China presents itself as a dynamic wholesale distribution center for Chinese products, nestled in Milnerton. As you explore its halls, you’ll encounter a wealth of treasures, from clothing and jewelry to furniture and a grocery store stocked with all your essential Chinese food ingredients. With so many stores to browse, spending a few hours here promises an exciting adventure. Who knows? You might come across a few things that pique your interest.
Location: 14 Racecourse Road, Milnerton
Contact: Call 021 551 1467
Chinese supermarket N1
N1 Chinese Supermarket is an Asian food importer and restaurant supplier, offering a diverse range of sauces, spices, pastes, oils and an assortment of sushi ingredients. Additionally, the supermarket has a section dedicated to Asian greens and salted duck eggs, to name just a few unique items available.
Visitors can also enjoy stocking up on frozen duck, pork, dim sum and spring roll pastry.
Location: ZA Cape Town Goodwood Shop 1, N1 Value Center
Contact: Visit www.chinesesupermarket.co.za/
Cape Town Chinese School
If you want to master your Mandarin, Cape Town Chinese School offers Chinese lessons to all learners, from beginner to matric level. The school has offered Chinese language and culture classes since 1994.
Location: New building of the Chinese association, 12 avenue Liesbeek, observatory
Contact: E-mail email@example.com