Rob PetersChristmas under the African sun can take a bit of getting used to for those used to more chilly locales, but while it may not be a white Christmas in Cape Town there is still plenty of festive cheer to go around. Want to know how to do the silly season like a local? Look no further, we have everything you need to know on how to enjoy Christmas like a local.
FeaturedIt’s amazing how easily we underestimate the power of a great hand-massage. I know I certainly have. Thankfully I have seen the light, and trust me, I will never look back. It will become a must-have treat. This is all part of looking after my own wellbeing.
FeaturedBanting. If you haven’t yet heard of the concept, then you clearly haven’t been out in the big wide world in a while because everyone is talking about it and everyone knows someone who is on the banting (essentially meaning low carb, high fat) diet (or eating plan). But sometimes it’s a mission to cook up a banting storm, so it’s nice to know where you can go to get a decent meal that won’t push you off the banting wagon. Here are some Cape Town spots that either fully cater for banting customers or offer the option on the menu.
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Cape Town has long been renowned for its beautiful winelands and award-winning wines. But more recently, beer and spirits have become a part of its quaff culture.
From retail to events and from fashion to food, the pop-up trend is sweeping the globe. Cape Town, too, offers its share of fabulous foodies who roam the town, delighting us with their gourmet street food.
The rich diversity of Cape Town’s natural and cultural heritage is part of the city’s appeal. For those on limited holiday time, here are some top heritage sites to take in…
Playing popular tunes, Cape minstrel troupe after troupe walk down Darling Street in the Cape Town city centre to welcome in the new year, revelling in the perfect Cape summer weather. The Minstrel Carnival is one of the most popular events on the calendar and is watched by thousands of people every year. It's also called Tweede Nuwe Jaar, which means "Second New Year" in Afrikaans, because it traditionally takes place on January 2.
The chilly season might be upon us but things are only getting hotter in Cape Town, the inspirational Mother City. So throw aside the bedcovers, stop staring at your boring four walls, and come and experience 48 unforgettable hours in our bustling hometown, with our #LoveCapeTown City Breaks.
The Cape Minstrel Carnival is Cape Town’s longest-running street party and parade, which takes place every year on January 2. Historically January 2 was the one day Cape slaves were given off each year. Called Tweede Nuwe Jaar (“second new year”), it is a colourful celebration of our history and sees minstrels, dancers, performers and marching bands performing on the streets of Cape Town.
We can finally say it; hipsters have changed the world. They might not know it, or even care, but these counter-culture kids helped steer a global movement – one that lauds responsible consumerism – to far beyond what was once, a fad.
The Cape Minstrel Carnival also known as Tweede Nuwe Jaar (“Second New Year”) is a colourful celebration of Cape history and sees minstrels, dancers and marching bands performing on the streets of Cape Town. Our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group members coda and snapclicktripod attended the carnival.
David Hasselhoff hosted the Sunday night leg of the 2011 Loerie Awards in Cape Town. Dynamic, entertaining and animated, he delighted the 1 500-strong crowd.
The enchanting Imperial Ice Stars production, The Nutcracker on Ice is currently running at the Artscape Theatre Centre in Cape Town. It is an enticing mix of ice-skating, acrobatics and Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet. From the phenomenal set designs, which were computer-generated before construction, to the unbelievable transformation of the Artscape Opera House stage into a large ice rink and the world-renowned cast, this charming tale transports you to a magical world.
Township tours are a great way to explore the city’s vibrant informal settlements and interact with local residents. With anything from a rundown of the history of the area, city and country, to tasting home-cooked meals, visitors will return home with a broader knowledge of the city and its inhabitants, having experienced a lesser-known side of Cape Town.
South Africans will celebrate a long weekend this weekend with Heritage Day taking place on Monday September 24, 2012, and Capetonians are ready to celebrate the day, and their heritage, with vigour. So excited are locals that Heritage Week celebrations, hosted by the City of Cape Town and various partners, have already been taking place all over the city as part of the in_herit Festival.
If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then gold is her bosom buddy and platinum her soulmate. These are the lasting relationships that await the jewellery lover in Cape Town.
Cape Town International Airport has been rated the Best Airport in Africa for the third year in a row by the Airports Council International. It is also one of five airports in the world (for 2012) nominated for inclusion on the Director General’s Roll of Excellence.
The shop. Photo provided by Montebello Design Centre Are you interested in art and crafts? Would you like to spend a little time exploring one of Cape Town’s most unique venues? Whether you’re a visitor or a local, Montebello Design Centre in Newlands has much to offer you.
Shoppers making their selection at the Cape Town Summer Street Market held in the Company’s Gardens in December.
For most people, the weekend is a treasured time at the end of a busy week, and full advantage should be taken of it. Here are some activities in the Mother City that may be new to you, or may be due for a revisit. They are sure to relax you and contribute to that perfect weekend feeling.
This weekend in Cape Town, let your inner speed freak out for a ride at the V&A Waterfront, gather your mates for a musical evening at Clifton beach or catch a live performance at an open air venue in the Southern Suburbs. Your weekend weather forecast as predicted by the South African Weather Service: Friday: Maximum temperature of 21°C, clear skies, no chance of rain Saturday: Maximum temperature of 21°C, clear skies, no chance of rain Sunday: Maximum temperature of 24°C, clear skies, no chance of rain
This photograph was taken in Ribeek Street in Cape Town by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Jose Romeu.
The 2012 Loerie Awards Chairman’s Party was held at Jade Lounge in Greenpoint last night. See photos of the event…
Kirstenbosch Gardens, photo courtesy Greg Beadle South Africa’s hottest musicians are sure to raise the temperature in Cape Town this summer when the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concert series kicks off on November 22. It’s time to welcome the much anticipated summer season, which brings warmth, beauty, blooming flowers and a variety of talented artists, who will perform at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens every Sunday from 17h30 to 18h45 until April 4, 2010.
Hit the runway in Camps Bay, go crazy for the country’s musical legends at the CTICC and Grand Arena, or enjoy a romantic getaway in Simon’s Town this weekend. Your weekend weather forecast as predicted by the South African Weather Services: Friday: Maximum temperature of 19°C, partly cloudy skies, 14% chance of rain Saturday: Maximum temperature of 19°C, cloudy skies, 21% chance of rain Sunday: Maximum temperature of 20°C, clear skies, no chance of rain
The giant Wheel of excellence is a first for Cape Town and South Africa and is a unique way to savour panoramic bird’s-eye views of Cape Town, Paarl, Table Mountain and Robben Island. The V&A Waterfront is hosting with a series of refreshing experiences and activities from September to November 30, 2012 as part of its Spring campaign.
This beautiful image of a stained-glass mermaid at the V&A Waterfront was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Anna Phillips.
This image of a giant praying mantis at the 2013 Cape Town Carnival, was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Ajay, aka AJAY B2010.
As judging for the 2012 Loerie Awards came to a close, the Egg Films Judges’ Wrap Party was held at the Cullinan Hotel in Cape Town last night.
This week in Cape Town, be a style icon at a horse race, browse through some great markets or see your favourite band live. Your weekend weather forecast as predicted by the South African Weather Service: Friday: Maximum temperature of 23°C, clear skies, no chance of rain Saturday: Maximum temperature of 23°C, clear skies, no chance of rain Sunday: Maximum temperature of 24°C, clear skies, no chance of rain
This image of the spectacular view from Rhodes Memorial on Devil’s Peak, was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Bruce, aka smee.bruce.
Cape Town is one of the world’s most creative cities, boasting a variety of artwork. The city has been chosen as the 2014 World Design Capital and regularly hosts international creative events.
This weekend in Cape Town, good food and great music are the order of the day. Your weekend weather forecast, as predicted by South African Weather Service: Friday: Maximum temperature of 30°C, partly cloudy skies, no chance of rain Saturday: Maximum temperature of 34°C, partly cloudy skies, no chance of rain Sunday: Maximum temperature of 30°C, partly cloudy skies, no chance of rain