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#OpenStreets 2013 in pictures

Open Streets is a citizen-driven initiative, working to design and promote streets which embed and generate respect for people, regardless of who they are, and how they move. Not to mention ... a great opportunity to get some amazing Instagram shots!

The 3rd TOPS Gugulethu Wine Festival 2013 in Instagram

Let’s say cheers to the successful third annual TOPS Gugulethu Wine Festival, held on the rooftop of the Gugulethu Shopping Mall in Cape Town from Friday 24 to Saturday 25 May, 2013.

My Good Food & Wine Show experience in Instagram

I confess this was my first visit to the Good Food & Wine Show in a long time. With more than 200 stands in the vast CTICC venue over four days from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 May, 2013, I was amazed at the event’s growth over the last few years. The stalls, some far more fabulous than others in both product and appearance, offered everything from food and wine to everything in between that relates to the home.

Open Streets in Observatory

This Africa Day, Cape Town’s vibrant locals and visitors will be taking to the streets ... the Opens Streets in Observatory, that is, on Saturday May 25, 2013. Inspired by Bogota’s Ciclovia and projects in other cities like San Francisco and Jakarta, Open Streets in Observatory will see the usually traffic-congested Lower Main Road collectively transformed from a car-dominated road to a people-friendly public space.

#InstagramDiary: the awesome architecture of Long Street

Long Street is one of Cape Town’s most iconic streets, and with the incredible variety of food, fashion, nightlife spots, book stores, antique stores, street vendors and international visitors lining the sidewalks, it’s easy to see why. But don’t let all of this distract you from one of Long Street’s finest features: the awesome architecture.

Your Cape Town Weekend: things to do from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 May, 2013

Tick tock, tick tock … can you hear that? It’s the countdown to an eventful weekend in gorgeous Cape Town! From hilarious comedies to divine wine festivals and gourmet shows, there is plenty to see and do in the Mother City over the next 48 hours. Join me at the following events in Cape Town from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 May, 2013.

Germany’s top Instagrammers visit Cape Town

With almost half-a-million followers between them, Germany’s top two Instgrammers, Thomas Kakareko and Sylvia Matzkowiak, are racking up the “likes” as they Instagram their way through Cape Town.

Top places to be in Observatory

Quirky Observatory is the bohemian soul of Cape Town … it is here where you will find some of the Mother City’s most interesting residents and visitors enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes of this whimsical suburb’s numerous cafés, theatres and bars.

Facebook Feedback Friday: which is your favourite wine farm to visit on a wintry day in Cape Town?

Yesterday, we asked the fans of our Facebook page, I ♥ Cape Town: which is your favourite wine farm to visit on a wintry day in Cape Town?

South African star Emo Adams’ top reasons to #LoveCapeTown City Breaks

He is one of South Africa’s biggest musical entertainers and beloved television personalities but at heart, Emo Adams is and always has been a true Cape Town “boykie”.

Cape Town’s Ceara McEvoy heads off to London for Biggest Baddest Bucket List finals

She’s impressed locals with her passion for the Mother City in her amazing video, and scored hundreds of votes on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and more ... Now exuberant videographer Ceara McEvoy heads off to London as one of 10 finalists in My Destination’s Biggest Baddest Bucket List competition on Friday 18 May, 2013.

Where Would You Rather Be Wednesdays in Cape Town: places our visitors recommend

Beautiful Cape Town has played hosted to a number of top international journalists and bloggers in the past year, including National Geographic’s Digital Nomad Andrew Evans and Matt Long of @LandLopers, who visited along with his fellow #lovecapetown iAmbassadors, and they sure have been vocal about Where They Would Rather Be on Wednesdays in the Mother City.

Countdown to the 2013 Gugulethu Wine Festival in Cape Town begins!

It’s May in the Mother City ... and you know what that means, don’t you? It’s time for the third annual TOPS Gugulethu Wine Festival, which runs from Friday May 24 to Saturday May 25, 2013.

Where Would You Rather Be Wednesdays in Cape Town: things to do

Quite frankly, Mother City lovers, I’d much rather be in the arms of the gorgeous Jon Bon Jovi, overlooking the view of the city from the top of Table Mountain on this delightful autumn Wednesday in Cape Town ...

Bon Jovi in Cape Town: photos

“Whoaah, we’re halfway there, Whoaah, livin on a prayer …” If you still have chills running up and down your spine thanks to the crowd and Bon Jovi’s amazing a capella singalong to this popular hit, chances are you partied like a rock star with the legendary band at the Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday 7 May, 2013!

#LoveCapeTown City Breaks: what to do in Cape Town in 48 hours

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.

Cape Town welcomes #MeetSouthAfrica travel bloggers

Bloggers love South Africa – we know this from our #LoveCapeTown campaign. This campaign saw us bringing four international travel bloggers (@traveldudes @velvetescape @landlopers and @wildjunket) to Cape Town in July 2012 during a social media drive in which Capetonians interacted with the bloggers and their followers, telling the stories of Cape Town and her people.

Rhodes Memorial – Flickr pic of the day

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.

Your Cape Town Weekend: things to do from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 April, 2013

It’s the weekend once again in our beautiful Cape Town – and that means 48 hours of amazing things to do, Mother City lovers!

Metallica Live in Cape Town: Photos

It was the night many of Cape Town’s metalheads had been waiting for, for more than seven years ... legendary band Metallica’s return to the Mother City, live in a rocking concert at the Bellville Velodrome on Wednesday 24 April, 2013!

Cape Town Opera chorus wins Chorus of the Year Award at International Opera Awards

Cape Town, the musical Mother City, is big on talent, big on culture and now, big on opera winners too! Our gifted Cape Town Opera chorus has won the Best Opera Chorus Award at the inaugural International Opera Awards in London.

Top stylish shopping spots in Cape Town: an Instagram essay

As far as my favourite stores in Cape Town’s CBD go, these five are at the top of my list at the moment. I tend to shop where products stand out by way of design and quality, and where I know I’ll always get amazing service.

V&A mermaid – Flickr pic of the day

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.

Your Cape Town Weekend: things to do indoors from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 April, 2013

We’re in for a slightly cooler weekend in the beautiful Mother City this weekend, Cape Town fanatics, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. In fact, there is plenty to see and do indoors in our bustling hometown, so join me at the following events and activities from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 April, 2013 and discover some of Cape Town’s hidden gems.

Cape Town coffee shops pay it forward with suspended coffees

Cape Town, the responsible Mother City, is always looking for bigger, more creative ways of giving back to the community and now two of its sizzling coffee shops, Haas Coffee Collective and Bolo’bolo Coffee House, have found a heart- and body-warming way to do so – with suspended coffees.

Your blissful guide to Decorex Cape Town 2013

Cape Town, the inspirational Mother City and World Design Capital 2014, is once again playing host to South Africa’s finest décor, design and lifestyle expo: Decorex Cape Town. The expo takes place from Thursday April 25 to Sunday April 28, 2013.

Cape Town’s best wine, beer and whisky tours

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.

Top reasons why fashion designer Ruald Rheeder loves Cape Town

The future of South African menswear lies with Cape Town-based designers and brands such as Craig Port, Fabiani, Carducci, Csquared and, without a doubt, Ruald Rheeder.

The Infecting the City arts festival: a review

On Friday 15 March 2013 Cape Town Tourism’s Tourism Services team made their way down to Cape Town Station to experience the public arts festival, Infecting the City. The event is held annually in public spaces across the city centre, and is free and accessible to the public.

The 2013 Cape Town International Jazz Festival free concert: photos

We want more! We want more! This was the refrain of the crowd at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival free concert on Wednesday 3 April, 2013.