Rob PetersIf you’re coming to Cape Town this summer and are not quite sure what to expect, we have a handy guide to help you enjoy your holiday without any snags, hitches or hiccups. From getting around the Mother City to predicting the weather, we want you to leave wanting to come back for more.
Featured“We will need your left shoe please sir, we can’t have you running off with our glass…” And with that begins my Kwak Beer Experience at Den Anker at the V&A Waterfront. The relinquishing of my left shoe dates back to a tradition which began in 19th Century Belgium. If I want to drink the beer, I need to forfeit my left shoe… for a time at least. The tradition started because the glasses were extremely expensive and difficult to replace at the time. It sparked a Belgian custom in which the barman kept the left shoe of patrons until the glass had been returned.
Rob PetersSummer in Cape Town is a thing of beauty. Locals and visitors spill out onto the beaches and into the bars. But summer in the city is also about the markets as the Mother City’s inhabitants take advantage of the longer days and the sultry evenings to stroll through stalls as they browse everything from curios and clothes, while indulging in delectable food and drinks. Here are 8 markets you need to visit in the city this summer.
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Claremont forms part of Cape Town’s bustling Southern Suburbs and is one of the Mother City’s most recognisable areas. It is where you might find families enjoying a day of shopping and entertainment at the renowned Cavendish Square, bridal parties posing for unforgettable photographs at the Arderne Gardens, or students from the neighbouring University of Cape Town exploring the vibrant nightlife of the area.
Imagination is a wonderful thing to have and nothing piques it quite like reading. In the Mother City, there are plenty of interesting spots to ensure your reading pleasure. Whether you’re browsing through a well stocked bookstore, attending literary events like the Open Book Festival or Cape Town Book Fair or just spending a lazy afternoon reading in the Company’s Garden, Cape Town is at the top of the bestseller’s list. Get a page-turning experience at our top spots.
“Delicious” is too mundane a word to describe the 2013 Taste of Cape Town festival. So is “scrumptious”. Because this year’s event was simply DIVINE! Now in its sixth year, the Taste of Cape Town was held at the chic Green Point Cricket Club from Thursday April 11 to Sunday 14 April, 2013, with some spectacular upgrades and additions that added to its phenomenal success.
He is to Cape Town, South Africa what the Naked Chef Jamie Oliver is to London (with more clothing, naturally)… and we are proud to call top chef Reuben Riffel one of our own.
2586 books, 1 Guinness Book World Record and global recognition … that’s what was at stake when the Central Library, Cape Town in connection with Open Book Festival, attempted to topple thousands of book in domino effect on Tuesday 27 August, 2013. The record attempt was a precursor to the upcoming Open Book Festival, a popular annual event held to promote literary awareness in The Fringe district of the Mother City, with the dramatic Fugard Theatre as its central hub…
Mother City lovers, it’s time to dim the lights and do great things in the dark in Cape Town for the annual celebration of Earth Hour on Saturday 23 March, 2013. Earth Hour is the largest mass global participation event, in which people the world over switch off their lights for one hour, to reflect on our impact on the environment and renew our commitment to protecting our planet.
Why should winter have us all indoors, feeling bored and gloomy when we have so much to experience in the Mother City? Here are just a few of the things I love doing during winter:
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.
If memories of your leave are quickly fading away and you want to maintain some semblance of tranquillity, you can’t do better than enjoying some of Cape Town’s nature activities top this weekend. Join me for the following activities in the Mother City from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 January, 2013, and discover why you don’t need a holiday – you need Cape Town.
In 2012, Cape Town Tourism rocked the social networking world by hosting four international bloggers on a series of experiences around our hometown and getting them to share their adventures on their platforms. This ultimately contributed to us winning the Travel + Leisure SMITTY Awards (Social Media in Travel + Tourism Awards) in the category Best Overall Use of Social Media, CVB, Global. From Wednesday 18 September to Monday 7 October 2013, we are set to do it again so join us in giving our #LoveCapeTown bloggers Rachel Lucas, Abigail King and Carol T. More a warm welcome to our inspirational Mother City!
There are few things I enjoy more than exploring my beautiful Cape Town and her gorgeous surrounding towns, so my adventures with South African National Parks are a real treat. Marking a year since our first trip to the West Coast in April 2012, our media family set off for the luscious shores of the Agulhas National Park on Friday April 19, 2013.
Cape Town Tourism is hosting four top international travel bloggers and by the looks of things on Twitter, these three guys and one girl are having fun! Keith Jenkins, Matt Long, Melvin Böcher and Nellie Huang are in the Mother City for a week to explore our inspirational destination and act as digital ambassadors for Cape Town.
Wednesday is my favourite day in the Mother City! Why? Because Mother City lovers, it’s the day I get to hear “Where You Would Rather be in Cape Town” of course!
What do you get when you combine gourmet food and flash photography in an inspirational seaside city? Why, the Discover Delicious winter campaign at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, of course!
Can you feel the air brimming with innovative ideas and creativity in inspirational #LoveCapeTown? Yes, it’s that time of the year again…. Creative Week 2013 is coming to the Mother City!
We’re just hours away from a scrumptious weekend in Cape Town, the delicious Mother City. So gear up for 48 hours of incredible smells, tastes and sights. Whether you’re a fine-dining lover, a fresh-goods fanatic or a food and wine aficionado, there is something for everyone in our delectable town this weekend.
If you’re enjoying a guitar being strummed, the soulful sounds of top international musicians and the sultry notes of a saxophone, you know for sure the Cape Town International Jazz Festival has once again descended on Cape Town, the musical Mother City.
Wine lovers in Johannesburg were delighted by the viticultural information provided by Cape Town Tourism at the TOPS Soweto Wine Festival 2012, held at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto campus from September 6 to 8, 2012. groot
It’s Happy Hour in Cape Town, Mother City lovers, and you know what that means … delicious, fruity, half-priced cocktails to kick start your weekend in our gorgeous hometown! Whether you’re a Cosmopolitan, Sex on the Beach or Mojito fanatic, you’ll find them all right here on our sunny shores, so join me at the following cocktail spots from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 February, 2013:
She’s celebrating 1 000 days in the Mother City on Tuesday 18 June, 2013 and from her numerous photos, social media posts and on-air shout-outs, it’s clear for all to see that media personality Liezel van der Westhuizen loves Cape Town.
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.
Mother City fans, your opportunity to win an R2 000 V&A Waterfront shopping voucher is here! To enter, all you have to do is snap a pic of our Facebook Man in and around Cape Town this week, from Monday to Sunday, December 3 to 9, 2012, upload it to our I ♥ Cape Town Facebook fan page wall or tag @CapeTownTourism on Twitter with the #wheresyourprofileat by Monday, December 10, 2012.
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.
The glamorous Upper Eastside Hotel in creative Woodstock played host to the second annual Getaway Travel Blog Conference, an initiative by Getaway Magazine and Cape Town Tourism, on Saturday 4 August, 2012.
September is World Tourism Month, an annual celebration that highlights the importance of tourism to the economy of Cape Town and this month our focus is on you, our local lovers of the Mother City. We want you to enjoy all that our beautiful hometown has to offer, for less. Join us at the iconic attractions Table Mountain, V&A Waterfront, Cape Point and aboard the City Sightseeing Cape Town bus for the following amazing specials and re-discover why Cape Town is such an inspirational place in which to live, work and play:
CEO of the beloved Cape Town attraction, City Sightseeing Cape Town, Claus Tworeck shares his top five unexpected city sights with us and explains why he loves Cape Town.
The sun is shining and the weather is sweet in Cape Town this weekend. So, get out there and enjoy the following fabulous outdoor activities in the Mother City, from Friday, 12 to Sunday, 14 October 2012…
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.
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.
You’ve seen the photos, used the hashtags and shared the posts… now you can watch the #lovecapetown Instagram Walk in video on our YouTube channel too.