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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
The countdown to a fun-filled and thrilling weekend in Cape Town has begun, Mother City lovers, and I’m sure that like me, you can’t wait to get things started!
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.
Adderley Street has always been the high street of Cape Town. For many it’s the site of nostalgic childhood memories, having been taken to see the Christmas lights. Today, this main artery of the city buzzes with activity. Cape Town’s central train station, bus terminals and the entrance to the Golden Acre shopping centre, numerous shops, banks, hotels and offices are located on Adderley – along with a jamboree of informal traders and a seasonal night market.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
On Monday 1 April, 2013, we reported, via our Twitter and Facebook channels, on what looked to be another planet, namely Jupiter, spotted in the sky above our beloved Mother City and boy, did the video footage below look realistic.
This image of the V&A Waterfront and Elliot, the famous ‘crate fan’, was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Mel de K, aka meeeeeeeeeel.
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 fourth annual Cape Town Carnival once again had the streets of the Mother City awash in colour, festivities and entertainment when it was held on Saturday 16 March, 2013.
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.
Cape Town’s biggest public arts festival, Infecting the City, is currently enthralling locals and visitors alike as it reawakens an appreciation of creativity and artistic expression in the streets of the Mother City.
Usually we Mother City lovers don’t need much to boast about our amazing hometown. But when you’re dangling a six-month trip around the world and a US$50 000 cash prize in front of us in exchange for a video tour of Cape Town, like My Destination is currently doing with the Biggest Baddest Bucket List competition, you can be sure that not only will we grab the opportunity with gusto, we’ll also blow your minds with our entries!
Four weeks, four questions and over a thousand suggestions … Mother City lovers, you’re amazing at letting us know Where You Would Rather Be on Wednesdays in inspirational Cape Town!
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.
The Cape Town International Convention Centre was abuzz with designers, interior decorators, architects, fashionistas, photographers, artists and students at the 2013 Design Indaba Expo on Friday 1 March, 2013.
The first call for projects to highlight Cape Town during World Design Capital 2014 is out. The Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Alderman Patricia de Lille, officially opened the call for World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 submissions at the Design Indaba Expo on Thursday 28 February, 2013.
On hot days it’s a sanctuary, in winter it’s an inspiration. A cultural treasure, the South African National Gallery is in the heart of Cape Town’s green Company’s Garden, a squirrel scampering path and goldfish pond away from the Iziko South African Museum.
Mother City lovers, it’s time to gear up for one EVENTFUL weekend in inspirational Cape Town! From the Grand Parade to the Cape Town International Convention Centre and trendy De Waterkant, we want to see you out and about on the streets of Cape Town. Join me at the following events from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 March, 2013, and discover why the fun never stops in our vibrant Mother City.