Did you know? South Africa is the second most halaal-friendly country in the world, and the Muslim community in Cape Town is the largest in the country. This week we look at five Kramats in Cape Town that you need to visit.
Drinking tea is a gentle, languid pastime and there’s no shortage of amazing places to indulge in an excellent blend in our gorgeous Mother City. I did a tea meander in the Cape Town CBD and surrounds, and these are a few amazing places to sip and savour the leaves – be they from Ceylon, China, prepared by the Earl, or plucked in the Cederberg, like our local pride and joy, rooibos.
TGIF! It’s the long-awaited weekend in entertaining #LoveCapeTown!
Now, I know staying under the covers is very tempting but there is so much to see and so much fun to be had in our Mother City over the next 48 hours, staying indoors is just not an option.
Much like New York’s Grand Central Station, Cape Town’s bustling railway station on the Foreshore is the arrival and departure point for local and international visitors, and a final destination for travelling employees, students and residents.
Every day I pass a large mural on a dilapidated building on Albert Road in Woodstock. It is a painting of two Zimbabwean men, Juma and Willard, with the quote, “Inspire ourselves to inspire each other.” I read this message every day and in return, it inspires me. Street art is for everyone without the pretence of a gallery – it belongs to everyone and no one.
Cape Town’s design districts range from the bohemian Long Street to the trendy East Central Precinct, and quaint seaside Kalk Bay to Victorian Wynberg. Our hometown teems with creatively designed neighbourhoods.
Home to innovations such as the Freeworld Design Centre and the Mutual Building in the CBD, and Etafeni Centre in Nyanga, Cape Town is a showcase of design we can be proud of.
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.
Cape Town Tourism, the City of Cape Town’s tourism marketing organisation, is the winner of Travel + Leisure’s SMITTY Award (Social Media in Travel + Tourism 2013) for Best Overall Use of Social Media by a Global Tourism Board.
The Castle of Good Hope, a Cape Town landmark, is a prime example of a “star fort”. Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company, it’s the oldest existing colonial building in South Africa. Its position marks the original shoreline before years of land reclamation changed the Table Bay coastline.
Cape Town isn’t just beautiful; she’s cost-effective, too … the Mother City has been named as the ninth-cheapest city in the world by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, on Wednesday 12 June, 2013.
The 33rd Annual Loerie Awards Festival Weekend began on Friday 16th September 2011, following a weeklong celebration of local creative talent as part of the Creative Week Cape Town initiative. The first awards ceremony was held on Saturday evening at a new venue, the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
The Grand Daddy, photo courtesy The Grand Daddy Hotel website
In the lead-up to 2010, there is a growing demand for accommodation in Cape Town. The Mother City has added 1 100 new hotel rooms in the past five years, which means a 45% growth in capacity. At least nine more new hotels will open by 2010.
Cape Town has marked World Industrial Design day by signing a host city agreement between the City of Cape Town and the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid), confirming Cape Town as the World Design Capital for 2014.
A comment from a visitor to the Design Indaba, on what makes Cape Town a great design city. Photo courtesy Ingrid Sinclair
Hailed by thought leaders like Michael Wolff and Dana Arnett as the top international design conference in the world, Design Indaba has captured the city this week – the energy was palpable as delegates from all corners of the globe were welcomed into Cape Town’s creative heart. Not only was the city’s beauty and fabulous weather celebrated by speakers from abroad, but our people also clearly left an impression. Tim Beard of Bibliothèque, one of the UK’s top design agencies, said, “The warm hospitality of Cape Town is unsurpassed”
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!
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.
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.
I am often stopped mid-sentence, mid-meeting, mid-shopping, mid-flight and mid-just-about-anything by someone wanting to know where I got my unique wedding ring from. To say that it has become a bit of a talking point is putting it mildly.
I am always only too happy to rave about my favourite Cape Town creatives – Olive Green Cat. Weird name, I know, but it says something about this brilliant design trio: unique, tongue-in-cheek, contemporary, individualist and, above all, passionately Capetonian.
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.
If, like me, you find yourself taking a “jump to the left” then “a step to the right” at inappropriate places and times (like at your desk at work), then you know about and are probably excited for the much-anticipated South African production of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show at The Fugard Theatre in Cape Town!
Tagging, spray painting, drawings… you name it, we’ve seen it all on walls and buildings in Cape Town.
Whether you see it as a public nuisance or an expression of art, there is no denying that the street art by more than 200 local artists is getting us talking and thinking.
Are you ready for 48 hours of non-stop fun in #LoveCapeTown and beyond?
Whether you’re admiring sea views and frolicking whales, immersing yourself in poetry or being active outdoors, there is plenty for you to do along our gorgeous coast this weekend.
Join me at the following events from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 September, 2013:
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.
Cape Town is host to annual events such as Creative Week and Design Indaba, which champion creativity.
There’s plenty to see, explore and discover. So what’s a typical day like in a “designer city”? From a design perspective there are three areas to discover: the Central Centre precinct, The Fringe and Woodstock, each jam-packed with creatives, studios and shops. We invite you to engage with our creative energy and see the city through our eyes…
The City of Cape Town is celebrating the life of former president Nelson Mandela by declaring 2013 a year in which “Cape Town Honours Nelson Mandela”. In a Mayoral-lead program, beginning with an exhibition currently on show at the Cape Town Civic Center, the city will pay tribute to our great leader and national hero throughout the year.
As locals, we already know that Cape Town, our inspirational hometown, should be at the top of every traveller’s bucket list. But what if you could win an all-expenses-paid, six-month trip to six continents – and US$50 000 on your return home, for proving it?
It’s that time of the year again when hundreds of creative folk descend on Cape Town, the 2014 World Design Capital, for THE innovative event of the year: the 2013 Design Indaba. Held at the impressive Cape Town International Convention Centre and various venues in and around the chic city centre from Wednesday 27 February to Sunday 3 March, this year’s Indaba features four inspirational events you cannot miss.