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.
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The Stellenbosch Wine Festival and Expo, presented by Pick ‘n Pay and held from January 24 to February 2, 2014, is yet another reason we Capetonians have to celebrate Cape Town.
Is there anything more tempting than the smell of a delicious chicken curry or a plate of denningvleis, prepared in the traditional Cape Malay way? In Cape Town, there are plenty of restaurants and cafés that cater for visitors and residents who prefer their meals cooked according to Halaal standards.
As the saying goes, “variety is the spice of life” and this is never more apparent that when choosing what to eat, especially in winter. As a Capetonian with a healthy appetite, though, I say why choose at all? This is why my favourite culinary establishments in Cape Town are restaurants with all-you-can-eat buffet options.
I’m not a Capetonian by birth, but by breed. I’ve lived in this beautiful city since October 2010 and am still in awe of her beauty every day. Cape Town always quietens during the winter months, which means that there are some fantastic winter specials running everywhere from hotels to restaurants, spas and salons. I like to take full advantage of these in the colder months. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favourite things to do in Cape Town in winter.
If there is one thing Capetonians are good at, other than socialising of course, it’s braaing. Whether it’s meat or fish, you can be sure that on a spectacular summer’s day (winter too!), you will find us gathered around the fire, enjoying each other’s company, the tantalising aroma of meat on the grill and our breathtaking city views.
CNNGo, the travel wing of CNN International, has listed Cape Town as one of the World’s 10 Most Loved Cities, adding to the Mother City’s long list of accolades.
As the days get longer and warmer, what could be better than sipping a refreshing drink at one of Cape Town’s top rooftop bars? Check out our top five.
Baby, it’s cold outside ... Cape Town lovers and friends, it’s been a chilly few days in our beloved Mother City. And if you weren’t hibernating indoors, chances are you were outside photographing the powerful hail storm on Sunday June 2, 2013.
Capetonians have come out in support of United States President Barack Obama, who announced on Wednesday that he is in support of same-sex marriage.
The cooler weather we’ve been enjoying in inspirational Cape Town lately conjures up images of snuggling up before roaring fires, and feasting on the scrumptious affordable meals at the Mother City’s most delicious restaurants.
When the clock strikes 12 in Cape Town on December 31, where will you be? If you still haven’t decided, or if you’d like to weigh up your options, check out this lineup of hip and happening events taking place in the city and surrounds.
Taking time out for yourself in Cape Town can take many forms. You can take a walk on the beach, enjoy a spa treatment, tuck into gourmet food and wine or sip on a perfect brew with a few sweet treats to delight you at high tea. Often the perfect way to catch up with friends or loved ones, high tea not only offers an afternoon of exciting new teas and treats that delight the eyes and palate, you can also enjoy all of this while admiring the splendour of your surroundings. I sampled a few high teas on offer around the city and found a few gems.
Even the word picnic is loaded with nostalgia; for me it holds memories of homemade frikkadels, chicken drumsticks and large cold drinks enjoyed with friends and family in special places. Your picnic basket may have changed, as mine has. The frikkadels and drumsticks are from the deli and the chilled drink is more likely to be a local wine. What does remain the same is sharing this time with loved ones, in places that leave me feeling inspired and relaxed.
Cape Town is among the top 20 gay travel destinations, according to a survey conducted by Out Now Business Class,who specialise in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender market. This comes after Clifton 3rd was last year named among the top 10 gay beaches in the world by GayCities.com.
Top travel website Tripadvisor has released its list of favourite restaurants in Cape Town and it’s a doozie. Profiling 25 of the best establishments in the Mother City, comments range from decor, atmosphere, service and of course the food.
Mother City lovers, today is December 12, 2012…12/12/12, the last time our generation will ever experience a sequential date this century (the next one will be January 1, 2101!) Big deal, I hear you say… but in the spirit of keeping things fun (and in Cape Town, when are they not?), I‘ve put together a list of 12 amazing things to do in the Fairest Cape today:
The lingering hours of summer sunlight in Cape Town give us plenty of time to celebrate the “sundowner”. We list a few of the best spots for enjoying the “cocktail season” in Cape Town.
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.
American fast-food chain, Burger King, opens its doors in Cape Town for the first time tomorrow.
The Wheel of Excellence. Photo courtesy Warren Rohner With only a week before the World Cup kicks off in South Africa, the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town launched its state-of-the-art Wheel of Excellence, from which World Cup fans will be able to see the whole of the Mother City.
For a friend’s recent birthday, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to experience another side of Cape Town, an experience that is now firmly placed in my top five favourite things about Cape Town. Sadly, Ratanga had to fall away, but is still held close to my heart. Since early 2003, Mzoli Ngcawuzele’s business has been meat, through which he has transformed a run-of-the-mill butchery into one of the most popular experiences in Cape Town.
Three, two, one…Happy New Year! If your plans for ringing in 2013 include having fun, fun and more fun, we have just the list of parties. Enjoy the countdown on December 31, 2012 at the following fabulous events.
Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Table Mountain Cableway, Happy Birthday to you!
They came in their thousands, they screamed at the top of their lungs and boy, did they Believe! Canadian pop star Justin Bieber had scores of Cape Town’s teenage girls (and their moms) enthralled at his sold-out concert at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday 8 May, 2013.
Filming of the post-apocalyptic action adventure epic Mad Max 4: Fury Road is set to take place in Cape Town later this year – according to unverified reports. The film will star South African-born Academy Award winner Charlize Theron, as well as Tom Hardy (Dark Knight Rises, Inception) and is directed by Academy Award winner George Miller (Happy Feet, Babe, Mad Max trilogy).
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.
We asked local Capetonian blogger Dawn Jorgensen to share her Top 5 places to take a first time visitor to Cape Town and this is what she had to say: “The decision to visit Cape Town by any tourist or friend should be richly rewarded with a list of the must-sees on offer. In a city like ours, it isn’t easy to narrow these down to just a handful and when I was thinking about the Top 5, my mind – and heart, burst with recommendations. These making my final list.”
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.
Forget Rocking the Daisies in Darling…. This summer, Old Mutual will be rocking the fynbos at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden with its Summer Sunset Concerts, right here in Cape Town.
Our man on the ground, event reporter Deon Gurling, was there to record the afternoon of gorgeous outfits, colour, excitement, surprise winners and sunshine at the 2010 J&B Met in Cape Town. Crowds were treated to a great day out and exciting racing. Filly River Jetez won the feature race, beating the favourite and her brother, Pocket Power.