Bianca ColemanPicture the scene – a softly lit wine cellar full of barrels, a hound sleeping on the floor, a table set with glasses and a huge platter of bread, olives, olive tapenade, olive oil, cheese, salami, mixed nuts, biltong and droëwors, bottles of some of the finest wines in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley, and a tasting led by the wine-maker Peter Finlayson.
Rob Peters and Kelly LodewyksSo you’re looking for a night out are you? A couple of drinks you say? Maybe you want to cut loose on the dance floor, but aren’t sure where to go? Our handy list of 50 of the most popular clubs and bars in the Mother City will help you on your way then! Enjoy!
Bianca ColemanIt’s interesting to note how popular townships tours have become with visitors to our country who are searching for personal and authentic encounters with our citizens. A walking tour of Kayamandi in Stellenbosch does exactly that.
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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.
The sounds of Cape Town would not be complete without the beautiful call of the mosque that emanates from the colourful, characterful Bo-Kaap.
They’ve been spreading their “Magic of Compassion” all over the Peninsula by mobilising #BlanketWings, a huge blanket donation drive to bring winter warmth to the Mother City’s less fortunate residents, and now Cape Town Angels will round off their virtuous efforts with a heavenly final drop-off event at the chic Alexander Bar & Café on Friday 31 May, 2013.
There are very few places you’ll find where some of the world’s most famous vineyards hugging the slopes of one of the world’s natural wonders, where exclusive shopping complexes and rustic hiking trails are swept by a cool breeze from the Atlantic Ocean, and horses roam paddocks between gorgeous mansions ... Welcome to Constantia.
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!
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.
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.
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.
There is just something about the cooler weather in inspirational Cape Town that makes me wish I was at one of her top foodie spots, enjoying the warmth of a fireplace this Wednesday. Several delectable establishments where I’d rather be indulging my Hump Day cravings come to mind, but if I absolutely had to choose I’d pick these ones.
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.
Cape Town has an extensive offering of hiking trails for hikers of every fitness level ... I recently spent two days on the Hoerikwaggo Trail, taking in the views and enjoying nature’s splendour.
He’s nearly as well-known for his fiery temper as he is for his heavenly culinary creations … celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is headed to the Good Food & Wine Show in Cape Town from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 May, 2013.
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?
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”.
We recently opened our Instagram account, where we’ll be posting weekly #InstagramDiary trends in exciting things to do and see in Cape Town ... as well as lots of other pictures in between.
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.
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.
“Many professional golfers are wine aficionados, and worldwide recognised names have launched or are in partnership with vineyards throughout the world.” This quote is by golf and travel writer Michael Cunningham, writing in the Wineries Refined magazine in British Columbia, Canada.
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.
Happy Mother’s Day Weekend, Mother City lovers! With 48 hours of quality mom-time awaiting, there is plenty to see and do in caring Cape Town. Join me at the following events from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 May, 2013 and discover why there is no better place to celebrate the special women in your life.
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.
American fast-food chain, Burger King, opens its doors in Cape Town for the first time tomorrow.
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 ...
“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!
He’s the BIGGEST thing to hit the Cape Town entertainment scene since Lady Gaga, and he’s sure to have thousands of tweens screaming for all they’re worth ... yes, Mother City lovers, mega pop star Justin Bieber is in town!
I don’t often experience the sensual seafood tastes of a restaurant in Cape Town, so naturally I jumped at the opportunity to review the impressive menu at Live Bait in Kalk Bay on Saturday 27 April, 2013. With its spectacular views of Kalk Bay Harbour (one of its walls is actually the breakwater of the harbour) and the Atlantic Ocean, this seaside eatery is the perfect lunch spot. Patrons lucky enough to get a table at the floor-to- ceiling windows facing the ocean will spot a seal or two frolicking in the waves.
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.
Still recovering from Workers’ Day, Mother City lovers, and anxiously dreaming of the weekend? Well, dream no more, for 48 hours of entertainment in thrilling Cape Town and surrounds is almost here! Join me at the following events from Friday 3 to Sunday 5 May, 2013…