Rob PetersPossessing an old school charm with a modern twist, Winchester Mansions in Sea Point is a Cape Town gem that is hidden in plain sight.
FeaturedThere’s so much to do in Cape Town that it can be difficult to know where to start. To help you out, we’ve teamed up with 10 of South Africa’s biggest bloggers and CheapFlights to create the ultimate list of things to see and do in 48 hours. Here’s what the experts had to say.
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There’s nothing I love more than great live music in my groovy hometown and #lovecapetown friends, let me tell you, this weekend the Mother City is going to rock!
Hey, #lovecapetown, are you ready for your thrilling Mother City – loving weekend?
Few things compare to the anticipation and excitement on match day at Cape Town Stadium. The enthusiasm and optimism of the fans rubs off from shoulder to shoulder as you amble along the fan walk.
Just 30 minutes outside of the centre of Cape Town is a little farm called D’Aria. On this farm, you will find a place to eat, a place to drink and a place to lay your head.
I love both of my moms, Cape Town the Mother City and my vivacious amazing momma Soraya ,so when the second Sunday of May rolled around, there really was only one place of choice to celebrate their fabulousness – Tsogo Sun’s Southern Sun The Cullinan hotel.
It feels like just yesterday that we were all dressed up, walking the fan walk, blowing our vuvuzelas, chatting to absolutely every international visitor we encounter along the packed fan walk and generally just high on the gees of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. We loved it, we lived it, and we kind of miss it. If you’re looking to get as close to it as possible and a chance to relive some of the great memories, then the Cape Town Stadium Experience is for you.
We’re set for a musical weekend in #lovecapetown, folks! Nothing tells the story of our beautiful Mother City quite like the rhythmical beats of her music and this weekend, there are a variety of outdoor concerts for you to enjoy. Get your groove on with me at the following events in Cape Town from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 January, 2014:
Mother City lovers, who’s ready for your #lovecapetown weekend?!
Are you ready for the long weekend, Mother City lovers? There is plenty to see and do in #lovecapetown over the next four days and if you are not picking out your top braai spot for Reconciliation Day, why not join me at the following events from Friday 13 to Monday 15 December, 2013:
Five, four, three, two, one… it’s the weekend, baby! That’s right, folks, 48 hours of uninterrupted fun await you in our gorgeous Mother City and that means you need to get out there and enjoy yourself. From tasty beer festivals to live music concerts and an energizing run through a township, there is plenty to see and do in our hometown. Join me at the following events from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 November, 2013:
It’s the weekend in #lovecapetown, baby! Whether you are a music lover, rugby fanatic or comedy enthusiast, there is plenty to see and do in our fun loving Mother City. Join me at the following events in Cape Town from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 February, 2014:
As we enter the holiday season, we welcome new and returning visitors to our beautiful city. Here’s what you guys recommended for guests spending their holidays in the Mother City.
There is no tonic to beat the spontaneous belly laughter of a group of 5 year olds and I was lucky enough to get a really good dose of it at the opening of the Magnet Theatre’s Early Years Festival that kicked off 2 December 2015.
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.
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.
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.
The sun is shining and the weather is sweet. If you are in Cape Town, you’ll want to be out and about, soaking up the warmth, exploring the fairest Cape with your beautiful family. And what an adventure that would be – there’s plenty for kids (and families) to do in Cape Town during summer!
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.
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.
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.
Nothing turns my pages quite like a marvellous second-hand bookstore and in inspirational Cape Town, there are plenty to keep me happy. As fantastic as Kindles, Nooks and iPads are, there is nothing the feel of a book in your hands and it is for this reason that having a plethora of great second-hand bookstores in the Mother City is such a joy. Join me at the following bookstores in Cape Town and rediscover the wonder of reading.
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.
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.
Whether you’re after the simple or the exotic, the fresh or the pre-prepared, the neighbourhood market at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, Cape Town, is the perfect place to stock up on tasty food. The market is held every Saturday – but make sure you’re there early to get your hands on the pick of the crop. There are over 80 stalls to browse at the weekend market and not all of them sell food. You can also find beautiful jewellery, trendy fashion and gorgeous bouquets of freshly-cut flowers.
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.
Ask any South African, and they will tell you that the braai – or barbeque – is a part of South African culture.So much so, in fact, that 24 September (Heritage Day) is now also popularly known as National Braai Day.
Nothing beats grabbing a few of your pals, hopping into your car and heading out on a gorgeous summer’s day. Last December, a few of my fabulous co-workers and I, all city girls, took an unexpected sightseeing drive through the Northern Suburbs and made some wonderful discoveries:
Nothing says Christmas like a tenderly cooked turkey or ham, sweetly mixed eggnog or chilled champagne and decadent desserts. If slaving away in your kitchen to create these mouthwatering delicacies makes you want to run for the hills, fear not – there is a wide range of stellar restaurants in sunny Cape Town, ready to relieve you of your culinary duties.
Hot summer sun, extra long days and warm nights, sun-kissed skin and time to spend with loved ones; summer in Cape Town is the ideal time to get outdoors and enjoy getting close to the spectacular nature that is within minutes from the bustling city.