Bianca ColemanThe Belmond Mount Nelson, affectionately known as ‘the Nellie’, or ‘the Pink Lady’ – the distinctive rosy hue was mixed specially for the hotel in the 1920s – has a fascinating history which dates back to when it was opened in March 1899.
Kelly Lodewyks & Rob PetersThe Mother City has shrugged off her winter coat and slipped into something a little sleeker as the summer months settle in. Get ready to kick off your shoes, sink your toes into the warm sands of the most beautiful city on earth and knock back a cocktail or two as we present your ultimate summer guide to Cape Town! It’s where to go and what to do this summer in the Mother City.
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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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Cape Town is not only a great value-for-money destination, it also offers good value for time. You can see and do so much in a relatively short time, if that’s all you have. Here are some things to do if you have as little as 48 hours in Cape Town.
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.
There’s no doubt that one of the nicest activities to indulge in is a good hike, and what better place to walking up a mountain, through great fynbos or along the coast than Cape Town?
American fast-food chain, Burger King, opens its doors in Cape Town for the first time tomorrow.
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.
Decommissioned in 2003, the French-built submarine SAS Assegaai has been lovingly restored by a group of retired and in-service naval staff who, with the blessing of the South African Naval Museum, have opened her up to the general public. In addition to having some degree of sea legs, it is imperative that visitors are reasonably fit and don’t have a fear of small, enclosed spaces: Simon’s Town Boat Company’s dockyard ferry takes you to the sub, and you enter and exit the vessel on a vertical ladder.
Come Dine‘s Martin Rose shares his top V&A Waterfront craft breweries with us.