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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The Cape Minstrel Carnival is Cape Town’s longest-running street party and parade, which takes place every year on January 2. Historically January 2 was the one day Cape slaves were given off each year. Called Tweede Nuwe Jaar (“second new year”), it is a colourful celebration of our history and sees minstrels, dancers, performers and marching bands performing on the streets of Cape Town.
Claremont forms part of Cape Town’s bustling Southern Suburbs and is one of the Mother City’s most recognisable areas. It is where you might find families enjoying a day of shopping and entertainment at the renowned Cavendish Square, bridal parties posing for unforgettable photographs at the Arderne Gardens, or students from the neighbouring University of Cape Town exploring the vibrant nightlife of the area.
The only thing greater than my passion for Cape Town is my passion for its food. I have often waxed lyrical about my top breakfast spots, lunch venues and all-you-can-eat buffet joints, but have yet to share my favourite dinner spots. I love breaking bread with you (even if it’s only virtually), so here are my top three Cape Town dinner spots:
Baby, baby, believe it because it’s true… the Biebster is coming to the Mother City in 2013. In a spectacular concert that is sure to set the hearts of many tweens aflutter, multi award-winning pop star Justin Bieber will makes thousands of admirers’ dreams come true by performing live at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday 8 May, 2013.
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”.
Cape Town’s diverse multicultural ancestry has enjoyed the influence of many traditional cooking styles; but Mexican food, in particular, is on an upward trend in Cape Town these days. Chilli poppers, quesadillas, tortillas, fajitas, taquitos, enchiladas … you name it, we have it! And here’s where to satisfy your cravings …
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.
The sounds of Cape Town would not be complete without the beautiful call of the mosque that emanates from the colourful, characterful Bo-Kaap.
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.
Let’s face it: not only is Cape Town the number one destination to visit on your travel bucket list, it’s the best place to get a taste of the African motherland. With a variety of world-class food and wine events all year round, the tasty Mother City is a food and wine lover’s dream vacation spot.
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.
So, it’s the middle of January (or, as our team likes to call it, Januworry) and you’re broke, but you simply HAVE to start shopping for that über-fabulous J&B Met, Swedish House Mafia or Madame Zingara outfit. Stash those credit cards, my frugal friends, and come and hunt for bargains with me at these shopping spots in Cape Town from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 January, 2013.
I write with passion about this place, the Two Oceans Aquarium, because it is so much a part of me that I struggle to remember what life was like before the aquarium. I remember walking onto the building site, where huge, empty tanks sat like ghostly caverns in unpainted, uncarpeted, cement-strewn galleries. Within weeks, things changed before my eyes. Water filled the I&J Predator Exhibit. Maxine, the shark, made her grand appearance, as did the snoek, which disappeared just as suddenly – down Maxine’s gullet! Thirteen-and-a-half years later, Maxine has been back in the ocean for almost four years, roaming the waters off Southern Africa.
We’ve got a family ticket for 4 to give away to the spectacular Disney on Ice: Passport to Adventure!
Celebrations, quality family time and tons of chocolate ... yes, Mother City lovers, it’s my favourite time of the year in Cape Town – Easter! From exciting egg hunts with mythical characters on the top of Table Mountain to decadent feasts at the luxurious Pure restaurant in Hout Bay, there is plenty to see and do in Cape Town over Easter.
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.
The Helderberg region lies just 40 minutes outside of Cape Town and has something to offer everyone. From hiking, mountain biking and golf to food, wine and some of the Cape’s most beautiful beaches ... all this and more can be found on the slopes of the magnificent Helderberg mountains.
Rondebosch is a charming little area in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. It is a student and family-friendly suburb only 5km from the city centre.
Beer enthusiasts can look forward to a weekend of being spoilt for choice as the Cape Town Festival of Beer once again hits Cape Town this weekend, the 22nd-34th of November at Hamilton’s Rugby club in Greenpoint.
The suburb of Kenilworth forms part of Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs. Sandwiched between Wynberg and Claremont, this suburb is nestled right in the heart of the Southern Suburbs action. Situated within Kenilworth is the famous racecourse, not to mention the shopping mecca, Access Park. A 20-minute drive takes you to the city centre or any of the beaches along the Atlantic Seaboard. These are our top things to do in Kenilworth.
“Delicious” is too mundane a word to describe the 2013 Taste of Cape Town festival. So is “scrumptious”. Because this year’s event was simply DIVINE! Now in its sixth year, the Taste of Cape Town was held at the chic Green Point Cricket Club from Thursday April 11 to Sunday 14 April, 2013, with some spectacular upgrades and additions that added to its phenomenal success.
Teen megastar Justin Bieber’s imminent arrival and performance at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday 8 May, 2013 is all anyone has been talking about for weeks in the music-loving Mother City … and the chatter is set to get even louder with concert promoter Big Concerts’ announcement that hot local singers LCNVL (Locnville) and ChianoSky will be his supporting acts on the evening.
Imagination is a wonderful thing to have and nothing piques it quite like reading. In the Mother City, there are plenty of interesting spots to ensure your reading pleasure. Whether you’re browsing through a well stocked bookstore, attending literary events like the Open Book Festival or Cape Town Book Fair or just spending a lazy afternoon reading in the Company’s Garden, Cape Town is at the top of the bestseller’s list. Get a page-turning experience at our top spots.
Often referred to as “the Eden of the Cape”, the town of Ceres is world famous for its exceptional deciduous fruit production. Fruit tours present a great way to appreciate the journey from tree to table, while sampling fresh fruit along the way.
It is that time of year again – the clock is winding down to the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour on Sunday 10 March, 2013, and the kilometres are adding up on our bike and trailer. After negotiations with the organisers, the rules were altered and Damian Gower, my 14-year-old son who is quadriplegic, will be able to participate – towed in a trailer attached to my bike. We will be riding in support of the Chaeli Campaign, to raise funds and awareness.
Cape Town Tourism has launched a Facebook application that allows users to send their profiles to Cape Town and stand a chance of winning the trip for real - and bringing someone with you.
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.
I went for a nice walk on the beach on Sunday and caught a few people having fun on the beach. Kite surfer in the distance
Long before the Dutch East India Company landed at the Cape to set up a refreshment station, the Helderberg region provided grazing for the animals of the indigenous Khoisan people, and wildlife such as eland.
Cape Town may have a reputation for being rainy in winter, but on a clear day (which happens a lot more often than generally reported) there is no better way to explore the city than by bicycle…