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#InstagramDiary: V&A Market on the Wharf

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 V&A Waterfront in pictures

The V&A Waterfront is South Africa’s most visited tourist attraction. With its combination of popular nightspots, restaurants, shops, museums and things to see and do, this is one place never to miss on even the briefest of visits to Cape Town. Take a peek at some of the sights at the Waterfront in our photo essay below, compiled from Creative Commons images taken by locals and travellers to the Mother City.

My Top 3 Dinner Spots in Cape Town

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:

Justin Bieber live in Cape Town: road closures

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!

A world of wonder at the Two Oceans Aquarium – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

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.

Ajax and Santos to kick the first ball at Cape Town Stadium

On January 23, 2010, the first soccer match to be played at the new R4.5-billion Cape Town Stadium will be a clash of Cape Town’s two top Premier Soccer League teams, Ajax Cape Town and Santos.

Get your Cape Town WILD Card today

Please note that from December 31, 2010, South African National Parks (SANParks) will no longer honour Infinity Wild Cards. The Infinity Wild Card will be replaced by a new card which can be purchased at any one of the Wild Card partner websites, at http://www.wildcard.co.za, http://www.sanparks.org or through the call centre on +27 (0)861 46 9453. Current cardholders are requested to update their contact details at one of the Wild Card partner websites, at http://www.wildcard.co.za, http://www.sanparks.org or through the call centre on +27 (0)861 46 9453.

Switched on by Cape Town’s Festive Lights

10, 9, 8, 7, 6 ... the yearly countdown to the switch-on of the festive lights by Executive Mayor of Cape Town Patricia de Lille is a sure sign that the Mother City is geared up for her summer holiday season. On Sunday 2 December, 2012, this popular annual event will once again ignite the city’s cheerful spirit amid great fanfare.

Capturing Cape Point: A photo essay

For years the beauty of Cape Point, Africa’s most south-westerly tip, has captured travellers, nature lovers and adventurers.

Cape Town-filmed Searching for Sugar Man wins Best Documentary Academy Award

And the 2013 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature goes to … Searching for Sugar Man, a film focused on the rediscovery of elusive musician Rodriguez and partially filmed in Cape Town, the inspirational Mother City!

My Good Food & Wine Show experience in Instagram

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.

Cape Town Carnival 2013: Photos

The fourth annual Cape Town Carnival once again had the streets of the Mother City awash in colour, festivities and entertainment when it was held on Saturday 16 March, 2013.

Fazielah’s top three weekend bargain shopping spots in Cape Town

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.

Sizzling Mexican restaurants in Cape Town

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 …

Cape Town named as TripAdvisor’s ninth-cheapest city for world travellers

Cape Town isn’t just beautiful; she’s cost-effective, too … the Mother City has been named as the ninth-cheapest city in the world by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, on Wednesday 12 June, 2013.

Fazielah’s top 3 weekend festive markets

By a show of likes, who of you, like me, have left your Christmas gift shopping to this weekend? No need to fret, my late fellow shoppers, because there are plenty of fabulous markets in festive Cape Town this weekend to ensure that everyone gets a little something from Santa:

Cape Minstrel Carnival and road-closure information

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.

Your #LoveCapeTown Weekend: Things to do from Friday 30 August to Sunday 1 September, 2013

TGIF! It’s the long-awaited weekend in entertaining #LoveCapeTown! Now, I know staying under the covers is very tempting but there is so much to see and so much fun to be had in our Mother City over the next 48 hours, staying indoors is just not an option.

Cape Town Tourism wins Best Overall Use of Social Media title at SMITTY Awards in New York

Cape Town Tourism, the City of Cape Town’s tourism marketing organisation, is the winner of Travel + Leisure’s SMITTY Award (Social Media in Travel + Tourism 2013) for Best Overall Use of Social Media by a Global Tourism Board.

Believe it: Justin Bieber is coming to Cape Town!

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.

Top places to be in Rondebosch

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.

#DiscoverHelderberg: Where to stay in the Helderberg

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.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden: A paradise of plants and flowers in photos

The poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “the Earth laughs in flowers”. If this is true, then the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden must be one of the happiest places on Earth.

Food and wine festivals in Cape Town

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.

#InstagramDiary: Cape Town Honours Nelson Mandela

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.

Jupiter in Cape Town’s Space Orbit: April Fool’s joke

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.

Five things you didn’t know about Adderley Street

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.

Top places to visit in Kenilworth

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.

Taste of Cape Town 2013: Photos and video

“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.

Top Five Reading Spots in Cape Town

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.