Maxwell RaniMost people know of Long Street and its sleepless nights, the lovely scenery of Camps bay and its wonderful restaurants, but have you ever felt like a tourist in your own city? I did when I was recently invited to Jonkershoek Nature Reserve in Stellenbosch.
FeaturedThe wildfires in Cape Town continue to rage with firefighters working around the clock to put them out. The fire began above Boyes Drive on Sunday morning and has spread to Muizenberg, Hout Bay and Noordhoek. Here are some ways you can help these brave men and women as they battle tirelessly against the blaze.
FeaturedWhen it comes to wine routes in and around Cape Town, we are spoilt for choice. There are so many right on our doorstop. Admittedly, an area that often gets overlooked in favour of the more popular ones is Paarl. And to give everyone a taste of what the Paarl farms offer, there’s the Ommiberg Festival happening this Saturday. Here’s what you can expect from all the various farms.
Coleen van StadenOk, so Surf rules in Muizenberg, or “Muizies” as it’s affectionately known to locals. For many locals like me though, it’s more than just a Summer destination where shallow waters offer great family fun and learning to surf has become the number one activity on the jam-packed beachfront. If you move away from the beach you will discover some quirky characters in this distinctly bohemian seaside village.
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February is, of course, the month of love and what better place to get romantic than in the Mother City, #lovecapetown? This city is the romantic’s paradise, with some of the world’s most beautiful views, top restaurants and idyllic picnic spots. Still stuck for ideas on how to show your crush, partner of friend that you love them? We might be able to help.
Festival season in Cape Town means weekends of local music, camping with friends, relaxing in rivers and enjoying the summer sun. The 2014 festival season in upon us, so here is a list of my three favourites that are not to be missed.
There’s always something going on in Cape Town, but the city really comes into its own in summer. The energy and vibe are contagious and you can feel the excitement in the warm air. In winter I tend to hibernate but now that summer is here, it’s time to haul out the dresses from the back of my closet and get out on the town. Anyone visiting Cape Town could easily be overwhelmed with the various options, so here are a couple my favourite spots to spend summer evenings.
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.
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.
We spent a day in the colourful Bo-Kaap with our #lovecapetown foodie blogger, Rachelle Lucas, learning how to cook traditional chicken curry, roti’s and samoosas in the kitchen of one the Bo-Kaap’s friendliest locals, Amina.
The countdown to RTD 2013 has officially begun and with just 2 more sleeps until the gates officially open it’s time to pull out your pen and paper and start ticking off your “to do” list.
A Chefs Table lunch at one of the world’s premier hotels, followed by an eight-course ice cream midnight feast… Does this sound like your dream foodie day? If so, you’d best add #LoveCapeTown to your “foodie destinations” Bucket List!
On Tuesday 24 September,2013, the weather played along beautifully and the smell of good old, South African braai meat was in the air all around Cape Town. If there’s one thing South Africans love to do, it’s braai, and by “braai” we obviously mean barbeque. What better way to celebrate our heritage than by introducing our #lovecapetown visitors to our braai culture?
If incredible wine, delicious country fare and wildlife spotting are not enough, Groote Post also offers visitors the opportunity to see the colourful carpet of Darling’s famous flower season…and it’s all just an hour out of the city!
Fancy a spot of whale watching? Maybe a couple of hours of seal spotting? How about a leisurely afternoon with playful penguins? If this sounds like your cup of tea, then a day out along the False Bay coastline, into Kalk Kay, Boulders Beach and Cape Point is just what you’re looking for. Give yourself a full day, because you won’t want to rush through this experience.
We asked local Capetonian blogger Dawn Jorgensen to share her Top 5 places to take a first time visitor to Cape Town and this is what she had to say: “The decision to visit Cape Town by any tourist or friend should be richly rewarded with a list of the must-sees on offer. In a city like ours, it isn’t easy to narrow these down to just a handful and when I was thinking about the Top 5, my mind – and heart, burst with recommendations. These making my final list.”
With Spring finally here after a long winter, we can officially start saying things like “summer is just around the corner”. This means that at long last, we will all be emerging from hibernation and going out more. These are my Top 5 Cape Town hot spots right now.
Do you love shopping? Eating, sightseeing, history and culture? The V&A Waterfront has it all…and more!
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.
Winter is the perfect time to indulge in lots of good food and fantastic wine ... after all, no one is going to see what’s under those bulky clothes for a good few months! What better way to make the most of the “eating season”, as I have affectionately dubbed it, than with one of Cape Town’s many winter specials? I was invited to experience Harbour House V&A’s new winter menu and let me tell you, it’s a treat!
I recently spent some time discovering all that the Helderberg has to offer, from places to stay to things to do. You can read all about it here: Where to stay in the Helderberg, and here: Things to do in the Helderberg. Here are a few pictures I took on Instagram along the way.
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.
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.
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.
Cape Town is a city famous for its exciting cuisine. With a multicultural mixture of people and appetites from all over the world ... there is no need for vegans and vegetarians to go hungry!
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?
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.