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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Winter in Cape Town is the perfect opportunity to combine three favourite winter pastimes: sampling great cuisine, enjoying good company and sitting in front of a roaring fire. Tempting as it may be to stay indoors snuggled up under the warm covers, there are so many delicious restaurants with warm fireplaces to visit this season.
The chilly season might be upon us but things are only getting hotter in Cape Town, the inspirational Mother City. So throw aside the bedcovers, stop staring at your boring four walls, and come and experience 48 unforgettable hours in our bustling hometown, with our #LoveCapeTown City Breaks.
Cape Town has long been renowned for its beautiful winelands and award-winning wines. But more recently, beer and spirits have become a part of its quaff culture.
This image of De Grendel wine estate in the Durbanville valley, with Table Mountain as its backdrop, was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Jose Romeu de Abreu, aka Jose Romeu.
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.
This image of an evening at the V&A Waterfront was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Hugo, aka The dead Oak.
The thing about getting hitched, these days, is that - thanks to a generation of over-zealous romantics, and a deluge of big-budget tear-jerking romantic comedies - going down on one knee over a pint at your local pub just isn’t going to cut it. Apparently a casual question around the Sunday morning breakfast table is also considered unacceptable these days.
There is nothing that says holiday like a lazy day in the Winelands ... sipping wines and savouring excellent cuisine, while enjoying relaxing, leafy landscapes.
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.
An ice-cream vendor smiles broadly, spreading summertime cheer, on Camps Bay beach.
To truly immerse yourself in the culture of a city means to savour everything, including the local food. What better place to start than by sampling the best curries Cape Town has to offer?
It’s no secret that Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world so why waste time not taking in the spectacular sea, mountain and city views. Here’s how you are going to be spoilt for choice…
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.
We can finally say it; hipsters have changed the world. They might not know it, or even care, but these counter-culture kids helped steer a global movement – one that lauds responsible consumerism – to far beyond what was once, a fad.
Continental, English, health and American – Cape Town serves every type of breakfast. Whether you crave hot croissants and fancy cheese with rich yoghurt and fresh fruit or a plate of poached eggs and steamed haddock, you’re sure to find each one of these breakfast bests as delicious as the next.
Tipping can be a bit of a grey area when you’re travelling. Who do you tip? When? And how much is acceptable? So here are some guidelines on tipping in Cape Town, the Mother City:
I scream, you scream, we all scream for… ice cream! There is nothing as tasty and quintessentially summer as licking a three-scoop ice cream, dripping down the cone, while walking along the beachfront on a gorgeous day in Cape Town.
As the days get longer and warmer, what could be better than sipping a refreshing drink at one of Cape Town’s top rooftop bars? Check out our top five.
Talented singers entertain shoppers and passersby at the V&A Waterfront.
Gorgeous sun-drenched view of the V&A Waterfront with Table Mountain and its trademark “table cloth” as a backdrop.
The giant Wheel of excellence is a first for Cape Town and South Africa and is a unique way to savour panoramic bird’s-eye views of Cape Town, Paarl, Table Mountain and Robben Island. The V&A Waterfront is hosting with a series of refreshing experiences and activities from September to November 30, 2012 as part of its Spring campaign.
Cape Town has done it again, scooping Top prize in Travel + Leisure’s annual online poll of best destinations and establishments in the world. Cape Town was awarded the the accolade of the World’s Top City in Africa and the Middle East in the 2012 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards as well as being ranked fourth overall in Top 10 Cities list. Additionally, Cape Town’s The One&Only Hotel was ranked as the Top Hotel in Africa & Middle East.
Charly’s Cake Angels, a television series about the world-famous Charly’s Bakery in Cape Town, is now airing on the Good Food Channel, having enjoyed success in countries including Italy, New Zealand and Switzerland, as well as South Africa of course.
This photograph of was taken at the V&A Waterfront by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Paul Bruins.
Now in its third year, the South African Food & Wine Blogger Indaba, taking place at the Pick n Pay Good Food Studio on June 24, 2012, has become a fixture on every serious food and wine blogger’s calendar.
Winter is here,bringing with it a desire to enjoy tasty and fulfilling cuisine. Fine dining this chilly season need not be expensive with these delicious winter warmer specials at establishments all around Cape Town.
This photograph of Table Mountain was taken from the V&A Waterfront by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member j.knutzen.
By the end of the 19th century, the Cape of Good Hope had become a popular destination for Europe’s wealthy travellers and, naturally, the tradition of high tea was adopted in Cape Town. Certainly it’s a tradition that flourishes.