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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Treat yourself to good food and great wine in Cape Town this short week. Join me at the following events and activities from September 25 to 27, 2012 and discover why Cape Town offers some of the tastiest delights in the world…
Foodie-lovers, get ready for Restaurant Week Cape Town from September 22 to 29, 2012! It’s taken the social media world by storm: bite-sized information passed from one internet savvy diner to another and now, I’ll let you in on what Restaurant Week is all about.
Clear skies, creativity and great food are meant to be celebrated in the Mother City. Join me at the following events and activities from September 17 to 20, 2012:
September is World Tourism Month, an annual celebration that highlights the importance of tourism to the economy of Cape Town and this month our focus is on you, our local lovers of the Mother City. We want you to enjoy all that our beautiful hometown has to offer, for less. Join us at the iconic attractions Table Mountain, V&A Waterfront, Cape Point and aboard the City Sightseeing Cape Town bus for the following amazing specials and re-discover why Cape Town is such an inspirational place in which to live, work and play:
Wine lovers in Johannesburg were delighted by the viticultural information provided by Cape Town Tourism at the TOPS Soweto Wine Festival 2012, held at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto campus from September 6 to 8, 2012. groot
It’s a brand spanking new week in Cape Town and boy, am I ready to take it on! Join me at the following events and activities in the Mother City from September 10 to 13, 2012:
Cape Point’s stylish Two Oceans Restaurant recently reopened after extensive renovations. In addition to eye-catching decor that is reflective of the ocean it’s named after, the 16-year-old restaurant now also boasts a decadent sushi bar, run by highly skilled chef Sarawut Sukkowplang.
The V&A Waterfront, Cape Town’s premier harbour-side shopping destination, is welcoming spring with a series of refreshing experiences and activities from September to November 2012.
Cape Town lovers, welcome to the first week of spring! Typical of the lovely Mother City, she has a fresh, new line-up of revitalising activities to get you in the mood for the new season. Join me at the following events this week to discover that the deeper you go into Cape Town, the more beautiful she gets:
Why should winter have us all indoors, feeling bored and gloomy when we have so much to experience in the Mother City? Here are just a few of the things I love doing during winter:
We’re hurtling towards the end of August but there is still plenty to see and do in Cape Town. Join me at the following events from August 27 to 30, 2012 and discover why Cape Town warms up in winter:
Happy Monday, Cape Town fans! There are so many fabulous things taking place in the Mother City this week, we won’t have time to mourn the passing of the all-too-fleeting weekend.
The Mother City has been described by many as a cultural melting pot that offers locals and visitors an experience of sights, sounds and tastes. Good food has always been one of the city’s major offerings, and there is no shortage of good eateries and fine wines. But it is the culinary offerings that remind us of mom’s cooking that we crave most, and in Cape Town you’re bound to find a multitude of restaurants and cafes that conjure up the most delicious home-made meals.
Dreaming of a luscious feast, cooked by someone else, to celebrate the end of Ramadan and the joyous occasion of Eid? We look at restaurants offering Eid specials in the Mother City.
It’s a new week in Cape Town and there is plenty to see and do! Join me at the following events and activities from August 13 to 16, 2012, to discover that the deeper you go into Cape Town, the more beautiful she gets:
Yes, sadly, it’s Monday… on the bright side, though, it’s Women’s Day on Thursday so it’s a short working week in the Mother City! Join me at the following events and activities from August 6 to 9, and discover why Cape Town warms up in winter…
Things just keep heating up in Cape Town, regardless of the weather, so why not join me at the following events and attractions in the Mother City, from July 30 to August 2, 2012?
If you thought the past weekend was thrilling with the Manchester United vs. Ajax Cape Town match, wait until you see what the coming week, July 23 to 26, 2012, has in store for you.
Join me in celebrating another week in Cape Town with the following events, from July 16 to 19, 2012:
The chilly winter weather in Cape Town practically begs you to enjoy a premium cup of Joe at any of the city’s top-notch cafes, restaurants and coffee shops. From Olympia Café in Kalk Bay to Field Office in the Fringe and Bean There Roastery in the city centre, you’ll find quick-handed baristas whipping up the tastiest and most aromatic caffeinated creations this side of the equator.
Twenty-five restaurants, hundreds of fusion dishes and a challenge to be named the Master of the Trade Routes… this is the V&A Waterfront’s winter culinary offering. Running until August 31, this gourmet contest sees chefs from participating restaurants OYO, Signal, Quay 4, Hildebrand, The Grand and more preparing warm, rich dishes in an all-out battle to be the ultimate trade routes master. The challenge, inspired by the Mother City’s culinary roots, pays homage to the Dutch, Chinese, Indian, Italian, Malay, French and British cooking influences of our past.
If the cold weather has kept you indoors and given you chills down your spine all weekend, you simply must join me at the following events from July 9 to 12, for some warm winter fun this week:
Let’s have a moment of silence for the dearly departed weekend… Now, cast off those blues and join me at the following events from July 2 to 5, 2012, and discover why Cape Town warms up in winter:
The V&A Hotel was a mail warehouse, the Breakwater Lodge was a prison and the Hildebrand Restaurant was the Port Master’s offices… sound like fiction? Well, it’s true and you can learn about that, and more, during the V&A Waterfront’s historical tour.
My weekend was fabulous (when you live in Cape Town, isn’t it always?) but I’m looking forward to a week of entertainment, comfort food and spending time with my loved ones. Throw back the bedcovers and join me at the following warm winter events in the Mother City from June 25 to 28, 2012:
I’ll bet you’re as fed-up with battling the sniffles and staying indoors this chilly season as I am, so why not join me at the following events and places from June 18 to 21, and discover why Cape Town warms up in winter?
Established as a tavern port to nourish sailors travelling between worlds, Cape Town was always destined to become a great culinary destination. Invariably, global cooking styles have become part of the local social fabric, but only recently have flavours from other parts of Africa been added to the “pot”. Keith Bain discovers a few of the Mother City’s Afropolitan dining scene highlights.
CEO of the beloved Cape Town attraction, City Sightseeing Cape Town, Claus Tworeck shares his top five unexpected city sights with us and explains why he loves Cape Town.
Table Mountain Café is the go-to culinary stop after admiring the awe-inspiring views from the top of our New7Wonder of Nature, Table Mountain, but have you ever given a thought to who creates the delicious meals? I sat down with Harry Schmidt, master chef at Table Mountain Café and found out how he and his team manage to prepare mouth-watering meals and transport the delicious goods to the top of the mountain every day.
The Two Oceans Restaurant is known both for its spectacular views of the iconic Cape Point and serving world-class gourmet creations prepared by award-winning Executive Chef, Phil Alcock. To stay on top of trailblazing international trends and deliver an even better experience to visitors of its unique setting, the restaurant will be undergoing extensive renovations from June 1 to July 10, 2012.