Rob Peters, Coleen van Staden, Sherise Dreyer, Kelly Lodewyks, Alessandro CandottiAs winter brushes her blue cheeks across Capetonian skies, come and discover how people have weaved their lives through the tip of Africa, as you encounter both the uncommon and marvellous, from flames of restaurant fireplaces to dancing leaves in the Winelands, from the intricate tastes of coffee in art galleries to the smells of the great Atlantic crashing against Cape Point. Here are our top 100 things to do in winter in Cape Town and surrounds.
Stefan de ClerkOne of the best ways to experience Cape Town is to get out of your car and into the bustling streets if this beautiful, culturally rich and historic city, and there are numerous tours that will allow you to do just that. So get on your feet, bike or board and take to the streets.
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“We got a friend of ours in Wellington to make the kill, but he got the boar between the eyes so we needed to get another pig’s head in for presentation purposes.” When it comes to the culinary adventures of Matthew Freemantle and Andrew Kai, there is an almost sacred policy that anything goes.
The locals like it so much they once declared it its own ‘republic’ – Hout Bay is a quirky coastal town on Cape Town’s southern peninsula.
He is to Cape Town, South Africa what the Naked Chef Jamie Oliver is to London (with more clothing, naturally)… and we are proud to call top chef Reuben Riffel one of our own.
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.
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.
Hello pay-day weekend! Yes, Mother City lovers, it’s nearly the magical 48 hours after you’ve been paid and there are plenty of fun things to spend your hard-earned cash on. Join me at the following events from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 June, 2013…
It’s Wednesday in the gorgeous Mother City, and that means I want to know Where You Would Rather Be today in Cape Town.
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 Jive Cape Town Funny Festival comedians and organisers took to the coast on Sunday 16 June, 2013, to explore the many wonders that the West Coast National Park (WCNP) has to offer.
There’s been a resurgence of food-and-wine pairings in Cape Town of late. Fine diners with a penchant for award-winning wines, no longer confined to just the vast estates of the Cape Winelands, are flocking to top wine-and-dine events all over the Mother City.
It’s almost the weekend! And while you may still be recovering from the recent epic long weekend, there are plenty of things to see and do in our gorgeous town over the coming 48 hours.
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.
Friends, you certainly know how to get a girl inspired, don’t you? I put a call out on our I ♥ Cape Town Facebook fanpage for you to tell me Where You Would Rather Be on Wednesdays in Cape Town and boy, did you blow me away with your responses!
What do you get when you combine gourmet food and flash photography in an inspirational seaside city? Why, the Discover Delicious winter campaign at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, of course!
She’s celebrating 1 000 days in the Mother City on Tuesday 18 June, 2013 and from her numerous photos, social media posts and on-air shout-outs, it’s clear for all to see that media personality Liezel van der Westhuizen loves Cape Town.
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.
Baby, it’s a long weekend in gorgeous Cape Town! It’s going to be chilly, but that doesn’t mean you should stay indoors. With the red-hot entertainment on offer in the Mother City, there is plenty to see and do.
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 2013 mid-year school holidays are just around the corner. It may be winter but there is still plenty of sunshine, and if wet weather does drive enthusiastic adventurers indoors, there are still plenty of cool activities for all age groups.
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.
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.
Friends, are you ready for a rocking weekend in the Mother City? Gear up for 48 hours of international rock gods, bridal festivals, and local stars raising funds for charity.
He’s your pillar of strength and the gruff heart of the family … he’s your dad, and he serves to be spoilt with a variety of amazing Father’s Day events in Cape Town on Sunday 16 June, 2013. Whether you’re making his Top Gun dreams come true with a helicopter ride over the Peninsula, indulging his inner wine lover with a tasting at the Nederburg Wine Estate in Paarl or pampering him with a spa treatment or two at the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, there is plenty for your dad to see and do on his special day. Join us on the third Sunday of June for these fabulous Father’s Day events in Cape Town.
Drinking tea is a gentle, languid pastime and there’s no shortage of amazing places to indulge in an excellent blend in our gorgeous Mother City. I did a tea meander in the Cape Town CBD and surrounds, and these are a few amazing places to sip and savour the leaves – be they from Ceylon, China, prepared by the Earl, or plucked in the Cederberg, like our local pride and joy, rooibos.
The sounds of Cape Town would not be complete without the beautiful call of the mosque that emanates from the colourful, characterful Bo-Kaap.
Hello, weekend in the Mother City! If, like me, you feel that the weekend has been a long time coming, I’m sure you cannot wait for 48 hours of rock stars, nature walks and lovely Cape Malay cuisine, too. Join me at the following events in Cape Town from Friday 31 May to Sunday 2 June, 2013.
They’ve been spreading their “Magic of Compassion” all over the Peninsula by mobilising #BlanketWings, a huge blanket donation drive to bring winter warmth to the Mother City’s less fortunate residents, and now Cape Town Angels will round off their virtuous efforts with a heavenly final drop-off event at the chic Alexander Bar & Café on Friday 31 May, 2013.