Bianca ColemanPicture the scene – a softly lit wine cellar full of barrels, a hound sleeping on the floor, a table set with glasses and a huge platter of bread, olives, olive tapenade, olive oil, cheese, salami, mixed nuts, biltong and droëwors, bottles of some of the finest wines in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley, and a tasting led by the wine-maker Peter Finlayson.
Rob Peters and Kelly LodewyksSo you’re looking for a night out are you? A couple of drinks you say? Maybe you want to cut loose on the dance floor, but aren’t sure where to go? Our handy list of 50 of the most popular clubs and bars in the Mother City will help you on your way then! Enjoy!
Bianca ColemanIt’s interesting to note how popular townships tours have become with visitors to our country who are searching for personal and authentic encounters with our citizens. A walking tour of Kayamandi in Stellenbosch does exactly that.
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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.
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.
If there is one thing Capetonians are good at, other than socialising of course, it’s braaing. Whether it’s meat or fish, you can be sure that on a spectacular summer’s day (winter too!), you will find us gathered around the fire, enjoying each other’s company, the tantalising aroma of meat on the grill and our breathtaking city views.
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.
If Cape Town was a meal, what would it be? A smaaklike Dutch potjiekos? A spicy Cape Malay chicken curry? Perhaps a mouthwatering African chakalaka? The answer is quite simple: Cape Town is all of these meals and much, much more. With a culinary history that is as delicious as it is extensive, the Mother City continues to delight palates.
Who can bake especially for you? In the Mother City, the Bakers Man certainly can. With a variety of quality bakeries, confectioneries and delicatessens all over the Peninsula, there is plenty to please the hearts and tummies of sweet-toothed locals and visitors. From the lip-smacking milk tart and spicy samoosa recipes passed down to us by our Dutch and Malay ancestors to the mouth-watering crȇpes and croissants we inherited from the French Huguenots, baking is a time-honoured Capetonian tradition and one we do very well.
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.
Taking time out for yourself in Cape Town can take many forms. You can take a walk on the beach, enjoy a spa treatment, tuck into gourmet food and wine or sip on a perfect brew with a few sweet treats to delight you at high tea. Often the perfect way to catch up with friends or loved ones, high tea not only offers an afternoon of exciting new teas and treats that delight the eyes and palate, you can also enjoy all of this while admiring the splendour of your surroundings. I sampled a few high teas on offer around the city and found a few gems.
The cooler weather we’ve been enjoying in inspirational Cape Town lately conjures up images of snuggling up before roaring fires, and feasting on the scrumptious affordable meals at the Mother City’s most delicious restaurants.
On any given day of the week, I’m a burger and chips-, pizza- or KFC-loving girl. But there is something about a Friday night that demands to be celebrated with a true, Cape Flats-style Gatsby. The way the pink Viennas and hot chips fit so perfectly inside the long French roll (drizzled with tantalising chilli or tomato sauce and cut into four pieces) gets my cholesterol-filled arteries pulsating.
Top travel website Tripadvisor has released its list of favourite restaurants in Cape Town and it’s a doozie. Profiling 25 of the best establishments in the Mother City, comments range from decor, atmosphere, service and of course the food.
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.
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.
Whether you’re after the simple or the exotic, the fresh or the pre-prepared, the neighbourhood market at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, Cape Town, is the perfect place to stock up on tasty food. The market is held every Saturday – but make sure you’re there early to get your hands on the pick of the crop. There are over 80 stalls to browse at the weekend market and not all of them sell food. You can also find beautiful jewellery, trendy fashion and gorgeous bouquets of freshly-cut flowers.
Cape Town is among the top 20 gay travel destinations, according to a survey conducted by Out Now Business Class,who specialise in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender market. This comes after Clifton 3rd was last year named among the top 10 gay beaches in the world by GayCities.com.
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.
With a variety of flavours to suit most palates, Asian cooking is a firm favourite, and we have found a few restaurants serving the tastiest Asian dishes in Cape Town.
Nothing turns my pages quite like a marvellous second-hand bookstore and in inspirational Cape Town, there are plenty to keep me happy. As fantastic as Kindles, Nooks and iPads are, there is nothing the feel of a book in your hands and it is for this reason that having a plethora of great second-hand bookstores in the Mother City is such a joy. Join me at the following bookstores in Cape Town and rediscover the wonder of reading.
Nothing says Christmas like a tenderly cooked turkey or ham, sweetly mixed eggnog or chilled champagne and decadent desserts. If slaving away in your kitchen to create these mouthwatering delicacies makes you want to run for the hills, fear not – there is a wide range of stellar restaurants in sunny Cape Town, ready to relieve you of your culinary duties.
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.
American fast-food chain, Burger King, opens its doors in Cape Town for the first time tomorrow.
Mother City lovers, today is December 12, 2012…12/12/12, the last time our generation will ever experience a sequential date this century (the next one will be January 1, 2101!) Big deal, I hear you say… but in the spirit of keeping things fun (and in Cape Town, when are they not?), I‘ve put together a list of 12 amazing things to do in the Fairest Cape today:
Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Table Mountain Cableway, Happy Birthday to you!
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.
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.
Jamie Oliver, photo courtesy Downing Street While going through the newspaper the other day, I saw that Mzoli’s Place in Gugulethu played host to celebrity chef Jamie Oliver last weekend. Apparently, Jamie loved it and found the experience “very sexy”. He also mentioned that “in this part of the world, fresh is where it’s at”. Jamie is now featuring Mzoli’s Place on the cover of his April magazine, describing its food as “heaven”. I have to agree that in general Cape Town is the capital of good food – from a braai at Mzoli’s to the city’s chic restaurants, a Camp’s Bay sundowner seafood feast and the utterly luxurious winelands lunch.
If, like me, you find yourself taking a “jump to the left” then “a step to the right” at inappropriate places and times (like at your desk at work), then you know about and are probably excited for the much-anticipated South African production of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show at The Fugard Theatre in Cape Town!
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.
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!
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.”