Rob PetersThe Titanic has always held me in its thrall. The ill-fated voyage of the most famous ship in history is a story that you could not make up – complete with villains, heroes and ultimately tragedy. So when the Titanic Expo sailed into Cape Town this month, I was first in line to snap up a ticket.
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.
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This image of one of Cape Town’s major attractions, the beautiful V&A Waterfront, was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Robin Denton.
Happy Where Would You Rather Be Wednesdays in Cape Town, Mother City lovers! As is now our custom on a fine Wednesday in our inspirational city by the sea, we’ll be sharing suggestions and photos of places we’d rather be today.
Usually we Mother City lovers don’t need much to boast about our amazing hometown. But when you’re dangling a six-month trip around the world and a US$50 000 cash prize in front of us in exchange for a video tour of Cape Town, like My Destination is currently doing with the Biggest Baddest Bucket List competition, you can be sure that not only will we grab the opportunity with gusto, we’ll also blow your minds with our entries!
Four weeks, four questions and over a thousand suggestions … Mother City lovers, you’re amazing at letting us know Where You Would Rather Be on Wednesdays in inspirational Cape Town!
If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then gold is her bosom buddy and platinum her soulmate. These are the lasting relationships that await the jewellery lover in Cape Town.
On hot days it’s a sanctuary, in winter it’s an inspiration. A cultural treasure, the South African National Gallery is in the heart of Cape Town’s green Company’s Garden, a squirrel scampering path and goldfish pond away from the Iziko South African Museum.
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.
You know what, Mother City lovers? You sure know how to show a writer some love … I mean, I put out one simple request for you to tell me where you would rather be on a Wednesday in Cape Town, and not only did you respond in your thousands but boy, did you blow my mind with suggestions!
Electronic music has taken Cape Town, the music-loving Mother City, by storm in recent years, and her residents turned out in their thousands to show their love for this fast-growing genre at the 2013 Cape Town Electronic Music Festival (CTEMF), at the V&A Waterfront on Saturday 16 February, 2013.
Call me crazy, but if you had to ask me where I’d rather be on a Wednesday in Cape Town, I couldn’t tell you … simply because I’d want to be all over the Mother City at once!
This photo of the beautiful and colourful V&A Waterfront mall was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Billy Youngson, aka billyyoungson.
Party, party, party… that’s the theme for your weekend in sunny Cape Town, Mother City lovers! Go forth and spend your hard-earned salary on fabulous outfits, then shimmy on over to the following events from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 February, 2013 – and discover why the fun never stops in Cape Town.
I moved to this beautiful city 849 days ago (I am still counting, and enjoying every day in this fantastic city). Over the past two years I have spent a lot of time exploring Cape Town. Every corner you turn is like unwrapping a new gift, as there’s always something amazing to be discovered.
Oh my. It’s that time of the year where classic style and fashion are put aside for the celebration of avante-garde looks and one-of-a-kind garments that are either custom-made for the J&B Met, happening at the Kenilworth Racecourse on Saturday 2 February, 2013 – or dramatically altered retail store dresses and tresses which make the cut for this annual themed horseracing event.
So, it’s the middle of January (or, as our team likes to call it, Januworry) and you’re broke, but you simply HAVE to start shopping for that über-fabulous J&B Met, Swedish House Mafia or Madame Zingara outfit. Stash those credit cards, my frugal friends, and come and hunt for bargains with me at these shopping spots in Cape Town from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 January, 2013.
The V&A Waterfront is South Africa’s most visited tourist attraction. With its combination of popular nightspots, restaurants, shops, museums and things to see and do, this is one place never to miss on even the briefest of visits to Cape Town. Take a peek at some of the sights at the Waterfront in our photo essay below, compiled from Creative Commons images taken by locals and travellers to the Mother City.
By a show of likes, who of you, like me, have left your Christmas gift shopping to this weekend? No need to fret, my late fellow shoppers, because there are plenty of fabulous markets in festive Cape Town this weekend to ensure that everyone gets a little something from Santa:
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.
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:
There will be plenty to see and do – the market will showcase some of Cape Town’s finest craft-makers and entertainers, offer gourmet food and drink (including a beer garden), a picnic zone, and a lifestyle and eco tent.
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.
Cape Town is a city filled with fashionable people and with the number of fashion designers who’ve made the city their home, it’s easy to understand why. But where does one find the best buys? Why Long Street, naturally. Guest writer Lucy da Costa takes a walk down this busy street to discover the unique vintage stores.
Nothing beats the winter chill like retail therapy and a roaring fire. Reflect on the highlights of Cape Town Fashion Week, plan your summer wardrobe and earmark those winter bargains to pick up at upcoming winter sales. Relax at our city’s top spas, enjoy delicious food and wine or embark on an outdoor adventure for less.
As part of Responsible Tourism Week, a global initiative from February 14 to 18, 2011, we’ll be highlighting images that show people taking responsibility for their communities and the places they live in and visit. You can get involved by logging on to the global journal of practical ecotourism, Planeta.com‘s wiki and registering.
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.
I am often stopped mid-sentence, mid-meeting, mid-shopping, mid-flight and mid-just-about-anything by someone wanting to know where I got my unique wedding ring from. To say that it has become a bit of a talking point is putting it mildly. I am always only too happy to rave about my favourite Cape Town creatives – Olive Green Cat. Weird name, I know, but it says something about this brilliant design trio: unique, tongue-in-cheek, contemporary, individualist and, above all, passionately Capetonian.