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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#lovecapetown, it’s your Easter weekend,baby!
There is something about sipping a chilled glass of premium white wine on a bright, sunny day, surrounded by acres and acres of gorgeous greenery that simply screams summer in the Cape Winelands. With our rich and tasty viticultural history and endlessly beautiful estates, it’s quite difficult to choose my favourites but here are my top three Summer Winelands spots:
Are you ready to have some FUN in #lovecapetown this weekend, folks? There is just so much to see and do in our entertaining Mother City over the next few days, I don’t know where to begin! From über glam horse racing shows to amusing theatrical productions and thrilling soccer matches, there is something for everyone in our hometown. Join me at the following events in and around Cape Town, from Friday 31 January to Sunday 2 February, 2014:
Who loves gourmet events in Cape Town? I do, it’s true, and I just CANNOT wait for the Good Food&Wine Show 2014 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from Thursday 29 May to Sunday 1 June, 2014.
Walking toward Winchester Mansions, with the Atlantic Ocean stretched out to our right and the clouds folding over Table Mountain to the left, the promise of a 5-course wine-paired meal was the highlight of our day.
Friends, are you ready for a jam-packed #lovecapetown weekend? What lies ahead are 48 hours of unbelievable fun and experiences… everything from pink and fabulous parties, to brilliant theatre productions and classical music concerts and more.
At Cape Town Tourism, we’re big on giving back to the Mother City’s residents in need , so when we recently had the pleasure of meeting up with Rob Small of Abalimi Bezekhaya ( Farmers of Home) at one of the community vegetable gardens in Gugulethu, we just had to tell you about it.
They beat nine other finalists to win the coveted My Destination’s Biggest Baddest Bucket List Competition and travel all over the world for six months… now winners Alex and Marko Ayling (known as the Vagabrothers) are headed to gorgeous Cape Town!
Creatives, it’s the inspirational event you’ve been waiting for… Design Indaba in Cape Town, our World Design Capital 2014!
It’s a breathtakingly beautiful Wednesday in our one and only Mother City, folks, and that means I’m asking you the million dollar question: Where Would You Rather Be this Wednesday in #lovecapetown?
It’s Wednesday in the Mother City, friends, and you know what that means… I want to know Where You Would Rather be in in #lovecapetown!
There’s nothing I love more than great live music in my groovy hometown and #lovecapetown friends, let me tell you, this weekend the Mother City is going to rock!
Hey, #lovecapetown, are you ready for your thrilling Mother City – loving weekend?
The Stellenbosch Wine Festival and Expo, presented by Pick ‘n Pay and held from January 24 to February 2, 2014, is yet another reason we Capetonians have to celebrate Cape Town.
We’re set for a musical weekend in #lovecapetown, folks! Nothing tells the story of our beautiful Mother City quite like the rhythmical beats of her music and this weekend, there are a variety of outdoor concerts for you to enjoy. Get your groove on with me at the following events in Cape Town from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 January, 2014:
Are you ready for the long weekend, Mother City lovers? There is plenty to see and do in #lovecapetown over the next four days and if you are not picking out your top braai spot for Reconciliation Day, why not join me at the following events from Friday 13 to Monday 15 December, 2013:
I love both of my moms, Cape Town the Mother City and my vivacious amazing momma Soraya ,so when the second Sunday of May rolled around, there really was only one place of choice to celebrate their fabulousness – Tsogo Sun’s Southern Sun The Cullinan hotel.
I awoke on Monday morning with a sensory overload hangover and I’m blaming the 2014 Design Indaba Expo, held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from Friday 28 February to Sunday 2 March, 2014 for that, Cape Town’s creative piece de resistance!
Five, four, three, two, one… it’s the weekend, baby! That’s right, folks, 48 hours of uninterrupted fun await you in our gorgeous Mother City and that means you need to get out there and enjoy yourself. From tasty beer festivals to live music concerts and an energizing run through a township, there is plenty to see and do in our hometown. Join me at the following events from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 November, 2013:
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The rich diversity of Cape Town’s natural and cultural heritage is part of the city’s appeal. For those on limited holiday time, here are some top heritage sites to take in…
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.
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.
American fast-food chain, Burger King, opens its doors in Cape Town for the first time tomorrow.