The rise of craft beers in Cape Town has been rapid. Capetonians will no longer assault their gullets with mass-produces lagers. They want variety and they want quality.
I spoke to Martin Tucker, owner of The Beer Merchant, and one of the organisers of the Cape Town Festival of Beer, to get a better understanding of craft beer around the city. Basically I wanted a guide on what the Mother City has on tap. He broke the market down into three different categories: breweries, tap rooms and places.
I know - silly question isn’t it? Naturally there are always loads of things to do in Cape Town on a Sunday, especially when that Sunday is a summery one. I could join the rest of my running fraternity and have an early morning jog alongside the twisty ocean-flanked road between Seapoint and Camps Bay, while drinking in the incredibly beautiful views. I could meander up the road from my house in Woodstock, stop for the Sunday papers and pick up some still-warm, dripping with syrup and smothered in coconut ‘koeksiesters’ (a Cape Malay donut-like treat) to have with my Field Office coffee. And most importantly, I could indulge in one of my absolute favourite Sunday brunch-time pursuits - I could head to the Winchester Mansions Hotel for their weekly Sunday Jazz brunch.
Can you believe that it’s almost 2015? It’s crazy! Do you have your New Year’s Eve plans sorted? If not, don’t stress, we’ve got you covered. There is something for everyone on this list and because the weather is usually warm and sunny this time of year, it could be the summer party of the year.
Monday 23 September, 2013, saw me heading out of the Mother City along the West Coast road and bouncing in a mini van through the veld towards the Darling Hills where, between the Kapokberg on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, lies a gem of a wine farm called Groote Post.
Route 62 is one of the most stunning drives in the Western Cape, possibly in the whole of South Africa, and it’s one of my favourites. It leads to some of the most picturesque towns and villages in the province, like Montagu.
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.