Rob PetersThe 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.
Nicole BiondiI 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.
FeaturedCan 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.
Natalie LeicherIt’s another jam-packed weekend in Cape Town! We bring you our latest mix of things to do around the Mother City with everything from a festival of beer to a speedcube competition covered.
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A visit to Cape Town is not complete without a drive out to the Helderberg region of the Cape – the areas around Somerset West, Gordon’s Bay and the Strand, that lie under the shadow of the Helderberg Mountains (Afrikaans for “clear mountain”). Apart from the prestigious wine estates in this area (there are some 40 estates to be found in the Helderberg), it’s also a great location for cultural and outdoor activities, as well as fine dining. Check out our list of recommended things to see and do in the Helderberg ...
Today is Africa Day, in commemoration of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity in 1963, which became the African Union in 2002. Although not a public holiday in South Africa, the day is still recognised as an important celebration of African unity. This year will be the 50th celebration of Africa Day.
With cooler weather setting in, it’s important to know where in Cape Town you can find some warm, delicious soup. So who better to ask than the fans of our Facebook page, I ♥ Cape Town? On Thursday, we posed the question: “Where do you go to have your favourite soup in Cape Town?”
TripAdvisor has listed Cape Town as one of its Top 25 Travelers’ Choice World Destinations, as part of its 2013 Travelers’ Choice Destinations Awards.
Last month, we showed you a sneak peek of the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden’s exhibition that would be on display at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show. Today we can report that Kirstenbosch has won a gold medal for their amazing work. Congratulations to the team!
The 23rd World Economic Forum on Africa kicks off in Cape Town tomorrow – and we’d like to officially welcome all the delegates to the beautiful Mother City!
From being the site of a concentration camp during the Anglo-Boer War to one of Cape Town’s most stylish suburbs, Green Point is an important part of the city, and definitely not to be missed on your next holiday.
Yesterday, we asked the fans of our Facebook page, I ♥ Cape Town: “What is the best scenic drive in Cape Town?”
Today is Workers’ Day in South Africa – a public holiday that has its origins internationally, within the historical struggles of workers and their trade unions.
Cape Town is already one of the most beautiful cities in the world, surrounded by unparalleled natural scenery. So what happens when you add one of the greatest feats of human engineering and design, and let it loose on the roads around the Mother City? A jolly fun morning, I’d say.
South Africa’s long and painful history under apartheid is well known, and its legacy is one that the country is still dealing with today. This past Saturday, Freedom Day, celebrated 19 years of democracy and the historic 1994 general election, which saw the end of apartheid rule.
Nineteen years ago today, South Africa began voting in its very first free and fair elections. On April 27, 1994, millions of people, many of whom had never been allowed to cast their vote under South Africa’s apartheid rule, went to the polls for the first time.
As the oldest city in South Africa, Cape Town’s architecture is a testament to the many and varied influences on the country’s unique history. With a mix of historical and modern, Cape Town’s buildings help to characterise the city. We asked the fans of our Facebook page, I ♥ Cape Town, about their favourite building in the Mother City. Here’s a selection of some of the responses.
Carina Bruwer, lead flautist in local all-girl instrumental pop group Sterling EQ, completed an 8km swim around Cape Point earlier today in aid of the fight against cancer.
Cape Town Stadium has seen plenty of action since it was opened in time for the FIFA 2010 World Cup South Africa, and this week it was confirmed that the venue will also host English Premiership League team Liverpool FC. Update: The City of Cape Town announced on Friday, May 10 that the match had been cancelled.
With winter setting in, we asked fans of the I ♥ Cape Town what their favourite indoor activities are in Cape Town.
It was an honour to be invited by the Two Oceans Aquarium to document the release of two ragged-tooth sharks back into the wild on 11 April 2013.
This weekend is a big one for foodies, so we took the opportunity to ask the fans of the I ♥ Cape Town Facebook page, “What’s the best meal you’ve ever had in Cape Town?”
Cape Town offers something for everyone’s wallet. We’ve mentioned the affordable accommodation in the Mother City, recommended places to take your loved one for a romantic picnic, and shared some great ideas for a night out that won’t break the bank. But when hunger strikes, where do you turn?
Population growth, rapid urbanisation, scarce food resources and environmental concerns have forced cities around the world to think about their future in innovative ways. A non-profit project in the Cape Town suburb of Oranjezicht looks to address some of these concerns – by starting a farm in the city.
Sometimes we all need a little inspiration. Luckily, fans of the I ♥ Cape Town Facebook page are willing to offer some and share where they find theirs. We asked: “Where is the most inspirational place you have been in Cape Town?”
It’s been seven years since Metallica last graced our shores, and metal fans will be glad to hear that next month, they return to rock Cape Town once again!
Imagine what it would have been like to approach the Cape by boat in the days when nautical travel was the only way around the world. Imagine seeing Table Mountain slowly appearing over the horizon, and as you approach Table Bay, the scenic surroundings of mountain and sea come into focus. It must have been an amazing experience.
With the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon just a week away, we thought it would be a good time to ask the fans on our I ♥ Cape Town Facebook page, “What is your favourite jogging route in Cape Town?”
Two cricketing legends, South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis and former Australia spinner Shane Warne, were in Cape Town this week to promote the hair product that gave them a new lease on life, and a full head of hair.
Prime Circle, who have been rocking South African audiences for 11 years now, will be providing the right kind of soundtrack to enjoy a sunny afternoon in Kirstenbosch on Human Rights Day.
Yesterday evening we asked people who like the I ♥ Cape Town Facebook page: “What is the best annual event in Cape Town?” With so many to choose from, the comments were bound to be interesting!
A few months ago we shared some amazing photos of lightning strikes over Cape Town on our Facebook page. We got in touch with the photographer, Glenn Kasner, to find out more about the story behind the pictures. Here’s what Glenn had to say…
These days the word “epic” is bandied about quite freely, but it is by no means used lightly to describe one of cycling’s toughest races: the Absa Cape Epic.
Do you remember the cooling towers at the Athlone Power Station? These long-standing landmarks of Cape Town were demolished on August 22, 2010, and yet still hold an important place in the hearts of many Capetonians. We asked the fans of our Facebook page what memories they have of the day the towers were demolished. Here’s what they had to say…