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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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…
It was a photo finish for the men’s race in this year’s Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, with mere milliseconds separating the first group of cyclists. There was also plenty of other action at the finish line this morning – check out the photos here.
Yesterday evening we asked people who like the I ♥ Cape Town Facebook page: “What is your favourite viewing spot along the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour route?” Check out some of the responses we received here.
There are many ways to get around in Cape Town, and catching the bus is just one of them. This week, a new route through Salt River and Walmer Estate was added to the MyCiTi service.
The week-long Cape Town Pride Festival, which celebrates and highlights the city’s proud lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community, culminated in a parade through the streets of Green Point on Saturday morning.
Every Thursday afternoon we pose a question to our Facebook followers at I ♥ Cape Town. We want to know what you love about Cape Town, and we take some of the best responses and post them on our blog. Yesterday we asked you: “Where is your favourite market in Cape Town?” Here’s what some of you had to say ...
Between October and March, the south-easterly wind blows through Cape Town, clearing up the city’s air and taking the edge off the summer heat.
Yesterday evening we asked people who like the I ♥ Cape Town Facebook page: “Where is your favourite ‘phuza Thursday’ spot in Cape Town?” (Phuza is the Zulu word for “drink”.) Check out some of the responses here.
The Harlem Shake was an Internet phenomenon that came and went last week, getting hundreds of bored office workers up out of their seats and dancing in a most ridiculous fashion. Check out the best Cape Town ones here.
Adderley Street, in Cape Town’s city centre, has been the site of a flower market for more than 100 years. During that time, the flower sellers have become the saviour of many hopeless romantics, especially those who have left their Valentine’s Day shopping until the last minute!
Several roads will be closed and parking restricted around Parliament during the State of the Nation address on Thursday, 14 February 2013. The closures and parking restrictions will take place from midnight on 13 February until 01h00 on Friday, 15 February.
Wedged between Table Mountain and the sea, central Cape Town is commonly known as the City Bowl. This area is relatively small (in comparison to other cities), making it the perfect place to explore on foot.
Twenty-three years ago today, ANC leader Nelson Mandela stood triumphantly on the balcony of the City Hall, a free man after spending 27 years in jail. He would go on to help forge hard-won freedom for all South Africans.
Yesterday evening we asked people who like the I ♥ Cape Town Facebook page: “Which restaurant serves the best pizza in Cape Town?” It generated a fierce debate, with hundreds of comments from our Facebook fans.
The University of Cape Town (UCT)‘s annual Sax Appeal magazine showcases some of the best South African writers and satirists, and introduces readers to some fresh talent from the students too. This morning, UCT students were out and about selling the 2013 edition of Sax Appeal in Cape Town and its surrounding suburbs. Check out some of the pictures from Twitter earlier.
Cape Town is a popular destination for expats, who have decided to leave their country of origin and head for warmer climes – we look at some of the reasons why expats choose to call Cape Town home.
Cape Town is synonymous with live music – from being the host of the annual International Jazz Festival, to the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts, and a number of famous international acts. There’s also a number of alternative music venues in the Mother City.
The J&B Met, the biggest horserace in Cape Town, takes place this Saturday – and while many of the spectators will be focused on the fashion, the punters have their eyes on the racetrack.
The curious tale of Sixto Rodriguez has long been known to many South Africans, but has only recently caught the rest of the world’s attention – and excitement is already building as Capetonians prepare welcome the original Sugar Man back to our shores for his latest tour.
Cape Town has long inspired the arts – either in song, or by capturing the beautiful scenery and inhabitants of the place. In the world of music videos, there is no shortage of examples of the Mother City’s stunning visuals.
Every Thursday afternoon we pose a question to our Facebook followers at I ♥ Cape Town. We want to know what you love about Cape Town, and we’ll take some of the best responses and post them collectively on our blog. Yesterday we asked you: “Where is the best live music venue in Cape Town?” Here’s what some of you had to say ...
“This is not a walking tour – it’s an exercise tour!” I looked up at the others who had gathered outside the Dutch Manor Hotel in Bo-Kaap, giving a nervous laugh at the thought of what I’d gotten myself into.
So you know that there is a flat mountain and pretty beaches, but there is much, much more to the beautiful Mother City than that. Here are a few short, interesting facts about Cape Town to share on Twitter, among friends, or maybe at your next pub quiz, to help you sound like an authority on the matter!
Every Thursday afternoon we’ll be posing a question to our Facebook followers at I ♥ Cape Town. We want to know what you love about Cape Town, and we’ll take some of the best responses and post them collectively on our blog. Yesterday we asked you: “What is your favourite summer outdoor activity in Cape Town?” Here’s what some of you had to say ...
Cape Town’s famous open-top bus tours have long been known as one of the best ways to see the Mother City. Now, City Sightseeing Cape Town offers canal cruises from the V&A Waterfront to the Cape Town International Convention Centre and back, providing an interesting insight into the city’s waterways, and some stunning views to boot.
Actor, adventurer and motorbike enthusiast Charley Boorman was recently in South Africa filming his latest TV show, Charley Boorman’s South African Adventure. The first episode aired on Wednesday night in the United Kingdom and generated a lot of buzz online.