Rob PetersChristmas under the African sun can take a bit of getting used to for those used to more chilly locales, but while it may not be a white Christmas in Cape Town there is still plenty of festive cheer to go around. Want to know how to do the silly season like a local? Look no further, we have everything you need to know on how to enjoy Christmas like a local.
FeaturedIt’s amazing how easily we underestimate the power of a great hand-massage. I know I certainly have. Thankfully I have seen the light, and trust me, I will never look back. It will become a must-have treat. This is all part of looking after my own wellbeing.
FeaturedBanting. If you haven’t yet heard of the concept, then you clearly haven’t been out in the big wide world in a while because everyone is talking about it and everyone knows someone who is on the banting (essentially meaning low carb, high fat) diet (or eating plan). But sometimes it’s a mission to cook up a banting storm, so it’s nice to know where you can go to get a decent meal that won’t push you off the banting wagon. Here are some Cape Town spots that either fully cater for banting customers or offer the option on the menu.
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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.
If you’ve ever been on a City Sightseeing Bus in Cape Town, you’ll know about the audio commentary that plays as you approach various attractions around the city. You simply sit back, plug in your earphones, and enjoy listening to interesting and informative tour guides as they talk you through the history, significance and little-known facts of the Mother City. Well, imagine that same concept, but applied to a much smaller scale – a walk around Cape Town’s City Bowl and surrounds.
The result may not have been what fans were hoping for, but the atmosphere during last night’s match between Bafana Bafana and Norway at the Cape Town Stadium was a lively one. Capetonians were happy to see the national side playing again, even if they lost the match 1-0. Bafana Bafana hadn’t played in the city since 2010, and the chance to watch a game provided a fun evening out for everyone. Social media were buzzing with updates from the game, and Twitter users shared their experiences on the #BafanaVSNorway hashtag. Here are some of the photos that were tweeted last night:
Bafana Bafana face Norway in an international friendly at the Cape Town Stadium tonight as they continue their preparations ahead of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
Cape Town’s reputation for hosting some of the best live international music acts is steadily growing, as the recent announcement of a South African tour by dubstep DJ Skrillex proves. Skrillex (real name Sonny Moore) has helped bring dubstep into the mainstream. While some characterise his music as the soundtrack to an alien invasion crossed with an army of angry robots, he has proven wildly popular in the past few years, with his latest album selling over a million copies.
Long Street is the place to be for Cape Town’s buzzing nightlife. With a wide variety of bars, pubs and clubs, there’s something for everyone. Whether you are there to dance the night away among a crowd of revellers, or if you’re looking for a laid-back restaurant to see off 2012, Cape Town comes out to play in Long Street. If you plan to head there this evening, be sure to stay safe and have a good time!
Who needs four wheels when you can have three? Cape Town’s newest transport service, The Monarch Tuksi Company, recently launched a fleet of 20 brand new tuk-tuks to operate across the City Bowl and Atlantic Seaboard. Tuk-tuks are usually associated with cities in Asia and parts of Europe, but they are already causing quite a stir among tourists and locals in the Mother City.
Did you blow the budget this festive season? Is your new year’s resolution to save some pennies? Why not start a day earlier and celebrate New Year’s Eve on the cheap? Here are some smart ways to have a fab, free evening.
Clouds were in the sky and love was in the air on Table Mountain, when two City Sightseeing passengers got engaged.
Summer is returning to Cape Town, and so are direct flights from London with Virgin Atlantic. Flights will depart London thrice weekly until October 31, 2012, and then daily from November 1, 2012 until April 2013.
The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour is one of the most scenic road races in the world.