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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There are so many things to do in Cape Town this Easter. Everything from special lunches to Easter Egg hunts for the kids. Here’s how to make the most of this holiday in Cape Town.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for… ice cream! There is nothing as tasty and quintessentially summer as licking a three-scoop ice cream, dripping down the cone, while walking along the beachfront on a gorgeous day in Cape Town.
Winter in Cape Town is the perfect opportunity to combine three favourite winter pastimes: sampling great cuisine, enjoying good company and sitting in front of a roaring fire. Tempting as it may be to stay indoors snuggled up under the warm covers, there are so many delicious restaurants with warm fireplaces to visit this season.
The sun is shining and the weather is sweet. If you are in Cape Town, you’ll want to be out and about, soaking up the warmth, exploring the fairest Cape with your beautiful family. And what an adventure that would be – there’s plenty for kids (and families) to do in Cape Town during summer!
A Gatsby sandwich, photo courtesy Warren Rohner So I’m a guy who lives in Cape Town. But it’s not that simple, I’m not just a guy, I’m a Gatsby-loving, Edward Street visiting Long Street club hopping, Clifton tanning, sushi eating, samoosa devouring, red-blooded Cape Malay boykie.
As the days get longer and warmer, what could be better than sipping a refreshing drink at one of Cape Town’s top rooftop bars? Check out our top five.
Hundreds of semi-naked cyclists took part in the 2013 Cape Town Naked Bike Ride, to raise awareness for various causes, as well as to have a laugh and appreciate Cape Town’s cycling set up.
We wish all Capetonians and lovers of Cape Town a very happy Heritage Day. Why not spend the day revelling in the Mother City’s rich history? Visit the Bo-Kaap, the District Six Museum or the Company Gardens. Whatever you do, enjoy the uniquely Capetonian spirit of it!
Capetonians have come out in support of United States President Barack Obama, who announced on Wednesday that he is in support of same-sex marriage.
A blushing bride making her way down the aisle at an unforgettable venue; confetti strewn over a loving couple; and guests dancing to the backdrop of a spectacular view no matter what the season ... in Cape Town, weddings like these are guaranteed all-year long.
Who can bake especially for you? In the Mother City, the Bakers Man certainly can. With a variety of quality bakeries, confectioneries and delicatessens all over the Peninsula, there is plenty to please the hearts and tummies of sweet-toothed locals and visitors. From the lip-smacking milk tart and spicy samoosa recipes passed down to us by our Dutch and Malay ancestors to the mouth-watering crȇpes and croissants we inherited from the French Huguenots, baking is a time-honoured Capetonian tradition and one we do very well.
The Proteaceae family is virtually endemic to the Cape Floral Kingdom. This flower family can be found growing and blooming naturally on Table Mountain and other surrounding areas in the Cape. Unique to South Africa, the King Protea is the national flower of South Africa and forms part of the national rugby, cricket and soccer team emblems.
TripAdvisor has announced the top 25 Travelers’ Choice 2011 best destinations and Cape Town, after 45-million travellers had their say, has been declared the world’s No.1 destination. TripAdvisor spokesperson, Emma O’Boyle, was quoted by PRNewswire as saying, “Cape Town is clearly the destination to beat. With beautiful scenery, great wine and gorgeous weather, it’s easy to see why Cape Town, which also played host to last year’s World Cup, has topped this year’s list.”
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.
The Wheel of Excellence. Photo courtesy Warren Rohner With only a week before the World Cup kicks off in South Africa, the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town launched its state-of-the-art Wheel of Excellence, from which World Cup fans will be able to see the whole of the Mother City.
Winter is here,bringing with it a desire to enjoy tasty and fulfilling cuisine. Fine dining this chilly season need not be expensive with these delicious winter warmer specials at establishments all around Cape Town.
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.
Ask any South African, and they will tell you that the braai – or barbeque – is a part of South African culture.So much so, in fact, that 24 September (Heritage Day) is now also popularly known as National Braai Day.
Accolades for Cape Town just keep rolling in. Last week, the University of Cape Town (UCT) was named one of the most beautiful universities in the world, by British newspaper The Telegraph. The newspaper said that it is UCT’s mountain setting that helped it clinch the third spot on the list. Top spot was taken by Oxford University followed by Harvard University. UCT is the only African university on the list.
When the clock strikes 12 in Cape Town on December 31, where will you be? If you still haven’t decided, or if you’d like to weigh up your options, check out this lineup of hip and happening events taking place in the city and surrounds.
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 Holi One Festival took place on the Grand Parade in Cape Town yesterday. An assortment of muscians performed throughout the afternoon and evening, while an even larger assortment of colours were released into the air every hour.
I am very patriotic and love South Africa, the Western Cape and Cape Town, in particular. My greatest wish is for the preservation of Cape Town’s architecture, culture and environs. May future generations care for the City.
For a friend’s recent birthday, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to experience another side of Cape Town, an experience that is now firmly placed in my top five favourite things about Cape Town. Sadly, Ratanga had to fall away, but is still held close to my heart. Since early 2003, Mzoli Ngcawuzele’s business has been meat, through which he has transformed a run-of-the-mill butchery into one of the most popular experiences in Cape Town.
The City of Cape Town has a diverse character, architecturally speaking. With colourful homes and streets in the Bo-Kaap, a little more modernity on Thibault Square, one of a kind lighthouses, and the iconic City Hall, Cape Town offers many sites on which to feast your eyes when walking or driving around the city.
The spring southeaster is Cape Town’s harbinger of happiness, for it signifies that summer is finally here. From a diving perspective, it is fulfils another useful function: the wind is directly offshore and blows the dirty surface layer away. This is replaced by the ice-cold, crystal-clear water from the deep in a process known as “upwelling”. This nutrient-rich water is welcomed by the bait fish shoals, which are pursued by dolphins, snoek and game fish such as yellowtail. Following several days of a pumping southeaster, the water on Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard on Saturday, October 31 was about as good as it gets – 20m underwater visibility and a chilly 10°C.
In celebration of Heritage Week, we look at Robben Island, once “home” to South Africa’s most famous political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela, and an integral part of South Africa’s history.
This lovely image of Bo-Kaap was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Gaby Gang aka cosmopolitanphotography. Gaby says, “Bo-Kaap in Cape Town is a vibrant, colourful area full of wonderful, exotic smells drifting out of the wide open doors of all the little shops one can find there.”
The 2012 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour in Cape Town was won by Reinardt Janse van Rensburg of Team MTN Qhubeka, after a tight sprint at the finish. The 110-kilometre race, which starts in Adderley Street and finishes in Green Point after a tour of the peninsula, is regarded as one of the most scenic cycling events on the planet. Popular sections of the route include Misty Cliffs and Chapman’s Peak.
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