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This photograph of an orange Volkswagen was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Venu Prayag.
We’re halfway through the holy month of Ramadan and Eid is fast approaching. Reward yourself each evening with affordable and mouth-watering specials at the fantastic halaal restaurants in and around the Mother City. There is nothing as refreshing and fulfilling as biting into a flavoursome chicken samoosa, tasting well-made split pea soup or satisfying your thirst with a glass of falooda, that rose syrup-flavoured milky beverage. From the City Centre to the Cape Flats and Hout Bay, you can break your fast without breaking the bank.
Ask any rugby-mad South African where the home of rugby is, and they will tell you it’s Newlands Stadium. It was at this venue in the leafy Cape Town suburb of the same name that the 1995 Rugby World Cup kicked off, a tournament which South Africa went on to win.
Cape Town’s design districts range from the bohemian Long Street to the trendy East Central Precinct, and quaint seaside Kalk Bay to Victorian Wynberg. Our hometown teems with creatively designed neighbourhoods. Home to innovations such as the Freeworld Design Centre and the Mutual Building in the CBD, and Etafeni Centre in Nyanga, Cape Town is a showcase of design we can be proud of.
Long Street lit up with a spectacular show of colour on Saturday, March 19, as the Cape Town Carnival parade headed up the famous one-way street. Feather boas, glitter, Harley-Davidsons and reams of partygoers all helped to make the spectacle reminiscent of the Rio Carnival, but ours had a wonderfully South African flavour. Here are some highlights of the dazzling event. All photos by Deon Gurling.
The Cape Floral Kingdom was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2004. Many of the beautiful indigenous flowers that form part of the kingdom can be seen in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.
These photos of people having a great time at the 2011 J&B Met at Kenilworth Racecourse, on Saturday, January 29, were taken by Deon Gurling. You can submit your images of the J&B Met to the Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group. Tag your pictures of people “capturesummer2010” and you could stand a chance of winning R10 000 in our Capture Summer Photography Competition.
Accolades for Cape Town continue to roll in. Following the recent announcement that Tjing Tjing bar was named one of The 10 Hottest New Bars Around The World by Conde Nast Traveler, now National Geographic has listed Muizenberg as one of its World’s 20 Best Surf Towns.
To the rest of the world, Ubuntu Foundation founder Mark Shuttleworth is “space tourist” first, “entrepreneur” second and “open source warrior” third. But to South Africans, he is a prized export, boldly going where no African has gone before, championing innovation and making science hip. Cape Town Tourism had the chance to meet Shuttleworth for some face time at last month’s Design Indaba, and we quizzed him about Cape Town’s bid to become the 2014 World Design Capital, about great design and about his feelings for the Mother City.
Driving round False Bay on a drizzly winter afternoon I stopped off at Boulders Beach just outside Simon’s Town hoping for some good light and inspiring views. The last time I was at Boulders was in mid-December and, as expected for summer and holidays, it was packed with people enjoying the beach and wonderful shallow water.
This striking photograph of the Cape Town city centre was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Daniel Lurie. Daniel says, “I have many personal favourite images of Cape Town, but this one of the city at night has a particular majestic quality.”
Cape Town is certainly the home of good food. Our diverse multicultural history has seen a confluence of many traditional cooking styles and our proximity to the sea (and fresh seafood), as well as to exceptional wine-growing regions, means Cape Town is a real culinary adventure.
Release Dance Crew invites all hip hop dancers and anyone who wants to have a good time to a fundraising bash. They need your support so that they can represent South Africa at the World Hip Hop Dance Champs in Las Vegas from July 29 to August 2, 2009 – where the best in the world gather to compete for the world title! The fundraising event will be taking place on July 3, 2009 at Club West End with DJ Reddy D, DJ Azhul and DJ Eazy on the decks. The cover charge is R40 per person and there will also be give-aways and performances on the night.
We took to Facebook to encourage those who love Cape Town to look at the lighter side of living in Cape Town.
Scores of celebrities attended the 2011 J&B Met at Kenilworth Racecourse on Saturday, January 2011. You can submit your images of the event to the Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group. Tag your pictures of people “capturesummer2010” and you could stand a chance of winning R10 000 in our Capture Summer Photography Competition.
The inaugural Gay and Lesbian Wedding Show at the Grand Daddy Hotel in the City Centre from October 29 to 30 was a resounding pink success. From expert gay wedding planners (Pink Confetti) and stationery extraordinaire (The Fairy Factory) to thrilling honeymoon package providers (White Shark Diving Co) and luxury accommodation providers (Protea Hotel Stellenbosch), there were plenty of wedding service providers ready and able to help engaged same-sex couples plan their special day.
A Stoned Cherrie dress. Photo courtesy Simon Deiner Miss Port, Tart, Wild Fig and Stoned Cherrie? You would be excused if your eyes are glazing over at the prospect of winter delicacies consumed in front of a fireplace or with our famous mountain or ocean as backdrop. We are, however, talking about hot local fashion designers, as the Cape Town Fashion Week came to a close on August 14, 2010, after 35 designers showcased their talent in 15 fashion shows over the course of 3 days at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).
The thing about getting hitched, these days, is that - thanks to a generation of over-zealous romantics, and a deluge of big-budget tear-jerking romantic comedies - going down on one knee over a pint at your local pub just isn’t going to cut it. Apparently a casual question around the Sunday morning breakfast table is also considered unacceptable these days.
The Cape Whale Coast Route, which was recently launched at a ceremony in Hermanus, is an excellent option for a family vacation. Connecting Gordon’s Bay to coastal towns like Gansbaai, the route offers something for people of all ages, especially those who enjoy whale watching. Whale watching in Hermanus. Photo courtesy fajula
The #LoveCapeTown Photo Competition winner is Naude Heunis for his photo titled “Our own seventh wonder”.
Capetonians are justifiably proud of their city. However, they’re not the only ones who think the Mother City is Africa’s most awesome tourist destination. See what independent TripAdvisor reviewers from other continents have to say…
This stunning panoramic picture of the Two Oceans Aquarium was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Mauro Pimentel aka violencia.visual. Mauro says, “I took this shot in my first week in Cape Town. It’s a technique called panoramic photo. I created it by stitching three images together.”
The aptly named Table Mountain is one of Cape Town’s best-known landmarks. The mountain, which has unusually rich biodiversity, was recently named one of the New7Wonders of Nature.
Three, two, one…Happy New Year! If your plans for ringing in 2013 include having fun, fun and more fun, we have just the list of parties. Enjoy the countdown on December 31, 2012 at the following fabulous events.
Geishas, dragons, kung fu fighters and Hello Kitty fanatics came out in their thousands for this year’s hugely successful MCQP party at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Saturday 17 December, 2011.
Lights, camera, action! The winners of the Capture Your Cape Town photo competition have been announced.
This photograph was taken on Signal Hill by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Jh Bartlett.
Cape Town International Airport has created quite a buzz this November with its new central terminal building, which will soon welcome thousands of travellers for the 2010 World Cup.
Charly’s Cake Angels, a television series about the world-famous Charly’s Bakery in Cape Town, is now airing on the Good Food Channel, having enjoyed success in countries including Italy, New Zealand and Switzerland, as well as South Africa of course.
The chilly season might be upon us but things are only getting hotter in Cape Town, the inspirational Mother City. So throw aside the bedcovers, stop staring at your boring four walls, and come and experience 48 unforgettable hours in our bustling hometown, with our #LoveCapeTown City Breaks.