Rob PetersThe song goes that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. No argument there, because I’ve never met a girl who doesn’t like something with a nice sheen to it. But then they work pretty well for guys too, particularly when they’re trying to impress said girls by introducing them to their new BFF.
Bianca ColemanFor a city with such a magnificent coastline, there are surprisingly few five star hotels on the water’s edge, and even less that combine this with such convenient proximity to so many of Cape Town’s top tourist attractions. The Radisson Blu Waterfront is one that stands out amongst the crowd.
Marisah Smith and Fazielah WilliamsIf there is one thing Capetonians are good at - other than socialising, of course - it’s braaing. Whether it’s meat or fish, you can be sure that on a spectacular summer’s day (or even on a winter’s day), you will find us gathered around the fire, enjoying each other’s company, the tantalising aroma of meat on the grill and our breathtaking city views.
FeaturedTHE gin floodgates have been opened in Cape Town. Not only do we have at least three dedicated gin bars and at least two locally produced tonic waters, but it’s becoming a popular spirit to distill with new brands emerging into the market all the time.
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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).
Cape Town Tourism’s IPL photographer Greg Beadle has collated his top ten shots of IPL cheerleaders. All photos by Greg Beadle.
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.
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.
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.
You’re bound to bump into your fair share of famous faces in Cape Town, with celebrities from far and wide expressing a soft spot for its charms. With its trendy hangouts, breathtaking scenery, vibey atmosphere and warm people, it’s no wonder Cape Town has impressed many a star visiting our shores.
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.”
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 photograph was taken on Signal Hill by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Jh Bartlett.
The #LoveCapeTown Photo Competition winner is Naude Heunis for his photo titled “Our own seventh wonder”.
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.
This morning Cape Town residents awoke to the chills of winter but were greeted by an astonishing sight: Table Mountain wore a crown of snow. For those who were already braving the icy conditions in an attempt to get to the summit, it was the icing on the cake – so to speak.
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 and its surrounding areas offer some of the best land-based whale watching in the world from June to November each year. Watching Southern Right Whales at play along our coastline – they migrate annually to the Mother City’s coast to calve and nurture their offspring,– always seems to fill whale watchers with a sense of wonder and serenity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lights, camera, action! The winners of the Capture Your Cape Town photo competition have been announced.
The University of Cape Town (UCT). Photo courtesy: DanieVDM/Flickr Cape Town is not only home to some of South Africa’s most beautiful and inspiring tourist attractions, but also boasts some incredible opportunities for students and young professionals.
Food, clothing, crafts, whatever tickles your fancy, you’re sure to find it in Cape Town. And the best news is you don’t have to wait until the weekend to do so. Indulge in an hour or two of well deserved retail therapy at one of these fantastic weekday markets in the Mother City.
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.
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.
Thousands of people braved the rain in Cape Town to watch Stephen Muzhingi of Zimbabwe win the 2012 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon. This was Muzhingi’s second title and many now predict that he will also win the Comrades Marathon in a few months. Elena Nurgalieva of Russia was the first woman home, claiming her fourth Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon title. Her twin sister, Oleysa, did not compete this year, but second place was still claimed by a Russian, in the form of Natalia Volgina.
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.”
Riding the monstrous waves at Cape Town’s seven blue flag beaches and enjoying the vibrant city nightlife are all in a day’s work for local champion surfers Roxy Louw and Heinrich Rohwer. They shared their perfect surfing spots and water safety tips with us.