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Cape Town Carnival: Long Street awash in spectacular colour – photos

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.  

Cape Town Green Point Urban Park open

Green Point Urban Park.Photo courtesy: RichardAtUCT/Flickr As lovers celebrated Valentine’s Day in February, the city of Cape Town proudly launched the Green Point Urban Park to the public. Situated in Green Point next to the Cape Town Stadium, which was used for the FIFA 2010 World Cup™, the multipurpose 10.5 hectare park is open seven days a week from 07h00 to 19h00.

An organic feast at the Old Biscuit Mill

Photo courtesy Nick Gray The Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock awaits those who rise early on Saturday mornings. Established in 2006 as an organic farmers’ market, it occupies an old Victorian warehouse and features more than 100 specialty traders.  Gastronomes will marvel at the abundance of organic goods. From farm fresh produce and organic cheeses to gourmet sandwiches and decadent confections, every palate will be satisfied. Every Saturday, foodies pour into the market to indulge their taste buds with flavours from around the world. Parisian tarts and crêpes, thin-based pizzas, fragrant curries and organic chocolate will delight both young and old. For those who have worked up a thirst, organic wines and beers are on offer.

Big city lights – Flickr pic of the day

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.”

#LoveCapeTown Photo Competition: And the winner is…

The #LoveCapeTown Photo Competition winner is Naude Heunis for his photo titled “Our own seventh wonder”.

Snow in Cape Town: Table Mountain’s crown

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.

Muizenberg – one of National Geographic’s World’s 20 Best Surf Towns

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.

Cape Town winter restaurant specials

Winter is here, bringing with it cooler weather and the need to fill up on some comforting, warm and delicious food. Luckily for us, Cape Town restaurants are making it their business to provide warmth and good food with some terrific specials. Get your soul food at the following superb restaurants:

Two Oceans Marathon 2012 results: Stephen Muzhingi wins again

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.

Beta Beach, Camps Bay – Flickr pic of the day

This vivid landscape was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Frame Muller aka flamed. Frame says, “Cape Town is a photographer’s dream. It has a range of landscapes and subjects rarely found in other parts of the world. “The light in Cape Town is something special too and when I’m photographing on vacation, I always make a point of being out around sunset.”

Cape Town voted world’s second-best city in Condé Nast Traveller survey

Condé Naste Traveller readers voted Cape Town the second-best city in the world and Africa’s number one in their 25th annual Readers’ Choice survey. A total of 46 476 readers took part in the 2012 annual survey, in which 1 306 winners were nominated.

Charly’s Cake Angels now on the Good Food Channel

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.

Mark Shuttleworth: “Creativity happens on the boundaries”

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.

Top 10 Summer Restaurants in Cape Town

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.

New Year’s Eve parties

If your plans for ringing in 2012 include having fun, fun and more fun, we have just the right list of parties to ensure that happens. Enjoy the countdown on December 31, 2011 at the following fabulous events…

MCQP 2011 in Photos

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.

Celebrities at the 2011 J&B Met

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.

Cape Town airport – not just a pretty facelift

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.

Cape Town investment opportunities: Some thoughts from Guy Lundy

It’s no secret that Cape Town is a great place to live and visit, but many international investors still haven’t discovered the range of opportunities that exist in South Africa’s oldest city. To get a basic overview of Cape Town’s investment potential, I sat down with Guy Lundy recently, an economic genius and futurist. In short, he is the CEO of Accelerate Cape Town, co-author of South Africa 2014: The Story of our Future, a keynote speaker, strategy consultant and board member of Wesgro (the Western Cape Investment and Trade Promotion Agency).

Capture Your Cape Town Winners Announced!

Lights, camera, action! The winners of the Capture Your Cape Town photo competition have been announced.

Cape Town design districts

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.

Gay and Lesbian Wedding Show in photos

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.

IPL cheerleaders: our ten best pics

Cape Town Tourism’s IPL photographer Greg Beadle has collated his top ten shots of IPL cheerleaders. All photos by Greg Beadle.

Cape Town has cabs: Don’t drink and drive

Drunk driving is one of the biggest threats to road safety in South Africa and over the festive season the temptation to drink and drive increases. The 2009/ 2010 annual report by the Road Traffic Management Corporation reported 1 307 fatalities in the Western Cape alone, versus 13 923 deaths nationally. Cape Town Tourism would like to urge all locals and visitors to Cape Town to be responsible this summer holiday by refraining from drinking and driving.

University of Cape Town’s MBA voted world’s best value-for-money

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.

The Cape Minstrel Carnival – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

When I woke up on January 2, 2010, I decided to grab my camera and see the Cape Minstrel Carnival. I had never been to see the Klopse and decided that in order to call myself a true Capetonian, it was necessary to see them at least once.

Boulders Beach – one of TripAdvisor’s 10 truly unique beaches

TripAdvisor has named our own Boulders Beach, near Simon’s Town in False Bay, as one of its top 10 truly unique beaches in the world.

Camps Bay – Flickr pic of the day

One of Cape Town’s most beautiful beaches, Camps Bay is the place to see and be seen in the Mother City. Sivan Miller, one of our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group members, captured this beautiful shot. “The tidal pool in Camps Bay is one of my favourite places to shoot,” says Sivan. “Usually it reflects the clouds and makes for an amazing composition!”

J&B Met 2013 Twitter pictures

The 201 J&B Met took place at Kenilworth Racecourse on February 2. See some photos from the event that were posted on Twitter.

Help hip hop dancers get to world championships!

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.