Rob PetersThe CBD is the heartbeat of every major city and it is no different for Cape Town. The city centre is the pulse of the Mother City, providing the lifeblood of the surrounding areas. It is a melting pot of diversity and culture, a smorgasbord of historical influences and a place like no other on earth. If you really want to get underneath the skin of Cape Town, you need to start in the city.
FeaturedDurbanville is not your average Cape Town neighbourhood. There is so much more going on than the daily school run. This is a neighbourhood filled with great experiences for everyone to enjoy.
Jenny MorrisI’m not one to look a gift horse in the mouth and I love to get a quality deal at a good price. My working season is all year round, but it does slow down ever so slightly in winter and that is when I get to take advantage of all the specials on offer.
Rob PetersWith a wealth of natural beauty, unrivalled mountain trails and sublime backdrops, it’s not hard to understand why Mother City locals spend the majority of their time outdoors and on the go. The good news is that it’s even better in winter with the cooler temperatures making it an awesome option for sport and fitness fanatics!
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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.
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 201 J&B Met took place at Kenilworth Racecourse on February 2. See some photos from the event that were posted on Twitter.
Playing popular tunes, Cape minstrel troupe after troupe walk down Darling Street in the Cape Town city centre to welcome in the new year, revelling in the perfect Cape summer weather. The Minstrel Carnival is one of the most popular events on the calendar and is watched by thousands of people every year. It's also called Tweede Nuwe Jaar, which means "Second New Year" in Afrikaans, because it traditionally takes place on January 2.
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.
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.”
Photo courtesy Robert Wallace This Friday is Heritage Day, but just as commonly known as National Braai Day. South Africans all over the country will be stocking up on meat and getting ready to celebrate their heritage with friends, family and some lekker boerewors.
As I was walking along Camps Bay beach, I noticed a lady playing with her dog in a little pool of ocean. It was a beautiful scene and I just couldn’t miss it.
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:
This powerful image was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Keith Lyle aka Stanleyace. Keith says, “This was captured on September 1, 2008 after a storm had passed over Cape Town. When I saw these huge waves flooding the breakwater I made an immediate U-turn and drove into the harbour precinct. It was a humbling experience to observe and hear the absolute power of nature in action.”
Photo courtesy Chris Cloete 9:30pm: I was driving back home with my girlfriend from somerset west on the N2 towards Rondebosch last night when I first saw the sparkly flicker of the fire that would, by the early hours of the morning, go on a devouring rampage of Devil’s Peak. Our first thought was that it seemed very close to Rhodes Memorial and that it would be heart-breaking to see this Cape Town landmark devastated. At that point, though, we never expected the fire to grow into the menace it would become.
I’ve had a bit of time on my hands between job hunting and getting completely paranoid about what I’m going to do with my life, so I’ve been going out taking photographs of this beautiful place we live in! Kayaking in Kommetjie
This year’s Gay Pride Parade, which took place on February 28, marked eight years since Cape Town’s gay community first donned their best drag outfits and strutted their stuff on the streets of central Cape Town. Jo Legutko aka Parfait Barners captured this proud profusion of pink.
This beautiful image of Canal Walk shopping centre was composed by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Mark Liebenberg aka mliebenberg. Mark says, “I hadn’t been back to Cape Town since I moved to the UK in 1997, and this complex hadn’t been built yet. So I was delighted to see the beauty of this place when visiting at sunset to meet up with some friends for dinner.”
This beautiful sunrise was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Darby Sawchuk. Darby says, “Last year, I was in Cape Town for a couple weeks on a product shoot with work. It was a hectic schedule which left almost no time for seeing the city. That was a bit of a shame since Cape Town is a captivating place, with a lot to explore.”
On Monday December 27, I went on a hike up Devil’s Peak led by Larry from the Meridian Hiking Club. There were only four of us on the hike and it was quite windy, for which we were grateful on one level as it kept us cool. We set off from Tafelberg Road at the base of the Saddle and walked up to the contour path and then along to the base of Oppelskop. We did a bit of scrambling and went up the ridge past the ruin at the top of Oppelskop. From there we went on up until we connected with the two trails that meet near the top of Devil’s Peak.
This photograph of girls enjoying a warm winter’s evening on the beach was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member jvdblog.tumblr.com.
The Africa Café Restaurant has been feeding Capetonians and visitors for nine years in a beautiful 18th-century Georgian home on Heritage Square in downtown Cape Town. The grand old building has three floors of dining and seven richly decorated dining rooms.
An active and outdoor lifestyle has long been part of the Cape Town mindset, and locals know Cape Town is often at its verdant best during winter, when cooler days, lush vegetation and lively seas become the backdrop for an adventure playground. In winter, conditions are perfect for kite-surfing, wind-surfing, board-surfing and extreme wave-surfing, as well as paragliding, abseiling, helicopter flips and skydiving. If you’re happier with your feet on the ground, the city’s mountainous landscape, nature trails and golf courses promise to keep you occupied. Here are some of the great activities in Cape Town during winter.
As thousands descend on Kenilworth Racecourse on Saturday January 28 for the largest annual outdoor social event in Cape Town, some will be looking at more than just the racehorses. In this instance the show ponies on display will be the fashionistas.
Gabriella Demetriades from Port Elizabeth, is a favourite to win the crown The heated search for Miss Bollywood IPL South Africa now enters its final stages, as the field of Bollywood beauties has been whittled down to 16 hopefuls. The competition was launched at the start of the DLF IPL tournament and 46 contestants were chosen (one from each match). After much frenzied voting last weekend on the official IPL website, 16 contestants have been chosen to go through to the finals.
To truly immerse yourself in the culture of a city means to savour everything, including the local food. What better place to start than by sampling the best curries Cape Town has to offer?
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 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.
We took to Facebook to encourage those who love Cape Town to look at the lighter side of living in Cape Town.
Hout Bay is a vibey coastal town with a beautiful swimming beach and a picturesque harbour where you can buy the best fish and chips in the world.
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.
The Bo-Kaap is an area in Cape Town filled with brightly coloured houses and narrowed cobbled streets located at the foot of Signal Hill. But for all the its cheerful achitecture and facade the suburb has a rich histry, with it’s people being integral to it.
This image of the University of Cape Town, South Africa’s oldest university, was taken by Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Richard Tanswell aka richiesoft.