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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.

2013 Cape Minstrels on the march – photos and video

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.

The best spots in Cape Town to celebrate National Braai Day

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.

Cape Town curry restaurants – they’re hot!

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?

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.

A day at the beach with Roxy Louw and Heinrich Rohwer

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.

Kalk Bay wave – Flickr pic of the day

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.”

A fun day at the beach – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

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.

Beautiful places – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

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

Cape Town meditation – Flickr pic of the day

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.”

Warm winter’s evening – Flickr pic of the day

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.

University of Cape Town – Flickr pic of the day

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.

Gay Pride gorgeous – A Cape Town Tourism Flickr photo essay

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.

Road closures for minstrels’ Tweede Nuwe Jaar parade

New Year celebrations in Cape Town does not stop on January 1, festivities continue into the next day when the Minsterels take to the streets in fine style. Thousands of people line the route to catch a glimpse of colourfully dressed troupes and the The City of Cape Town closes down a number of roads to add to the holiday cheer.

Miss Bollywood SA competition down to 16 finalists

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.

J&B Met 2012 attracts creatives, celebrities and cool Capetonians

For anyone interested in horse racing, fashion or socialising, the J&B Met is the one event in South Africa you shouldn’t miss. On Saturday, some 50 000 people made their way to Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town for the 2012 J&B Met, the 35th version of this event.

Beautiful Boulders Beach – A Cape Town Tourism Photo Essay

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.

Celebrating Guy Fawkes responsibly

Guy Fawkes, the night many celebrate the thwarted efforts to blow up the British Houses of Parliament in 1605, is fast approaching. And the City of Cape Town is urging residents to act responsibly during their festivities on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.

In search of South Africa’s top three tourist spots

Boulders Beach, photo courtesy Damien du Toit Google and South African Tourism are on a search for the top three tourist locations in South Africa this summer. The two organisations have come together to bring images of South Africa’s best attractions to the people using Google’s Street View application, which was launched in South Africa on September 1 this year.

Celebrities in Cape Town: What the stars have to say

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.

Two Oceans Aquarium panorama – Flickr pic of the day

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.”

Hout Bay – A Cape Town Tourism Flickr photo essay

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.

Romantic Proposals at Cape Point, the Tip of Africa

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.

Hout Bay Harbour by night – Flickr pic of the day

This beautiful night-time image of Hout Bay was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Mikey Alex. Mikey says, “I was hanging out with a few friends one night, watching the sunset and drinking mixers.”

Cape Town Stadium hosts world-class junior football

Cape Town Stadium hosted the Cape Town International Challenge on Saturday, April 10, featuring the national under-20 teams from South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana and Brazil. Here are some photos from the event.

Tribute to Absa Cape Epic champion Burry Stander

Tributes are flooding in for celebrated South African mountain biker Burry Stander, who has died in a road accident while on a training ride.

J&B Met 2012 challenging convention through fashion

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.

Peers Cave, Fish Hoek – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

Fish Hoek gained its place in world history with the discovery of a fossilised skeleton, in 1926, in Peers Cave. The cave had been used as a shelter by a group of prehistoric people. A father and son team, named Peers, excavated the cave site, discovering stone tools and the remains of nine people, one of whom became known as Fish Hoek Man.

Cape Town canola fields – Flickr pic of the day

This beautiful photograph of canola fields just outside Cape Town was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Hirohiko Okada aka 1/8 sec. Okada says, “Spring has come! It was a perfect, sunny day and I was driving through the Overberg to Hermanus to watch whales.”

Celebrating diversity in the Northern Suburbs and Helderberg

Cape Town Tourism continues to “celebrate diversity” in World Tourism Month 2009 by Living it. Loving it. LOUDER! We are encouraging all Capetonians to explore the natural and cultural diversity of the Mother City in preparation for being welcoming hosts for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This week the focus is on the Northern Suburbs, which includes the vast area referred to as Tygerberg, as well as Langa and the Helderberg, dominated by the Hottentots Holland mountain range. The Northern Suburbs offer residents and visitors commercial activity, residential areas, small nature reserves, the rolling vineyards of the Durbanville Wine Route and the urban and rural areas in Brackenfell, Kraaifontein and Kuilsriver.