Rob PetersThe rise of craft beers in Cape Town has been rapid. Capetonians will no longer assault their gullets with mass-produces lagers. They want variety and they want quality. I spoke to Martin Tucker, owner of The Beer Merchant, and one of the organisers of the Cape Town Festival of Beer, to get a better understanding of craft beer around the city. Basically I wanted a guide on what the Mother City has on tap. He broke the market down into three different categories: breweries, tap rooms and places.
Nicole BiondiI know - silly question isn’t it? Naturally there are always loads of things to do in Cape Town on a Sunday, especially when that Sunday is a summery one. I could join the rest of my running fraternity and have an early morning jog alongside the twisty ocean-flanked road between Seapoint and Camps Bay, while drinking in the incredibly beautiful views. I could meander up the road from my house in Woodstock, stop for the Sunday papers and pick up some still-warm, dripping with syrup and smothered in coconut ‘koeksiesters’ (a Cape Malay donut-like treat) to have with my Field Office coffee. And most importantly, I could indulge in one of my absolute favourite Sunday brunch-time pursuits - I could head to the Winchester Mansions Hotel for their weekly Sunday Jazz brunch.
FeaturedCan you believe that it’s almost 2015? It’s crazy! Do you have your New Year’s Eve plans sorted? If not, don’t stress, we’ve got you covered. There is something for everyone on this list and because the weather is usually warm and sunny this time of year, it could be the summer party of the year.
Natalie LeicherIt’s another jam-packed weekend in Cape Town! We bring you our latest mix of things to do around the Mother City with everything from a festival of beer to a speedcube competition covered.
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As you may already know, Cape Town has been named World Design Capital for 2014. Here are 5 of the recognised projects that aim to improve our city.
Halloween is nearly here – and true to the spirit of this spooky event, the annual Zombie Walk happened this past Saturday, October 29, with Zombies from our beautiful city dressing up and doing a walk of terror from Thibault Square to Company Gardens, through St. Georges Mall.
The Clipper Around The World Yacht Race, the world’s longest ocean race, is in Cape Town. The twelve yachts competing in the race has just arrived from a 3 390 mile South Atlantic trek to Cape Town, and are docked at the North Dock at the V & A Waterfront.
It’s the last few months of the year; the warmer days have finally arrived and summer is officially approaching. This week, we asked our Facebook fans to point out their favourite hiking trails in Cape Town.
Every Thursday we pose a question to our Facebook fans at I ♥ Cape Town. Last Thursday, we asked you what your favourite Spring activity is to do in #lovecapetown. Here are some of your top responses.
Calling all runners! Dates for the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon have been finalised and the race has been dubbed “the most beautiful race in the world”. Get your entries in now!
Nothing announces summer and the “silly season” in Cape Town quite like the Old Mutual Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts. This season’s line-up brings together some of South Africa’s best musical talents to perform between the idyllic surrounds of the mother city’s grandest botanical gardens.
The Hoerikwaggo Trail in the Table Mountain National Park is one of the most scenic hiking trails in Cape Town. The route takes you all the way from Table Mountain to Cape Point. Last week we took a break from the city to be one with nature and gain some new perspective.
You’ve seen the tweets, the Instagram photos, the videos and the blog posts detailing the full #lovecapetown experience with three of our favourite travel bloggers. Now that our action-packed and colourful campaign has come to end, we’d like to take you through a visual journey of the many ways that Abigail King, Carol More and Rachelle Lucas got to #lovecapetown with our highlights post of signature Cape Town experiences, as told by them.
Calling all oenophiles (lovers of wine) – if you live in Cape Town, you’re in one of the best places to exercise your passion! Cape Town has been named one of the 10 best cities for wine lovers by travel and lifestyle portal Fodor’s
It’s the world’s largest timed cycling event and it’s heading for #lovecapetown on Sunday 9 March 2014… it’s the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour!
From the 18th of September to the 7th of October 2013, three international bloggers visit Cape Town, sharing their experiences along the way. One of the bloggers is Carol T Moré from Brazil.
Abigail King, one of our #lovecapetown bloggers has been in Cape Town, experiencing the Mother City and sharing those experiences with her followers.
In celebrating all things Cape Town we thought we’d ask you, our Facebook fans what local words you use to talk to your fellow Capetonians – be it a greeting or a uniquely South African phrase like heita, howzit, holla, aweh, lekker, kiff, shweet, pashash, or rad.
What makes Cape Town so fantastic? What makes it a city so great that no matter who visits or moves there, and for whatever reason – they’re always left with a feeling of being in one of the best places on the planet?
On Monday 23rd September, we hosted our first #LoveCapeTown Instagram walk in collaboration with the Instagramers Cape Town community. We were also privileged enough to be joined by international iPhoneography app creator, Aaron Marshall.
September 24 is Heritage Day in South Africa. It is also Braai Day. Last week, in honour of #BraaiDay we asked you, our Facebook fans what your number one favourite braai food is?
Our second annual #lovecapetown tweet-up took place on the 22 September and was not only a big success; it was also an opportunity for us at Cape Town Tourism to gain some deeper insight into what you love most about Cape Town.
September is World Tourism Month and to observe the period, the staff of The Peninsula All Suite Hotel is organising a beach clean-up along the Atlantic Seaboard.
Will something bad really happen to you on Friday the 13th September in #LoveCapeTown? Through years gone by, storytellers in Cape Town have exchanged a rich variety of unique myths that has been carried across from generation to generation. Have a look at three of the most interesting legends around and decide for yourself – truth or tale, busted or brilliant?
You love taking photos; your Instagram feed is a collection of beautiful squares that can easily be placed on the walls of an art gallery; you’re the person at the picnic who whips out their phone in the most random occasions trying to get a macro shot of the water droplet on a leaf. But you have no one to take photos with you and your friends don’t really get that you can take such amazing shots with just your phone. If this sounds like you, meet the Instagamers Cape Town community.
If you’re in South Africa between the 9th and 14th of September, take advantage of the annual South African National Parks (SANParks) Week! All South African citizens get free entry into almost all of the 19 South African National Parks in and around South Africa.
This week, in honour of Tourism Month, we asked you, our loyal Facebook fans, to tell us what your favourite Cape Town icon is from the list: 1) Table Mountain 2) Robben Island 3) Kirstenbosch Gardens 4) Boulders Beach 5) Cape Point 6) Constantia Winelands and 7) V&A Waterfront. While most of you said it was a tough choice, which we have to agree with, it was quite clear that your favourite Cape Town icon is the majestic Table Mountain.
As pioneers of responsible tourism in #LoveCapeTown, we pride ourselves on being home to some of the most eco-friendly establishments in the Mother City. One of our stellar accommodation spots which is as big on giving back to their community as they are on giving visitors a phenomenal stay is Ocean View House in gorgeous Bakoven, along the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.
We kidnapped Cape Town Tourism’s CEO, Enver Duminy, from his desk, and took him for a milkshake at the Rhodes Memorial Restaurant and Tea Garden to drink in the views of the city he calls home:
It’s the season of new beginnings, romance, burgeoning sunshine and thrilling adventures in gorgeous #lovecapetown and where better to experience of all these amazing things than at our top seaside shopping and lifestyle destination, the ever popular V&A Waterfront?
As the last few days of the Open Design Cape Town festival draws near, we’d like to recap on the 10 days of creativity and inspiration that we’ve experienced thus far. And if this festival is anything to go by for what’s in store for 2014, then the world will really be impressed with what Cape Town has to offer as the World Design Capital 2014.
Whether you’ve read up on, visited or even lived in Cape Town, you’re probably more familiar with the attractions of the Atlantic Seaboard, South Peninsula or the wine lands. For an alternative Mother City experience, cross the bay from Cape Town CBD, find yourself in the Blaauwberg region and explore the West Coast like never before.
For years Noordhoek was a secret community of surfers and eco-lovers, but the word got out and now this nature-loving suburb on the Peninsula’s west coast is a magnet for family life, happy pets, surf and sand, outdoor living and great food.
It might be the ocean air, or the majestic power of Table Mountain, maybe it’s the ‘vibe’ of the city streets. Whatever the reason, Cape Town (named World Design Capital 2014) is a hive of creative activity and draws artists of all shapes and sizes to its heart.