Rob PetersChristmas under the African sun can take a bit of getting used to for those used to more chilly locales, but while it may not be a white Christmas in Cape Town there is still plenty of festive cheer to go around. Want to know how to do the silly season like a local? Look no further, we have everything you need to know on how to enjoy Christmas like a local.
FeaturedIt’s amazing how easily we underestimate the power of a great hand-massage. I know I certainly have. Thankfully I have seen the light, and trust me, I will never look back. It will become a must-have treat. This is all part of looking after my own wellbeing.
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Cape Town, the responsible Mother City, is always looking for bigger, more creative ways of giving back to the community and now two of its sizzling coffee shops, Haas Coffee Collective and Bolo’bolo Coffee House, have found a heart- and body-warming way to do so – with suspended coffees.
If, like me, you find yourself taking a “jump to the left” then “a step to the right” at inappropriate places and times (like at your desk at work), then you know about and are probably excited for the much-anticipated South African production of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show at The Fugard Theatre in Cape Town!
Much like New York’s Grand Central Station, Cape Town’s bustling railway station on the Foreshore is the arrival and departure point for local and international visitors, and a final destination for travelling employees, students and residents.
NerdzSquared, two multi-talented YouTubers have been taking the online world by storm with their latest release, South Africa and their first music video –filmed right here in Cape Town.
True to your mother’s word, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and in Cape Town, you’re sure to find several establishments that serve up the tastiest meals like no other.
You know a production is good when it renders you speechless. When the production is the multi award-winning and long-running musical The Phantom of the Opera, there is only one word for it… spectacular! Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary masterpiece returns to the Mother City and the Artscape Theatre Centre for the highly anticipated second run (it was first staged in 2004) from November 22, 2011 to January 14, 2012.
It’s Wednesday in the inspirational Mother City, friends, and that means I want to know Where Would You Rather be in Cape Town today.
Do you hear that, rock music lovers? The early strains of You Give Love a Bad Name, the thunderous applause and the crazy screams of the crowd? Yes, Mother City fanatics, it’s time for superstar rock band Bon Jovi to perform live at the Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday 7 May, 2013.
A glimpse behind a magical velvet curtain, a whiff of sea breeze in the air and a feeling deep within your soul that anything is possible … this is what a night at the enchanting Madame Zingara’s Miracle Tour promises – and boy, does it deliver!
The Mother City has been described by many as a cultural melting pot that offers locals and visitors an experience of sights, sounds and tastes. Good food has always been one of the city’s major offerings, and there is no shortage of good eateries and fine wines. But it is the culinary offerings that remind us of mom’s cooking that we crave most, and in Cape Town you’re bound to find a multitude of restaurants and cafes that conjure up the most delicious home-made meals.
What would the Mother City be without great entertainment for kids? Cape Town is a kid’s paradise and parents will soon discover that this is one place where they can really give kids a day out without spending a fortune. From forests and botanical gardens to seaside boardwalks and beaches, there are lots of options to choose from.
For more than 20 years, Cape Town’s premier shopping destination, the V&A Waterfront has seen more than its fair share of interesting events and activities. On Friday, March 2, 2012, it witnessed its most enchanting stunt yet when international illusionists Wayne and Fran Houchin broke the world magic record for the fastest upside down dual straitjacket escape!
We’re in for a slightly cooler weekend in the beautiful Mother City this weekend, Cape Town fanatics, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. In fact, there is plenty to see and do indoors in our bustling hometown, so join me at the following events and activities from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 April, 2013 and discover some of Cape Town’s hidden gems.
TGIF! It’s the long-awaited weekend in entertaining #LoveCapeTown! Now, I know staying under the covers is very tempting but there is so much to see and so much fun to be had in our Mother City over the next 48 hours, staying indoors is just not an option.
I moved to this beautiful city 849 days ago (I am still counting, and enjoying every day in this fantastic city). Over the past two years I have spent a lot of time exploring Cape Town. Every corner you turn is like unwrapping a new gift, as there’s always something amazing to be discovered.
He’s the BIGGEST thing to hit the Cape Town entertainment scene since Lady Gaga, and he’s sure to have thousands of tweens screaming for all they’re worth ... yes, Mother City lovers, mega pop star Justin Bieber is in town!
“Whoaah, we’re halfway there, Whoaah, livin on a prayer …” If you still have chills running up and down your spine thanks to the crowd and Bon Jovi’s amazing a capella singalong to this popular hit, chances are you partied like a rock star with the legendary band at the Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday 7 May, 2013!
Cape Town, our beloved Mother City, is truly a vision ... and how better to enjoy her numerous sights and gorgeous people than on video?
Bieber fever has hit Cape Town! Even though the Cape Town Stadium hosted Bon Jovi last night, fans of boy-wonder Justin Bieber were already queueing outside, for his concert tonight.
Things are about to get colourful in Cape Town with the Holi One Colour Festival on Saturday March 2, 2013. The festival will feature massive explosions of colour as festival-goers throw safe, eco-friendly coloured powder into the air – to a countdown, every hour on the hour – while dancing to slick beats.
And the 2013 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature goes to … Searching for Sugar Man, a film focused on the rediscovery of elusive musician Rodriguez and partially filmed in Cape Town, the inspirational Mother City!
Cape Town Tourism, the City of Cape Town’s tourism marketing organisation, is the winner of Travel + Leisure’s SMITTY Award (Social Media in Travel + Tourism 2013) for Best Overall Use of Social Media by a Global Tourism Board.
By a show of likes, who of you, like me, have left your Christmas gift shopping to this weekend? No need to fret, my late fellow shoppers, because there are plenty of fabulous markets in festive Cape Town this weekend to ensure that everyone gets a little something from Santa:
World Tourism Day on Friday 27 September, 2013 was an auspicious occasion for #LoveCapeTown‘s wonder of nature, Table Mountain , as it celebrated its new status as co-signee of the Responsible Tourism Charter with the City of Cape Town and unveiled a large picture frame, which provides an iconic view of the mountain from the V&A Waterfront.
The Mother City is known for her fresh and organic food markets and the new City Bowl Market on Hope makes for a wonderful addition to the extensive list. Held each Saturday in a gorgeous old building on 14 Hope Street in the peaceful suburb of Gardens, the market is a delicious showcase of some of the best fresh produce, flowers and homemade delicacies in town. Spend the day meandering between stalls laden with tasty goodies like oysters, champagne, crepes, sushi, croissants and more. From creamy cheeses and flavoursome curries to sweet, homemade chocolate, you’ll find it all at the City Bowl Market.
Encountering the shipwrecks that litter the beaches of the Cape Peninsula can be poignant and awe inspiring in equal measure if you are interested in South Africa’s maritime history. Their twisted, rusted, metal husks are a stark reminder that no matter how advanced naval engineering and ship building becomes, the Cape of Storms’ turbulent oceans remain an unforgiving place, especially when human error and folly enter the seafaring equation.
The fourth annual Cape Town Carnival once again had the streets of the Mother City awash in colour, festivities and entertainment when it was held on Saturday 16 March, 2013.
We recently put the call out for long-forgotten images depicting Cape Town during the 1980s and boy, did her residents and fans respond in kind… From the outrageous neon clothing to some of the Mother City’s iconic attractions in their pre-development phases, 80s Cape Town was an interesting sight to behold. These are just a few of the priceless images:
Established as a tavern port to nourish sailors travelling between worlds, Cape Town was always destined to become a great culinary destination. Invariably, global cooking styles have become part of the local social fabric, but only recently have flavours from other parts of Africa been added to the “pot”. Keith Bain discovers a few of the Mother City’s Afropolitan dining scene highlights.
It’s Tata Madiba’s 95th birthday on Thursday 18 July, 2013 and Cape Town has is plenty to do to embody the spirit of the legendary Nelson Mandela.