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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He is one of South Africa’s biggest musical entertainers and beloved television personalities but at heart, Emo Adams is and always has been a true Cape Town “boykie”.
Enjoying your time in the Mother City is a given, what with our views, attractions and culture. Thanks to City Sightseeing Cape Town, though, senior citizens can now enjoy all of those things and more for less, with its winter special for pensioners.
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.
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.
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!
If the sight of a cherub shooting arrows at loved-up couples and the over-the-top teddy bears and hearts displays in retail stores makes you see red, chances are you’re not in the mood to celebrate Valentine’s Day … at least not in the traditional sense. I understand, Mother City fans, I do, which is why I’ve compiled a list of fabulous getaway spots for us singletons to see this commercialised holiday through.
Jaw-droppingly beautiful, always camera-ready and charismatic… if ever a city was born to be the star of a reality television series, it would be Cape Town. Sharing the small screen with four American women who have left the comfort of the United States to work, live and play in our hometown, the Mother City makes her turn on television as the location for the hit new series, Clifton Shores.
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:
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.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6 ... the yearly countdown to the switch-on of the festive lights by Executive Mayor of Cape Town Patricia de Lille is a sure sign that the Mother City is geared up for her summer holiday season. On Sunday 2 December, 2012, this popular annual event will once again ignite the city’s cheerful spirit amid great fanfare.
Claremont forms part of Cape Town’s bustling Southern Suburbs and is one of the Mother City’s most recognisable areas. It is where you might find families enjoying a day of shopping and entertainment at the renowned Cavendish Square, bridal parties posing for unforgettable photographs at the Arderne Gardens, or students from the neighbouring University of Cape Town exploring the vibrant nightlife of the area.
“It’s blooming beautiful!” - That was the overall sentiment of Cape Town’s media and tourism VIPS at the launch of the South African National Biodiversity (SANBI) Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens’ Chelsea Flower Show Exhibition at the V&A Waterfront on Friday 30 August, 2013.
It’s a Cold Fact, Rodriguez fans: the legend himself rocked the Grand Arena at the Grand West Casino and Entertainment World in Cape Town on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 February, 2013.
Cape Town’s diverse multicultural ancestry has enjoyed the influence of many traditional cooking styles; but Mexican food, in particular, is on an upward trend in Cape Town these days. Chilli poppers, quesadillas, tortillas, fajitas, taquitos, enchiladas … you name it, we have it! And here’s where to satisfy your cravings …
Savouring the taste of the Cape Winelands’ pride and joy is an enjoyable experience and one steeped in history. From the pioneer fertile farm established by Cape Town’s first Governor, Simon van der Stel, during the late 1600s in Constantia to the Franschhoek wine estates founded by the French Huguenots settlers around 1692, the Mother City’s viticulture has grown from strength to strength.
The only thing greater than my passion for Cape Town is my passion for its food. I have often waxed lyrical about my top breakfast spots, lunch venues and all-you-can-eat buffet joints, but have yet to share my favourite dinner spots. I love breaking bread with you (even if it’s only virtually), so here are my top three Cape Town dinner spots:
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.
Cape Town Tourism and Heart 104.9FM hosted 50 of their lucky #LoveCapeTown Day radio competition winners on an unforgettable City Sightseeing Bus tour around the City Centre on Saturday September 29, 2012.
Bicycling is fast becoming a growing trend in Cape Town and South Africa. Wherever you go, you’re sure to spot at least one local on a bicycle, sans the spandex. Bicyclists use their bicycles for transport, fun and social gatherings rather than for the usual fitness reasons, but it does promote a healthier lifestyle.
It’s that time of the year again when hundreds of creative folk descend on Cape Town, the 2014 World Design Capital, for THE innovative event of the year: the 2013 Design Indaba. Held at the impressive Cape Town International Convention Centre and various venues in and around the chic city centre from Wednesday 27 February to Sunday 3 March, this year’s Indaba features four inspirational events you cannot miss.
So, it’s the middle of January (or, as our team likes to call it, Januworry) and you’re broke, but you simply HAVE to start shopping for that über-fabulous J&B Met, Swedish House Mafia or Madame Zingara outfit. Stash those credit cards, my frugal friends, and come and hunt for bargains with me at these shopping spots in Cape Town from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 January, 2013.
Baby, baby, believe it because it’s true… the Biebster is coming to the Mother City in 2013. In a spectacular concert that is sure to set the hearts of many tweens aflutter, multi award-winning pop star Justin Bieber will makes thousands of admirers’ dreams come true by performing live at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday 8 May, 2013.
Sometimes a girl like me gets really lucky twice in a lifetime … on Wednesday 20 February, 2013, I had the privilege of once again seeing my much-admired idol, Sixto Rodriguez, live in concert at the Grand West Casino and Entertainment World’s Grand Arena.
Upper St George’s Mall in the city centre is the home of a new open-air fresh food market: The Earth Fair Food Market opened last Thursday, February 17, offering city slickers with country longings a decadent weekly feast of organic food. Every Thursday, marketgoers will be treated to the finest farm-fresh offerings of smoked fish, speciality sausages, homemade pies, farm cheeses, fruit and vegetables, biltong, pâtés, organic nuts and grains, breads and more. For busy worker bees in the city, Thursday lunchtime or after-work festivities will now have the added allure of sushi, pasta or kebabs.
Local and international visitors can now add more quality entertainment to their Cape Town itinerary with the opening of Richard’s Supper Stage and Bistro in Sea Point. The multitalented cast of Kaapse Stories from the Mother City evoked a standing ovation with their rendition of Welcome to Cape Town…Welcome to Africa at the opening events, which took place on July 17 and 19, 2012.
Can you hear the rhythm of Afro-centric music playing through the streets of the Cape Town? Can you feel the pulsating beats of the drums through the city? Are you ready to be dazzled by the costumes and floats on display in the most urban of settings? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, you know it is time for the Cape Town Carnival 2012 on Saturday, March 24, 2012. The theme is Cape to Cairo: An African Odyssey, and it is set to attract thousands of spectators to the city’s Fan Walk on Somerset Road in Green Point.
It’s been a long time coming, but it seems that spring is finally on its way. The whales are in town and the flowers are magnificent, so there’s no better time to head outdoors. Here are five must-do adventures in and around Cape Town.
Let’s face it: not only is Cape Town the number one destination to visit on your travel bucket list, it’s the best place to get a taste of the African motherland. With a variety of world-class food and wine events all year round, the tasty Mother City is a food and wine lover’s dream vacation spot.
On Monday 1 April, 2013, we reported, via our Twitter and Facebook channels, on what looked to be another planet, namely Jupiter, spotted in the sky above our beloved Mother City and boy, did the video footage below look realistic.
Cameras flashing, actors rubbing shoulders on the red carpet and spectacular decor… it could only be the 47th Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards, held at the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch, on Sunday March 18, 2012. This prestigious, annual event is an initiative of the Distell Foundation and honours excellence in theatre by productions staged during a particular year.