Rob PetersThe Titanic has always held me in its thrall. The ill-fated voyage of the most famous ship in history is a story that you could not make up – complete with villains, heroes and ultimately tragedy. So when the Titanic Expo sailed into Cape Town this month, I was first in line to snap up a ticket.
Bianca ColemanThe Belmond Mount Nelson, affectionately known as ‘the Nellie’, or ‘the Pink Lady’ – the distinctive rosy hue was mixed specially for the hotel in the 1920s – has a fascinating history which dates back to when it was opened in March 1899.
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THE gin floodgates have been opened in Cape Town. Not only do we have at least three dedicated gin bars and at least two locally produced tonic waters, but it’s becoming a popular spirit to distill with new brands emerging into the market all the time.
Green Point is known to be the Soho of Cape Town thanks to its bustling nightlife, great restaurants and amazing coffee shops. But there is more to this neighbourhood than what meets the eye.
Rugby in South Africa is close to religion. Acolytes of the game follow every tackle, pass and try with relentless fervour. This weekend marks the start of the latest Rugby World Cup and while the Springboks won’t be at home, Capetonians across the city will be descending on bars and pubs to watch all the Bokke games. Here are 10 of the best places in Cape Town to catch the rugby!
There are many ways to see Cape Town, but perhaps the best is from the air. The city is easy on the eye and every year visitors are drawn to its natural and man-made attractions. Whether it is the flat-topped Table Mountain with its thick, shimmering ‘table cloth’ or the Aerial Cableway that takes you to the top, the city is full of wonders.
The V&A Waterfront is home to many an interesting shop, great restaurants and quite a few museums. There are also many different places where you can pick up a truly unique item to take home or give as a gift. One such place is Donald Greig Sculptures.
It’s about that time of year when we’re all feeling a little under pressure. More than half the year has flown by and we’ve worked our tooshies off juggling work, family and friends. It’s getting a bit stressful. Here are 10 fun and unique ways to recharge your batteries in and around Cape Town. These are sure to leave you feeling refreshed and re-energised for the next part of the year.
The month of September not only heralds the arrival of Spring in Cape Town, but it is also the start of World Tourism Month and heritage month in South Africa, with World Tourism Day celebrated on 27 September. Here are 10 ways you can celebrate Tourism Month in Cape Town.
In my experience there are two types of whisky people – those who do and those who do not. You either like it, or you hate it, there doesn’t seem to be much room for indifference or sitting on the fence.
On the verge of celebrating its 10th birthday Fork is the original tapas restaurant in Cape Town, something which is now so trendy the style of eating can be found far and wide.
Spring is on the horizon and summer is not far behind. It’s time to shed the winter layers and avoid the ‘spring-rolls’ by hitting the gym! Hit the weights, fire up the treadmill or put on the gloves, here are some of the Mother City’s top places to train.
Summiting Table Mountain has become even easier with the launch of a free MyCiTi shuttle service between the Lower Tafelberg bus stop at Kloof Nek and the Cableway entrance.
We all get a bit busy sometimes so we can’t always go out to dinner and then see a show afterwards or vice-versa. So, it’s really handy when you find a venue where you can do both at the same time! Here we’ve rounded up some of the best dinner-and-a-show venues in Cape Town.
Can’t leave home without your furry friend? How about a doggie adventure in Cape Town? There are plenty of options, from beach and forest walks to meals specially prepared for your canine companions.
Resident Evil star Milla Jovovich is currently filming the latest installment of the popular zombie franchise and the statuesque star is sharing the Mother City’s unrivalled beauty with all her followers on Instagram. Check out some of her awesome pics!
When you wake up in the morning to find yourself covered in glitter and your pillow smeared with streaks of face paint, chances are you were playing with Madame Zingara the previous night.
It feels like just yesterday that we were all dressed up, walking the fan walk, blowing our vuvuzelas, chatting to absolutely every international visitor we encounter along the packed fan walk and generally just high on the gees of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. We loved it, we lived it, and we kind of miss it. If you’re looking to get as close to it as possible and a chance to relive some of the great memories, then the Cape Town Stadium Experience is for you.
Celebrate Women’s Day on Sunday, 9 August with a star-studded concert at the Cape Town City Hall and all for a worthy cause. All proceeds raised at the concert will go to Project Flamingo, an initiative aimed at supporting women faced with a breast cancer prognosis.
Sure, the V&A Waterfront might not be a ‘neighbourhood’, but it sure is a massive hub of activity! Accommodation, restaurants, shops, entertainment, adventure, it has plenty of everything – there’s a reason it’s so popular after all. So, yes, it’s not strictly a neighbourhood, but with so much to do at the V&A we decided to include it as an honorary one.
So what’s a girl supposed to do on a dark and stormy night in the middle of the week? Climb under the duvet with a good book and some hot chocolate? Not bloody likely! THIS girl grabbed a mate and we dodged fallen branches and ankle deep puddles to get to the Baxter Theatre to catch the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival.
The Cape Canopy Tour in the in the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve was recently named by Lonely Planet as the second best new attraction in the world, I have been desperate to experience since they began operating last year and recently got a chance. Suffice to say I was not disappointed.
“Irasshaimase!” the waiters say to welcome every new person who descends the staircase at One&Only Cape Town’s Nobu. As the first African restaurant from Michelin-starred chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, it gives classic Japanese cuisine a contemporary twist.
Just an hour-and-half outside of Cape Town, Saldanha Bay is the perfect place for a sneaky weekend – or mid-week – breakaway! Blue Bay Lodge has a number of awesome deals for you to take advantage of this winter!
Cascade Country Manor has become firmly fixed in my mind as Paarl’s best kept secret. Nestled between an olive grove and a buchu plantation, it is the perfect haven for a cosy winter weekend to recharge and detox. And as I am in a generous mood, and because something as good as this needs to be shared, here are 5 reasons to visit.
You’ve seen our list of 50 restaurants to try and we received such great feedback on that one that we simply had to make a list out of all the suggestions. Here you go - 50 restaurants to try as recommended by locals.
South Africa is a huge golfing nation and Cape Town is home to some of the best golf courses in the country. Having produced 10 Major winners - two women and eight men – the country has enjoyed considerable success in the sport and the Southern African Museum of Golf and Golf Hall of Fame at the V&A Waterfront has done a fantastic job capturing both the history and our impressive success.
The City of Cape Town has announced a special offer on ticket prices for the inaugural Cape Town Cup this weekend. Get yours now!
If you’re looking for a healthy, practical and green way of seeing the Mother City, Up Cycles – the city’s first drop-and-go bike rental company – needs to be your port of call.
Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) is one of the fastest growing water sports in the world and it is quickly taking hold in South Africa, not only as a sport, but as a fitness-orientated pastime as well. Like surfing, part of the draw is the physical element, without it ever feeling like a workout. But unlike surfing, it doesn’t take very long to get to grips with the basics.
The Waterfront has truly grown into a place for everyone. On top all its current offerings – shopping, eating, nightlife, water sports, boat trips, helicopter rides, accommodation, creative designer spaces and so much more – the V&A continues to expand. The latest space set to make waves is Workshop 17. This is an innovative space where those involved in entrepreneurship and creating a positive social and economic impact can meet, work and network.
The Cape Town City Centre is where it all happens. A combination of work and play, it is where everything comes together. During the day it is a hub of activity, but it is at night, when the curtain is drawn back, that the true soul of the Mother City is revealed. It is only once the sun sets, that the city truly comes alive.