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The 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.
I 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.
It’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.
Just 90-minutes’ drive outside of Cape Town, deep in the Cape Winelands, lies the hidden gem that is Tulbagh; a sleepy rural village nestled in a mountainous valley, perfect for weekend getaways regardless of the season. With its natural beauty and rich history, Tulbagh is just aching to be discovered and explored. With a wealth of activities to take part in and loads of unique places to stay, here are some of my favourite Tulbagh gems:
American rockers OneRepublic will return to Cape Town as part of their ‘Native’ world tour next year. Remember, tickets to the show are available from Computicket at all of Cape Town Tourism’s Visitor Centres, including in the City Centre, Blaauwberg, Simon’s Town, Cape Town International Airport, Somerset West and Muizenberg. Get them quick to avoid disappointment!
Adventure tourism is a booming business and Cape Town is quickly becoming the go-to place for travellers looking for their adrenaline fix. From shark cage diving to abseiling down Table Mountain, the Mother City is the adventure capital of the world and she is waiting for you to cut loose. Here are our top 10.
Nature nerds unite! If you’re looking for one of the most enchanting earth adventures ever look no further. Fynbos is one of six floral kingdoms in the world and its the only one that occurs entirely in one country. Ours!
Cape Town played host to yet another sold-out show this past weekend with 30 Seconds to Mars packing the Grand West Casino on Sunday night. Frontman Jared Leto may not have been quite as active as fellow singer John Legend, but he still managed to snap a couple of pics – and post a video - to Instagram, chronicling his time in the Mother City. To be fair, the group didn’t spent quite as long in town as the R&B crooner, but it’s still pretty clear that the city worked its magic on Leto.
Commuters on the MyCITI rapid bus service will have more reason to jump on board with the City of Cape Town planning to offer free Wi-Fi. According to a report on BDLive, the city is conducting a pilot project which will allow access to the Wi-Fi while travelling or waiting at various stations in and around Cape Town. The news comes on the back of the city’s announcement on Thursday that it has entered into a partnership with Orange Wi-Fi service to provide Wi-Fi to people living in parts of Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain.
R&B singer John Legend was a hit in Cape Town with three sold-out shows and it looks like the Mother City left its mark on him as well. The legendary crooner and his wife – model Chrissy Teigen – were posting up on storm on Instagram as they captured their travels in the city this week, from yacht trips and show-time selfies, to more intimate moments on tour. John, you legend, thanks for coming, and hopefully we see you again soon!
Last night the SunStar Beacon of Hope was unveiled and lit up on Signal Hill. And it looks pretty spectacular. Designed by Christopher Swift and part of the World Design Capital initiatives, the SunStar was made with pieces of the fencing from Robben Island. Standing 24 metres high, this outdoor art installation will stay on Signal Hill for about six months before it’s moved, possibly to one of the properties of Sun International, who funded the piece.
The 2014 Stellenbosch Cycle Tour, presented by Liberty, has announced scheduled road closures and traffic delays in Stellenbosch and surrounding areas on race day.
With so much happening in #lovecapetown this weekend, it’s not a case of what to do in the Mother City, but rather can you fit it all in? We bring you some of this weekend’s top choices.
The Cape Town International Jazz Festival is a huge annual event that brings together top-class local and international jazz acts for the entertainment of those in the Mother City. It’s an event that people travel for and an event where if you’re not quick off the mark for tickets, you stand a good chance of missing out. Some of the line-up for the 2015 festival has just been announced and judging by the talent, the next Cape Town International Jazz Festival looks all set to impress the crowds.
Cape Town is one of the world’s greatest entertainers. Warm, welcoming and always seeking new and unique ways of showing off what she has to offer. Every day of the year, visitors and locals alike are treated to the myriad of fantastic events and activities on offer in the city. From open-air theatres to ziplines high above the Constantia Valley, here are four new and unique things you can do in the Mother City. Do one or do them all, just make sure you get involved.
In honour of Cape Town coming out on top of an Agoda.com survey for the global travel destination with the highest rated hotels, we take a look at five award-winning hotels located in the Mother City.
So you’re planning a spectacular adventure and beautiful Cape Town has tantalised her way into your consideration. When to come? And to coincide with what? Here is our insider’s guide to the most awesome events coming up in early 2015:
If you’ve been in and around Cape Town this past week and a bit, it would have been difficult not to notice the festivities surrounding the Volvo Ocean Race. We got up close and personal with the race leaders on the weekend.
Whether you consider yourself a connoisseur of beer or just enjoy drinking the amber nectar, the Cape Town Festival of Beer is tailor-made for you!
Go on and get out there….There is no excuse to stay at home with so much happening in and around Cape Town this coming weekend. #lovecapetown is waiting for you.
By far one of the best ways to see the views of Constantia is from the SA Forest Adventures zipline at Silvermist Wine Estate, near Constantia Nek.
With Valentines Day coming up in 3 months time and Cape Town becoming a growing hotbed (pun intended) for international marriage proposals, we take a look at some of the most romantic spots in the Cape to help you plan your next amazing ambush for your beloved.
This weekend we are spoilt for choice… best to do it all!
The new Watershed at the V&A Waterfront is officially the coolest place to buy Christmas presents this year. With over 150 trendy stands selling more than 365 different brands, you will definitely be your family and friends’ favourite person by buying them something super unique and truly Capetonian.
Here in South Africa it’s illegal to discharge fireworks displays in our own backyard for safety reasons. But there are plenty of parks and public areas designated locations for launching your pretties into the sky!
This year, Zombie Walk Cape Town and The Night Life have joined forces once again to bring you Cape Town’s biggest Zombie Walk yet. Here are some of the highlights of the day.
The 20th Cape Town International Kite Festival on the 1st and 2nd November 2014, proved to be as popular as ever with over 20,000 attendees enjoying the sunshine, the kites and a lively breeze!
The absolute best way to experience this incredible (almost overwhelming) city, is to learn from the locals. To discover what they do, what they like, what they eat. See, the locals are your insiders, your confidants, your peeps. They’re the guys with all the secrets to the best places to hangout, things to eat and stuff to do on a weekend. So to ensure that you don’t miss out on an authentic summer experience in the Mother City this year, we’re sharing our round-up of locals’ ultimate favourites according to your five senses: taste, touch, see, hear and smell.
Look down at the postcard. Look up at the beach. Look down at the postcard. Now slowly pick your jaw up from the ground. Yes, these 5 beaches in Cape Town are even more ridiculously good looking in real life than any picture could prepare you for.
By now you all know I’ve got a thing for amazing mini-breakaways in #lovecapetown… if it’s got a cool pool, delicious buffet, soft beds and breath-taking views, I’ll stay there. That’s exactly what the newly renovated Southern Sun Waterfront hotel on the Foreshore offers and it’s amazing!