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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You love Cape Town and you love Instagram. And who wouldn’t? This city was made to photograph and Instagram makes it so easy to share your love for everything Cape Town! Join the local Cape Town Igers for a #LoveCapeTown Instagram Walk on Monday, the 23rd of September at the Clock Tower at the V&A Waterfront at 4:30pm.
Are you ready for 48 hours of non-stop fun in #LoveCapeTown and beyond? Whether you’re admiring sea views and frolicking whales, immersing yourself in poetry or being active outdoors, there is plenty for you to do along our gorgeous coast this weekend. Join me at the following events from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 September, 2013:
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.
Do you know what day it is, Mother City lovers? It’s wonderful Wednesday and that means I want to know Where You Would Rather be in #LoveCapeTown today!
It’s been a year of legends rocking music-loving #LoveCapeTown… we’ve seen the likes of Rodriguez in February, Metallica in April and had Bon Jovi and Justin Bieber playing back to back in May. Now, comes the news that the iconic Canadian rock band Nickelback will be making their Mother City debut at the Grand West Casino and Entertainment World’s Grand Arena on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 December, 2013!
Shutterbugs and Instagrammers, how would you like to win an iPad Mini, just for doing what you do best – taking jaw-droppingly amazing photos of one of #LoveCapeTown’ s most iconic attractions, the impressive Cape Point?
In 2012, Cape Town Tourism rocked the social networking world by hosting four international bloggers on a series of experiences around our hometown and getting them to share their adventures on their platforms. This ultimately contributed to us winning the Travel + Leisure SMITTY Awards (Social Media in Travel + Tourism Awards) in the category Best Overall Use of Social Media, CVB, Global. From Wednesday 18 September to Monday 7 October 2013, we are set to do it again so join us in giving our #LoveCapeTown bloggers Rachel Lucas, Abigail King and Carol T. More a warm welcome to our inspirational Mother City!
If there is one thing Capetonians are good at, other than socialising of course, it’s braaing. Whether it’s meat or fish, you can be sure that on a spectacular summer’s day (winter too!), you will find us gathered around the fire, enjoying each other’s company, the tantalising aroma of meat on the grill and our breathtaking city views.
You’ve heard her vibrant, upbeat voice on local radio station Heart 104.9FM’s Afternoon Drive show and seen her at events around the Mother City but do you know what makes the gorgeous Keri Miller #LoveCapeTown?
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.
We asked local Capetonian blogger Dawn Jorgensen to share her Top 5 places to take a first time visitor to Cape Town and this is what she had to say: “The decision to visit Cape Town by any tourist or friend should be richly rewarded with a list of the must-sees on offer. In a city like ours, it isn’t easy to narrow these down to just a handful and when I was thinking about the Top 5, my mind – and heart, burst with recommendations. These making my final list.”
Stuck at your desk on the other side of the world and dreaming of Where You Would Rather be in #LoveCapeTown this Wednesday?
Can you feel the air brimming with innovative ideas and creativity in inspirational #LoveCapeTown? Yes, it’s that time of the year again…. Creative Week 2013 is coming to the Mother City!
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.
Not just an affordable accommodation option The Backpack is also a pioneer in responsible tourism, offering eco-friendly hospitality in the heart of the Mother City (74 New Church Street, Cape Town).
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.
Can you feel it, Mother City lovers? Your entertaining weekend in #LoveCapeTown is on its way! From 80’s legends in concert to literary festivals and moving theatrical productions, there is so much to see and do in our hometown this weekend.
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.
Imagination is a wonderful thing to have and nothing piques it quite like reading. In the Mother City, there are plenty of interesting spots to ensure your reading pleasure. Whether you’re browsing through a well stocked bookstore, attending literary events like the Open Book Festival or Cape Town Book Fair or just spending a lazy afternoon reading in the Company’s Garden, Cape Town is at the top of the bestseller’s list. Get a page-turning experience at our top spots.
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:
Capetonians are weather sensitive creatures and nothing makes them happier than the arrival of spring – turn on some sunshine, add a spray of spring blossoms and everyone is in a good mood!
With Spring finally here after a long winter, we can officially start saying things like “summer is just around the corner”. This means that at long last, we will all be emerging from hibernation and going out more. These are my Top 5 Cape Town hot spots right now.
“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 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?
I’m a big fan of Cape Town. I’ve had the luxury of living in a few other cities so I feel I can make a fair comparison, but every so often I need to get out of the Mother City. Recently, I picked Paternoster as my weekend destination, and before my girlfriend even had time to say “It’s the weekend!”, we were off.
Snow in Cape Town is a rare and exciting sight and while there’s nothing worse than being stuck at work or in another another city when all you want to do is build a snowman, at least you can share in the excitement via social media. Here’s a collection of our favourite #CapeSnow pictures from all over the web.
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.
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.
We’ve grabbed a few of our favourite Instagram pictures from the past couple of weeks, shared with us using the #LoveCapeTown tag.