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Spend the last few days of the year at the annual Cape Town Summer Market at the Company’s Garden. It is open every day from 12pm to 11pm until Monday, December 30 2013.
There is something about sipping a chilled glass of premium white wine on a bright, sunny day, surrounded by acres and acres of gorgeous greenery that simply screams summer in the Cape Winelands. With our rich and tasty viticultural history and endlessly beautiful estates, it’s quite difficult to choose my favourites but here are my top three Summer Winelands spots:
Inspired by legendary hitmaker John Lennon’s “Imagine’, in which he famously sang “You may say I’m a dreamer but I’m not the only one”, 100in1day (#WDC412), is an invitation to every “dreamer” in the city to do something in a public space that delights, inspires, creates connections between communities and improves the quality of lives - all in one day.
When you first set eyes on the SAS Assegaai, there is a definite feeling of nostalgia, pride even. This grand old dame has seen better days, but there is something regal about her, despite the rust and algae clinging to her hull and the fading lettering across her sail.
Foodies, are you ready to sink your teeth into this year’s premier gourmet event, the Taste of Cape Town festival?
#lovecapetown fans, are you ready for a jam-packed weekend in the Mother City?
We’re celebrating our creative Mother City’s designation at the 2014 World Design Capital this year but what could she, and our motherland, South Africa look like in two decades from now?
The J&B Met is mixing-it-up and with the dawn of 2015 we are all Made For The Mix – which means anything goes! If you’re still looking for the perfect outfit, these stores need to be your last-minute stop before a day at the races.
Baboons are a hotly debated topic in the Western Cape, and particularly so with regards to their interactions with tourists who explore some of Cape Town’s natural treasures such as Cape Point.
The world’s most beautiful marathon, the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon will once again be held in gorgeous Cape Town from Friday 18 to Monday 21 April, 2014 and where better to rest your weary mind, body and soul that at premier hotel group Tsogo Sun?
If you could choose any job in the world, what would you choose? Here’s our roundup of some of the coolest jobs in Cape Town.
#lovecapetown, it’s my favourite weekend of the year! Why, you ask? Well, because, friends, it’s my birthday weekend and there is nowhere I’d rather spend it than in the fabulous Mother City.
Walking through the ‘Da Vinci: The Genius’ exhibition at the Chavonnes Battery Museum in the V&A Waterfront, is like stumbling upon a porthole leading to a brilliant mind.
Christmas 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.
Three weeks, 740 entries and there could only be one winner … Congratulations to Troy Smith, the lucky winner of our Win a Road Trip in Cape Town competition!
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:
“If ever you miss a dinner date with your girlfriend, common sense tells you that you’d better have a good excuse. Which I did… on both counts. And my excuse was outstanding. I was attacked… by a lion… at an office party… in a strip club… in Jo’burg. Well… ok… let me go back to the beginning.” And so starts ‘Wild’, a highly-entertaining one-man show starring multi-award breaking comic Robert Fridjhon.
What do you get when you combine the Mother City’s most opulent accommodation with an up and coming designer township project? Why, the Nykanyezi Gallery, a collaborative initiative between the world-renowned Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel and World Design Capital (WDC) 2014’s Maboneng Township Arts Experience, of course!
Here’s the thing I love most about my job: I get to hang out with some of the most interesting visitors to our beautiful Mother City and the coolest by far are the Vagabrothers, winners of MyDestination’s Biggest Baddest Bucket List competition, who jetted into Cape Town from Wednesday 30 October to Wednesday 6 November, 2013.
The 2014 Stellenbosch Cycle Tour, presented by Liberty, has announced scheduled road closures and traffic delays in Stellenbosch and surrounding areas on race day.
Who loves gourmet events in Cape Town? I do, it’s true, and I just CANNOT wait for the Good Food&Wine Show 2014 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from Thursday 29 May to Sunday 1 June, 2014.
If you ask a young black man to go on a Township tour, the answer you’ll get is usually a NO. ‘I got out of the hood, why do you want to send me back”? That’s the sentiment shared by most young black men such as myself. We aspire for a different reality and one with lavish surroundings at that, you know “the good life”. I’m grossly exaggerating here but you get my persuasion, right?
Explorers come from all over the globe to discover the tip of Africa. Getting you there is where we come in. Begin your voyage into the unexpected with our ultimate guide to getting around.
Jenny Morris, Food Networkand Travel Channel Celebrity Chef presenter and judge, visits Vrede en Lust to see what this farm offers up.
Walking toward Winchester Mansions, with the Atlantic Ocean stretched out to our right and the clouds folding over Table Mountain to the left, the promise of a 5-course wine-paired meal was the highlight of our day.
With Youth Day on June 16, the anniversary of the student uprising in 1976, rolling around this weekend, the Mother City’s children and their wellbeing are at the forefront of our minds.
Voting for WWF’s Best-loved Sustainable City closes on Thursday 20 March, 2014, so everyone who loves Cape Town needs to declare this online before then to generate votes for the Mother City.
Whoever said a luxurious stay in the Paarl Winelands is solely a summer activity?
Cape Town is an unusual city, one that reveals increasingly more the closer you look. Here are 4 cool ways of exploring Cape Town from refreshing new angles. You never know what you’ll find next.
There’s something for everyone in Cape Town this weekend! Here’s your weekend events wrap-up.