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A Summer Road Trip through the Northern Suburbs

Nothing beats grabbing a few of your pals, hopping into your car and heading out on a gorgeous summer’s day. Last December, a few of my fabulous co-workers and I, all city girls, took an unexpected sightseeing drive through the Northern Suburbs and made some wonderful discoveries:

Cape Town bakeries: Sugar and spice and all things nice

Who can bake especially for you? In the Mother City, the Bakers Man certainly can. With a variety of quality bakeries, confectioneries and delicatessens all over the Peninsula, there is plenty to please the hearts and tummies of sweet-toothed locals and visitors. From the lip-smacking milk tart and spicy samoosa recipes passed down to us by our Dutch and Malay ancestors to the mouth-watering crȇpes and croissants we inherited from the French Huguenots, baking is a time-honoured Capetonian tradition and one we do very well.

Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour 2012 results

The 2012 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour in Cape Town was won by Reinardt Janse van Rensburg of Team MTN Qhubeka, after a tight sprint at the finish. The 110-kilometre race, which starts in Adderley Street and finishes in Green Point after a tour of the peninsula, is regarded as one of the most scenic cycling events on the planet. Popular sections of the route include Misty Cliffs and Chapman’s Peak.

New Year celebrations in Cape Town

When the clock strikes 12 in Cape Town on December 31, where will you be? If you still haven’t decided, or if you’d like to weigh up your options, check out this lineup of hip and happening events taking place in the city and surrounds.

Top gay travel destinations: Cape Town recognised in Out Now survey

Cape Town is among the top 20 gay travel destinations, according to a survey conducted by Out Now Business Class,who specialise in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender market. This comes after Clifton 3rd was last year named among the top 10 gay beaches in the world by GayCities.com.

12 amazing things to in Cape Town on 12/12/12

Mother City lovers, today is December 12, 2012…12/12/12, the last time our generation will ever experience a sequential date this century (the next one will be January 1, 2101!) Big deal, I hear you say… but in the spirit of keeping things fun (and in Cape Town, when are they not?), I‘ve put together a list of 12 amazing things to do in the Fairest Cape today:

Cape Town is the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice No.1 destination

TripAdvisor has announced the top 25 Travelers’ Choice 2011 best destinations and Cape Town, after 45-million travellers had their say, has been declared the world’s No.1 destination. TripAdvisor spokesperson, Emma O’Boyle, was quoted by PRNewswire as saying, “Cape Town is clearly the destination to beat. With beautiful scenery, great wine and gorgeous weather, it’s easy to see why Cape Town, which also played host to last year’s World Cup, has topped this year’s list.”

Top five year-round wedding venues in Cape Town

A blushing bride making her way down the aisle at an unforgettable venue; confetti strewn over a loving couple; and guests dancing to the backdrop of a spectacular view no matter what the season ... in Cape Town, weddings like these are guaranteed all-year long.

Diving with Dolphins – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

The spring southeaster is Cape Town’s harbinger of happiness, for it signifies that summer is finally here. From a diving perspective, it is fulfils another useful function: the wind is directly offshore and blows the dirty surface layer away. This is replaced by the ice-cold, crystal-clear water from the deep in a process known as “upwelling”. This nutrient-rich water is welcomed by the bait fish shoals, which are pursued by dolphins, snoek and game fish such as yellowtail. Following several days of a pumping southeaster, the water on Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard on Saturday, October 31 was about as good as it gets – 20m underwater visibility and a chilly 10°C.  

My Top Five Picnic Spots in Cape Town

Even the word picnic is loaded with nostalgia; for me it holds memories of homemade frikkadels, chicken drumsticks and large cold drinks enjoyed with friends and family in special places. Your picnic basket may have changed, as mine has. The frikkadels and drumsticks are from the deli and the chilled drink is more likely to be a local wine. What does remain the same is sharing this time with loved ones, in places that leave me feeling inspired and relaxed.

Cape Town’s architecture – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

I am very patriotic and love South Africa, the Western Cape and Cape Town, in particular. My greatest wish is for the preservation of Cape Town’s architecture, culture and environs. May future generations care for the City.

Burger King opens in Cape Town in 24 Hours!

American fast-food chain, Burger King, opens its doors in Cape Town for the first time tomorrow.

Bright and beautiful Bo-Kaap – Flickr pic of the day

This lovely image of Bo-Kaap was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Gaby Gang aka cosmopolitanphotography. Gaby says, “Bo-Kaap in Cape Town is a vibrant, colourful area full of wonderful, exotic smells drifting out of the wide open doors of all the little shops one can find there.”

Cape Town tuk-tuk taxis: ride in style from R25

Who needs four wheels when you can have three? Cape Town’s newest transport service, The Monarch Tuksi Company, recently launched a fleet of 20 brand new tuk-tuks to operate across the City Bowl and Atlantic Seaboard. Tuk-tuks are usually associated with cities in Asia and parts of Europe, but they are already causing quite a stir among tourists and locals in the Mother City.

Cape Argus 2013: Photos from the finish line

It was a photo finish for the men’s race in this year’s Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, with mere milliseconds separating the first group of cyclists. There was also plenty of other action at the finish line this morning – check out the photos here.

Cape Town road closures for Cape Argus Cycle Tour on March 13

Numerous roads in and around Cape Town will be closed to accommodate the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour on March 13 and motorists are advised to plan their routes carefully. Some of these road closures will become effective as early as 04h00 and many roads will remain closed until around 23h00 in the evening. Some of the areas around the city centre directly affected include Sea Point, Green Point, Camps Bay, Clifton, Bantry Bay and Woodstock. Outside the city, Cape Peninsula suburbs such as Llandudno, Noordhoek, Hout Bay, Kommetjie, as well as Southern Suburbs such as Mowbray, Tokai, Rondebosch, Newlands and Claremont, will also experience extensive road closures.

Kayli Vee Levitan’s best tea spots in Cape Town

Taking time out for yourself in Cape Town can take many forms. You can take a walk on the beach, enjoy a spa treatment, tuck into gourmet food and wine or sip on a perfect brew with a few sweet treats to delight you at high tea. Often the perfect way to catch up with friends or loved ones, high tea not only offers an afternoon of exciting new teas and treats that delight the eyes and palate, you can also enjoy all of this while admiring the splendour of your surroundings. I sampled a few high teas on offer around the city and found a few gems.

Eid Preparations with The Next 48Hours’ Naushad Khan

Muslims in Cape Town will be joining some two billion Muslims around the world this weekend to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, which means “the feast of the breaking” (to break the fast).

Red Hot Chili Peppers in Cape Town: photos

See photos from the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert in Cape Town and share any of yours with us on Facebook or Twitter, we will update images as they come in.

Cape Town at night – Flickr pic of the day

There really is no such thing as a dull moment if you’re in the heart of Cape Town’s city centre – as you can see in this photo by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Andries Steyn aka profpetrof. Andries says, “If you’ve grown up in the Cape Town region, you could easily take this world gem for granted. But as soon as you leave, you realise that there can be only one city.”

48 hours in Cape Town: 5 things to do

Cape Town is not only a great value-for-money destination, it also offers good value for time. You can see and do so much in a relatively short time, if that’s all you have. Here are some things to do if you have as little as 48 hours in Cape Town.

Matt Long of @LandLopers talks about his #LoveCapeTown experience

Matt Long has been on a whirlwind trip to Cape Town this past week as part of Cape Town Tourism’s #LoveCapeTown iAmbassadors campaign. Unlike the other iAmbassadors, this is Matt’s first time to Cape Town, which he says is similar to Sydney, possibly better.

New Year’s Eve 2012 parties in Cape Town

Three, two, one…Happy New Year! If your plans for ringing in 2013 include having fun, fun and more fun, we have just the list of parties. Enjoy the countdown on December 31, 2012 at the following fabulous events.

Weekend grocery shopping at the Old Biscuit Mill a must!

Whether you’re after the simple or the exotic, the fresh or the pre-prepared, the neighbourhood market at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, Cape Town, is the perfect place to stock up on tasty food. The market is held every Saturday – but make sure you’re there early to get your hands on the pick of the crop. There are over 80 stalls to browse at the weekend market and not all of them sell food. You can also find beautiful jewellery, trendy fashion and gorgeous bouquets of freshly-cut flowers.

Cape Town Holi One Festival photos and video

The Holi One Festival took place on the Grand Parade in Cape Town yesterday. An assortment of muscians performed throughout the afternoon and evening, while an even larger assortment of colours were released into the air every hour.

Cape Town’s sensational coffee shops in photos

The chilly winter weather in Cape Town practically begs you to enjoy a premium cup of Joe at any of the city’s top-notch cafes, restaurants and coffee shops. From Olympia Café in Kalk Bay to Field Office in the Fringe and Bean There Roastery in the city centre, you’ll find quick-handed baristas whipping up the tastiest and most aromatic caffeinated creations this side of the equator.

Robben Island – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

In celebration of Heritage Week, we look at Robben Island, once “home” to South Africa’s most famous political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela, and an integral part of South Africa’s history.

Penguin chicks on Boulders Beach – Flickr pic of the day

This lovely image was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member liquidpremium. Liquidpremium says, “This photo of baby African penguins was taken at Boulders Beach.”

Cape Town’s Hottest Cocktail Spots

The lingering hours of summer sunlight in Cape Town give us plenty of time to celebrate the “sundowner”.  We list a few of the best spots for enjoying the “cocktail season” in Cape Town.

Cape Town winter restaurant specials

Winter is here, bringing with it cooler weather and the need to fill up on some comforting, warm and delicious food. Luckily for us, Cape Town restaurants are making it their business to provide warmth and good food with some terrific specials. Get your soul food at the following superb restaurants: