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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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.”

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 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.

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.

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 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.”

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.

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’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.

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 food markets

Markets are a time-honoured tradition in the Mother City. In years gone by, they were places where sailors traded goods, veggies and other produce with locals before embarking on their voyages. In the 21st century, the nature of markets has evolved. Now you can sample and buy fresh, organic produce while simultaneously trying the day’s best dish and picking up a few household necessities.

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.”

Justin Bieber live in Cape Town: concert photos

They came in their thousands, they screamed at the top of their lungs and boy, did they Believe! Canadian pop star Justin Bieber had scores of Cape Town’s teenage girls (and their moms) enthralled at his sold-out concert at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday 8 May, 2013.

The best hiking routes in Cape Town

There’s no doubt that one of the nicest activities to indulge in is a good hike, and what better place to walking up a mountain, through great fynbos or along the coast than 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:

University of Cape Town: One of the most beautiful places to study

Accolades for Cape Town just keep rolling in. Last week, the University of Cape Town (UCT) was named one of the most beautiful universities in the world, by British newspaper The Telegraph. The newspaper said that it is UCT’s mountain setting that helped it clinch the third spot on the list. Top spot was taken by Oxford University followed by Harvard University. UCT is the only African university on the list.

Five amazing places for tea in Cape Town

Drinking tea is a gentle, languid pastime and there’s no shortage of amazing places to indulge in an excellent blend in our gorgeous Mother City. I did a tea meander in the Cape Town CBD and surrounds, and these are a few amazing places to sip and savour the leaves – be they from Ceylon, China, prepared by the Earl, or plucked in the Cederberg, like our local pride and joy, rooibos.

TripAdvisor’s top restaurants in Cape Town as voted by users

Top travel website Tripadvisor has released its list of favourite restaurants in Cape Town and it’s a doozie. Profiling 25 of the best establishments in the Mother City, comments range from decor, atmosphere, service and of course the food.

“Glitz and Glam” at the 2009 J&B Met – A Cape Town Tourism Flickr photo essay

The 32nd J&B Met – South Africa’s most prestigious horse racing event – took place on January 31, 2009 at Kenilworth Racecourse. With the “Glitz and Glam” theme, Cape Town’s beautiful people outshone the horses in an array of sparkling, flamboyant outfits. Freelance photographer Francois Willemburg captured all the glamour of the event.

Cape Town reviews on TripAdvisor: Global travellers love the Mother City

Capetonians are justifiably proud of their city. However, they’re not the only ones who think the Mother City is Africa’s most awesome tourist destination. See what independent TripAdvisor reviewers from other continents have to say…

Braai, braai, braai your boerie…

Ask any South African, and they will tell you that the braai – or barbeque – is a part of South African culture.So much so, in fact, that 24 September (Heritage Day) is now also popularly known as National Braai Day.

Mzoli’s Place – My first township experience

For a friend’s recent birthday, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to experience another side of Cape Town, an experience that is now firmly placed in my top five favourite things about Cape Town. Sadly, Ratanga had to fall away, but is still held close to my heart. Since early 2003, Mzoli Ngcawuzele’s business has been meat, through which he has transformed a run-of-the-mill butchery into one of the most popular experiences in Cape Town.

Search for Sugar Man Leads to Cape Town

Star-struck doesn’t even begin to describe our reaction to meeting not only Stephen “Sugar” Segerman and Craig Bartholomew Strydom, fans of musician Sixto Rodriguez and stars of the documentary Searching for Sugar Man, but also Eva Rodríguez, daughter of the music legend himself.