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A Craft Beer Guide to Cape Town

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.

#InstagramDiary: GUILD Design Fair in Cape Town, World Design Capital 2014

Cape Town, our creative World Design Capital 2014, is bursting at the seams with a variety of artistic events this Autumn, and none more inspirational that the GUILD Design Fair, which was held at the V&A Waterfront ‘s Lookout venue from 28 February to 9 March, 2014.

Inspired by art at the Cape Town Art Fair

Read our review of the Cape Town Art Fair this weekend past at The Pavilion in Dock Road, V & A Waterfront.

The Power of a Hand Massage

It’s amazing how easily we underestimate the power of a great hand-massage. I know I certainly have. Thankfully I have seen the light, and trust me, I will never look back. It will become a must-have treat.  This is all part of looking after my own wellbeing.

Design Indaba showed Cape Town is ready for WDC2014

With the focus on Cape Town as World Design Capital 2014 it was exciting to see so many exhibitors incorporate this theme into their exhibitions at Design Indaba.

Your #lovecapetown Weekend: Friday 7 to Sunday 9 March, 2014

We are mere hours away from an eventful weekend in #lovecapetown! From cycle tours around the Peninsula to artistic fairs and rocking wine festivals, there is plenty to see and do in our hometown. Join me at the following events in and around the Mother City from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 March, 2014:

Your #lovecapetown weekend:What’s on from Friday 28 November to Sunday 30 November, 2014

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.

9 Ways Thando Can Make Your Life Easier when Exploring Cape Town

So you’ve come to Cape Town to explore, not only the icons but the little discoveries, the sights and sounds and smells and surprises - and what better way than through the eyes of a local?

Bafana Bafana make Cape Town proud at the opening match of CHAN

Few things compare to the anticipation and excitement on match day at Cape Town Stadium. The enthusiasm and optimism of the fans rubs off from shoulder to shoulder as you amble along the fan walk.

Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour makes it to Nat Geo’s Top 10 routes

On behalf of everyone at Cape Town Tourism, we’re so thrilled to announce that our Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour has been selected as one of the top 10 cycle routes in the National Geographic Book titled “Journey of a Lifetime – 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips.”

6 Magnificent Seaside Accommodations in False Bay

Home to some of the Cape’s most beloved seaside accommodation, False Bay combines mountain with ocean, penguins, birds and porcupines for wonderful getaways among some of South Africa’s most beautiful beaches.

Your #lovecapetown Weekend: Things to do from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 January, 2014

It’s your long awaited payday weekend in #lovecapetown and boy, is it going to be fun! From enjoying Shakespeare in the Park to blasting your vuvuzelas at a soccer match and rocking out with a legend in Bellville, there is plenty to see and do in the Mother City. Join me at the following events in Cape Town from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 January, 2014:

30 Seconds in the Mother City

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.

Cape Town Jazz Festival is on its way!

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.

The fan video that will make you fall in love with Cape Town all over again

Two #lovecapetown fans from Germany made an amazing video that perfectly captures the Mother City in all her glory.

Facebook Feedback Fridays: Your favourite running trails

Keeping fit is such a chore right? But with these top suggested running trails in Cape Town, even I can’t resist getting my pink running shoes on and hitting the road.

Facebook Feedback Fridays: Your recommended Cape Town accommodation hotspots

As we enter the holiday season, we welcome new and returning visitors to our beautiful city. Here’s what you guys recommended for guests spending their holidays in the Mother City.

Your #lovecapetown Weekend: Things to do from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 February, 2014

It’s the weekend in #lovecapetown, baby! Whether you are a music lover, rugby fanatic or comedy enthusiast, there is plenty to see and do in our fun loving Mother City. Join me at the following events in Cape Town from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 February, 2014:

Celebrating 20 Years of Freedom on Mandela Day

Cape Town Tourism, along with Uthando, Robben Island Museum and Tsogo Sun International, spent International Mandela Day - Friday 18 July, 2014 - with senior citizens of Masibathande.

Five reasons why my Mother’s Day experience at Cape Town’s Tsogo Sun The Cullinan rocked

I love both of my moms, Cape Town the Mother City and my vivacious amazing momma Soraya ,so when the second Sunday of May rolled around, there really was only one place of choice to celebrate their fabulousness – Tsogo Sun’s Southern Sun The Cullinan hotel.

#InstagramDiary: My Stellenbosch Wine Festival Experience

The Stellenbosch Wine Festival and Expo, presented by Pick ‘n Pay and held from January 24 to February 2, 2014, is yet another reason we Capetonians have to celebrate Cape Town.

Entries open for 99er race in Durbanville

Entries are open for the 99er Cycle Tour Challenge, the third largest cycle race in the Western Cape. The race acts as a seeding event for the Cape Town Cycle Tour and will be taking place in Durbanville on 7 February 2015. With close to 5000 people taking part in this year’s edition, we recommend you get your entries quickly!

#InstagramDiary: My Design Indaba 2014 Experience

I awoke on Monday morning with a sensory overload hangover and I’m blaming the 2014 Design Indaba Expo, held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from Friday 28 February to Sunday 2 March, 2014 for that, Cape Town’s creative piece de resistance!

5 Amazing Mountain Bike Trails in Cape Town and Surrounds

Picking our top 5 favourite mountain biking trails in Cape Town is like parent to pick their favourite child: we love them all for different reasons!

OneRepublic coming back to Cape Town!

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!

Cape Town International Kite Festival

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!

What to do on a Sunday in Cape Town?

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.

Free Wi-Fi planned for MyCiti buses

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.

5 Reasons You Should Watch the ITU World Triathlon Series at the V&A

The ITU World Triathlon series is the pinnacle of the sport and comes to Cape Town 26 to 27 April for the first time in 2014, going on to Yokohama, London, Chicago, Hamburg, Stockholm and Edmonton. Here are 5 reasons you should check it out:

Instameet Bakoven: Join in, capture and share your #lovecapetown photos with us

Calling all passionate Instagramers! We’re getting together this weekend for another epic instameet to show the world how much we #lovecapetown.