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September 21, 2012

What would you include in a Cape Town city guide book?

One of our Facebook fans would recommend a concert at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in her city guidebook. Photo courtesy André van Rooyen

There’s no one quite like a local to let you know where the best spots in Cape Town are. Whether you’re a first-time visitor, a seasoned traveller or even a resident from another suburb, the best tips always come from people who live, work and play in the city and its surrounds.

A great way to share these insights is through travel blogs, social networks and city guides. Cape Town Tourism recently played host to a group of travel writers who shared their (glowing) opinions of the city almost instantly across a variety of online and social media.

We also regularly get insights from our social media fans and followers. This morning we posted a question on the I ♥ Cape Town Facebook page asking fans to provide one tip about Cape Town for travellers. Here are some of their responses:

From Harriet Booysen Williams, a homesick Capetonian in Atlanta, USA: “Mr Pickwick's milkshakes. Street food on Long Street. Eat a Gatsby! Sunset catamaran champagne cruise @ the Waterfront. Watch a concert @ the Botanical Gardens. Drive around aimlessly with a tank full of gas and an extra memory card in ur camera. :) #missinghome”

Gail Cullingworth Dell says tourists should “... support all the great community development programmes and initiatives that flourish quietly behind the scenes... the real backbone of our country. Run by dedicated, visionary leaders...”

Barbara J Cairns says, “Stop and chat to the flower sellers”, while Luis Embalo recommends gatsbys and curry buns at the Grand Parade.

Emma Jane Kritzinger has a practical tip – always carry a jacket and sunscreen. “You never know when you might need them!”

Even though the web is proving more and more popular as the place where people go to research their trips, there is still a very important spot for the good old-fashioned city guide book. And as these books go, there are few that can rival the Lonely Planet.

The seventh edition of the Lonely Planet City Guide to Cape Town and the Garden Route will be published on October 5, 2012 and is already available for pre-order. The book provides an all-inclusive guide to the Mother City and its surrounds and is particularly useful for those moments when you simply can’t access the internet.

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