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3 Urban Markets You Have to Visit this Spring
10 Sep 2014
 
     

3 Urban Markets You Have to Visit this Spring

Alessandro Candiotti  for Cape Town Tourism

With the onset of Spring, life is stirring in Cape Town.

The city's fresh produce comes alive in ways both unexpected and fashionable. If you're a food lover these next few months are the ideal time to start exploring the organic amazing that is Capetonian market cuisine. But where to find it?

Here are our top 3 urban markets you have to visit this Spring for the best and freshest produce:   

NEIGHBOURGOODS MARKET / OLD BISCUIT MILL

Over 100 trendy stalls offer the finest in Capetonian lip-smacking treats, craft beers and wines each Saturday in Woodstock. Around the market is the Old Biscuit Mill, one of Cape Town's hubs of design, food and fashion stores. Don your cool clothes and feast with your friends in the fresh sunlight! www.neighbourgoodsmarket.co.za

V&A MARKET ON THE WHARF

Set in Cape Town's crown jewel of tourist locations, The V&A Waterfront, this culinary market tantalising fresh produce as well as designer appliances and a food bookshop. www.marketonthewharf.co.za

BO-KAAP FOOD AND CRAFT MARKET

Famous for the quirky culture and specialty foods, the Bo-Kaap brings koeksisters and samoosas, dried fruit, smoked snoek, pecan nut pie and milk tart into the equation - it's a perfect way to explore South Africa's vibrant Cape sub-cultures. [email protected]

Photo: neighbourgoodsmarket.co.za

Five Reasons to go Topless in Cape Town
3 Sep 2014
 
     

Five Reasons to go Topless in Cape Town

Nicole Biondi for Cape Town Tourism

What better way to experience a deliciously warm Cape Town day than by going topless? Picture it: feeling the kiss of the sun on your skin... the whisper of a gentle breeze… Wait a minute - you do know what I’m referring to don’t you? By topless, I am naturally speaking of the open-topped upper deck of the hop on-hop off Cape Town City Sightseeing Red Bus.

If you haven’t yet tried going topless yet, you're missing out!  Here are five reasons why... 

TWO OCEANS AQUARIUM

Take the Mini Peninsula Tour or Blue Route and hop off at the Two Oceans Aquarium. After exploring the multitude of world-class exhibits, take a seat in the amphitheatre in the I&J Predator Exhibit area and be amazed by this 2-million-litre display which an impressive range of predatory fish call home.

KIRSTENBOSCH

Next, hop off at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, the most beautiful garden in Africa, and take a walk along the “Boomslang” Canopy Walkway. The snake-like walkway winds through the treetops and offers spectacular views of the Garden and surrounding mountains.

GROOT CONSTANTIA

After you’ve worked up a thirst by exploring Kirstenbosch, hop back onto the top of the bus and then off again for the wine route section of the tour. Groot Constantia, the historic 300-year old wine estate just 20 minutes from the city centre, offers a decadent chocolate and wine pairing experience. 

AWESOME VIEWS

On your way back to the city, don’t forget to use your topless opportunity to snap some pics of the gorgeous sea and mountain views. 

CAMPS BAY BEACH

Finally, once you’ve had your fill of exploring the city and seeing the sights, make your final stop Camps Bay Beach. Here you get to kick off your shoes and wiggle your toes in the white sand while looking out over the crisp cool water...and at the crowds of beautiful people this beach is famed for accommodating.

The Quirkiest Out of Town Stay at Old Mac Daddy
20 Aug 2014
 
     

The Quirkiest Out of Town Stay at Old Mac Daddy

Leani Jansen van Vuuren for Cape Town Tourism

Been there, done that, right? Well, that’s just the refreshing thing about Cape Town. It continues to have unusual, unexpected but wonderfully creative surprises around every corner.

And literally around the corner from the Mother City, an hour’s drive on the N2 highway lays probably the quirkiest accommodation available for a weekend break-away: retro airstream trailers at Old Mac Daddy.

As you turn off the main way and drive in on the quiet country roads, you cruise deeper into the Elgin valley with a unique scene playing out in front of you: apple trees, vineyards and green forests. And up on the hill, twelve silver Airstream trailers peeking through the trees, overlooking the beautiful valley. Within 60 minutes, you have been transported from the hustle and bustle of a world city to a fairytale scene within the peace and quiet of nature.

Now you’re thinking – what’s so cool about staying a caravan right? Don’t think back to the days when you went camping with your parents in their Jurgens Penta. Think: original individually designed interior, comfortable built-in shower or bath and loo, living area, small kitchen area (with stove, microwave, kettle and wash basin) and your own look-out deck to soak up the views.

And if the bright and unusual caravans' interior get a bit too much for your senses, the designer farm lodge with its cosy restaurant, Brinny Breeezes, is also part of the package, which boasts a minimal Scandinavian open design to let you breathe and relax. You can even chill out on the coach with a game of scrabble, grabbing one of the books from the shelf or put on the kids’ favourite television show whilst you enjoy your food.

A wholesome buffet breakfast is included in your stay and Brinny Breezes also offer wonderful wood-oven thin crust pizzas as well as a great bistro-style menu with hearty country dishes. If in stock, do try the short rib pie with creamy mash and vegetables accompanied by the South Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (from the wine farm just across the road).

Let's end with some alliterations shall we, as Old Mac Daddy is indeed quite a quaint, quirky, quality and quiet breakaway. For something different, get in your car (or rent one if you're visiting), get a takeaway coffee and hit the road for an experience that will leave you both nostalgic and hip at the same time.

Photo: 4.bp.blogspot

Unearthing the Cape
13 Aug 2014
 
     

Unearthing the Cape:  3 Caves with Ridiculously Beautiful Views

Alessandro Candotti for Cape Town Tourism

Why are caves cool? There's a kind of primordial beauty to them. Especially the third of these, the burial site of a 12,000 year old cave-man! This list has been hand selected for the most glorious views in Cape Town and surrounds. Ready to unearth the ancient beauty of the Mother City? 

Check out our 3 top caves with spectacular views, starting with... 

1. ELEPHANT'S EYE

Silvermine Nature reserve is home to lynx, porcupine, tortoise, grysbok, baboon, black eagles and genet, as well as stupendous beauty, birdlife and the Cape's famous fynbos flaura (including the iconic South African Protea). Take the route either from the Tokai Arboretum by signing in at the thatch gate, or from the Tokai Lookout, accessed from the car park at the Silvermine reservoir. It's a 2 hour walk to the Elephant's Eye Cave. The cave is roofed by emerald ferns and the vineyards of Constantia stretch as far as the eye can see!  

2. THE CHAPMAN'S PEAK LOOKOUT CAVE

Chapman's Peak Drive, the outrageously gorgeous 9km route with lovey 114 curves, leads from Hout Bay through to Noordhoek. Just below the lookout point, a secret hideout awaits! The ocean expands into the horizon whilst alongside you sheer rock falls into the lapping waves.

3. PEER'S CAVE

When archaelogist Victor Peers first entered Peer's Cave, he found Khoi San rock art on the walls and abandoned stone tools from an ancient age. Deeper within, he found the bones of 9 people's scared burial ground, the most famous of whom - "Fish Hoek Man" - was nearly 12,000 years old! Explore up the dunes starting above 19th Avenue for a rewarding hike with unreal views of the surrounding landscape. No wonder the ancients thought it was a holy place!

Harbour House, V&A Waterfront
6 Aug 2014
 
     

5 delicious reasons to dine at Harbour House, V&A Waterfront in Cape Town this winter

By Fazielah Williams for Cape Town Tourism

If there’s one thing you all know pretty well about me by now is that I am truly, madly, deeply in love with Cape Town’s cuisine … seriously, the Mother City has me beholden to her tastes in the most scrumptious way. So when I was invited to indulge my insatiable appetite with the Harbour House V&A Waterfront’s divine winter menu, I could hardly refuse.

I could give you one reason to visit this portside establishment but I’m feeling generous so here are 5 delicious reasons to dine at Harbour House this chilly season:

1.Location, location, location: A gorgeous view just adds an extra special touch to any meal and with Harbour House’s prime spot right on the edge of Table Bay Harbour, this restaurant does indeed offer a spectacular experience.

2.Fireside dining: I’m all about the ambiance when it comes to my winter dining  spot choices and boy, does Harbour House V&A have it in spades – grab your one and only, a bottle of fine wine and cosy up to the roaring fireplace for that warm, fuzzy and filling feeling.

3.Eat, drink and be merry: The extensive menu changes monthly and July’s features the mouth-watering bouillabaisse; prime fillet of ostrich with oyster sabayon, onion varietals, bone marrow disk and baby asparagus; salted caramel chocolate delice with coffee ice cream and chocolate crumbs and more. Accompanied by an impressive selection of South African wines, a great feast is guaranteed.

4.Foodie love doesn’t have to cost a thing: So, you’re thinking that all of this gorgeous, styling dining is going to cost you a king’s ransom, right? With their fantastic set winter menu deal, you can dine to your heart’s content on a two course menu for R 170, spoil yourself proper with the three course meal for R 190 or dine ala carte from the usual menu .Totally worth every cent!

5.Celebs love it here – just last month, the gorgeous Claire Danes was seen tucking into at Harbour House V&A. Danes is in Cape Town, filming the fourth season of her hit series Homeland. And you thought dinner was going to be a stuffy affair…

For more information, please visit www.harbourhouse.co.za

Photo: Diva PR

3 Cool things to do at Table Mountain this winter
30 Jul 2014
 
     

3 Cool things to do at Table Mountain this winter

Fazielah Williams for Cape Town Tourism

As a visitor to our fair city, you’ve probably been told if not once, then a million times, that you simply MUST visit Table Mountain, Cape Town’s wonder of nature. Sure, that’s relatively easy to do in the summer, but just what is there to do at this iconic attraction in winter? Oh, if you only knew…

Grab your comfy, warm jackets and join me for the following cool things to do at Table Mountain this winter:

Spine-chilling views:

Weather permitting, the cable cars run daily from 08h30 to 18h00 and this gives you plenty of time to take in that magnificent 360 degree view of the Mother City.

Once on top, prepare to be astounded by the sheer magnitude of beautiful vistas – nothing beats watching a Capetonian sunset from the Twelve Apostles Terrace, the endless views of the Fairest Cape sprawled below  or spotting  one of 1 460 different species of plants and possible a Dassie or two.

Charge those camera phones – you’re going to want to take amazing photos!

Snuggling in style:

Let’s face it: there is nothing more romantic that snuggling with your beloved at a fireside and stargazing from the comfort of your tent. This chilly season, do it in style at the luxurious Orangekloof tented camp in the Table Mountain National Park.

For the nature and adventure lovers, the day-long hike along the Hoerikwaggo Trail from Table Mountain to the camp in the Constantia Nek Valley builds up quite the sweat and anticipation and is the ideal winter getaway for two.

Quality family time for less:

Travelling with your precious darlings and keen for an adventurous experience with a difference but watching your budget? Why not try the Cableway Kidz Season Special, which sees two kids riding the Cable Car for free, with every paying adult, each weekend, on public holidays and during the school holidays.

The fun-filled Kidz Season deal is a real treat for mini-adventurers who can collect treasure hunt maps from the Ticket Office, a sweet treat from the Shop at the Top and a Dassie Biscuit from the Table Mountain Café when they hand in the vouchers printed on the map. 

FYI: The Mountain is chilling out between Monday 28 July 2014 and Sunday 10 August 2014 for maintenance.

The Best Apps for Exploring Cape Town
23 Jul 2014
 
     

The Best Apps for Exploring Cape Town

Alessandro Candotti for Cape Town Tourism

Hey there explorer. Are you ready to take fate into your own hands?

Get connected with Cape Town when you pick up these 5 free apps and begin your adventure that much more adeptly:

1. EVERYTRAIL

Using GPS, EveryTrail creates an easy-to-read map as you explore, providing street names, a compass, audio guides and useful Points of Information.  Over 400,000 people have tracked their adventures on EveryTrail, so using these guides (e.g. A Photographers Tour of Cape Town), you can follow in their footsteps through Cape Town's most beautiful locations and local secrets.www.everytrail.com

2. PHOTOSYNTH

Photosynth meshes your photos together to create astonishing 360 degree, 3 dimensional landscapes. Check out this panorama of Chapmans Peak for example, or how about this beach shot of the Twelve Apostles or this 360 view of the tip of Africa? With it's immense natural beauty, Cape Town and Photosynth are made for each other! BONUS: Here's a fun 3D version of the Palais Garnier, Paris' famous opera house, to give you an idea of what's possible. http://photosynth.net

3. WALKING TOUR OF CENTRAL CAPE TOWN

Explore the city on your own terms and get your walk on!  With zero data charges (it's permanently available once downloaded) the app offers more than 60 points of interest with sound clips that play automatically as you near your destination. It's got a handy search function and it's content is periodically updated. A Walking Tour of Central Cape Town also provides contact info, pictures and audio clips for the Mother City's most beloved restaurants, museums and historical attractions.https://itunes.apple.com/za/app/walking-tour-central-cape/id557533717?mt=8

4. INSTAGRAM

The immensely popular Instagram uses a variety of easy-to-use filters to make ordinary photos look artistic. It's a one stop shop for making your Capetonian discoveries even more spectacular and your friends super-jealous of how ridiculously good looking you are. Instagram is also one of the world's largest social media networks, allowing you to follow the photo-feeds of your favourite people and brands. Don't forget to follow Cape Town Tourism whilst you're at it! http://instagram.com

Your Guide to Ultimate Glory: Bachelor Party Ideas in Cape Town
16 Jul 2014
 
     

Your Guide to Ultimate Glory: Bachelor Party Ideas in Cape Town

Alessandro Candotti for Cape Town Tourism

So you're thinking a cross between the mad tiger-blood fueled imagination of Charlie Sheen and the legen-dary lunacy of the great Barney Stinson? You've come to the right place. Welcome to Cape Town, home to the most glorious bachelor parties known to mankind. And yes, we do mean MANkind. 

Rustle your chest hair, because it's time for the games to begin when you...

1. HIT THE BATTLEFIELD

Experience a new breed of military simulation with the infra-red laser tag war games of Battlefield Live SA. It’s like paintball without the pain! Capture the flag, protect the VIP and try hunt down the snipers (they're ridiculously hard to see in BattleFieldLiveSA's authentic ghillie suits, the bachelor will probably mow all of you down like lambs) and engage with authentic military manoeuvres in live bush environments. Suitable for anyone from geeks to Rambos. www.battlefieldlive.co.za

2. NOW FACE THE PARTY BUS

For those after a plausible alibi, Sports Bus markets itself for tours and function experiences, but it’s really a party bus in disguise. Take a ‘Golf Tour’ (haha good one!) or adventure to the Ganzekraal Lapa (thatched roof party area), Theewaters Dam, Calabash Bush Pub and Boma or Newlands (for rugby or cricket) or just be blatant about it on a ‘Booze Cruise’ around the peninsula. Catering includes spit braais, steak braais and platters. 082 807 4438 

3. GO CLASSIC ~ MAVERICKS STRIP CLUB

In the unwritten rules of the BroBible, no bachelor’s is complete without some lithe naked dancers in compromising positions. Hit Mavericks - do a little window shopping here (warning NSFW!) - and get the man of the hour strapped to "The Chair" on the main stage (where all of the fun happens!). The groom and best man get free entry with groups of 10 or more and you'll get free food platters if you arrive before 9pm. www.mavericks.co.za

4. LEGENDARY ~ ABSEILING OFF TABLE MOUNTAIN

Imagine a rugby field. Now imagine a rugby field vertically. Down a mountain. 112m. Down one of the world's 7 natural wonders. Just lean into the abyss as your heart pounds 1,000m above sea level down the world's highest commercial abseil. The view is unmatched, encircled as you are by Chapman's Peak, Camp's Bay, clouds, sparkling Atlantic, the magnificient city of Cape Town and your closest friends. www.facebook.com/pages/Abseil-Africa/159420857480656?fref=ts

Photo: Abseil Africa

Celebs in Cape Town
9 Jul 2014
 
     

Celebs in Cape Town: Hollywood stars spotted in the Mother City

Fazielah Williams for Cape Town Tourism

Lights! Camera! Action! 

If you’re hearing these commands being shouted out while you’re enjoying a stroll in our bustling Mother City, chances are you’ve stumbled across a film set in movie-loving Cape Town.

With the fourth season of popular political thriller TV series, Homeland, starring the beautiful Claire Danes, currently being filmed here  and Hollywood’s bad boy himself Sean Penn being spotted at local coffee shop Truth Coffee last week, star-gazing has become Cape Town residents’ number one new favourite activity.

Our hometown is blockbuster material any given day, and now that Tinseltown has cottoned on to that glorious fact, thanks to movies like Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Searching for Sugarman,  Safe House and Invictus; we can expect to see more of showbiz’s brightest stars grace our picture perfect streets.

Academy Award winner Penn is rumoured to be in town scouting locations for his directorial debut feature film, The Last Space, and caused quite a stir at Dias Tavern in District Six when he popped by for lunch with his local production crew. 

Penn is said to have been amicable and warm towards fellow diners. World Design Capital 2014‘s CEO, Alayne Reesberg, was at Dias Tavern for a business meeting too and says: “Oh yes, he is charming. We waved at him and he waved back, twice.” 

Homeland is the second series in recent months to cast the Mother City as its background set, following in the cinematic footsteps of Baywatch spin-off, SAF3, and its cast and crew are excited to make our city their new base: 

“We are thrilled to have found a new home in Cape Town and look forward to getting season four's production off the ground”, said Alex Gansa, show runner and executive producer for Homeland.

Cape Town has been Hollywood central in the past six months with Katie Holmes and the cast of The Giver, Lily Allen, Bruce Springsteen and Eminem seen out and about on her sun-kissed shores.

Photo: Steve Crane

Free Winter School Holiday Things To Do
2 Jul 2014
 
     

Free Winter School Holiday Things to do with the kids in Cape Town

By Cape Town Tourism

So, the winter school holidays are upon us and you’re eager to treat your little ones but you’re just too strapped for cash to do the big ticket activities? No need to worry, Mom and Dad, because there are plenty of free things to do with the kids in Cape Town.

Bundle up your young ones, brave the chilly weather and join us for these free winter school holiday things to do in Cape Town:

Green Point Urban Park

On those rare, warmer winter’s days in Cape Town, why not take the kids to the Green Point Urban Park for a tasty picnic and exploratory adventures?

This open and inviting space welcomes family and friends of all ages. Ponds, free-roaming ducks, age-specific parks, outdoor gym equipment, and labelled gardens make for an adventurous and educational day out.  

Pack in the tricycles, roller-skates and family dog for an exhilarating outdoor family experience. www.gprra.co.za/green-point-urban-park.html

Noon Gun Blast Off

Give your mini daredevil the thrill of a lifetime, seeing the Noon Gun blast off up close on Signal Hill at midday.

With a short walk and history lesson about the Noon Gun, Cape Town’s oldest living tradition, on offer too, this is a great informative and free experience for tiny school holidaymakers. www.twitter.com/NoonGunCapeTown

The Company’s Garden 

With its endless grassy lawns, fish ponds, and squirrels, The Company’s Garden is an adventurous play place for kids of all ages.

Kids will be able to brush up on their knowledge of trees and the historical monuments that can be found around the park. 

They’ll also be able to feed squirrels and maybe even catch a glimpse of the legendary albino squirrel. www.capetown.gov.za

Kalk Bay, Hout Bay and Table Bay Harbours

Treat your little wanna-be Jack Sparrows to the incredible views and day to day operations of a working harbour in Kalk Bay, Hout Bay or Table Bay and let them marvel at the sights of big ships, seals, tug boats and fishing trawlers up close.www.capetown.gov.za

Photo: Lacoste Official

My Ultimate Winter Winelands Escape
25 Jun 2014
 
     

Cascade Country Manor, My Ultimate Winter Winelands Escape

Crystal-Lynn Pretorius  for Cape Town Tourism

Whoever said a luxurious stay in the Paarl Winelands is solely a summer activity?

My recent decadent getaway to the impressive Cascade Country Manor proved that not only is a gourmet-loving, spa treatment-worthy and activity-filling winter break possible, it’s also totally necessary!

On a recent media trip, my partner and I discovered all that this boutique hotel has to offer – from a beautiful onsite cascading waterfall (and the Manor’s namesake) to a fully functional kids' play area (complete with a pool, trampoline and jungle gym) and hiking trails that lead into the neighbouring Limietberg Nature Reserve.

The former royal residence (the Manor belonged to the Duke of Bedford) is also close to the Nelson Mandela Statue at Groot Drakenstein Prison, Butterfly World and the Taal Monument which makes for a great day of cultural activities.

Add in the cosy décor throughout the 15 rooms, roaring fireplaces, the world-class spa which uses products made from the olives grown onsite (you simply MUST try them) and divine meals cooked by owner and chef Volker Goetze - and you have the ideal winter Winelands escape, a mere 44 minutes  from Cape Town.

I could wax lyrical all day about the amazing Cascade Country Manor but as they say, a picture speaks a thousand words.

Say I do at Cascade:

Getting married? Cascade Country Manor is renowned for its wedding hosting capabilities (expertly managed by the in-house events team) and its naughtier-than-most honeymoon suite (think ceiling mirrors!). Make your big day extra special, the Cascade Country Manor way.

For reservations, please call +27 (0)21 868 0227 or email [email protected]

Photo: Crystal-Lynn Pretorius

9 Ways Thando Can Make Your Life Easier
18 Jun 2014
 
     

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

Alessandro Candotti for Cape Town Tourism

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? Especially one who gives you free stuff! 

Cape Town Tourism has launched an innovative mobile Visitor Information Centre called Thando to assist visitors to explore (aka fall in love with) Cape Town. Here are 9 ways Thando will make your Cape Town adventure that much easier: 

1. GET FREE BOOKINGS: 

Thando’s staff will organise everything free of charge!

2. GET YOUR TICKETS:

Vendors will assist with online purchases via Computicket and Webtickets.

3. GET FREE WIFI

Chill out on the locally designed chairs and tables and explore Cape Town online.

4. GET INSIDER TIPS

Thando is manned by informed Cape Town Tourism hosts, who offer personalised assistance based on insider knowledge.

5. GET TAKE AWAY INFO

Get yourself a free Official Cape Town Visitor’s Guide, as well as a variety of other informative brochures to help you explore Cape Town’s riches.

6. SUPPORT RESPONSIBLE TOURISM

Thando’s operations unit is completely solar powered. It also uses Mercedes-Benz’s BLUE EFFICIENCY to optimise fuel consumption and reduce emissions.

7. LEARN THE LINGO

Thando will help you understand the locals and get a bit of trendy South African under your belt. Thando means "love" in IsiXhosa, one of South Africa's 11 local languages.

8. WIN PRIZES

Guess where Thando is each day and win, including a road trip to Cape Town. The competition runs from 9 - 27 June.

9. GET LIVE UPDATES AND USEFUL INFO ONLINE

Follow #Thando on twitter via @CapeTownTourism and on Facebook via I Love Cape Town

Photo: Deon Gurling

Your Top New Things to Do This Winter
11 Jun 2014
 
     

What’s New in Cape Town: Your Top Things to do this Winter

Fazielah Williams for Cape Town Tourism

Thought Cape Town only had really cool new things to do in summer? 

Ha! Winter in the chilly Mother City is my favourite time of the year because not only are there unbelievable specials on offer but there is also a feast of GREAT fresh events, activities and products to experience.

Now, quit your moaning about how it’s too cold to go out and join me for these belly-warming, soul-rejuvenating, heart-racing new things to do in Cape Town this winter:

Boomslang Aerial Walkway at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

If the idea of getting a 360 degree view of the surrounding mountains and Cape Flats from the top of the ridiculously beautiful Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden gets you all hot and bothered, you simply cannot miss out on a visit to the recently opened Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway, aka Boomslang (tree snake).

Fair warning – the stroll to the Boomslang, a physical commemoration of the Garden’s 100 year anniversary in 2013, is at least a brisk 15 minutes long but trust me; the picturesque vistas are totally worth it! Gorgeous even in the pouring rain, this unique Garden structure is also wheel-chair friendly.

Remember to wear your wellies (gum boots), as the Garden can get quite muddy, and don’t forget to pack your umbrella and camera for those must-have “I was there” pics. www.sanbi.org

Lucky Fish&Chips

So, you’ve got an epic night of partying all along Long Street planned but you’re starving and nachos just ain’t gonna cut it… why not head down to Lucky Fish&Chips for your late night snack?

With some legendary specials including a R29.50 half portion of fried hake and chips and trading hours from 10h00 to 22h00 Mondays to Saturdays, this seafood joint is a party animal’s foodie dream. www.facebook.com/LuckyfishandChips

Clay Shooting Luxury Charters at the V&A Waterfront

Got a killer aim and dying for some sea breeze action? It doesn’t get better than a clay shooting experience on-board a luxury charter in the Table Bay Harbour.

Departing from the impressive V&A Waterfront, your exhilarating charter escapade includes 15 shots per person at clay pigeon and all of your adventure necessities including guns, licences, ammo and an experienced facilitator. www.waterfrontcharters.co.za

Cape Town Winter Restaurant Specials 2014
4 Jun 2014
 
     

Cape Town Winter Restaurant Specials 2014: Cool places with cheap meals to eat at in the Mother City

Fazielah Williams for Cape Town Tourism

Do you know why I love the chilly season in the Mother City so much? It’s because, besides being able to curl up with endless mugs of hot chocolate and good books by a roaring fireplace all over my hometown, I can also enjoy tucking into a variety of lip-smacking, hearty, cost-worthy meals in #lovecapetown.

From delicious bottomless soup to table-laden buffets, I just can’t get enough of the indoor, affordable culinary delights on offer in our gorgeous city.

Brave the cold air and join me for these centsable Cape Town Winter Restaurant Specials:

MONDIALL KITCHEN & BAR

Get your scrumptious lunch at the V&A Waterfront harbour side for less this autumn with Mondiall Kitchen & Bar’s unmissable autumn specials.

Apart from a delectable range of classic dishes and Tapas that include some interesting Asian favourites, Mondiall Kitchen & Bar serves two Lunch Specials from 11h30 to 15h00 from Monday to Friday.

My personal favourite? The already famous Mondiall Wagyu Burger, a juicy pure beef cheeseburger served with crispy fries and a draft of ice-cold CBC craft beer for just R95. www.mondiall.co.za

TWELVE APOSTLES HOTEL & SPA

The only thing I love more than the amazing ocean views at the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa is their Leopard Bar High Tea, and now it’s getting a cocoa infused makeover, with the indulgent “Chocolate Tea by the Sea” special.

Running from until July, this must-do experience includes chocolate cupcakes with lime buttercream and Orange & chocolate macaroons, to Chocolate crémeux and Chocolate brownies worthy of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ eccentric chocolatier, Willy Wonka.

You know where to find me… www.12apostleshotel.com

5 ROOMS THE RESTAURANT AT THE ALPHEN

How does a five course meal paired with the impressive Klein Constantia wines in the Winelands sound to you?

I’m practically salivating at the mere mention of crème brulée, roasted duck, beetroot chip with salmon pate, served with the Vin de Constance and more! www.alphen.co.za/5rooms

Photo: Five Star PR

Where to find the best burgers in Cape Town
28 May 2014
 
     

Where to find the best burgers in Cape Town

Stuart Buchanan and Lynnette Johns for Cape Town Tourism

In the epic fight to be crowned Cape Town's best gourmet burger, there can be only one winner ... 

Below, we lift the bun-lid on some of the most delectable burgers. Let your taste buds be the arbiter.

ROYALE EATERY

A favourite of Salma Hayek's and other Hollywood celebs, Royale Eatery in Long Street has long been considered the rightful heir to the "best burger" throne. Its reputation rests on its attention to detail, from the quirky decor, to the impeccable service from friendly waitresses, to the impressive choice of burgers on the menu. Royale burgers push the very boundaries of burger size – large in portion yet still just about the right size to pick up. It also has what is probably the most extensive choice of vegetarian options of the many restaurants in town, never mind just burger joints. In the gourmet burger world a side is not necessarily included in the meal, but here it is. And you can choose between sweet potato fries, salad or regular chips (or, if you ask nicely, maybe a mix of those) to go with your 160g patty of perfection.

DOG'S BOLLOCKS 

It was one of the city's best-kept secrets for a while, with only a select few (hipsters, trendsetters and some locals) privy to the brilliance at Dog's Bollocks in Roodehek Street, Gardens. Now, it's become a firm favourite ... if you can get your hands on a burger, that is. Chef Nigel Woods makes only 50 burgers each night, which he sells for between R50 and R55 each. They comprise a range of styles and sauces, including Mexican mole, pepper, the good old cheese burger and po boys. The establishment, which has achieved legendary status, does not offer cutlery, while seating is 1980s-style garden furniture. Woods does not take reservations – it's first come, first served. It is best to get there around 5pm. The burgers live up to expectation: juicy and saucy with no hint of pretentiousness. 

BEEFCAKES 

Darling, you have to try the burgers at Beefcakes in Somerset Road, Green Point. It is more than a gay hang-out spot – the huge patties are to die for. You can create your own burger or choose from a long list, which includes Buffy the Hamburger Slayer, a patty groaning with a thick slice of matured cheddar cheese, caramelised onion, avo and creamy mushroom sauce. You can choose between beef, chicken, ostrich or vegetarian. All the burgers are served with fries, potato wedges or a side salad.

Free Ways to Exercise in Cape Town
21 May 2014
 
     

Free Ways to Exercise in Cape Town

Alessandro Candotti for Cape Town Tourism

It’s time to get out of the office into the sunlight, escape your emails, talk to real people and breathe real air. You’ve heard that exercise can not only make you sexier, it can also help you not develop half the world’s known diseases. You’ve also heard it’s expensive to do properly and that it sucks trying to get out of bed that early. Here are some of Cape Town’s solutions to your problems, all of which are completely free.

1. FREE GYM

The Sea Point Promenade has been outfitted with an outdoor gym situated among the merry-go-rounds and slides of the popular strip. The gym is completely free and open to the public 24/7. The experience is refreshing, with everyone from pram-pushing mamas to shredded fitness freaks and goofy kids enjoying the surrounding Promenade in the sunlight. You can wash off proud sweat of your first efforts in the sparkling ocean nearby.

2. BOND WITH YOUR COMMUNITY

A free 5km timed run in Rondebosch allows you to meet real people in the community who can help you successfully guilt-trip yourself into coming back next week. Every Saturday at 8:00am in the Rondebosch Common, a whole bunch of friendly enthusiasts run for the pure enjoyment of running and then invite you for coffee afterwards at Michael's Café & Deli.

3. SEE THE WORLD (IN THE DARK)

If you’re not big into daylight public performances, try out a crown jewel in Cape Town’s night fitness when you hike up Lion’s Head under the full moon. In addition to having absurdly beautiful vistas of Cape Town and Camp’s Bay, Lion’s Head has lots of overseas visitors who will gladly share a glass of wine with you at the top. It’s about an hour to two hour walk, best done with a group of poetic friends over the weekend.

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