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Cape Town Tourism by Lauren Edwards - 1d ago
Djembe drums are hourglass-shaped, hide-covered drums with a distinctive African sound. The drums have their origins in West Africa, and the name apparently comes from the Bambara saying “Anke djé, anke bé”: a call for everyone to assemble in peace. That’s what djembe drumming is all about: unity. Djembe drumming happens in groups, and it’s about coming together. It’s also a great way to meet and connect with people, and learn a little about the African heritage of this important instrument. Here are a few places you can join in the fun and dance to the beat of your own drum. Gold Restaurant Gold is an opulent African dining experience. It’s hailed as a ‘taste safari that will transport you from Table Mountain to Timbuktu’, with a 14 course Cape Malay and African menu. The set menu contains delicious African cuisine like Malawi sweet potato cakes, Cameroon Benne chicken salad, Xhosa pot corn bread and South African Mandazi (cinnamon and sugar-coated pumpkin fritters). Get hold of a City Pass for a free Djembe drumming experience at Gold restaurant Website: goldrestaurant.co.za View this post on Instagram "Gold was a great choice to get to know more about African culture. It is not only about food, but also about music and entertainment. As soon as you get there, you see a unique ambient. The paintings, waiter's garments, music, and tablewares resemble African themes." – TripAdvisor Review Book your GOLD experience today by clicking the link in our bio! – – – #2019 #thegoldrestaurant #thegoldexperience #southafrica #goodtimes #rainbownation #friends #westerncape #afrikaans #capetown #zulu #food #culture #TripAdvisor #review A post shared by GOLD Restaurant (@goldrestaurantcapetown) on Mar 16, 2019 at 11:53pm PDT Touareg Trading Touareg Trading is a shop selling African crafts and artifacts on Longmarket Street in the heart of the city. Every Saturday from 3-6pm there is a free drum circle session. Just arrive and settle in with your djembe drum, under the leadership of an experienced drummer. It’s a great way to connect with people from all walks of life, and it won’t cost you a thing. They also offer workshops and lessons, which you need to book for. Touareg Trading also sells the drums, so if you fall in love with the rhythm you can take it home. Website: djembe4all.com/drum-circle View this post on Instagram #terramundicreators #capetown #livefromsouthafrica #touaregtrading A post shared by Mercedes Tristão (@mercedestristao) on Mar 21, 2015 at 6:30am PDT Drum Circle & Braai with Vuyo at Casa This Airbnb experience offers the chance to enjoy an upbeat afternoon of drumming, a braai (a traditional South African barbecue), snacks, beers, and new friends. You couldn’t hope for a better guide than Vuyo Katsha. He is a musician, storyteller, historian, and healer. His career spans decades, from performing at the Atlanta Loympic in 1996 to a nomination for SAMA award in the Best African Artist Category in 2017. The experience includes a meal, snacks, drinks, a drumming experience, and storytelling accompanied by Mbira, Bakita percussion, and Kayomba percussion. Website: airbnb.com/experiences/151184 View this post on Instagram A post shared by Vuyo Katsha (@katshamusic) on Jan 27, 2017 at 12:05am PST   Planning a trip to Cape Town? Book flights, browse accommodation, and rent a car now to get the best rates. The Cape Town City Pass gives you access to over 70 of the top Cape Town attractions, tours, and things to see and do, including the popular hop on hop off City Sightseeing bus. For inspiration and insider tips, follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Tag #lovecapetown to share your pics with us, or subscribe to our newsletter to get the best Cape Town has to offer sent direct to your mailbox. 

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Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs are vast, starting from Observatory just outside of the city, skirting Devil’s Peak through Newlands, Claremont, and Wynberg, and round the side of Table Mountain to Constantia. The neighbourhoods are leafy and suburban, with many little eateries, bars, parks, and other hallmarks of suburban life. For those looking for a quieter Cape Town day, the Southern Suburbs are a great place to spend a day exploring. Morning: Take a hike or stroll There are some lovely walks, hikes, and parks in the Southern Suburbs where you can work up your appetite for a good breakfast. Newlands Forest has some beautiful shady trails, which can range from light forest walks to big half-day hikes, depending on the route you choose. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, also near Newlands, is the starting point for the popular Skeleton Gorge Hike. For those who prefer a quiet stroll, try Arderne Gardens in Claremont. It’s a Heritage Site filled with beautiful and exotic trees, and a lovely place to relax and wander among the shady glades. Tokai Forest has wonderful running and mountain bike trails. Breakfast time One thing the Southern Suburbs has no shortage of is amazing breakfast spots. Whether you’re after an extravagant brunch or a healthy, light brekkie, there are plenty of places worth trying. Starlings Café is one of the area’s most popular breakfast spots. It’s unsignposted and tucked behind a tall hedge on one of the main roads in Claremont, and locals love it. Get there early if you’re around on a weekend, because it fills up fast. The Larder, in the Claremont CBD, does wonderful healthy brunches, and Four & Twenty in Chelsea Village does a great eggs Benny. Constantia also has many great eateries. The Alphen Hotel’s La Belle Bistro & Bakery is the perfect spot for a croissant and coffee in the shady courtyard. Green Vine on Silvermist Estate is fantastic for brunch, as is Open Door on the Constantia Uitsig Estate. Bistro Sixteen82 on the Steenberg Estate does upmarket breakfasts for those who want a real treat, and Skotnes at the Norval Foundation has a great breakfast menu, served overlooking their sculpture garden. You really can’t go wrong! Mid-morning: choose your own adventure You have a few options to while away time until the afternoon. Observatory is a great place to spend a few hours exploring. You can browse little antique and thrift stores, stop for coffee, or pay a visit to the South African Astronomical Observatory, which gives the suburb its name. You might consider returning in the evening if you’re around for the second or fourth Saturday of the month. Visitors are invited to an evening programme which includes a talk and, if the weather is clear, a chance to observe the night sky through the telescopes. You could also work off your brunch at CityROCK, an indoor climbing gym with facilities including bouldering, sport top rope and lead climbing, automatic belay walls, and a yoga studio. For those who like beer, sport, or both in equal measure, don’t miss a trip to Newlands. This is home to the Newlands Rugby and Cricket Stadiums, as well as the Newlands Brewery. All of these offer guided tours, which are a great way to spend a few hours. If you’re into art, instead spend the rest of your morning at the Norval Foundation. It is a contemporary art museum and sculpture garden that is situated in the natural beauty of the Constantia Winelands. There are nine gallery spaces, a wetland sculpture garden, restaurant, bar, and museum shop. You’ll also find a play area for kids, and kids art workshops. The art exhibitions rotate every four-to-six months, so there is always new art to see. Afternoon Set aside the afternoon to explore the magnificent wine estates that make up the Constantia Wine Route. The estates are Constantia Royale, Klein Constantia, Silvermist, Constantia Glen, Constantia Uitsig, Eagle’s Nest, Groot Constantia, Beau Constantia, Buitenverwagting, and Steenberg. Each offers something unique, from great wines and restaurants to picnics, views, and rich history. One of the best ways to experience these farms is aboard the City Sightseeing Constantia Valley Wine Bus. The tour takes you to three wine stops (Groot Constantia, Eagles’ Nest and Beau Constantia) and riuns on a regaular schedule, so you can take your time at each estate. Get your tickets for the City Sightseeing Constantia Valley Wine Bus now Dinner The Constantia area has some truly amazing restaurants, some of which have won multiple awards. Try La Colombe at Slivermist for a multi-sensory fine dining experience, or Chef’s Warehouse at Beau Constantia for marvelous views and exquisite food. Steenberg’s Bistro Sixteen82 is another great option for upmarket, beautifully plated food. If you’re in the market for something more laid back, you’re truly spoilt for choice. There are fantastic steak houses like Cattle Baron, The Avenue, Brad’s Grill, and Hussar Grill. Some of the city’s best burger joints are in this area too: try Hudson’s, Banana Jam, Oblivion, A Touch of Madness, or Hello Sailor. After dark If you’re still raring to go once the sun goes down, there is plenty to do. Many little local bars can be found all over the Southern Suburbs. Observatory is where you’ll find live music, comedy, pool tables, dancefloors, and a bustling nightlife scene. Check out Oblivion for quiz nights, Banana Jam for a huge selection of craft beers, or Foresters Arms to watch the game over some beers. Planning a trip to Cape Town? Book flights, browse accommodation, and rent a car now to get the best rates. The Cape Town City Pass gives you access to over 70 of the top Cape Town attractions, tours, and things to see and do, including the popular hop on hop off City Sightseeing bus. For inspiration and insider tips, follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Tag #lovecapetown to share your pics with us, or subscribe to our newsletter to get the best Cape Town has to offer sent direct to your mailbox. 

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Cape Town Tourism by Rochelle De Beer - 2d ago
The CBD is the heart of Cape Town, and Long Street is its major artery. Running all the way from the Cape Town Convention Centre, cutting through the middle of the CBD, and ending at Kloof Street, Long Street is a major part of the city’s street culture. During the day the street is a full with people visiting the interesting shops and café that line the street, and when the sun drops behind the mountain the activity intensifies around the street’s many restaurants, bars, and clubs. If you’re looking to get a headstart on exploring Long Street, then here is what you need to know. Royale Eatery Royale is a legendary burger joint that serves some of the best gourmet burgers and milkshakes that Cape Town has to offer. It’s unique in that it also caters for vegetarians and vegans—with a lot of care and thought put into their veggie burger options. Website: royaleeatery.com View this post on Instagram Summer evenings are perfect for dinner on our balcony, or drinks on the top floor at @waitingroom.ct Give us a call to book your seat for dinner upstairs at Royale, or just come along if you're heading to The Waiting Room, which is always first come, first served for seating. Photo by @zackiea A post shared by Royale Eatery (@royale_eatery) on Dec 29, 2016 at 2:52am PST The Waiting Room A lounge and rooftop bar situated above Royale Eatery, The Waiting Room is a trendy part of Cape Town’s nightlife. It hosts a mix of live music and DJs, and the rooftop has spectacular views of the city and mountain. It can get pretty full so prepare to wait a while for drinks. Website: facebook.com Galbi At Galbi, Korean BBQ comes with a South African twist. Tucked away down a side alley, Galbi has a bright and cheerful ambience and a menu that fuses Korean flavours with South Africa game meats like Springbok and Zebra. Website: galbi.co.za Mesopotamia Hookah pipes, belly dancers, and Kurdish folk music—dining at Mesopotamia transports you instantly to the Middle East. The meze-style menu is great for sharing and features some delicious Kurdish delicacies. There is also a belly dancing show on most evenings so your after-dinner entertainment is guaranteed. Website: mesopotamia.co.za Mama Africa Mama Africa is a raucous African experience right in the heart of Long Street. There’s an African band playing every night, a menu that incorporates some wild taste experiences (fancy a bit of crocodile, anyone?) and a busy bar where locals and tourists mingle on every night of the week. Website: mamaafricarestaurant.co.za Lola’s Lola’s has long been a favourite spot to grab a late breakfast after a long night out. It has a ton of options for breakfast and lunch–including some great vegetarian fare–and also offers stellar smoothies, coffee, and craft beer. Website: lolas.co.za Fiction Fiction is a busy club on Long Street that hosts local and international DJs.  They promote a variety of musical styles, and have regular nights that cater specifically to select genres, so no matter what music you like you’ll find something that’ll give you moving.  If you’re looking for a party then Fiction shoulder be number one on your list. Website: facebook.com View this post on Instagram We hope you've all got some awesome costumes ready for Friday night at #NightmareOnLongStreet! #fiction #fictionbar #longstreet #art #design #artoftheday #flyerdesign #fictionnights #techno #deephouse #electronica #electronicmusic #electro #dnb #trapmusic #capetown #capetownliving #southafrica #igerscapetown #halloween A post shared by Fiction (@fictionbar) on Oct 25, 2017 at 4:53am PDT Beerhouse You’ve got 99 problems, but beer ain’t one. The Beerhouse has 99 different types of local and international beer and is one of the best places to go in Cape Town if you’re a bit of beer connoisseur. They offer tasting trays, so you can try a bit of everything, and a fantastic menu that is designed to complement the brews. Website: beerhouse.co.za The Dubliner The Dubliner is a comfortable, old-school Irish bar at the top of Long Street. It features live music on every night of the week but is particularly busy on weekends, when it becomes a late-night destination for locals and tourists to converge and drink and dance the night away. Website: dubliner.co.za View this post on Instagram Welcome to the Dubliner, Cape Town. Follow us: @thedubliner_capetown Location: 251 Longstreet, Cape Town —————————————————————— #capetown #southafrica #longstreet #bars #nightlife #pubs #thedubliner #beers #guinness #kilkenny #cocktails #lifestyle #clubs #entertainment #livebands #thingstodo #selfie #drinks #food #ireland #nightout #music #tourists #placestobe #sportsbar #tequila A post shared by The Dubliner Cape Town (@thedubliner_capetown) on Jul 15, 2016 at 8:23am PDT Second Time Around Second Time Around is an iconic vintage fashion shop on Long Street. The shop has been around for ages but consistently manages to source amazing vintage fashion–everything from retro jewellery to fur coats. It’s a little more pricey than your average secondhand shop, but if you’re looking for something unique and don’t mind paying a little more, then this little store is a goldmine. Website: secondtimearound.co The Long Street Antique Arcade The Long Street Antique Arcade is a small labyrinth of antique shops catering to both serious collectors and the casually curious. You can find African and Asian art, maps, historical military gear, coins, and vintage clothing. Website: theantiquearcade.co.za View this post on Instagram All that glitters!Sourcing from one of my favourite vintage stores in #CapeTown #Glitterati #longstreetantiquearcade A post shared by Bronwyn Day (@papillondreams) on Mar 16, 2016 at 6:03am PDT Afraid of Mice With the tagline “The clothes you wish your mother had kept for you”, Afraid of Mice is another secondhand gem on Long Street. The clothes are a carefully curated collection of vintage items that you won’t find anywhere else. If you’re looking for something eye-catching and unique then check this shop out. Website: afraidofmice.com Merchants on Long Merchants on Long is a concept store that features cutting-edge African fashion and accessories. It’s a unique space that stocks designers from across the continent. If you’re looking for bold patterns, interesting fabrics, and statement accessories, then Merchants on Long is the place to shop. Website: merchantsonlong.com View this post on Instagram #goodmorning #merchantsonlong #capetown A post shared by MERCHANTS ON LONG (@merchantsonlong) on Aug 29, 2017 at 11:01pm PDT  

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When you visit Cape Town, you’re spolit for choice when it comes to the kind of accommodation you choose. There’s everything from luxury hotels to rooftop Airstream trailers and everything in-between. Cape Town has many fantastic hotels, guesthouses, apartments, and BnB’s, but those travelling on a tight budget may want to explore other options. If you want to get the most out of your budget, a hostel or backpackers is a good choice. Here’s why. Book your stay now with Booking.com Make new friends If you’re hoping to meet new people on your trip, a hostel is the way to go. You’ll meet travellers young and old from all corners of the globe, and many locals hang out at the on-site bars at backpackers. There is no better way to meet like-minded friends while travelling than booking into a hostel! On-site bars Many of the backpackers and hostels in Cape Town have places to eat and drink on-site, so you can easily grab a bite to eat or join your new friends at a bar without having to worry about where to go. These bars are often affordable, full of like-minded folks, and some of them have live music in the evenings. Save your money for what matters Hostels and backpackers are a really affordable option. Staying in a hostel is one of the only ways to find great accommodation in the heart of the city without having to blow your budget on a room. You can get a bed in a dorm for as little as R150-300 ($10-20) a night in some establishments. Private rooms cost a little more, but they’re still a lot cheaper than other options, and you get great value for money. Search for affordable hostel accommodation now using the Booking.com portal below:  High quality accommodation Gone are the days of dingy hostels with questionable cleanliness: Cape Town’s backpackers are a pleasure to stay in. Most places have great facilities, like comfy lounges, a pool, free wifi, and many more. Browse your options on Booking.com to see what’s available. Join in on great activities Most backpackers and hostels have travel consultants that can help you book for sightseeing and other activities. Some offer group hikes or bar crawls, and almost all of them can help you arrange your itinerary according to your time and budget while you’re in the city. No matter what your idea of a good time is—hikes, running, drinking at a bar, seeing the major tourist sights, or simply chilling with a good book—the staff will be able to help you organise a trip to remember! Read about our favourite backpackers in town Planning a trip to Cape Town? Book flights, browse accommodation, and rent a car now to get the best rates. The Cape Town City Pass gives you access to over 70 of the top Cape Town attractions, tours, and things to see and do, including the popular hop on hop off City Sightseeing bus. For inspiration and insider tips, follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Tag #lovecapetown to share your pics with us, or subscribe to our newsletter to get the best Cape Town has to offer sent direct to your mailbox.   

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Cape Town Tourism by Charles Human - 2d ago

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When you’re planning a holiday, booking flights from your home country is just the first step. Getting around in South Africa is easy and affordable if you know where to look. Your best option is to go local, and Cape Town Tourism has partnered with Travelstart, a local flight booking platform, to help you book the most affordable local flights for your trip. Search for internal flights now Major Airports in South Africa There are a number of international airports in South Africa. OR Tambo is located in Johannesburg and it is the busiest airport in the country. This is where the majority of international flights land. Cape Town International Airport also has a large international terminal, but few countries fly direct here; many flights stop over in Johannesburg. It’s a good idea to check for local flights between Cape Town and Joburg. You can save a lot by booking these internal flights separately through a platform like Travelstart. Lanseria International Airport is a smaller airport located just outside of Johannesburg, and is a good place to fly to if you want fast local transfers in the Joburg area. The Nelspruit International Airport is a good option for those who want to get to Kruger National Park and other game parks in Mpumalanga. There’s also King Shaka International Airport in Durban. With airports in 130 cities in South Africa, it’s possible to get just about anywhere in the country by air. South African Airlines There are many local flight operators: you’re spoilt for choice. Budget airlines like Kulula, Mango, and Flysafair are great choice for shorter trips. They are no-frills carriers who offer internal flights to most cities. The main national airline is South African Airways (SAA), and they fly to most major cities. SAA offers perks like in-flight meals and the option to book seats with extra leg room. While all of these airlines offer bookings directly for their website, Travelstart allows you to choose your destination and dates and compares results from all airlines so you can find the best prices. How to search for affordable local flights Travelstart is a leading flight booking service in South Africa. You simply enter your dates and destination, and you’ll be met with many options. You can filter by price or check which route is fastest. Your booking takes place through them, and you can do everything from making payments to checking in online. Keep an eye on their website or sign up to their mailer for flight specials: there are regular specials with really great deals on local flights in South Africa. Planning a trip to Cape Town? Book flights, browse accommodation, and rent a car now to get the best rates. The Cape Town City Pass gives you access to over 70 of the top Cape Town attractions, tours, and things to see and do, including the popular hop on hop off City Sightseeing bus. For inspiration and insider tips, follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Tag #lovecapetown to share your pics with us, or subscribe to our newsletter to get the best Cape Town has to offer sent direct to your mailbox. 

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Cape Town is a multi-faceted city, with something to offer everyone. Those with an interest in history are no exception. The city was home to the Khoi and San people thousands of years ago, and later became the centre of European colonisation. It has endured colonisation, slavery, naval battles around its shores, survived Apartheid and eventually, became a massive part in the birth of South Africa’s young democracy. Here’s a comprehensive guide to Cape Town for history buffs. Visit the Bo-Kaap In the 18th century, the Dutch brought slaves to the Cape from India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and the Indonesian Archipelago. These individuals and their descendants largely built the city, and once they were freed many settled in the Bo-Kaap. Here, you’ll find the oldest mosque in the country—the Auwal Mosque in Dorp Street—and the oldest Muslim cemetery, the Tana Baru Cemetery. There is also the Bo Kaap Museum, housed in a building that dates back to 1768 and dedicated to showcasing local Islamic culture and heritage. Read more about the Bo-Kaap Go wine-tasting Cape Town is rightly famous for its wine production, with a viticultural history dating back to the 1650s. Cape Town’s Mediterranean climate, with its rainy winters and long, dry summers, provides the perfect growing conditions for grapes. Visit Groot Constantia to explore the history of Cape Town’s wine, including the old Manor House and Cloete Cellar. You can also taste one of the first wines produced in the Cape—sweet Grande Constance. Read more about the history of wine in Cape Town Visit the Iziko Museums There are many fantastic museums in Cape Town. If you want to understand the cultural landscape of Cape Town, don’t skip the Iziko Museums. Iziko Museums of Cape Town is the official name given to the group of national museums located near the city centre, otherwise referred to as the city’s ‘Museum Mile.’ Highlights include the Iziko South African National Gallery, Iziko Michaelis Collection at the Old Town House in Greenmarket Square, Iziko at the Castle of Good Hope, Iziko Groot Constantia, Iziko Slave Lodge, Iziko Maritime Centre, Iziko Social History Centre, Iziko Rust en Vreugd, Iziko Koopmans-De Wet, Iziko Bertram House and Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum. Check out the art There are a few places to view important South African and African works. Zeitz MOCAA is Africa’s largest art museum. It showcases the incredible art of Africa and its diaspora and is a truly world-class institution. The architecture alone makes the museum worth a visit. The building is made up of curved concrete lines, with light pouring in through the cylindrical structures. It’s housed in an important historical landmark—the old grain silos, built in the 20s—and the building gives visitors a stunning cross section of the old industrial site. The Iziko South African National Gallery features permanent collections of South African, African, British, French, Dutch and Flemish art. There are also temporary exhibitions of paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, beadwork, textiles and architecture, which provide insight into the extraordinary range of aesthetic production in this South Africa and the continent. Read about more places to see art in Cape Town Experience the noon gun Percehd atop Singal Hill is the Noon Gun, which is fired daily at noon. This is one of Cape Town’s longest-standing traditions. The gun was fired for the first time in 1806. It was used as a signal (hence Signal Hill) to ships in Table Bay. These are the oldest guns in daily use in the world. The noon gun has been one constant in Cape Town’s colourful and ever-changing history, with the tradition surviving colonial occupations, wars, and apartheid. Head to the V&A Waterfront Just a few decades ago, South Africa’s oldest working harbour was an uninviting, industrial port. Today, the V&A Waterfront is one of Africa’s most popular destinations, attracting millions of visitors each year. Here, the old world charm of the historical harbour collides with the truly world-class modern shopping experience. There are many museums, free audio tours, and memorial sites to explore. Explore Simon’s Town Simon’s Town is one of South Africa’s oldest towns, situated 35km outside Cape Town. This neighbourhood’s rich maritime history makes it worth a visit, and it is home to the South African Navy. Simon’s Town is really an attraction in its own right, and you will need to set a full day to fully explore it. Make sure you take a walk down the Historic Mile, and stop off at the bronxe statue of Just Nusiance, Cape Town’s most famous dog. The South African Naval Museum has a lot of Naval exhibits, collections, and very interesting facts and knowledge, and you can visit free of charge. The Warrior Toy Museum houses a permanent display of 4,000 model cars, 500 dolls and teddy bears, miniature dolls’ houses and rooms, two fully operating miniature railroads, lead soldier displays, Meccano, ships, and many other miscellaneous toys and models. The museum also has a sales section for collectors. There are also a number of walking tours you can take in the area. Read more about Simon’s Town Visit District 6 Before the apartheid era, District Six was a vibrant mixed community of freed slaves, merchants, artisans, labourers and immigrants. When the apartheid government declared it a white area under the Group Areas Act of 1950, it was systematically bulldozed. Over 60,000 people were forcibly removed from the area. Today, much of the land is still vacant as there are disputes over what should be done with it. The District Six Museum has amazing displays and relics of what life was like. It’s a moving experience. Take a tour of Langa Langa is Cape Town’s oldest township, and a visit to this neighbourhood offers a glimpse into what post-apartheid life is like for the vast majority of South Africans. City Sightseeing’s LaGugu Tour is an opportunity to explore the area by bus, bicycle, and foot with an experienced local guide. Book your tour through City Sightseeing now Take an audio tour at Cape Point Shipwrecks, World War II lookouts, lighthouses, ancient middens, 16th century expeditions, even ghost stories… Cape Point has so many secrets hidden around every corner. Whether you’re a casual traveller or a history professor, one of the best things to do at Cape Point is explore the fascinating stories of its past. By far the best way to experience these stories is through the VoiceMap audio tour. Take a boat to Robben Island Robben Island is a must-see on any history fan’s itinerary. This is where many political prisoners were held during apartheid. The most famous was Nelson Mandela, who spent 18 of his 27 years in prison here. Tours depart from the V&A Waterfront by boat, and include visits to the cells. Planning a trip to Cape Town? Book flights, browse accommodation, and rent a car now to get the best rates. The Cape Town City Pass gives you access to over 70 of the top Cape Town attractions, tours, and things to see and do, including the popular hop on hop off City Sightseeing bus. For inspiration and insider tips, follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Tag #lovecapetown to share your pics with us, or subscribe to our newsletter to get the best Cape Town has to offer sent direct to your mailbox. 

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Cape Town Tourism by Lauren Edwards - 2d ago

The vast majority of Cape Town’s residents live in townships around the city. Some of the larger townships include Khayelitsha, Langa, Gugulethu, and Imizamo Yethu. These places are an important part of Cape Town’s history, and they’re a huge part of what makes Cape Town what it is today too. Here are five great tour operators that can show you around Cape Town’s townships. ABCD Concepts ABCD is a locally-run tour operator based in Khayelitsha. They offer running tours, cycling tours, and even a nightlife tour where you can go make new friends over a few beers. There are also  The co-owners, Buntu and Ayanda, are from Khayelitsha, so you can be sure you’re supporting local entrepreneurs. They can also customise tours to your interests. Highlights usually include Lookout Hill and  number of local businesses like The Spinach King for breakfast, Siki’s Koffee Kafe, Makkhanye Art Room (South Africa’s first shack theatre), the 18 Gangster Museum, or a service at one of the vibrant local churches. A tour with them is a sure way to make new friends, laugh a lot, and experience Khayelithsa through a truly local lens. Website: abcd-concepts.co.za City Sightseeing LaGugu Township Tour The City Sightseeing LaGuGu Township Tour takes in Langa (Cape Town’s oldest township) and Gugulethu. There are marked pick-up and drop-off areas along the route, so you can take your time exploring each stop. The tour includes a walk and a bicycle ride. A local residents will be your guide, and you’ll visit an arts and crafts market, meet a traditional healer, and visit a shebeen. Get this tour free with a Cape Town City Pass Website: citysightseeing.co.za The Township Winery Tours The Township Winery is based in Guglethu, where local farmers grow the grapes to make this unique wine. The tours invlove meeting the growers, followed by a wine tasting over lunch at The Village House in Khayelitsha. The Village House is an ecclectic wonderland designed by Thusile Celesi, who is also the chef. He cooks a traditional township lunch, which you can enjoy at this colourful spot in the heart of the shacklands. It’s a truly unique experience, and and the opportunity to tast local wines that you won’t find anywhere else in the city. Website: townshipwinery.com City Sightseeing Imizamo Yethu Walking Tour City Sightseeing also offers a walking tour of Imizamo Yethu, located on the hillside overlooking Hout Bay. The 40-minute tour is guided by an experienced and entertaining local. You’ll explore the shebeens, hair salons, markets, and food stalls boasting traditional local delicacies such as sheep heads and chicken feet on the ‘braai’ (BBQ). You’ll also meet locals who will share insight into their lives, and even invite you into their homes or to join an impromptu street game. Get this tour free with a Cape Town City Pass Website: citysightseeing.co.za Township Art Tours Tour guide Juma Mkwela is an established artist who calls Khayelitsha home. His art tours include the opportunity to paint a mural in the community, view existing murals, or plant veggie gardens for local families. Interaction with the locals is a key element of this experience, which can include preparing a traditional meal with a family. Tours are customised to your interests and can feature exciting activities such as e-bikes. Website: townshiparttours.co.za Planning a trip to Cape Town? Book flights, browse accommodation, and rent a car now to get the best rates. The Cape Town City Pass gives you access to over 70 of the top Cape Town attractions, tours, and things to see and do, including the popular hop on hop off City Sightseeing bus. For inspiration and insider tips, follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Tag #lovecapetown to share your pics with us, or subscribe to our newsletter to get the best Cape Town has to offer sent direct to your mailbox. 

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Score big brownie points on your Cape Town trip by surprising your loved ones with a beautiful and distinctively Cape Town gift! Here are our top eight places to get great local gifts. Vannie Kaap, Salt River Vannie Kaap is a locally run gift and apparel store in Cape Town, with a great and user-friendly online store too. It was started by a mystery founder from Mannenburg in the Cape Flats, and the items are a homage to coloured culture in Cape Town. The brand is all about humour, and many of the shirst, mugs, and other items are emblazoned with quirky, proudly Capetonian sayings. Website: shop.vanniekaap.com Streetwires, Bo-Kaap Streetwires has a shop and working artists’ studio in the colourful Bo-Kaap. You can take a tour of the studio space, and browse the custom-made artworks and South African mementos at the shop. Streetwires is a fair trade organisation with over 60 permanently employed bead and wire artists, and by shopping here you’re helping to support these local artists and crafters. Website: streetwires.co.za Original T-Bag Designs, Hout Bay Original T-Bag Designs employs people from Imizamo Yethu Township in Hout Bay, who create greeting cards, artwork and a variety of other products from recycled tea bags. Enjoy a cup of tea in the store and see how the used tea bags are dried, emptied, ironed and then painted in the individual style of the artist. These tea bags are then applied to stationery, wooden boxes, trays, coasters and other décor items, making for the perfect gift or souvenir to take home. Website: tbagdesigns.co.za Khayelitsha’s Finest Wines, Khayelitsha Take a really unique gift back for your wine-loving friends! Khayelitsha’s Finest Wines currently offers a petit verdot rosé, a chenin blanc, and a mourvedre. The delicious small batch wines are available from some Khayelitsha venues, including Rands Cape Town and King Steak. They are also available to order directly through Facebook or Instagram, and make for amazing local gifts. Website: facebook.com/KhayelitshasFinestWines Macassar Pottery Studio, Macassar The Macassar Pottery Studio was founded in 2010, working primarily with the community of Macassar to train the youth in the art of pottery. The studio is co-owned by the employees and as a self-sustaining enterprise has been recognised in the field of responsible tourism. Here, you can find hand crafted musical intruments such as the Nigerian Udu drum or African Ocarina (a unique clay flute). Website: macassarpottery.com Imveli Designs, Khayelitsha Imveli Designs is a Khayelitsha-based clothing brand that produces modern, chic garments with a traditional and vintage twist. The store at Lookout Hill, Khayelitsha, carries a range of the vibrant and trendy garments. The stunning pieces are unlike anything you’ll find elsewhere in the world, and would make special gifts for your fashionista friends. Website: imvelidesigns.business.site Bo-Kaap Bazaar, Bo-Kaap The Bo-Kaap Bazaar is just as colourful as the surrounding houses, and offers a wide variety of local handcrafted items, ranging from fridge magnets, designer clothing, and bronze castings to ostrich leather handbags, shoes, and bric-a-brac. While you’re there, you can also enjoy a cup of coffee and a toasted sandwich from the Bo-Kaap Bite counter. Website: facebook.com/BoKaapBazaar Theo Ceramics, Khayelitsha Theo Ntuntwane has been hand crafting and painting his stunning ceramics since 1992, and his studio is located in Khayelitsha. Studio visits include meeting Theo and other local artists who share the space, and the opportunity to buy some of the bold, colourful, and truly African designs. The mugs, platters, and teapots make the perfect gifts to bring a splash of colour to the kitchen. Email: theontuntwana@yahoo.com Woolworths, Various Locations If you don’t have time to make it to one of these speciality designers, you can pick up great gifts from any Woolworths store in the city. There’s even a small Woolworths at the airport. At any of the Woolworths stores nationwide, you can grab a beautiful tin of rooibos tea, a selection of great local wines, local natural beauty products, or other South African ingredients, clothing, and accessories. Website: woolworths.co.za Planning a trip to Cape Town? Book flights, browse accommodation, and rent a car now to get the best rates. The Cape Town City Pass gives you access to over 70 of the top Cape Town attractions, tours, and things to see and do, including the popular hop on hop off City Sightseeing bus. For inspiration and insider tips, follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Tag #lovecapetown to share your pics with us, or subscribe to our newsletter to get the best Cape Town has to offer sent direct to your mailbox. 

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The Cape Town City Centre is where it all happens. A combination of work and play, it is where everything comes together. During the day it is a hub of activity, but it is at night, when the curtain is drawn back, that the true soul of the Mother City is revealed. It is only once the sun sets, that the city truly comes alive. WHERE TO EAT AND MAKE MERRY: RESTAURANTS AND BARS The Cape Town CBD has a huge amount of restaurants and bars to choose from and to list them all would be nigh impossible! Here is just a selection of some of our favourites. RESTAURANTS SAN JULIAN San Julian sets the tone for an unassuming and casual experience, and what makes it all the better is the inexpensive, authentic Mexican food that gets dispatched from the kitchen by the passionate Mexican owners. This is the most authentic Mexican experience in the city and it can all be washed down with the best margherita’s this side of Cancun. Website: www.sanjulian.co.za BOCCA A popular Bree Street restaurant, Bocca has a small, but diverse menu, with pastas, Neopolitan pizza and more. Perfect for a quick lunch or dinner with friends, Bocca is also a great place to gather for after-work drinks. Website: www.bocca.co.za Villa 47 Villa 47, which oozes Italian flair, has a tapas bar and restaurant, serving creations with a mix of Mediterranean and Asian flavour in a slick, contemporary setting. They pride themselves in sourcing the finest ingredients from around the world and quality produce. They have a small menu but patrons seem to rave about the breakfast, lunches and dinners, so you won’t go wrong. Reserving a table in advance is recommended. Website: www.villa47.co.za MEXICAN ON LONG Located in the boisterous Long Street stretch, Mexican on Long is a favourite spot for revellers looking for a bite to eat, while not slowing down on the party. With plenty of tequila and Mexican cocktails on offer, the vibe here might not be authentic Mexican one, but the food is solid fare and non-pretentious set-up is a welcoming one. Website: www.facebook.com/MexicanonLong NURI SUSHI FACTORY It might not look like much from the outside – or the inside for that matter – but what Nuri is lacking in aesthetic value and ambience, it more than makes up for with the food. The quality of their sushi is right up there with more high-profile restaurant and for a lot less cash. The service is great and the owners are always welcoming. Parking can be a bit of an issue, but for those of you working in the CBD and willing to walk for you lunch, Nuri is a fantastic option. Website: www.nuri.co.za BOMBAY BRASSERIE AT THE TAJ HOTEL If you’re looking for Indian food in a luxurious setting, then this is the place to visit. Expect mouth-watering dishes that will satisfy your craving for something spicy. Situated inside the old Reserve Bank, there are high ceilings and design that gives an overall feeling of luxury. Website: www.tajhotels.com/capetown BUKHARA Bukhara offers North and South Indian cuisines at an upmarket venue, specialising in succulent meats cooked in charcoal tandoor and aromatic curries. There are a few outlets so you have your pick of where to enjoy some great Indian food. Website: www.bukhara.com FORK Situated on the bustling Long Street, Fork is a quaint venue with a wide variety of delicious tapas on offer. This is the ideal place for after-work snacks and drinks. There is lovely outdoor upstairs seating for those who wish to look over Long Street. Website: www.fork-restaurants.co.za THE TWANKEY SEAFOOD, CHAMPAGNE AND OYSTER BAR AT THE TAJ HOTEL This one is for the seafood lovers. Twanky offers up a variety of seafood tapas that can be enjoyed in a luxurious setting. The building was the ground floor of the Old Temple Chambers and has been fully restored to be elegant and glamourous. Website: www.tajhotels.com/capetown LA PARADA BAR DE TAPAS One of the many great restaurants on the ever popular Bree Street, La Parada is a celebration of the Spanish tradition of social eating. The long communal tables allow diners to sit close together for better interaction while enjoying the authentic Andalusian tapas that this establishment serves up. Website: www.facebook.com/LaParadaTapasCapeTown AUBERGINE RESTAURANT Setting the ambience for this restaurant is the fact that its premises is an old building that’s said to date back to the 1980s. Aubergine is an award winning fine dining spot that is known for the lightness and balance of its cuisine and the inventiveness of its flavours. Website: www.aubergine.co.za MAMA AFRICA A popular one on Long Street, Mama Africa specialises in African food accompanied by live local music. Traditional dishes on the menu include Zimbabwean Dovi or chicken in peanut sauce; lamb curry and Game Potjie or a rich, chewy stew plus much more! Website: www.mamaafricarestaurant.co.za ADDIS IN CAPE Addis in Cape provides you with a unique Ethiopian dining experience right in the heart of Cape Town. The restaurant has traditional furnishings and a classic Ethiopian coffee ceremony to the serving of food. It’s a truly unique experience. Website: www.addisincape.co.za CAFÉ PARIDISO A Madame Zingara restaurant, Café Paridiso is the perfect restaurant for the family looking for a Mediterranean dining experience. Expect delicious food such as Morrocan pulled pork with minted tzatziki and grilled nectarines or smoked salmon, horse radish cream cheese, grilled artichoke and cucumber spaghetti plus much more. Café Paridiso is also pet-friendly. Website: www.cafeparadiso.co.za SOUTH CHINA DIM SUM BAR It may have started out as a basic eatery, but it didn’t take long for it to become one of the most popular Dim Sum bars on one of the city’s busiest and most frequented streets, Long Street. In addition to a small menu of regular dishes, there are also daily specials, with the braised beef short rib a firm favourite. Small and laidback, with wooden benches and crates for seats, bookings are reccommended with tables snapped up quickly. Website: www.facebook.com/SouthChinaDimSumBar BARS: VILLAGE IDIOT The new hotspot on the Loop Street strip, the Village Idiot combines the aesthetics of an old English pub with hipster chic. The bar, which is plentiful, is watched over by Oskar the stuffed ostrich and the menu is proper South African braai fare with everything from a boerewors burger to braai boards served with chakalak and freshly baked roosterkoek. Website: www.facebook.com/thevillageidiotct TJING TJING ROOFTOP BAR This trendy spot is great for get-togethers and is located just off Long Street. With stylish décor and indie tunes playing in the background, it’s perfect for winding down after a long day. The drinks menu is extensive with a wide range of beers on tap. If you get a bit hungry, there’s a tapas bar to see to that. Website: www.tjingtjing.co.za RICK’S CAFÉ AMERICAIN The casual and laid-back atmosphere of Rick’s makes it a great spot for cocktails and beers with friends. The loft lounge and cocktail bar leads onto a roof deck and gives patrons a stunning view of Table Mountain. Website: www.rickscafe.co.za BEERHOUSE So you like beer do you? Then Beerhouse in Cape Town is your utopia from the grind. There are 99 bottles of beer on the wall and 16 taps to help with the fall… Yep, I made that up, but there are genuinely no less than 99 bottled beers – from 13 different countries – and 20 taps for everything from pints to tasters. If you can’t find the perfect brew at Beerhouse, you obviously just enjoy trying to! There is also a food menu, which ties in nicely with the beery vibe, offering snacks paired with beers in-house and more substantial stomach liners as well. Website: www.beerhouse.co.za GRAND DADDY A well-known boutique hotel in Long Street, the Grand Daddy is quirky and fun with its airstream rooftop trailer park and Sky Bar. From up here, you get great views of the city skyline while sipping drinks off a varied drinks menu under the protection of a Bedouin tent. It’s a favourite with the locals and is open Wednesday to Saturday from 12h00 to 20h30 in summer and 16h00 to 20h30 in winter. Website: www.granddaddy.co.za PARK-INN SUNROOF TERRACE This trendy rooftop bar is at the top of the Park-Inn hotel on the Cape Town foreshore. It’s the accompanying bar to the hotel’s RBG restaurant and offers up a variety of drinks for all to enjoy while soaking up panoramic views of Table Mountain and Cape Town. Website: www.parkinn.com/hotel-capetown STRAND TOWER HOTEL Based in the heart of the CBD in Strand Street, the Strand Tower’s restaurant and bar sits on the pool deck and can be enjoyed with killer views of the city. It’s the perfect spot for some after-work drinks or an afternoon beer and cocktail. Website: www.strandtowerhotel.co.za THE WAITING ROOM Most of the venue is inside, but if you grab a spot on a balcony, you get a cool view of the buzzing long-street and Table Mountain. You can catch some live acts here or listen to the DJ on duty while sipping your drinks. Trendy place for the urban cool kids of the city. Website: www.facebook.com/WaitingRoomCT THIRTYONE This stylish and sophisticated Club 31 has arguably one of the best views in the city. Situated at the top of the Absa Building on Adderley Street, you can look down on the city below as you party up a storm. The venue goes for a smart / casual vibe, so make some effort, with no guys U23 and girls U21 allowed entry. The party goes on late here, so don’t expect an early night if you’re hitting 31. In fact, you might want to make this your last port of call, because it tends to kick off a little later. Website: www.thirtyone.co.za MOTHER’S RUIN GIN BAR IN CAPE TOWN Opened in December 2014, and touted as Africa’s first-ever gin bar, Mother’s Ruin is quickly becoming one of the hippest places in town. So after centuries of being the opium of the masses and the drink of your grandparents, gin it seems, has found a new following as the sexiest, most interesting, and sought after spirit. The venue stocks 82 types of the spirit, pairing them with unique tonics and garnishes, with classic and reinvented gin-based cocktails on the menu. There is a small menu available, but here the real focus is on the gin! Website: www.facebook.com/mothersruincpt THE FIREMAN’S ARMS Established way back in 1864, this unassuming local is still massively popular, particularly on game day with people literally spilling out the doors as Cape Town’s sports fans descend on the venue. With nine 46-inch flat screen TVs and two big screens, you won’t miss a single tackle, pass or boundary hit, just make sure you get there early or you’re going to struggle to get inside, let alone to the bar. Website: www.firemansarms.co.za LONG STREET CAFÉ Found on the vibey Long Street stretch, Long Street Café is an institution and a great place for dinner or sundowners or both. Sporting the original Victorian facade and combining it with an open setting and relaxed décor, the venue attracts everybody from tourists to artists to lawyers and students. Website: www.facebook.com/longstreetcafe THE PIANO BAR This trendy, New York-inspired Revue Bar is something unique and the perfect spot to relax at with cocktail in hand. The venue prides itself on its large and varied wine menu and it also has a number commercial and craft beers on tap, along with a wide range of spirits and Cuban cigars for your pleasure. Open Monday to Sunday, the Piano Bar offers an intimate live music setting, with a great food menu to enjoy as well. Website: www.thepianobar.co.za TIGER’S MILK Tiger’s Milk in Muizenberg with its easy food and laidback vibe was already attracting everyone from the city, so it makes perfect sense that a new venue would open in the CBD to keep them from having to travel so far. Offering a similar menu and vibe to the Muizenberg Tiger’s Milk, the Long Street branch is destined to be a hit with its combination of proper food – pork BBQ ribs, steaks, burgers and more – and range of cocktails and artisan beers a winning one. Website: www.tigersmilk.co.za COCO This bar/lounge/club is located on Loop Street and offers up everything from deep house to commercial music to hip-hop. Coco frequently has popular guest DJs on the decks with a packed stylish crowd on the dance floor. The regular events such as CocoFridays and CocoSaturdays keep the regulars coming back for more. Website: www.facebook.com/COCOCPT FICTION A popular Long Street club, Fiction has been around for seven years and continues to entertain patrons with all the alternative music that you can imagine. It sits in an old building that dates back to 1856. The interior, however, is anything but old with modern and minimalist décor. There’s even an upstairs daytime bar. Website: www.facebook.com/Fictiondjbar JOBURG/PRETORIA Always packed on the weekend Jo’Burgs is a very popular spot on the busy Long Street stip. It’s basically a venue with a few rooms where everyone can hang out and a main area with a bar, dance floor, DJ box and some booths for people to hang out in. If it gets too crowded head to Pretoria (the second dance floor) for some more dancing. Website: www.facebook.com/joburgbar.capetown WIENHAUS + BIERGARTEN Formerly &Union, this Bavarian haunt has long been a firm favourite with the cool kids in Cape Town. Situated on arguably the hottest street in the city, Bree Street, serves craft beers and ciders, a selection of wine and a menu ranging from grilled wurst to prego rolls. Perfect for an after-work drink and a quick meal before heading on. Website: www.facebook.com/bierandwein WHERE TO STAY: THE TSOGO SUN CAPE SUN The Tsogo Sun Cape Sun lies in the centre of the Cape Town CBD and with spectacular views over Table Mountain, Robben Island, Table Bay and the Cape Town Stadium, you will be hard-pressed to find a better location in the CBD. Rooms are luxurious, spacious and offer all the amenities required to ensure a relaxing stay. Offering business travellers easy access to the Cape Town Convention Centre and other key business areas, the hotel also offers great appeal to holiday makers in search of an indulgent escape. Website: www.tsogosunhotels.com/hotels/cape-sun/pages/overview.aspx PEPPERCLUB HOTEL & SPA: Situated in the Cape Town city centre, the Pepperclub provides a five-star experience designed to cater to guests’ every need. Among other things, the hotel offers a contemporary cuisine-themed restaurant, an intimate private cinema, a swimming pool with panoramic views, a fully-equipped gymnasium, a luxurious spa, 24-hour concierge service and security, and even sports a fleet of luxury vehicles used to ferry its clientele to business meetings, shopping excursions and sight-seeing tours. The hotel also connects directly to Long Street, one of the Mother City’s most vibrant and popular nightlife spots, meaning if you ever get bored with being treated like a celebrity or foreign dignitary, you can simply mingle with the locals. Website: www.pepperclub.co.za TAJ Taj Cape Town is a luxury hotel set in the vibrant heart of Cape Town, offering guests a combination of refined hospitality and an authentic Cape Town experience. Out of the 176-rooms Taj Cape Town offers a selection of 11 room types. These include a two-bedroom, split-level Presidential Suite (TATA Suite) and 10 Heritage Suites. The Taj Club floor with its private lounge is served by a dedicated butler team, providing breakfast and evening canapés and cocktails. Within the restored historic buildings there are 20 Heritage Luxury rooms, with mountain views and a further 10 overlooking the city. The 17 new floors accommodate rooms with panoramic views of Table Mountain or the City. All the Tower rooms have a walk-out balcony. Website: www.tajhotels.com/capetown TOWNHOUSE HOTEL The Townhouse Hotel and Conference Centre offers city-central, four-star luxury in the historic uptown heart of vibrant, cosmopolitan Cape Town. For business or leisure this intimate 106-room hotel, in a quiet corner of the busy commercial district, boasts deluxe contemporary-style comforts, gourmet dining, exceptional conference and function facilities, all within easy reach of the city’s top heritage sights, museums, shopping and nightlife and with Table mountain, V&A Waterfront and airport a taxi hop away. Website: www.townhouse.co.za THE BACKPACK Voted Lonely Planet’s best value for money hotel in the ENTIRE WORLD, South Africa’s oldest backpackers is also one of its most hip and happening – not to mention eco-friendly. Stylish décor is dedicated to promoting the vibe of the old Victorian setting, and with multiple communal areas for meeting your fellow world-wanderers, swimming pool, on-site café and travel centre, there’s no wonder it’s the wunderkind of the tourist talk. Add that to outstanding service and social upliftment projects, there’s nothing like The Backpack, situated just outside the City Centre, for getting in touch with the soul of Cape Town. Website: www.backpackers.co.za AIRSTREAM & PENTHOUSE TRAILER PARK AT THE GRAND DADDY HOTEL, CBD, CITY CENTRE There’s nothing trashy about these trailers! The hotel owners brought seven vintage Airstream trailers over from the USA and put them on the roof of the hotel. As one does. Each trailer is individually designed with South African landscapes like ‘Rooftop Safari’ as theme. Website: www.granddaddy.co.za HARBOUR BRIDGE HOTEL & SUITES Situated on the Foreshore, Harbour Bridge is contemporary in style, has floor to ceiling windows, a rooftop pool with sundeck and views of the harbour. The hotel is located next to the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), built over the Roggebaai Canal at the entrance to the V&A Waterfront. Website: www.harbourbridgehotel.co.za CAPE MILNER An eclectic mix of old-world charm and sophistication, the Cape Milner boast Art Deco architecture – with some Victorian finishes – and a trendy new Glass Lounge. African design, textiles and crafts take pride of place in this boutique hotel just one kilometre outside the city centre. Website: www.capemilner.com NEIGHBOURHOOD CULTURE: FIRST THURSDAYS On the first Thursday of every month, arts and culture in Cape Town has a late night, with dozens of art galleries and cultural events showcasing the wealth of talent that the Mother City has on offer. The event is completely free, with no structured tour, and no schedule to follow, you are free to absorb it all at your own leisure. To ensure your First Thursday can be catered to your own specific preferences, organisers provide a map and highlights of what is on show. From there it is all up to you. Website: www.first-thursdays.co.za THURSDAY LATE Similar to First Thursday, but mobile, this event moves between areas to showcase some of Cape Town’s best art galleries, open studios, retail stores, music performances, and incredible food. Website: www.first-thursdays.co.za THE ARTSCAPE THEATRE One of the biggest and most high-tech theatres in the city, the Artscape hosts a range of productions from opera to ballet to musicals and music concerts. It has a 1 187-seater opera house and a 540-seater theatre. There is also a 120-seater arena and a 100-seater cabaret venue. Website: www.artscape.co.za ALEXANDER UPSTAIRS This unique venue is based in the CBD and is an intimate performance venue. It’s separate from the Alexander Bar downstairs and the program can feature anything from drama, comedy, cabaret, jazz, readings and more. Website: www.alexanderbar.co.za FUGARD THEATRE Located within the historic Sacks Futeran building in Cape Town’s District Six, the Fugard Theatre is a little gem of a place. This 3335-seater theatre is often host to some of the biggest shows in the city including the Rocky Horror Picture Show and the upcoming West Side Story. Many of these shows come freshly off national and international stages to perform to a Cape Town crowd. Website: www.thefugard.com LOCAL FLAVOUR Nobody knows Cape Town better than a local. When you’re in town be sure to visit the local VIC in Burg Street where staff can help you really uncover the magic on offer in the CBD and beyond. Take a walking tour with one of two guides who depart daily from the Information Centre – Mon to Saturday. Call 0861 322 223 for more details. Download the Voicemap App that gives you a variety of choices of audio walking tours in the city centre. We will be unlocking two neighbourhoods every month to make sure you get to travel like a local – or live like a tourist – in the Mother City. Keep an eye out for these awesome guides!

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