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 During early 2015 it’s still possible to view several temporary public art works that were official projects of Cape Town’s stint as World Design Capital 2014 (WDC2014), along side permanent pieces that grace the Mother City. Some have provoked heated reactions from Capetonians, others address sensitive issues of the past and present. 'Perceiving Freedom', a set of Raybans that look out to Robben Island, Cape Town. Image by Simon Richmond / Lonely Planet   Big Raybans, Big Controversy   The most polarizing of recent works has been Michael Ellion’s Perceiving Freedom, a giant metal and plastic pair of Ray Bans, sponsored by the eyew...

It’s safe to say Cape Town is a foodie’s paradise. From street food to corner cafes, burger joints to tapas, traditional cooking to fine dining, the city’s growing food scene is packed with mind-blowing options that cater to every taste and vibe. Here’s a look at some new restaurants you need to check out. Want to save money on fantastic food? Take advantage of the few weeks of the 2018 winter specials!  Between Us, City Bowl This tasteful and trendy new restaurant at the top of Bree Street is worth a visit for the aesthetics, food, and the perfect slither of Table Mountain you can see from their patio. Open from 8am-4pm daily, their br...

A relatively weak rand makes Cape Town a more affordable destination to visit, and the city certainly provides value for money when it comes to eating and accommodation. However, everyone likes to get something for free, and in this respect the Mother City is overflowing with options.   V&A Waterfront Attracting 24 million visitors a year – more than Cairo’s pyramids – to its glitzy mix of retail and tourist entertainment, the V&A Waterfrontremains a working harbour with much of its historic fabric intact. One of the best ways to get an insight into its past, as well as make sense of this sprawling site, is to follow the self-guid...

Unfurling like a peacock tail at the tip of Africa, Cape Town dazzles with its blend of dramatic scenery and secret charms. Travellers swoon for it, newspapers rave about it and even killer whalesvisit it. As do two million people every year. And they’ll all tell you that, from the city centre, one can be sipping world-class wine on a tranquil vineyard within thirty minutes, cavorting on a pristine beach in ten, or strolling on a mountainside in five.  But there is something more than the stats, a certain magic, which sees the accolades roll in and the visitors always eager to return. It’s the combination of innovative restaurants, vib...

Cape Town's reputation as a rather laid back place, is reflected in its nickname ‘Slaapstad’ which means ‘sleepy town’ in Afrikaans, the local lingo. All very strange as the Mother City and its surrounds are stacked with opportunities to stay awake and get active. Indeed, adventure sports operators here are lining up to make sure you don’t go home without having experienced an adrenaline rush. With wind-whipped waves guaranteed and Table Mountain National Park taking up three quarters of the peninsula, surfing, hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing are all hugely popular. For adventures such as shark-cage diving, skydiving o...

 Cape Town is without a doubt the foodie capital of the country, and if it’s fine dining you’re after the Mother City is unbeatable. Cape Town was even named “best food city in the world” by Conde Nast Traveler. Here are our picks of the best fine dining options in Cape Town for that special outing you have planned. Camphors at Vergelegen, Somerset West Camphors at Vergelegen is hard to beat for its stunning setting on the beautiful Vergelegen Estate in Somerset West. The restaurant overlooks rolling lawns and the towering trees from which the restaurant takes its name. The menu is constantly changing to make full use of fresh, seasonal ...

Table Mountain, white-sand beaches, rich history and cosmopolitan culture and cuisine have long lured people to visit Cape Town, but today the Mother City's African art scene is proving to have pulling power.   And it's not just the new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa – the continent's largest museum opening in over a century – but also an exciting (and ever growing) number of pioneering art institutions that is impressing art lovers.   Sitting pretty, a visitor views artwork by Jody Paulsen within Woodstock's SMAC Gallery © Monica Suma / Lonely Planet   Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA)   With 22 offi...

It wasn't long ago that Muizenberg's beachfront was virtually derelict, with more boarded-up buildings than visitors – it's early 20th-century heydays as one of South Africa’s most fashionable seaside resorts long behind it. However, residents refused to let it rot and today, thanks to plenty of hard work and investment from loyal locals, Muizenberg is once again the place to be seen on the Cape Town coast. The colourful Victorian beach huts at Muizenberg © ariadna22822 / Shutterstock Though there has been no return to bloomer-clad ladies lifting their petticoats to paddle in the Atlantic Ocean, or day-tripping picnickers piling off the ...

                                            Cape Town has a great weekend life, so make sure your stay in the city extends past the week and into the weekend. Most festivals, markets, and concerts take place on the weekend, and the city’s bars and cafes fill up. We’ve chosen five of the best events to check out this weekend. Clear your schedule and book your tickets now.   Blisters for Bread Charity Family Fun Walk This year Blisters for Bread Charity Family Fun Walk will celebrate a milestone in the history of the event – its 50th anniversary! Bring along the whole family and enjoy a day’s fun, all in the name of providing nutritio...

    Hike on Table Mountain and you’ll be rewarded with a good workout, an exceptional view  w (if the weather plays along) and bragging rights to say you conquered one of the Seven New Wonders of the World. That said, a hike up Table Mountain should not be underestimated. The weather changes quickly and it’s a steep climb. Study our hiking safety tips before heading out to ensure you know what you’re in for. If it’s your first hike on the mountain or you’d like some assistance, we’d highly recommend a guide like Hike Table Mountain, Table Mountain Treks and Tours or Mother City Hikers. We’re taking a look at five great Table Mount...