Endless energy, quality culture, fun and festivities – this is Cape Town
Quality of life in Cape Town is something different. It’s something quite difficult to explain to non-Capetonians who only pop by during the holidays. Arts and culture? Check. Festivals? Check. Mountains, beaches, surf and sun? Check. Sport events? Check. Buzzing restaurants and bars? Check. Wine? CHECK.
That is Cape Town. The Mother City.
If Cape Town had to be a person, she’d surely be one popular lady. Here’s just a few things that add to her vibrancy…
Cape Town Festival
Cape Town festival was initiated through the One City, Many Cultures project with the aim to promote a better understanding of the various cultures that call this city and province home. The event usually takes place around Heritage Day in March and includes musical and dance performances, which also encourages members of the public to learn and participate. Usually some community members from Atlantis, Delft, Heideveld, Langa and Mitchells Plain, among others, also show off their talent on the day.
The inner city transforms into a massive art gallery every first Thursday of the month. It is basically a free cultural experience where art galleries and museums, among other cultural attractions in the city centre, stay open late, attracting thousands of people who want to enjoy art and culture and explore the bustling city on foot at night. Don’t miss the next one on 4 May!
Infecting the City
Infecting the City is another really cool event and is a multi-disciplinary public art festival with the city bowl of the Mother City as its backdrop. This vibrant event makes use of the public spaces of the CBD and, quite literally, infects the city and people with such energy as artists perform to demonstrate and highlight current events that influence our lives.
Kirstenbosch Summer Concert Series
Where else in the world do you have Table Mountain as the backdrop at a live outdoor music concert? Kirstenbosch’s Summer Concert Series attracts hundreds of people over the summer weekends. Young and old alike pack their picnic baskets and blankets and head to the park for a vibey night outdoors, singing, dancing, eating, and drinking away while they take in the immaculate natural beauty around them.
Piano Bar is a chic New York style live music restaurant and bar with an African infusion. The baby grand piano, cosy bar and classy interior make it a go-to spot for after work drinks, meetups with friends, date nights, and even bachelorette parties. Piano Bar also has a happy hour on Sundays (which includes selected tapas) from 4-6pm, followed by some Sunday entertainment to end off your weekend on a high note. 47 Napier Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town.
The Gin Bar
Hidden in a courtyard behind Honest Chocolate Cafe, you’ll find The Gin Bar. The space is small and the menu is simple, yet sophisticated, so gin lovers can bet on finding quality conversation and drink. Not much else to say here except that a secret, Victorian-style bar with good G&Ts is a good place to check out. 64A Wale St, Cape Town.
Zenith Sky Bar
Atop the luxurious Cape Royale Hotel in Green Point sits a gem of a sky bar with an almost 360-degree view of the Mother City. There’s also a pool and sunbeds available for lounging about on a hot summer’s day with a cocktail in hand. Cape Town actually has plenty hidden sky bars for you to explore! 47 Main Rd, Green Point, Cape Town.
We know Cape Town has no shortage of good restaurants, in fact, that’s one of the things foreigners can’t stop talking about after visiting this city. Mesopotamia is a Kurdish restaurant offering a unique dining experience as friends gather around the antique copper tables on comfy kilim cushions and share in a selection of meze and dine on dishes prepared on a traditional tandoori wood fire. If it’s your type of thing, you can relax with a hookah pipe or cigar after dinner and pretend you’re sitting somewhere in Turkey or India. Corner of Long & Church Streets, Cape Town.
A burger isn’t just a burger at Royale Eatery. As they put it: “We serve burgers. Not just any burgers – burgers that make your soul tingle and your dreams come true.” Currently they have over 50 burgers on the menu, and with names like Miss Piggy, BopBop, BaaBaa, and Ungrateful Basted, you just know you’ll have to pop in a few times to try them all! Plus, they have milkshakes to die for! Ever tried a Jack Daniels and Peanut Butter shake? Or perhaps a Lunchbar or Nuttikrust shake? Just do it. 273 Long Street, Cape Town.
Is it any wonder everyone wants to live here?
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