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Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts

We’re into November, and while summer seems to have settled in nicely with scorching sun and whipping winds, one of our favourite past times of this Season and unique to Cape Town will kick off Fresh on the 22nd with dazzling melodies and bright botanicals. You might have guessed it: Freshly Ground opens up the […]

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October Full of Festivals

October is and has always been a rather festive month. We started off with a convincing bang and boom of Rocking the Daisies, which was 21 000 strong this year. We won’t get too much into it, but the notables included the breathtaking farmland of the surrounding area; a little local band called Go Barefoot; […]

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Mother’s Ruin

We took a trip to the gin bar on Bree (a popular road among Capetonians and the Welgelegen team, you might have noticed) a little while ago. It had opened in December of last year, but we were a little slow on the uptake. Nonetheless, we eventually made it to the quaint niche of Mother’s […]

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Nu World Festival

Nelson Mandela Day weekend coming up on the 17 July will be filled with festivity. Everyone is sure to be nostalgic and reminiscent of a man and a legacy, but full energy of the present and hope for the future. And what better way to celebrate every facet of this holiday than the Nu World […]

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Street Food Festival 2.0

At 10am on the 26th of July, Side Street Studios, a leading creative agency in Cape Town, is bringing us the second edition of the wildly successful Street Food Festival. Like the first, there’ll be a panoply of food truck vendors selling there creative quick dishes and artisanal street fare from pop-up gourmet stalls. We’ve also heard whisperings […]

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Lovely Little Secret

Near the top of a certain street, a particular cafe sits composed and quietly decadent; it’s shop face dark and unassuming. But tucked away behind in a rather historical building, it holds a lovely little juniper-based secret. We walk through the shop and out the back, and a quaint and rustic courtyard is revealed, redolent of a […]

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The Village Idiot

There’s a new bar on the block. Block number 32, near the bottom of Loop Street to be exact, which was a rather risqué geographical choice, even idiotic. But in fact, it was smart as hell, and The Village Idiot has made a big splash down there and steered well clear of its namesake into heaving […]

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Get Back To It

First Thursdays started back in November 2012 , and has been a wild success ever since. Every month on the date, when the galleries and cultural events stay open late around Cape Town’s central city, Bree street and it’s surrounds transforms into a heaving, animated mass. In fact, it has become so popular that to […]

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the Power & The glory

I think it’s time we talk about that bar on the corner of Kloof Nek, the one that gives us our daily bread, leads us to temptation but doesn’t do deliveries. The one that heaves and bulges on balmy nights, spilling its patrons onto the pavement and into the traffic. Yes, the Power & The […]

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From Stonehenge to Stem Cells

So here we are. Two thousand and fifteen years of the ‘Common Era’ (We don’t say AD anymore, in the name of secularism). Every time the earth completes its orbit around the sun, we feel the need to celebrate an end and a beginning. No other organism shows signs of being aware of this transitory period; […]

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Bay Harbour

In winter, and especially when it rains, Capetonians seem to be governed by a sort of panicked lethargy that makes it difficult to do anything besides sit indoors drinking espresso and craft beer, wishing and waiting for the gilded touch of the summer sun. What we seem to forget is the plethora of quirky and […]

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Love Uthando

Let us first give you some context about James Fernie and Uthando (Love) South Africa. This non-profit organisation has dedicated itself to alleviating the real and pervading crises of unemployment and destitution that our nation faces. James has approached these problems with innovative projects that involve a cross-section of the communities in the townships, encouraging […]

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What Does CPT Mean To You?

We’re writing this with a question in mind. One that has many answers, some obvious and shared, and others slightly more personal. What does Cape Town mean to you? Well, to us, it is: The aesthetics. The flat top mountain that towers gloriously over the city, spilling its disappearing white cloth. Lions Head and Rump, […]

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Yes, It’s Raining.

So the rain is whipping down and across Cape Town, leaving the horizon grey and every surface cold and glistening. The trees are swaying and bending against the wind, the pedestrians huddled over and defiant. Here we are in the middle of quintessential peninsula winter. Today is not a day to go forth and take […]

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