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The history of wine in Cape Town

Ask anyone you meet what they know about Cape Town, and you’re likely to hear “wine” among the first few responses. 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. Of course, the history wasn’t always as glamorous as the rolling valleys, modern tasting rooms, and charming manor houses we see today.

Book a wine tour with City Sightseeing to explore the historic Constantia Wine Route.

In the early 1650s, Cape Town was established as a refreshment station along the Spice Route between Europe and Asia, and the first vines were planted by the Dutch governor, Jan van Riebeeck. Old Jan didn’t know the first thing about notes of gooseberry or tannins or oak. All he knew was that the wine would prevent scurvy for those starving, sickly sailors rounding the Cape. Or, he thought he knew that. Unfortunatel..

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8 Cooking Courses in Cape Town You Need to Try!

Looking to upgrade your culinary skills, learn to make local cuisine or just have a fun evening with friends? Here are some of the best cooking courses on offer in Cape Town.

Make Samoosas in the Bo-Kaap
You have two choices when it comes to making real Cape Malay cuisine in the Bo-Kaap. Cape Fusion Tours offers a variety of cooking experiences, including Cape Malay cooking in the Bo-Kaap. The Bo-Kaap Cooking Tour with Zainie Misbach is another option. Both are half-day courses, and they take in some local history on a walk through the Bo-Kaap, as well as a visit to Atlas Spices, before heading to a local home to cook. You’ll get to make rotis from scratch, samosas, traditional Cape Malay curry or bobotie.

Book your Bo-Kaap Cooking Tour, or your Cape Fusion Tour.

Make an authentic Indian curry at Masala Dosa
At Masala Dosa you can learn the art of blending spices and create your own unique curry mix with their fun and creative approach to the art of Indian cuisine. You’ll get to ta..

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Waterless Dinner at Tobago’s Restaurant and Terrace

Enjoy our Waterless Menu on 20 April 2018, in honour of International Earth Day.

R295.00 per person | 18:30 – 22:30

Rock salt cooked beetroot purée, Franschhoek salmon trout, lemon cream cheese, fennel potato rosti micro salad

Herb crusted slow roasted lamb roll, roast sweet potato croquette, chilli butternut purée, charred broccoli, red wine jus

Grabouw apple rose tart, lavender and vanilla crème anglaise, butterscotch, chai ice cream, pistachio meringue

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One week itinerary in Cape Town

A week is a good amount of time to spend in Cape Town. It’s long enough to take in the big attractions, but also focus on your own particular interests and really get under the skin of the city. Cape Town has a lot going on, and it’s worth spending some time getting off the beaten track, making friends with locals, and getting to know the authentic Cape Town. There’s enough time to take it easy, explore the places you fall in love with, or get to know the locals.

Day 1: Broad strokes
The first day is great for taking in as much of the city as you can, to get the big picture. The best way to do this is to get aboard the hop-on-hop-off City Sightseeing bus. It’s well worth getting hold of an iVenture card, which gets you free entry into many of the city’s top attractions. Start the day by catching the bus from the V&A Waterfront and heading straight for the city’s centerpiece—Table Mountain. You can hop off here and take the Aerial Cableway to the top. From there, you’ll have panoramic ..

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20 places to take first-timers to Cape Town

Cape Town is the kind of city you can visit a thousand times and discover something new every time. Nothing will ever come close to your initial visit though, so we’ve made a bucket list of things to see on your first visit to get a taste of the different faces of the Mother City.

Chapman’s Peak
This magnificent stretch of road connecting Noordhoek and Hout Bay is not only a great engineering feat but also one of the most scenic drives in Cape Town. Your jaw will drop as you drive between the mountains and ocean with a view you’ll definitely need to stop and photograph. There’s a R45 toll fee and the road is closed during adverse weather conditions, so be sure to check if it’s open before heading out.

Read more about Chapman’s Peak

Table Mountain
The iconic Table Mountain has to be number one on any Cape Town to-do list. The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway cable car rotates 360 degrees, so you’ll be treated to the best views imaginable as you travel 3,500ft up to the summit. Once at ..

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The Red Bull King of the Air

The Red Bull King of the Air competition is the highlight of the kitesurfing calendar in Cape Town. It sees the very best board-riders from all over the worl coming together for a day of adrenaline, actions, and a lot of wind. The event takes place in January or February each year.

The event doesn’t have a defined date—usually until the very last few days before it takes place. The organisers assign a two week period during the windiest time of the year, and then everyone waits for word that it’s a go. Once the dates are announced, the event goes ahead and the world’s best kitesurfers take to the waves for an incredible show.

Anywhere the wind blows
Cape Town has an incredible coastline that wraps around the whole city. We also have the infamous “Cape Doctor”, the strong south-easterly wind that earned its nickname by blowing the city smog away and leaving the Cape Town air clear and fresh. It’s also what makes the city a kite-surfers dream. When the rest of us dive for cover in..

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Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts

November every year marks the start of the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts, which take place every Sunday between November and April. The events are a summer staple in Cape Town, and make for some of the best evenings you can possibly have in the mother city. International acts take to the stage along with local bands. If you’re in Cape Town on a Sunday between November and April, gather your picnic baskets, friends, and family, and enjoy the best music South Africa has to offer in the shade of Table Mountain.

The venue
Kirstenbosch was the first botanical garden in the world to be devoted to a country’s indigenous flora. The beds are filled with the glorious fynbos plants found nowhere else in the world. No matter what time of year you go, something is in flower, but the summer months are truly special. There are meandering pathways, forests, flowerbeds, and sprawling lawns to enjoy. The concert stage is at the base of a natural amphitheatre, and concert-goers sit on the rolling ..

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Where to Watch Comedy in Cape Town

Comedy thrives in a city as vibrant and culturally diverse as Cape Town. It’s also a humorous window into the culture of a place, and Cape Town has no shortage of comedic commentary. Visit a comedy club, show, or festival anywhere in Cape Town and whatever your taste in comedy, you will find plenty to laugh at. Here are some of our best places to see comedy in Cape Town, in no particular order.

The Cape Town Comedy Club, V&A Waterfront
The Cape Town Comedy Club at the Pumphouse, V&A Waterfront, is at the forefront of top class entertainment with its line up of great comedians, both local and international. The club has a variety of special offers, including half-price Sundays, Happy Hour, and Mid-week Madness. Their own speciality beer on tap is a perfect accompaniment to the comedy, and the menu has great pizzas and grills to enjoy. You will recognise some well-known comedians’ names on the food items, as you place your order for a Murphy or an Izzard.



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Two day itinerary in Cape Town

Cape Town isn’t a huge city, as big cities go, but there’s more to see and do than you could fit into two years, never mind two days. It’s a delicate balance. You want to leave feeling like you’ve managed to get under the skin of the city, but you don’t want to be in a rush for the full time you’re here. Two days in Cape Town requires planning, structure, and local insight. Thankfully, we’ve got all that down for you. Take a look at our two-day Cape Town whirlwind adventure, and rest assured that you’ll get the most out of this gorgeous city in just 48 hours.

Day 1: Start in the city
Cape Town’s City Bowl is its lifeblood. This is where the action is, from museums and art galleries to bars and restaurants. Cape Town is also quite unique in that there are spectacular beaches, forests, and mountains surrounding the inner city itself, so you’re never too far from somewhere amazing. Start at the V&A Waterfront, which is basically a neighbourhood in its own right. You can grab some breakf..

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Radisson Blu Hotel 2 day Deal

Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence in collaboration with Meerendal Wine Estate have designed a Unique Experience for the food and wine lover

Day 1
Accommodation in the stylish Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Cape Town
3 course dinner served with special chosen Meerendal Wine
Breakfast feast before departure to Meerendal Wine Estate

Day 2
Transfer to Meerendal wine Estate in a luxury Land Rover
Full day unique experience at the prestigious Meerendal Wine Estate
Accommodation in the Luxury Meerendal Wine Estate Hotel including breakfast
Transfer to the Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Cape Town in a luxury Land Rover