Being a not-so-hidden gem along the Southern Peninsula, Simon’s Town has everything to offer. Thinking of taking a break from busy city life? Want any excuse to spend time holding onto that holiday feeling? Well, here it is. With many accommodation options this historic town is the perfect spot for a weekend retreat. Or simply spend a day filled with history, food and nature.

On the foodie scene, this small town boasts many restaurants and cafes. A few that make our top hits are The Sweetest Thing, Saveur, and the ice cream store!

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When the words “thrift shop” most people think about the 2012 hit by Macklemore, well sadly for those people this article is not about that.

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To thrift or not to thrift

Thrifting is a unique experience. It is the ultimate example of one person’s trash being another person’s treasure. Over the past few years thrifting really lost its stigma and became a popular fashion trend worldwide.

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Nestled between picturesque mountain ranges adorned by sloping vineyards that range as far as they eye can see, lies the breathtakingly beautiful Franschhoek Valley. At its heart you will find the quaint town of Franschhoek, well-known for its Cape Dutch architecture, high-toned open-air restaurants and hidden treasures.

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So you want to impress bae but you’re not too sure what to do or where to go? We’ve got you sorted with a list of cool dates to go on in Cape Town! Is bae an explorer, a foodie, the chilled one or the active one? Find their personality below and see what we’ve suggested help you sweep them off their feet!

1. The Explorer

Visit the top of Table Mountain: 

Take your lunch date to the next level – literally. Your favourite restaurant might be great, but nothing will beat lunch 1085 metres in the air. Enjoy something to eat, try the cheesecake and take a walk around to view Cape Town like you’ve never seen it before.

Pick your own bouquet at the Chart Farm: 

Right in the heart of Cape Town is a rose farm where visitors can go and pick their own flowers. Walk through the garden, take pictures along the perfectly coloured flowers and smell the roses, literally. There’s also a cute cafe with amazing views where you can relax and enjoy some cake and tea.

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2. The Foodie

Spend the day at the Lindt Chocolate Studio: 

If bae’s a chocolate lover, then this one’s a no-brainer. Take part in a masterclass where you get insider tips and tricks plus you’ll learn techniques on how to make the perfect batch of chocolate. You can choose a chocolate bag with creamy truffles and delicious pralines. For those who want to keep the magic alive in their own kitchen, you can choose to make chocolate cakes and sweets at home. Simply buy chocolate kitchen supplies right at Lindt Chocolate Studio.

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Enjoy oysters and bubbly at African Pride:

The combination of a luxurious space and decadent food is something bae won’t easily forget. Treat your palate to freshly shucked West Coast molluscs and an assortment of authentic French Champagnes. You also get to pick whether you want your oysters chilled or tempura fried and whether you’d like to sip Veuve Clicquot, Moët & Chandon or Tribaut.

3. The Chilled One

Explore Bay Harbour Market: 

Take a walk around the market and see what the locals are up to. Then enjoy the live music, yummy food and great vibe. It’s just you, bae and the incredible view.

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Picnic in Kirstenbosch Gardens:

Pack a blanket, some snacks and bae. There’s no limit to the amount of snacks you can take in with you, so pack in all of bae’s favourites, pick a spot under the trees and spend a sunny afternoon catching up with your partner. Every Sunday during Summer, the garden hosts a Summer concert, so if you want to add an extra special touch, book tickets to a live show.

Watch a Movie at the Pink Flamingo Rooftop Cinema:

Not many people know that there’s an outdoor cinema on top of the Grand Daddy Hotel on Long Street. The Pink Flamingo Rooftop Cinema is an open-air cinema that shows classics like Pretty Woman and Dirty Dancing. Your ticket includes a welcome drink, a bag of sweets, and popcorn. But if you really want to impress, then you can pre-order gourmet food basket for you and bae.

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4. The Active One

Go horse riding on Noordhoek beach: 

This will surely be a date to remember. Sleepy Hollow Horse Riding offers one of the most unique experiences, a horse ride along the beach. Pick a beautiful day and head off with bae. Be sure to pack in some swimwear because you can enjoy the ocean right afterwards. Estimated cost: R650.

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Go see the penguins at Boulders Beach:

What’s a Summer’s day without a visit to the beach? Except on this date you’ll be visiting some of Mother Nature’s most precious creations, penguins. Help bae tick off a bucket list item with this one and score extra brownie points!

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We want to know which one sounds like the perfect date for your boo? Comment below and let us know.

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By Ishani Chetty

With summer finally here, the longer days and balmy evenings make a night market the perfect outing – with fairy lights leading the way to a delicious aromas from food stall as the background tunes lull you into a festive mood. We have compiled a list of hidden gems, with the insider’s tip to the best night markets to visit in Cape Town.

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If you’re wondering what to do on your NYE and haven’t made any plans yet? Look no further… we’ve got you covered. For starters, if you’re spending your NYE in Cape Town, you’ve already made a stellar life choice because Cape Town hosts some of the hottest NYE events and you’re literally spoiled for choice. Oh, and did we mention… IT’S CAPE TOWN… need we say more? We’ve compiled a tiny little list of some of the Cape Town NYE events that is sure to get your 2019 started on an exciting note.

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Cape Town is the ideal holiday destination this Festive Season. So don’t be a bore and chill in the house this year, here are 4 things to do this festive season.

Mother City Queer Project Party

The biggest ultimate gay costume party in Africa, for the past two decades, is being held in Cape Town CBD on the 15th of December. This occasion is what put Cape Town on the map of queer culture with beautiful human beings coming from all over the world to celebrate gay culture.

The themed costume party celebrates the inclusion of gay rights in South Africa’s new Constitution. This year’s theme is  ‘The Musical’ and we’ll definitely be decked out in the best.  The party stretches out over eight music areas and offers up over a hundred international DJ’s, artists and performers.

Get your tickets ASAP or you’ll have major FOMO, okhurr!

Time: 7pm till late

Cost: R370 to R1500

Christmas Markets

Looking to grab super cool gifts for your family and friends while chowing on some lekker Cape Town delicacies?

Well, then the Christmas Markets are perfect for just that!

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Listed below are some the best markets that Cape Town has on offer.

Cape Gift Market in Seapoint, Saturday Holiday Market at Old Biscuit Mill, Stellenbosch Kersmerk, The Barn Christmas Market, Lourensford Christmas market, Pinelands Craft and Gift Fair and much more.

Time: Most of the markets run daily till the 22nd of December

Cost: Free

New Years Eve at the V&A Waterfront

The V&A hosts the biggest NYE celebration in South Africa.

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This year’s theme is MOTHER EARTH so be there to witness the amazing festivities and the spectacular NYE fireworks at midnight.

The parade starts at 6pm at the Flagpole courtyard.

Various restaurants will be open on the evening across the V&A to cater to all of your hunger pangs on the night.

Experience live pop-up performances such as the beautiful Tree Opera singer, Our Mother Earth singing divas, The Fab 4 Acapella group, The Nomadic Orchestra and much more.

Time: 6pm till midnight

Cost: Free

Cape Town Minstrel Carnival

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The Cape Minstrels take over the streets of Cape Town annually for the historic  Tweede Nuwe Jaar Street Parade. The marches start off in Rose Street in the Bo Kaap till the Grand Parade in the Cape Town CBD.

Time: 6am till 12am

Cost: Free

Are you going to join any of these events? Let us know in the comments below.

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Gin & Vodka Tasting:

Building a legacy and starting a tradition in the heart of Cape Town. If you’re above the age of 18, it’s always gin o’clock. Whether you’re meeting a few friends for sun-downers after a stressful day, playing silly drinking games on a night out, or picnicking with the family at Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden over the weekend, a stiff drink is always a welcomed reward for adulting successfully. 

But all we really know about alcohol is that is combined with the right mixers, it tastes good, and if we drink too many yummy cocktails, we’ll end up feeling a little… erm… festive. So we visited Pienaar & Son to get a liquor education straight from a distiller’s mouth.

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With Taxify, Uber, MyCiti and bae’s car, the only reason most of us stay home over the weekend is because of money, right? It’s great to be doing the most but when things are expensive then the most you can do is netflix and chill! We get it! That’s why we put together a list 10 things to do in Cape Town for under R100!

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Luxottica Spring/Summer Event:

Luxottica is known as the premium  eyewear brand that dominates luxury and sports eyewear. Housing brands such as Gucci, Prada, Burberry, Oakley, Dolce & Gabbana Miu Miu and Rayban, it’s no surprise that any event involving this brand would be just as luxurious.

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1. Enjoy breakfast at the Company’s Garden Restaurant:

Enjoy breakfast at the Company’s Garden Restaurant. Make your way to one of the city’s most loved gardens, grab peanuts at the entrance and feed squirrels as you walk pasts rows and rows of trees. In the heart of this oasis, you’ll find a glass room – the Company’s Garden Restaurant. Enjoy your eggs with a spectacular view and don’t forget to snap your Instaperfect photo!


Location: City Centre
Operating times: Monday to Sunday 7am – 6pm

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We know it is always difficult to choose where to spend some quality time with your “liefie.” This is what inspired us to create a TOP 5 DATE IDEAS and share it with you. We all know that indecisiveness is not the best – especially when both of you are hungry. This article will be all about great OUTINGS in Cape Town, Paarl, Hout Bay, Kalk Bay and Somerset West area.

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Cape Town dwellers are truly spoilt for choices when it comes to activities and hot spots. We’ve got world-class beaches, restaurants, hotels, art galleries, and Natural World Wonders #tablemountain however when you explore the broader Western Cape you’ll then realise how spoiled-for-choice you are. A good 450 km outside of Cape Town lies the beautiful Cango Caves in Oudsthoorn.

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