Cape Town has a tangible buzz about it, a sparkle of life that permeates every neighbourhood, wine farm and tourist attraction. A major part of this is its market culture. Vibrant markets are scattered throughout the Mother City, and each offer something unique and special.
Markets, in general, tend to be more casual affairs; inviting families to enjoy goods and services that are not always readily available elsewhere. They also give local vendors the opportunity to showcase their wares, which are often handmade or organically sourced, for example.
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While for most visitors to Cape Town the V&A Waterfront describes the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront shopping centre and its immediate surrounds – a one-stop shopping, food and entertainment attraction right on the water, set against the backdrop most often featured when depicting the mother city, the V&A Waterfront is in fact virtually a suburb in its own right, including office parks, hotels, luxury apartments and a residential marina.
The V&A Waterfront is a tourist hotspot, high on the must-visit list of visitors into the city, but it has its fair share of locals who live and work in the area or use the facilities en route to the Atlantic Seaboard from the city. The marina and lavish apartments that dot the waterways created along the Waterfront are the way Cape Town should be enjoyed. With Table Mountain as your backdrop, the sea and water immediately accessible, a buzzing nightlife outside your door and easy access to the city bowl, there are few places to stay that beat the appeal of the Waterfront. Continue Reading
Named after the original Governor, Sir Benjamin D’Urban, Durbanville is an ever-growing suburb on the outskirts of Cape Town that was once a small town in its own rights. It was established in the early 1800’s when it became an important watering station for travellers, thanks to its freshwater spring. The actual village began when a Dutch Reformed Church was built here in 1825 by local farmers. From there, the expansion has never ceased.
Today, Durbanville is a suburb that boasts beautiful homes and breath-taking vistas of the Western Cape mountains all around. Despite being known as one of South Africa’s fastest growing suburbs, Durbanville has retained much of the village charm for which it is so loved. In fact, many of its permanent residents were once visitors from countries all over the world, who left their home countries to settle in these pretty surrounds. Today, there is a population of well over 40 000 people.
Due to its prime location, Durbanville is less than 30 kilometres away from Cape Town, which means that all of the Cape’s tourist attractions, amenities and facilities of this exciting hub are a short drive away. In addition, during the busy tourist season and times of special international events, when stays in Cape Town is less easily available, Durbanville is a fabulous alternative. Continue Reading
Simon’s Town was named after Dutch explorer, Simon van der Stel, and has a fascinating history that remains one of its chief attractions. In fact, even if you do not come to Simon’s Town to enjoy the old-world architecture or the many museums, the historical charm just permeates every part of this naval seaside resort.
Since its discovery in the late 17th century, Simon’s Town has been known for its safe harbour. From that time, it has been visited by notable figures, including Napoleon Bonaparte and Lord Nelson.
It also played a major role in the World Wars. However, it was only in 1957 that the harbour was handed over to South Africa. Today, it is still known as this country’s naval epicentre. Flanked by the blue shimmer of the ocean and the jade-coloured mountains so typical of the Western Cape, Simon’s Town and its harbour truly are magnificent. Continue Reading