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1. ITS BEST-IN-THE-WORLD BEACHES

Cape Town: One of the best places to be a beach bum. Clifton isn’t only the best beach in Cape Town, according to nature and hiking guide book author Fiona McIntosh, it’s among the best in the world. Read more

2. TASTE THE CULTURE

Cape Town has a fascinating, multi-faceted heritage – and food is a great way to start exploring the diverse cultures that make up the city’s character. Sit down to eat with a Cape Malay or Xhosa cook and hear a story. Cape Town cuisine is an unusual mix of umngqusho (a corn and bean stew), pickled fish, melktert (milk tart), ulusu (stewed ox tripe), bobotie (mince curry with a savoury custard) and koeksisters (knotted pastries soaked in syrup). Iain Harris, whose company Coffeebeans Routes runs a cuisine route in Cape Town, chats to us about the link between food and culture. Read more

3. IT’S A FANTASY-LAND FOR FOODIES

Cape Town is often called the culinary capital of South Africa – and there’s an almost endless line up of eateries to keep your taste buds tempted. Take for example, The Foodbarn in Noordhoek Village, which serves a delectable menu of award-winning, French-inspired food. Executive chef, co-founder and author Franck Dangereux has made Cape Town his home and his creations offer us a celebration for your taste buds – so he’s perfectly placed to explain just what makes the flavours of Cape Town so distinctly unique. Watch the video 

4. THE COOL COFFEE SHOPS

Coffee culture in Cape Town is evolving at the speed of light, or should we say, with the energy you get from a triple-shot-fair-trade-sourced espresso. New coffee shops pop up all the time, and Cape Town city centre’s foodie strip Bree Street recently welcomed a new coffee kid to its trendy block. Introducing Folk Coffee Anthropology. Read more 

5. YOU CAN SURF (ALMOST) 365 DAYS A YEAR

With an unbeatable landscape, two oceans and a wind factor from any direction that almost guarantees epic waves, Cape Town is a surfer’s dream destination. Just ask pro big wave rider Matt Bromley. Watch the video

6. ITS OLD AND NEW WINE (AND WINEMAKERS)

Cape Town is kingdom of wine, with plenty of seasoned bards in the wine industry as well as a host of up-and-coming young winemakers. Respected wine judge and certified Cape Wine Master Winnie Bowman tells us that the young ones are well worth seeking out, and recommends three to start with. Read more

7. THE MEN IN GREY SUITS (AKA GREAT WHITES)

Cape Town is one of only three places in the world where you can cage dive with great white sharks. Shark-diving pro Broqc Maxey from Shark Explorers explains why no trip to Cape Town would be complete without coming face to face with these powerful predators… Watch the video

8. IT HAS SERIOUS JAZZ SWAGGER

Cape Town’s got swagger – jazz swagger, that is. With a freestyle jazz jam on almost every night of the week, a lowdown is needed. Enter saxophonist and session musician Claire de Cock on what’s hot. Read more

And for the ultimate Cape Town jazz experience, there’s the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (1-2 April 2016 ). As one of the largest music festivals on the continent, this event is a drawcard for jazz lovers from across the globe. Find out why…

9. THE SUPER-SMART STREET ART

Stories must be told. Cape Town creatives use a range of mediums to tell those from the city dwellers – none more vibrantly than local street artists. Take a tour with Martin Lund, one of the artists livening up Cape Town’s wonder walls… Watch the video

10. IT HAS PLENTY NATURAL HIGHS

Cape Town’s natural beauty is awesome … and edible! With our abundance of edible plants and two coastlines dishing up plenty of sea-salted treats, this is the perfect place to forage for food, says Roushanna Grey, founder of Veld and Sea, an organisation that runs courses to teach people how to forage for foods from the natural environment. Read more

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