Meet these mistresses of the Mother City

In honour of International Women’s Day, we rounded up seven of Cape Town’s fiercest females to bring you the inside track on the Mother City, from film to food and wine.

1. Party queen Tecla Ciolfi

Want to know the trendiest places to see and be seen? Tecla’s got the inside scoop. The brains behind one of South Africa’s favourite music and lifestyle blogs, Texx and the City, nightlife explorer Tecla points you towards the best pints, cocktails, gin and more for a neat night out. Read more

2. Feisty Foodie Abigail Donnelly

Who better to introduce you to the best of Cape Town’s cuisine scene than a multi-award-winning food editor and critic? Abigail’s the one to send you and your taste buds in the right direction… Read more

3. Film fatale Julia Stephenson

Julia’s film festival is guaranteed to offer you something weird and something wonderful with each week. Short & Sweet is an evening of movie delicacies served up luxuriously, piece by piece. Read more

4. Go-to guru Gerlinde Vassen

Cape Town is the best place to rejuvenate your body and mind, says yoga teacher and guru Gerlinde – and with more than a decade of experience under her stretchy yoga pants, she should know! Find out why

5. Mistress of music Angela Weickl

DJ, manager and music agency owner, this leading lady tells us why hip-hop culture is alive and kicking in the Mother City. Read more

6. Fashionista Genevieve Putter

Art, design and fashion empress Genevieve knows her street style from her catwalk crazes and gives us her inside tips on finding fierce fashion in the Mother City. Read more

7. Trailblazer Fiona McIntosh

A mountain woman with the freedom we all envy, editor, author and expert on almost all things outdoors Fiona lets us in on some of Cape Town’s best-kept hiking trail secrets. Read more

This boutique brings the best of Europe’s fashion to Cape Town

Designer concept boutique Maison Mara specially curates international fashion for sophisticated Cape Town women with a unique sense of style.

It’s hardly surprising  that international designer boutique Maison Mara, inspired by similar concept stores in Paris, is located in De Waterkant, one of the most picturesque neighbourhoods in Cape Town. As a maze of cobbled streets and homes whose architecture reflect the centuries-old Dutch and Georgian homes of Europe, the setting for Maison Mara looks like it’s straight out of the French fashion capital.

The three-storey heritage building that houses the boutique has been thought out with great attention to detail. The designers featured read like a European Fashion Week itinerary: Jil Sander, JW Anderson, Proenza Schouler, Maison Margiela, Acne, Balenciaga and Kenzo, amongst others. Owner Kelly Withey groups the various ranges by garments from across the collections that work well together.

You’ll also find a host of lifestyle products from well-established international brands, such as Phaidon Books, Malin + Goetz cosmetics and Ligne Blanche candles, to name a few. Walking through the space from one floor to the next – eventually coming out on the rooftop – feels like one has entered a dream, or fallen down a rabbit-hole lined with some of the most sought-after international designer collections. The sense of luxury that Kelly Withey has created is comforting rather than intimidating, inviting you to unwind and relax while browsing the rails and exploring the nooks and crannies.

Why the world loves Cape Town’s International Jazz Festival

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival the jazz jewel in Cape Town’s event crown, where lovers of music unite for two days of pure inspiration and enthusiastic celebration.

Each year thousands of people from every corner of the globe travel to Cape Town on the last weekend or March or the first weekend of April to experience the cream of the world’s jazz crop at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

Over the years the festival has expanded to include other musical genres such as pop, progressive, electronica, hip hop and R&B – but the focus remains on the jazz greats. With five stages spread in and around the Cape Town International Convention Centre, the festival sees some 35 000 music enthusiasts through its doors over two days.

The festival also hosts various training and development initiatives for aspiring musicians, photographers, entertainment journalists and more, such as the Masterclasses with top musicians playing at the festival, the DuoTone Photographic Exhibition (which showcases a range of live photography from amateurs and professionals), Fashion & All That Jazz Gala Dinner (which celebrates emerging South African fashion designers) and a Golf Day, amongst others.

But perhaps the most exciting spin-off event is the Free Concert held each year on the famed Greenmarket Square in the city centre., some of the festival’s performing artists perform a free concert here and make it possible for those not fortunate enough to purchase tickets in time to join in the celebrations of one of Cape Town’s most beloved events.

If you’re in Cape Town in the week running up to the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, be sure to stop in at one of these freestyle jazz jams