9. Markets

Cape Town pumps with different markets throughout the week. From clothing, food, vintage to just plain craziness, there’s  a market that will suit every person somewhere in the Mother City.

Neighbour Goods Market
Get a little gourmet Saturday treatment from 9am to 2pm. The bustling Neighbour Goods Market is every foodies dream, stocking over 100 speciality traders including fine food, wine and local farmers. There are plenty of chutneys, cheeses cakes and wines for you to sample here. A little forward planning for that pay-day picnic never hurt anyone.
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Wine Concepts
No money for a wine tour? Wine Concepts at Lifestyle on Kloof offer free, daily tastings. They have wines that you won’t find in the supermarket, sourced from top wine estates such as, Cederberg and Noble Hill, and small independent garages. These guys supply the connoisseurs of the grape world.
Lifestyle Centre | 50 Kloof Street

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City Bowl Market
The City Bowl Market in Hope Street is a wonderful creation consisting of stalls featuring vintage clothing, great coffee, Nutella-filled crépes, wooden arts and crafts and so much more. Walking around and chatting to the warm and friendly locals will cost you absolutely nothing. The market is open every Saturday between 9am and 2pm.
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 Bay Harbour Market
Described as “a real place for real people” the Bay Harbour Market, also informally called the Hout Bay Market, is the epitome of Cape Town’s relaxed atmosphere. Trading times are Friday 5pm to 9pm; and Saturday and Sunday 9:30am to 4pm. Keep it real, keep it free and head down to this original and interesting gathering to see what beautiful things people are creating. Bay Harbour Market | 31 Harbour Road | Hout Bay

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8. Volunteer

Cape Town is community central. With so many options in putting your bank card aside and getting a little dirty, no one can refuse the options which Cape Town has to offer when it comes to helping out someone or something out. Here are three options in which you can get involved:

Walk a Dog and Make a Best Friend
If you can’t lift the bank balance why not lift the spirits? TEARS, which is located just off Kommetjie Road on the M5, is a non-profit organisation that aims to rescue abandoned dogs and cats. Donate your time and take part in their dog-walking program. This just allows you to make a fluffy friend for a day and I guarantee that after a few hours with a pooch, you’ll be feeling all the better. They do not live in the greatest environment, and often come from mistreated backgrounds, so why not make their day by giving it some time to play outside their cage.

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Plant a Tree and Help Greenpop Grow
Greenpop plants trees, runs educational and hosts restoration festivals… all in the name of a greener future. They spearhead fun events aimed at raising environmental awareness: such as plant days at schools and football fields, jam sessions in Long Street’s car parks, bicycle rides in Cape Town and tree planting projects in Zambia. You can get involved for free by signing up on their volunteer database. This will definitely make you feel as if you are making a greater impact on the environment and for the future generations to be living in a non-technologically-dominate world.

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Knit-a-row-and-go
Help knit 1000 blankets for orphaned babies who have very little support and warmth, especially during the harsh seasons of Cape Town. Me-A-Mamma, a company that markets maternity wear, has placed wool, needles and instructions in cafés, hairdressers and waiting rooms around Cape Town in an effort to crowd source labour from a caring public. While enjoying a coffee or getting your hair done, you can take part. It’s plain stitch knitting – you can learn how to do it in two minutes, and your impact will last longer than a lifetime for some of those babies.

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7. PechaKucha

Join in on a PechaKucha night, where 12 people have only 20 seconds to describe 20 slides/images. This idea was derived in Tokyo and it started as an event for young designers to meet, network, and express their work and/or love in a precise and reduced manner.

The audience chat after each discussion and it is a great place to meet new and interesting people. It happens every first or second Tuesday of every other month from 20:00 tot 22:00 at The Assembly, 61 Harrington Street.

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5. Company Garden

This park is in the centre of the city and has a Japanese garden, beautiful roses, an aviary, and South Africa’s oldest cultivated pear tree, which has been growing here since 1652. Take a stroll around, feed the semi-tame squirrels and birds, spread a picnic blanket so that you can feed yourself, too. At the bottom of the Garden is one of Cape Town’s most famous cathedral, St Georges Cathedral. If it is open, do yourself a favour and take a sneak peak inside the amazing architecture. 

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4. Lion’s Head & Signal Hill

Climbing Lion’s Head is also a fun activity to do with friends. There are a few paths, some lead to the top of Lion’s Head, other paths curl around the mountain affording you views along the coastline, over the peninsula and city. The scramble to the top is daunting for those sensitive to heights but it is well worth the push! Lion’s Head can be crowded on full moon nights and when the weather is good because those are the pristine nights on climbing up. Take a bottle of wine and a treat to spoil yourself once you’re on top. The picture below depicts the view which can be seen from the top. With the city lights gleaming below a usual buzzing moon, the contrast between the two forms of light is something not to be missed.

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Having a picnic on Signal Hill  is also a popular activity. A bendy car-ride up, most people drive right to the end and view the city from there. Instead of driving right to the end, take a sneaky little left turn into a parking-lot right before the end. Climb down a little bit and enjoy the view of Lion’s Head  and of Sea Point, Robben Island, and the sun setting.  Originally, the Signal Hill cannon notified the public when a ship was in trouble. This old Capetonian tradition still takes place every day on Signal Hill, just below the mountaintop.  At 12h00 exactly, the Noon Gun is fired – an opportunity for people to set their watches. At St Cyprian’s School in Gardens (my highschool) the Girls in Blue all stop once the noon-gun has been heard, in order to recite the Prayer for Africa.

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God Bless Africa; Guard her children; Guide her leaders, And give her peace, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen