With an abundance of top-quality shopping malls and markets in Cape Town, South Africa’s Mother City is the perfect place to indulge in some retail therapy. From large, modern shopping malls to quaint and quirky thrift stalls, this city is a treasure trove for shoppers… if you know where to look, that is.
To help you incorporate some shopping into your stay, we’ve put together a guide on the best places to shop in the city. Depending on your mood and what you are hoping to buy, this guide should help you find exactly what you’re looking for.
A visit to Bo Kaap – one of the Mother City’s most famous inner-city locations – offers an exciting blend of food, art, scenery, culture and history.
Set on the slopes of Signal Hill, this vibrant area is best-known for its colourful cottages, rich Cape Malay heritage and its traditional mosques. Whether you are based nearby, or simply passing through the city, we recommend taking some time to explore this local gem.
As warmer weather slowly approaches, as does the temptation for a Spring-time vacation. Cape Town and its surrounds should be a serious contender when deciding where to escape to, as the area truly comes alive with activity during the Spring and Summer months.
From the majestic whales that visit the Cape coastal regions between August and November, to the blanket of flowers that parade the most spectacular landscapes in September and numerous festivals, Spring in the Western Cape offers one of the most rewarding holiday experiences:
Cape Town, 23 August 2017: Pepperclub Hotel & Spa has launched its new offering, Afternoon Tea at Paparazzi Bar – a tasting menu boasting an array of tea flavours and edible delights in a chic setting.
Located in Cape Town’s most trendy inner-city district on Loop Street, the contemporary five-star hotel’s afternoon tea is a unique take on the traditional high tea. This charming experience includes a range of speciality exotic loose-leaf TWG Teas and an array of delectable eats, ranging from lemon tartlets and chocolate chiffon cakes, to savoury quiches and gourmet mini sandwiches.
Hand-picked by the hotel’s executive head chef, Scott Hendrie, each of the tasty delights on the Afternoon Tea menu have been specially paired with the selected flavours of TWG Teas available, such as Gnawa Mint, a blend of mint and dark tea, Chocolate Tea which contains real pieces of chocolate and Weekend in Shanghai green tea which boasts hints of berries and blossoms.
Opt to have your Afternoon Tea at Paparazzi Bar on the outside balcony of the hotel’s Paparazzi Bar and watch the bustle of the city streets pass you by, or otherwise, for those colder days, settle into an intimate lounge area indoors.
Whatever the occasion for sampling the menu – be it treating the special person in your life, or simply a catch-up with friends and family over a deliciously warm cup of tea – Pepperclub Hotel & Spa’sAfternoon Tea at Paparazzi Bar is not only the perfect excuse to escape into the heart of the city for an indulgent affair, but is guaranteed to create a memorable afternoon.
Afternoon Tea at Paparazzi Bar is available daily between 14h00 and 18h00 and costs just R 299.00 per stand for two and R 150.00 per single stand. This cost is inclusive of a pot of speciality tea, filter coffee or cappuccino per person. Reservations can be made via email to email@example.com or on 021 812 8888.
“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
18 July 2017: With unemployment in South Africa at its highest rate (27,7%) since 2003, one of the strongest calls to action this Mandela Day is to create long term employment. Inspired by the Mandela Day message of “Take action; inspire change; make every day a Mandela Day”, Pepperclub Hotel & Spa in Cape Town today did just that, tailor making employment opportunities for unskilled individuals at the hotel. The team today celebrated Mandela Day by welcoming three previously unemployed candidates to the first day of their new careers in the hospitality sector.
The five-star luxury hotel, situated in the heart of the city, today launched its Mandela Day Pepperclub Hotel & Spa Upskilling Programme, which benefits three candidates from the Fisantekraal Centre for Development – a non-profit centre for training and development for the unemployed in Durbanville. As part of the programme these candidates have been afforded the opportunity to receive 67 days of on-the-job training at the hotel, with the aim of guiding these individuals to launch their careers in the local hospitality sector.
“With unemployment at its highest level in years and youth unemployment at 38,6%, we were inspired to do more this year, taking the Mandela Day initiative from 67 minutes to 67 days,” says Josiah Montsho, general manager at Pepperclub Hotel & Spa, who explained that after the conclusion of the two-month training programming, these candidates will be offered permanent, full-time employment at the hotel in the departments in which they excel the most.
The candidates to take part in the inaugural training programme are Zoliwe Thame, Kwanele Kawe and Victoria Jada.
Zoliwe Thame (28) of Bloekombos in Kraaifontein completed her training in job readiness and computer skills at the Fisantekraal Centre for Development, and describes herself as a hard worker who is able to manage any challenge that comes her way. She endeavours to use this training programme to the best of her ability, and aims to be promoted to supervisor level within the next five years.
Victoria Jada (21) of Durbanville studied a job readiness and office basics course at Fisantekraal Centre for Development. Excited to learn as much as possible about the industry, she sees this opportunity as a new beginning and plans to work her way up to management level within a few years.
Kwanele Kawe (23), originally from the Eastern Cape, is looking forward to furthering her studies in marketing, recognising the importance that this skill plays in the business sector. Kawe strives to be a positive influence in her community, and aims to use this opportunity to inspire others.
“The two-month training programme is an initiative that the hotel will aim to implement every year on Mandela Day,” says Montsho. “We feel that everyone deserves a fighting chance at building their career, and as an industry that continues to outperform in the current challenging economic conditions, it is more important than ever that we make a greater effort to contribute to broader growth.”
Montsho has also put the challenge out to other hospitality establishments in the city to do the same or similar this Mandela Day – to take the 67-minute initiative well beyond expectations and create opportunities for growth with far reaching effects.
“Nelson Mandela once said that a fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world a better place, and, together with the ‘teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime’ proverb in mind, we look forward to welcoming these three candidates into our hotel team and embarking on their new career path alongside them,” concludes Montsho.
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