Carina & Ramin Rabeian

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Ramin and Carina are two sparkling souls who see life as their biggest playground. They love to taste the NECTAR and feel the PULSE.

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Our 24 Hours in Cape Town

We wake up in the Lézard Bleu Guest House owned by German couple Nikola and Christoph, who are really passionate about running this well-located B&B place in the middle of Oranjezicht. With the sun shining bright, we jump out of bed and straight into our running shoes, pack a big bottle of water, and set off to climb the Lion’s Head. We try and get out quite early, since it can get hot and crowded in peak season. After 35-45 minutes hiking (depending on your level of fitness) you’ll arrive at 669 metres above sea level, where a 360-degree view over the city is waiting for you. Catch your breath, listen to your favourite songs, and enjoy yourself. Carina is not a big fan of climbing downhill, so most of the time Ramin is probably telling some weird and cute stories to make her laugh and not realize she’s hiking down.

We make our way back to our room, change into a bikini and shorts, and dip into the beautiful pool, enjoying floating in the water while looking up at the iconic Table Mountain. After our morning workout, it’s time to grab some breakfast to fuel up. Christoph, the owner of the guest house welcomes every guest by name and serves us a good breakfast with homemade delicacies before we set out for an adventure in the mother city.

If we’re up for heading out for breakfast we love to go to Manna Epicure, where we eat the salmon, avocado, and coconut bread breakfast with poached eggs. It might sound a little exotic, but it’s worth trying! Well fed, we stroll along Kloof Street into the city, trying to avoid the main streets and go beyond high street, where we’ll find some hidden jewels. The SAM – South African Market is a perfect place to stop if you want to shop for beautiful locally-made products from African designers. Get at least one pair of colourful FEAT Socks as a souvenir from Cape Town (Ramin loves them!). And if you’re in need of a quick coffee or snack, head to Jason Bakery.

After some shopping we go to Bo-Kaap, formerly known as the Malay Quarter on Signal Hill, and spiritual home of the Cape’s Muslim community. We stroll along the streets, enjoy the multicultural flair, and take an enormous amount of pictures in front of the cheery colourful houses.

In the late afternoon we either go to The Roundhouse to watch the sunset or drop by Yours Truly Café & Bar on Kloof Street to have a drink with a very relaxed crowd.

As the day comes to an end, we’re thinking about food again and head to The Black Sheep for a relaxed and delicious dinner. If you’re a meat lover, put Carne on your list and drop by for a piece of juicy meat. Kloof Street House is another great dinner spot – try their tasty burger and their heavenly fondant au chocolat.

Happy and fulfilled we walk home, making plans for tomorrow’s tour to the Cape of Good Hope

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Locations



Lézard Bleu Guest House30 Upper Orange Street, Kapstadt, Südafrika

Lovely and well-located B&B in the middle of Oranjezicht, owned by German couple, Nikola and Christoph, who are really passionate about running their guest house. Warm and welcoming!
Oranjezicht districtOranjezicht, Kapstadt, Westkap, Südafrika

This district is located at the bottom of Table Mountain. The houses are very popular because of the view.
Lion's HeadLion's Head, Kapstadt, Westkap, Südafrika

The perfect hike for a 360-degree view over the city. Great for sunrises and sunsets.
Manna Epicure151 Kloof St, Gardens, Kapstadt, Südafrika

One of our favourite spots in Cape Town. Located on Kloof Street, this spot is suitable for all occasions – whether you want to enjoy a good breakfast, a tasty lunch, an afternoon coffee, or a romantic dinner in the lovely space.
SAM - South African Market69 Shortmarket Street, Kapstadt, Südafrika

A reservoir for trendy local labels, all made in South Africa.
Bo-KaapBo-Kaap, Kapstadt, Westkap, Südafrika

The former Malay Quarter on Signal Hill is one of the most interesting parts of Cape Town with its multicultural flair and colourful houses.
Yours Truly73 Kloof Street, Kapstadt, Südafrika

Yours Truly has become to a Cape Town institution with its four shops dotted around the city. Your go-to whenever you want to grab a cup of coffee, have a relaxed beer, or enjoy a live music event.
Kloof StreetKloof Street, Kapstadt, Südafrika

Kloof Street is one of the most eclectic and coolest streets with a variety of great cafés, restaurants, bars, and beautiful boutiques.
Black Sheep104 Kloof Street, Kapstadt, Südafrika

This restaurant opened its doors in late 2013 and has become one of the hot spots in the city bowl. Apart from a daily changing menu, Black Sheep will pamper you with craft beer, great cocktails, and a well-curated wine list.
Kloof Street House30 Kloof Street, Kapstadt, Südafrika

Kloof Street House is a hip place with a mix of Colonial and Victorian-style interiors and a beautiful garden. Perfect for a delicious brasserie-inspired dinner or fancy cocktails.
Cape of Good HopeCape Point, Kapstadt, Westkap, Südafrika

The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve is a must-do when in Cape Town. Head down to the farthest tip of the Cape Peninsula and enjoy the scenic drive.
The RoundhouseRound House Rd, Kapstadt, Südafrika

Nestled in the glens of Table Mountain, this is a great spot to unwind and enjoy some picnic-inspired food.
Carne70 Keerom Street, Kapstadt, Südafrika

A meat lover‘s heaven.
Jason Bakery185 Bree Street, Kapstadt, Südafrika

Jason Bakery offers a great selection of bread, tasty sandwiches, and great coffee.
‘Catch your breath, listen to your favourite songs, and enjoy yourself.’
  • Yours Truly Café & Bar is always a good idea for a quick coffee or a refreshing beer.
  • Fuel up with some healthy juices at Baked Bistro.
  • Explore the colourful houses of Bo-Kaap.
  • Get a pair of FEAT socks at SAM - South African Market.
  • “As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” ― Nelson Mandela
  • View from Lions Head. Enjoy and breathe in the beauty!
  • Jason Bakery not only has great coffee, but also a great selection of sandwiches and bread.
  • Jason Bakery
  • The legendary white tablecloth flowing over Table Mountain.
  • Bo-Kaap, formerly known as the Malay Quarter on Signal Hill, and spiritual home of the Cape’s Muslim community.
  • Jump if you feel like jumping :) Be spontaneous.
  • Baked Bistro offers a variety of great snacks, good coffee, and energizing juices.
  • Lézard Bleu Guest House in the middle of Oranjezicht.
  • Enjoy a good breakfast with homemade delicacies at Lézard Bleu Guest House.
  • Keep your eyes open for new discoveries.

Our thoughts about Cape Town

What do you love about your destination?

The photogenic scenery of the city, the scenic view from Table Mountain, the mix of ocean and city flair, the warm temperatures during European winter, the vibrant atmosphere of countless great restaurants and bars on Kloof street, the fantastic food, the light at sunset, the great vineyards around Stellenbosch, the Chapman’s Peak drive (open the windows & turn up the volume), the coconut bread at Manna Epicure Café, running along the beach of Noordhoek, the peacefulness of Scarborough village, watching the great windsurfers.

Which music fits best to your destination?

We mostly end up in our rental car listening classic old school hip hop. Beats like: Souls of Mischief, Dilated Peoples, Mos Def, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, DJ Kool, Wu-Tang Clan, The Sugarhill Gang, Cypress Hill, Kanye West, The Notorious B.I.G., etc.

Drop by at Jason Bakery for a great cup of coffee.
Manna Epicure is one of our favourite breakfast spots!
Top of Lions Head. Turn up the volume!
See the beauty in otherness.
Strolling through the streets of Bo-Kaap.

Take a vacation into Our life

What’s your background?

Ramin is a 50/50 Persian-German mixture and grew up close to Frankfurt. After living in London for a couple of years, he returned to Munich where he currently runs a financial company. When Ramin enters a room, he is always enthusiastic, brings new ideas, and will make you laugh with his refreshing energy. He is genuine and committed, with a shining soul and a love for business (& Carina).

Carina is the Co-Founder of NECTAR & PULSE. She grew up in the middle of the Austrian Alps and always dreamed of driving a creative empire - a dream she's been fulfilling since 2009, together with her team. Carina is always full of ideas, spontaneous, and ready for the next challenge, with a smile on her lips and a sparkle in her bright blue eyes. You can hear her laugh kilometres away, especially when she is with Ramin.

What is the best moment of the day?

Waking up next to each other and enjoying the first sip of coffee – it tastes like the start of endless possibility.

What inspires you?

Passionate people, makers and innovators, entrepreneurial spirit, unusual biographies, loving and fulfilled relationships, the calmness of nature, the buzzing energy of big cities, adventures, music, delicious food, the view from the airplane window, mountain peaks, coffee and cake, colours.

p.s. Ramin is also inspired by animal videos, especially if they include baby animals.

How would a good friend describe you?

As lovebirds, two hurricanes (or sometimes even rockets), a perfect match, contrasting, black + white, joyful, idea generators, vibrant, makers, coffee lovers, efficient, fast.

Your lifestyle in 5 words?

Active. Loving. Avid. Intuitive. Successful.

Which books, newspapers or magazines do you read?

Sueddeutsche, die ZEIT, Brand Eins, Cereal Magazine, the Weekender, Kinfolk, ELLE Traveller, The Travel Almanac, etc., and most of the time, all kinds of NECTAR & PULSE 24 hour guides by our Local Soulmates.

Which films blow your mind?

We are so bad at watching films - we usually fall asleep, exhausted from our busy days - but when we do get a chance to watch a film, here is a list of the ones we like:
Soul Kitchen – because of its entrepreneurial, chaotic, but charming spirit
I Origin – gives you the feeling that the whole world is connected
Grand Budapest Hotel – a Wes Anderson classic!
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly – breathtaking visuals
Her – makes you fall in love with an imaginary person
Victoria – not a light story, but very well directed
Twice Born – a love story during the Bosnian war, thrilling until the end (that’s what friends told us ;-)
Das Duell der Brüder – it’s not a cinematic artpiece, but the entrepreneur story of Adidas and Puma is great to watch

Person you’d like to sit next to in an airplane?

Each other.

What are your favourite destinations around the globe?

Tel Aviv, Cape Town, London, the Alps, New York, Istanbul.

Your life philosophy?

"I was not looking for my dreams to interpret my life, but rather for my life to interpret my dreams." – Susan Sontag

Suitcase, Backpack or Weekender?

Suitcase for business, backpack for pleasure – or was it the other way around?

What else should we know about you?

That we met on Tinder?! Don't laugh! :)

...and it started with the following conversation:
Ramin: "Shit. What to do when you really fancy someone?"
Carina: "Come straight to the point."

Well, that’s what we did ever since we met.

Travelling is…

an opportunity to think outside the box, a scope of contrasts, a way to embrace otherness, a playground to experience everything life has to offer.

Life is…

a colourful and adventurous journey.

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