If you’re interested in fine dining, fusion cuisine, home-grown fare or distinct African flavours, rest assured that Cape Town is the foodie capital of South Africa. Whether you’re looking for a light snack in the summer sunshine or a hearty winter’s meal near a warm hearth, the Mother City is the ultimate culinary destination.
When it comes to dining out, you are simply spoilt for choice.
La Colombe on Constantia Uitsig Wine Farm (+27 (0)21 794 6500) in the Constantia Valley is one of the finest restaurants in Cape Town. It has been voted the Best Restaurant in Africa and the Middle East and the 28th Best Restaurant in the World by Restaurant magazine, published in the United Kingdom. Make sure you book in advance.
Voted Restaurant of the Year at the 2011 Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards, The Greenhouse is a showcase of Cape Town's first Grand Chef Peter Tempelhoff's prowess in the kitchen, infusing international culinary experience with local cuisine, with an emphasis on local produce and wine. The restaurant has limited seating, just 45 people, providing an intimate dining experience.
The Test Kitchen in Woodstock, was named the second-best restaurant in South Africa at the 2011 Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards, while its chef/owner Luke-Dale Roberts was named Chef of the Year. Described as "a gourmet laboratory on the city’s food map", the cuisine is a gastronomic mix of innovation, experimentation resulting in an Asian-infused gourmet feast in a creative and delightful setting.
The prestigious South African 2010 Eat Out Restaurant Awards selected Cape Town restaurant, Aubergine, in its pick of the 2010 Top 10 Restaurants in South Africa. This venue is situated at 39 Barnet Street, Gardens. To book a table, contact +27 (0)21 465 4909.
Wine magazine identified Bibi’s Kitchen (+27 (0)21 797 1054), The Food Barn (+27 (0)21 789 1390) and Mzoli’s Place (+27 (0)21 638 1355) as three of Cape Town’s Top 10 Everyday Restaurants. Bibi’s Kitchen in Wynberg offers spectacular Indian fare; The Food Barn in Noordhoek was started by renowned chef Franck Dangereux, and has an excellent bistro menu and relaxed atmosphere; Mzoli’s is an authentically African restaurant in Gugulethu known world-widea for its good vibes and meaty menu.
For sushi, head to Wakame (+27 (0)21 433 2377) in Beach Road, Mouille Point. For a touch of Moroccan you have to go to Mojolenas (+27 (0)21 426-2351) to try out the chocolate chilli steak, and for your fill of fabulous pizza, Vabbo (+27 (0)21 448 0282) is a sure bet.
If you are unsure what type of cuisine you are in the mood for, and would like to browse a variety of restaurants easily, head to the V&A Waterfront, where you’ll find a wide selection of restaurants (and prices), many of which have a spectacular view of the harbour and Table Mountain.
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Local foodie blogger Natalie Roos has shared a very comprehensive list of her favourite places to eat her favourite meals. In the mood for risotto? Or are you craving ribs? Head over to Natalie's blog to find some inspiration.
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PRINS & PRINS DIAMONDS MUSEUM OF GEMS AND JEWELLERY
This unique museum project takes visitors on a journey from when diamonds first began to form three billion years ago and their 150 km journey to the surface, following the unique path of South African diamonds from their origin in extinct volcanoes to the deposits along our coastline. Learn about unique and rare gemstones, and see how jewellery has changed through thousands of years. The story about South Africa’s mineral wealth is told, not only for diamonds, but also for our Platinum and Gold deposits.
29km from Oudtshoorn, at the head of the picturesque Cango Valley, lies the spectacular underground wonder of the Klein Karoo - the Cango Caves. Situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well-known Swartberg Mountains, you will find the finest dripstone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations.
This cultural village aims to remind us of our origin and serves as the reservoir for African knowledge pertaining to nature and traditions, giving us an opportunity to celebrate who we are through music (wonderful sounds from live bands) or from its’ distinct fineness of cuisine, topped up with African (local) arts and crafts.
The Cape Town Carnival is a glamorous celebration of African identity, diverse communities and cultures, and the transformative power of creativity.
15 March 2014 will see the 5th Cape Town Carnival explode onto the Fanwalk in Greenpoint , Cape Town. With over 2 000 costumed performers, a spectacular parade of giant floats and live musicians, it’s an experience you simply can’t miss.
Hot summer sun, extra long days and warm nights, sun-kissed skin and time to spend with loved ones; summer in Cape Town is the ideal time to get outdoors and enjoy getting closer to the spectacular nature that is within minutes from the bustling city.
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