Rob PetersThe Titanic has always held me in its thrall. The ill-fated voyage of the most famous ship in history is a story that you could not make up – complete with villains, heroes and ultimately tragedy. So when the Titanic Expo sailed into Cape Town this month, I was first in line to snap up a ticket.
Bianca ColemanThe Belmond Mount Nelson, affectionately known as ‘the Nellie’, or ‘the Pink Lady’ – the distinctive rosy hue was mixed specially for the hotel in the 1920s – has a fascinating history which dates back to when it was opened in March 1899.
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I scream, you scream, we all scream for… ice cream! There is nothing as tasty and quintessentially summer as licking a three-scoop ice cream, dripping down the cone, while walking along the beachfront on a gorgeous day in Cape Town.
Winter in Cape Town is the perfect opportunity to combine three favourite winter pastimes: sampling great cuisine, enjoying good company and sitting in front of a roaring fire. Tempting as it may be to stay indoors snuggled up under the warm covers, there are so many delicious restaurants with warm fireplaces to visit this season.
As the days get longer and warmer, what could be better than sipping a refreshing drink at one of Cape Town’s top rooftop bars? Check out our top five.
Who can bake especially for you? In the Mother City, the Bakers Man certainly can. With a variety of quality bakeries, confectioneries and delicatessens all over the Peninsula, there is plenty to please the hearts and tummies of sweet-toothed locals and visitors. From the lip-smacking milk tart and spicy samoosa recipes passed down to us by our Dutch and Malay ancestors to the mouth-watering crȇpes and croissants we inherited from the French Huguenots, baking is a time-honoured Capetonian tradition and one we do very well.
Cape Town has long been renowned for its beautiful winelands and award-winning wines. But more recently, beer and spirits have become a part of its quaff culture.
Winter is here,bringing with it a desire to enjoy tasty and fulfilling cuisine. Fine dining this chilly season need not be expensive with these delicious winter warmer specials at establishments all around Cape Town.
Whether you’re after the simple or the exotic, the fresh or the pre-prepared, the neighbourhood market at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, Cape Town, is the perfect place to stock up on tasty food. The market is held every Saturday – but make sure you’re there early to get your hands on the pick of the crop. There are over 80 stalls to browse at the weekend market and not all of them sell food. You can also find beautiful jewellery, trendy fashion and gorgeous bouquets of freshly-cut flowers.
Ask any South African, and they will tell you that the braai – or barbeque – is a part of South African culture.So much so, in fact, that 24 September (Heritage Day) is now also popularly known as National Braai Day.
From retail to events and from fashion to food, the pop-up trend is sweeping the globe. Cape Town, too, offers its share of fabulous foodies who roam the town, delighting us with their gourmet street food.
Jamie Oliver, photo courtesy Downing Street While going through the newspaper the other day, I saw that Mzoli’s Place in Gugulethu played host to celebrity chef Jamie Oliver last weekend. Apparently, Jamie loved it and found the experience “very sexy”. He also mentioned that “in this part of the world, fresh is where it’s at”. Jamie is now featuring Mzoli’s Place on the cover of his April magazine, describing its food as “heaven”. I have to agree that in general Cape Town is the capital of good food – from a braai at Mzoli’s to the city’s chic restaurants, a Camp’s Bay sundowner seafood feast and the utterly luxurious winelands lunch.
Photo courtesy Nick Gray The Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock awaits those who rise early on Saturday mornings. Established in 2006 as an organic farmers’ market, it occupies an old Victorian warehouse and features more than 100 specialty traders. Gastronomes will marvel at the abundance of organic goods. From farm fresh produce and organic cheeses to gourmet sandwiches and decadent confections, every palate will be satisfied. Every Saturday, foodies pour into the market to indulge their taste buds with flavours from around the world. Parisian tarts and crêpes, thin-based pizzas, fragrant curries and organic chocolate will delight both young and old. For those who have worked up a thirst, organic wines and beers are on offer.
The thing about getting hitched, these days, is that - thanks to a generation of over-zealous romantics, and a deluge of big-budget tear-jerking romantic comedies - going down on one knee over a pint at your local pub just isn’t going to cut it. Apparently a casual question around the Sunday morning breakfast table is also considered unacceptable these days.
Charly’s Cake Angels, a television series about the world-famous Charly’s Bakery in Cape Town, is now airing on the Good Food Channel, having enjoyed success in countries including Italy, New Zealand and Switzerland, as well as South Africa of course.
The chilly season might be upon us but things are only getting hotter in Cape Town, the inspirational Mother City. So throw aside the bedcovers, stop staring at your boring four walls, and come and experience 48 unforgettable hours in our bustling hometown, with our #LoveCapeTown City Breaks.
To truly immerse yourself in the culture of a city means to savour everything, including the local food. What better place to start than by sampling the best curries Cape Town has to offer?
Tipping can be a bit of a grey area when you’re travelling. Who do you tip? When? And how much is acceptable? So here are some guidelines on tipping in Cape Town, the Mother City:
Cape Town has done it again, scooping Top prize in Travel + Leisure’s annual online poll of best destinations and establishments in the world. Cape Town was awarded the the accolade of the World’s Top City in Africa and the Middle East in the 2012 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards as well as being ranked fourth overall in Top 10 Cities list. Additionally, Cape Town’s The One&Only Hotel was ranked as the Top Hotel in Africa & Middle East.
By the end of the 19th century, the Cape of Good Hope had become a popular destination for Europe’s wealthy travellers and, naturally, the tradition of high tea was adopted in Cape Town. Certainly it’s a tradition that flourishes.
It’s no secret that Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world so why waste time not taking in the spectacular sea, mountain and city views. Here’s how you are going to be spoilt for choice…
We can finally say it; hipsters have changed the world. They might not know it, or even care, but these counter-culture kids helped steer a global movement – one that lauds responsible consumerism – to far beyond what was once, a fad.
Often referred to as “the Eden of the Cape”, the town of Ceres is world famous for its exceptional deciduous fruit production. Fruit tours present a great way to appreciate the journey from tree to table, while sampling fresh fruit along the way.
An ice-cream vendor smiles broadly, spreading summertime cheer, on Camps Bay beach.
Mzoli’s in Gugulethu, photo courtesy j.knutzen As the oldest city in South Africa, Cape Town is rich in history and culture. There is so much to see, do and learn about the city and the people who live here. The best way to discover Cape Town is through interacting with the people. So take a tour through the townships of Gugulethu, Khayelitsha or Langa and hear what they have to say about life in Cape Town. You can enjoy a meal and drink at Mzoli’s, a chisa nyama in Gugulethu. A chisa nyama is basically a butchery where you select your meat and take a seat at a nearby table – an open-sided restaurant – while it’s prepared. You can enjoy the township vibe and the company of those around you while you wait.
Ask any patrons of the Foodbarn Restaurant in picturesque Noordhoek why they keep coming back to this delightful eatery, and chances are the answer will be for impressive master chef Franck Dangereux’s creative and tasty menus. A culinary wizard of note, Franck whips up gourmet treats in his spacious kitchen and clients just can’t get enough. From his impressive start as a trainee at three-star restaurants in France, to planting roots as a restaurant owner and chef in Cape Town, Franck has garnered quite a following.
Photo courtesy Ian Junor aka ifijay Simon van der Stel, the first governor of the Cape, could hardly have known what incredible wine estates would emerge from the farm he envisioned when he occupied Constantia, today South Africa’s oldest winelands. Constantia Vineyards is a wine route consisting of five vineyards, restaurants, hotels and a golf course.
The one-hour tour of the Newlands Brewery is a must for visitors as well as locals. It is the oldest commercial brewery in South Africa and was granted National Heritage Status in 1995. Today it brews eight award-winning and famous beer brands, satisfying this beautiful corner of our very thirsty land with 1.5-million ice-cold beers every day. The popular tour takes you through the old brewery heritage areas and the impressive modern brewery. It had been highly recommended to us and my colleagues and I were not disappointed. We found it informative and fascinating and our guide, Lauren, was well versed in the current operations, as well as the history of the brewery – she clearly has a passion for brewing and all that goes with it!
As one of the world’s most popular port cities, Cape Town offers foodies truly cosmopolitan flavours from its kitchens, cementing its reputation as one of the world’s most creative capitals. The range of eateries in the Mother City cover every dietary preference and every budget. Below are a few of the top new restaurants in city, with brief descriptions from www.eatout.co.za.
Continental, English, health and American – Cape Town serves every type of breakfast. Whether you crave hot croissants and fancy cheese with rich yoghurt and fresh fruit or a plate of poached eggs and steamed haddock, you’re sure to find each one of these breakfast bests as delicious as the next.
There is nothing that says holiday like a lazy day in the Winelands ... sipping wines and savouring excellent cuisine, while enjoying relaxing, leafy landscapes.
The giant Wheel of excellence is a first for Cape Town and South Africa and is a unique way to savour panoramic bird’s-eye views of Cape Town, Paarl, Table Mountain and Robben Island. The V&A Waterfront is hosting with a series of refreshing experiences and activities from September to November 30, 2012 as part of its Spring campaign.