Thamar HoulistonCape Town has many amazing coffee shops. Head into the CBD and surrounding areas and you’re bound to find one on every corner. So, naturally, it can be difficult for a coffee shop to set itself apart from the rest. Here are some that have done just that by offering customers more than just coffee.
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I awoke on Monday morning with a sensory overload hangover and I’m blaming the 2014 Design Indaba Expo, held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from Friday 28 February to Sunday 2 March, 2014 for that, Cape Town’s creative piece de resistance!
The Stellenbosch Wine Festival and Expo, presented by Pick ‘n Pay and held from January 24 to February 2, 2014, is yet another reason we Capetonians have to celebrate Cape Town.
And there’s me thinking I’d seen all the beautiful wine farms this amazing city of Cape Town has to offer. Think again Diva. Beau Constantia est arrivé (by the way, when I see French words like ‘beau’ and ‘ pas de nom’, I can’t help but throw my French about a bit).
Monday 23 September, 2013, saw me heading out of the Mother City along the West Coast road and bouncing in a mini van through the veld towards the Darling Hills where, between the Kapokberg on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, lies a gem of a wine farm called Groote Post.
Saturday 24 August, 2013 found me wandering around the elegant Cellars-Hohenhort Hotel in Constantia at the third annual Big Bottle Festival, a rather a posh event, what with the Bentley and Lamborghini flanking the entrance way and the sound of high heels clicking across the conservatory floor (at least my sneakers were from Paul Smith!).
Route 62 is one of the most stunning drives in the Western Cape, possibly in the whole of South Africa, and it’s one of my favourites. It leads to some of the most picturesque towns and villages in the province, like Montagu.
Drinking tea is a gentle, languid pastime and there’s no shortage of amazing places to indulge in an excellent blend in our gorgeous Mother City. I did a tea meander in the Cape Town CBD and surrounds, and these are a few amazing places to sip and savour the leaves – be they from Ceylon, China, prepared by the Earl, or plucked in the Cederberg, like our local pride and joy, rooibos.
I confess this was my first visit to the Good Food & Wine Show in a long time. With more than 200 stands in the vast CTICC venue over four days from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 May, 2013, I was amazed at the event’s growth over the last few years. The stalls, some far more fabulous than others in both product and appearance, offered everything from food and wine to everything in between that relates to the home.
As far as my favourite stores in Cape Town’s CBD go, these five are at the top of my list at the moment. I tend to shop where products stand out by way of design and quality, and where I know I’ll always get amazing service.
I love seeking out the best food and drink in tasty Cape Town, and then letting fellow foodies know when I find it. It can be anything from haute cuisine or a plate of salad at a deli to a craft beer, a glass of wine or a cup of coffee. If it’s great, I’ll Instagram it immediately it and show it off to my followers.