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April 25, 2014

7 Ways to Eat and Explore at the World Triathlon Series This Weekend

So you're keen to get involved in the tastes and sounds, the smell and feel and sights of beautiful Cape Town? 

What better place than the grand welcoming of the world’s best endurance athletes as Cape Town's tourist mecca the V&A Waterfront hosts the ITU World Triathlon Series this weekend. The heart of the ITU excitement will be the Race Village at the Look Out, with its lifestyle exhibition and grandstands for the public with a bird’s eye view of the finish line. But in between that, there's so many more things to eat and explore!


The Two Oceans Aquarium 

The V&A Waterfront, image courtesy of South African Tourism

At the Two Oceans Aquarium there is an animal that can fit through a hole the size of its own eye. There are creatures that produce living young from eggs hatching inside their own bodies. There is a 2,000kg fish with a 4g brain. There are crabs that are over 1m tall and have legs that stretch up to 4m long. There is 28cm thick viewing glass to keep the huger predators (the ones with serrated teeth) away from you. Here are wonders of the ocean, which you can marvel at in between gaping at how fast these ITU athletes sprint 10km. 

How far: 30m from the route
Website: www.aquarium.co.za
Address: Portswood Square, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

The SA Rugby Museum

This interactive exhibition pulls you into the dream of playing rugby for an obsessed and adoring nation, with games testing your handoff, reaction time, fitness, kicking and passing skills that kids and adults will love. There are artefacts including Francois Pienaar’s No 6 jersey and Joel Stransky’s boots from the 1995 Rugby World Cup final and the famous history of rugby's role in South Africa's democratic transition is explored with touching graphics and world-class displays. 

How far: 30m from the route
Address: Portswood House, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

The Chavonnes Battery Museum
This is not the kind of battery that powers your cell phone. This is the kind of battery that destroys incoming invaders, especially ships. Think cannons and fortifications with 16 guns firing through 180 degrees. Completed in 1782, the battery was Cape Town's lethal defence for those seeking to plunder the wealth of the colonies. 

How far: 20m from the route
Address: Clock Tower Precinct, V&A Waterfront
Website: www.chavonnesmuseum.co.za


Mama Tembos

From the Swahili 'tembo' for elephant, Mama Tembos offers authentic (we're not joking, keep reading) African cuisine and slow cooked soul food sprinkled with exclusively Capetonian dishes. Think grilled crocodile ribs, warthog ribs, springbok pie, ostrich kebabs, roasted quail and amarula crème brule. 

How far: 230m from the route (3 minute walk)
Where: 150 Main Road, Sea Point, Cape Town
Tel: 021 439 7383
Website: www.mamatembocafe.com


Or maybe you're in the mood for Roman cuisine with a touch of contemporary? Specialising in Italian coffee, wood-fired pizza, Italian delicacies and cocktails, Meloncino will offer parma ham, bresaola, smoked salmon, deep fried polenta sandwiches or marinated veal in a variety of gorgeous variations for starters. You can just imagine what's coming next. 

How far: 10m from the route
Where: Shop 259, Upper Level, Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront
Tel: 0214195558
Website: www.meloncino.co.za


Another Italian hotspot, pop into Pepenero for a sliced beef fillet, drizzled with balsamic cream, topped with rocket, avocado & parmesan shavings. Or why not try the seafood, fresh from the Atlantic which sparkles on the restaurant's doorstep? Or sundowners and sushi in the afternoon sunshine? Pepenero is simply a Capetonian favourite and the perfect place to enjoy a meal while absorbing the buzz of the ITU. 

How far: 10m from the route
Where: 1 Two Oceans Beach, Bay Road, Mouille Point
Tel: +27 (0) 21 439 9027
Website: www.kovecollection.co.za

Wakame Wasabi
Take your sushi with a twist when you order the sake and miso cured salmon served with snow flake fungi, daikon, nori and a chilli lime mayonnaise from Wakame Wasabi, an Asian fusion restaurant with a tingle of French and Western innovation in the cuisine. Famous for their stunning presentation, Wakame Wasabi brings the sumptuous smells and flavours of the Pacific to the international amazing that is Cape Town. 

How far: 20m from the route
Where: 1st Floor,Cnr Beach Road & Surrey Road, Mouille Point
Tel: +27 21 433 2377
Website: www.wakame.co.za

Keen for something different this weekend? Check out our top things to do, or our list of wild and wacky parties! Enjoy our snapshots of Cape Town? Follow us on twitter here.

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