Capetonians have a love affair with food, and the abundance of great eateries serving up gourmet goodness, in and around the city, is testament to this. From little hole-in-the-wall breakfast and lunch spots and delicious street food to Michelin stared cuisine, Cape Town is a taste bud-tingling foodie paradise just waiting to be explored.
Here are some recommended foodie tours to get your mouth watering:
This full-day experience with Cape Food & Wine Tours will introduce you to both Cape Town as a historical melting pot of cultures as well as contemporary foodie destination. Start your morning off right with a coffee tasting at a city-based roastery and a walking tour of the city’s oldest food garden. Then its off to trendy Woodstock for a craft beer and food pairing, an artisanal chocolate factory for the sweet-toothed, and an ethical butchery for some meaty South African snacks. To help you work off your indulgence, you’ll be taken for a stroll along the colourful streets of the Bo-Kaap neighbourhood, popping in a family-owned spice shop and popular corner shop selling fragrant Cape Malay treats. And then to wind-down, a South African cheese tasting paired with a glass of wine on Cape Town’s stylish Bree street.
This company also offers tours outside of the city and will custom-make a tour based on your individual foodie-needs.
Cape Fusion Tours
Guided by Pamela McOnie’s passion for gastronomic goodness, Cape Fusion Tours’ range of flavour-filled tours run from the city centre to world renowned wine farms, giving visitors insight into the local food culture, as well as an opportunity to experience it first-hand by cooking delicious local favourites. They also offer bespoke, food-inspired experiences that cater to any taste.
Another foodie tour favourite, Feast Africa is all about Food Adventures and Culinary Safaris, stretching from the famous V&A Waterfront all the way to sleepy Franschhoek. Sample local favourites and daring traditional dishes along the way, while taking in the region’s breathtaking scenery. Tours are family friendly and cater to various dietary requirements.
Culinary Cycle Safari
For the more fit and adventurous crowd, Bike & Saddle’s Culinary Cycle Safari takes you on a 10-day taste adventure, pedalling from Cape Town, up the West Coast, along spectacular mountain passes and into the valleys of the Western Cape’s famous Winelands. Indulge in deliciously fresh seafood, home-made cheeses, pickled olives, tender Karoo lamb, and much more, while learning about local culture and customs along the way.
Electric Bike and Traditional Food Tour
If you like the carefree freedom of a bicycle, but don’t want to break a sweat, Venture South’s E-bike and Traditional Food Tour is perfect for you. Zip around the City Bowl on an e-bike, while taking in the city’s vibe, and sampling some delicious local fare along the way. Treat your taste buds to everything from traditional Cape Malay cuisine, home-made cheese and delicious biltong, to fermented Rooibos tea and fresh, locally roasted coffee, learning about the city’s rich history as you go along. Tours are private and flexible, taking into account specific needs when planning the route.
Cape Town Foodie Tasting Walking Tour
One of the best ways to explore Cape Town is by walking its leafy streets. Cape Town Foodie Tour adds a bit of flavour by combining a traditional walking tour with the culinary offerings of some of the city’s hip and trendy, historical, and culturally important areas. As the tour winds its way through the streets of the Mother City, you will pop into a variety of eateries where you will feast on local and traditional favourites, as well as some of the highlights of the city’s buzzing food scene. The walking tour takes around four delicious hours at a relaxed pace, so you don’t have to be super fit.