Your travel decision has brought you to Cape Town, this “most beautiful city in the world” as decided by travel writers and international publications. Whilst giving yourself a pat on the back for your excellent decision, undertake a journey of culinary discovery to public as well as hidden treasures.
Some of the restaurants in Cape Town have made it on to the “Best Restaurants in the World” list, therefore your journey should start right in the mother city of South Africa. From the fishy delights of the Atlantic Seaboard restaurants, to the intimate bistro’s of the City Bowl, there are tastes and smells to please the most critical of palates. From a typical Cape Malay restaurant, that will delight and surprise with dishes that have been handed down from generations past, to modern café cuisine, traditional to international…all vie for your taste buds.
Then take a trip to the Winelands, where the vineyards and the mountains try to outshine each other in their splendour. Get yourself a culinary map of the winelands and try the delightful restaurants on the estates, while sipping their wine and enjoying some of the most beautiful views in the world. Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl, Worcester, Wellington – there is a Pandora’s box of discovery for the visitor.
The “traditional” winelands are not the only regions where wine is produced, however, so let your journey of discovery take you to outlying towns and villages…. Riebeeck Kasteel, Tulbagh, Montagu, Robertson, McGregor, Greyton. Apart from the scenic beauty, there are a myriad of country kitchens, bistro’s and restaurants that await.
If you take the N7 to the West Coast, you will enter a world very different to the leafy, gentle beauty of the Winelands, to a more rugged and hardy landscape, where the barren fields are transformed into a celestial garden of opulence, where flowers bloom with abandon in carpets of colour during Springtime. Langebaan, Paternoster, Doringbaai, Clanwilliam. The fish on your plate was probably caught that very morning and if you are an early riser, you can observe the boats going out to fish at dawn, with the colourful local fishermen joking and laughing with each other, getting their boats ready.
If your waistline has endured, take a scenic drive to the coastal village of Hermanus, 2 hours from Cape Town, where the Southern Right Whale frolic in the waters, showing off to the visitors. This is one of the most popular holiday spots for locals from elsewhere in the country and one of the furthest points where wine is produced in the spectacular Heaven-and-Earth valley, accompanied by food…but of course. Try the little village of Stanford, where a tiny, award-winning country restaurant waits to delight and surprise.
This is but some of the smorgasbord of variety there for your pleasure and enjoyment. At some other time, we can make our way down the Garden Route for more, so much more…