Cape Town - Food and Drink
South African food and drink is as striking as the colours that combine to create the nation’s flag. The Cape’s reputation as a world leading wine growing region is evident in the myriad of excellent tours, wineries and restaurants promoting the country’s most delicious export. Try Durbanville Wine Valley, just north of the city, the mountains and villages of Helderberg, or the more established Vergelegen and Constantia regions for excellent local restaurants, wineries and tours (with tastings, of course!).
At the coast, along Camps Bay, Gordon’s Bay, Clifton, Kalk Bay and Green Point, you’ll find upscale restaurants serving delicious crayfish, fish, prawns, mussels and calamari, with newer establishments adding a twist of sushi, spices and exciting fusion elements. De Waterkant between Bo Kaap and Green Point above Somerset Road is currently home to some of South Africa’s most exciting young chefs. Line caught fish, such as yellowtail and kingklip are excellent, sustainable and healthy alternatives to the more obvious choices of tuna and swordfish.
The bustling V&A waterfront is home to dependable family restaurants, bistros, bars and barbeques offering the standard array of Italian, Chinese, burgers and grills, while the city centre’s Long Street area offers more ethnic, local (and, reasonably priced) alternatives to the touristy procession along the waterfront.
They call the country’s food ‘Rainbow Cuisine’ - because of its sheer variety of influences, from Dutch through to British, Portuguese, Indian and all points of Africa. The resultant stew is a vibrant mix of seafood and spices, meat products (including wild game), plenty of pulses and grains, fresh fruits and vegetables of every colour.