Cape Town - "the Mother City!" - SEE, DO, EAT!

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Thousands of people across the world voted and on November 11, 2011, Table Mountain was named among the New7Wonders of Nature. You can get to the top of Cape Town's most famous icon in just five minutes by taking a cable car, or spend the better part of your day hiking up. Table Mountain Cableway, established in 1929, takes visitors to the top in one of two cable cars, each with rotating floors and huge windows to ensure your views while travelling are almost as spectacular as those on the summit. Cable cars depart every 10 to 15 minutes. From the top of Table Mountain, there are magnificent views of the Cape Town city centre, surrounding suburbs and the Atlantic Ocean. Landmarks in view include the Cape Town Stadium, Robben Island and Camps Bay beach. There are a number of short walks on the top, as well as longer ones that can take you down to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, or even further along, to the Silvermine Nature Reserve.
Table Mountain is known for its rich biodiversity and is home to over 1 500 species of plants (more than the number found throughout the entire British Isles), most of them fynbos, which forms one of the world’s six plant kingdoms all on its own. At its highest point, Table Mountain reaches 1 085m (3 560ft) and affords views all the way to Robben Island and beyond
+27 21 424 0015


The V & A Waterfront is South Africa’s most visited destination, attracting millions of visitors every year – and for good reason. Whether you're looking to go shopping, dine at top restaurants, party at local nightspots, visit tourist attractions and museums or investigate the city’s historic harbour, you'll find it all here. (Construction for this harbour began as early as 1860, when Prince Alfred tipped the first stones for the breakwater, hence the attraction’s name: V & A after Queen Victoria of England and her youngest son Alfred.) You might like to visit the family-friendly Two Oceans Aquarium , where you can get close to sharks, penguins and hundreds of species of sea life. There are lots of outdoor activities available too, ranging from helicopter flips to boat charters and relaxed harbour cruises (walk along the water’s edge and pick one – there are several options). Or browse through hundreds of shopping outlets, ranging from larger department stores selling designer labels to boutique jewellery and curio shops.
The V&A Waterfront’s Amphitheatre is a good spot for live entertainment (usually provided to the public for free) – from concerts to creative workshops and puppet shows.
For those in search of local culture and history there are a number of museums and galleries that form part of the precinct – including the Maritime Centre in the Union Castle Building, which features a collection of ship models and objects associated with shipping in Cape Town, in particular the era of mail ships. You can also visit the Chavonnes Battery Museum – a heritage site and the first coastal fortification to protect Table Bay besides The Castle.


A symbol both of centuries of cruel oppression and the triumph of hope, Robben Island has become synonymous with the former leader of the free and democratic South Africa, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who spent 18 years in its maximum security prison. For nearly 400 years the island served as a place of banishment - not just for supposed criminals but also for many other unwanted members of society, including lepers and the mentally ill. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1999. The blinding-white limestone quarry, where political prisoners toiled away doing hard labour in the blazing heat, and Mandela's claustrophobic cell in the prison are but a few of the harrowing reminders of the injustices carried out during the apartheid era, and of the final defeat of the regime. Fascinating and inspirational, Robben Island is a must-visit. - Once "home" to some of South Africa's most famous political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela, Robben Island is one of the country's most visited tourist attractions, and rightly so. Robben Island is situated some 9km (5.5mi) offshore from Cape Town. Dubbed “Robben” (“the place of seals”) by Dutch settlers, the island was declared a World Heritage Site in 1999, and over the centuries has been used as a prison, a hospital, a mental institution, and a military base. It is most famous for being a political prison during apartheid, when many of South Africa’s most prominent freedom fighters spent time there. Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of the 27 years he was imprisoned on the island. A tour of the Robben Island Museum begins at the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V & A Waterfront.Ferries depart regularly from the gateway, and each tour takes approximately 3.5 hours. You will be guided around the island by a former political prisoner who will relay the history of the island, together with firsthand accounts of prison life, ensuring a personal and poignant tour. The tour takes you to the maximum security prison, and to Mandela’s cell in particular, which has been left in its original state. A bus takes you to the lime quarry where Mandela and his fellow prisoners did hard labour. Additional stopovers include the Kramat (shrine) of Tuan Guru (a Muslim leader), the Lepers’ Graveyard and the house where Robert Sobukwe lived in solitary confinement for nine years.
Nelson Mandela Ferry Terminal, Clock Tower Precinct, V & A Waterfront.
+27 21 409 5100


The Castle of Good Hope is South Africa's oldest surviving colonial building. Completed in 1679, the moated, five-pointed fortress was initially built by Commander Zacharius Wagenaer of the Dutch East India Company to ward off possible attacks from the British, and later served as the hub of the Cape's civilian and military activities. It's still the seat of the Cape Town military today, and if you time it right, you can catch the key ceremony, as performed by the Castle Guard. The military museum showcases several impressive pieces, interspersed with display cases of filled with glassy-eyed mannequins kitted out in their military best. The Anglo Boer War section features a coin-operated model armoured train huffing and puffing past seres of block houses and through hostile British territory.
C/O Darling and Buitenkant Streets, Cape Town.
+27 21 787 1249


Cape Town’s City Hall was built in 1905 in Italian Renaissance style, and is one of the last Victorian-style sandstone structures in the Mother City. Despite showing its age, Cape Town’s iconic City Hall continues to be sought out by urban explorers.
Its classical, Darling Street facade, and an impressive half-size replica of London’s Big Ben, are also a source of fascination to visitors, particularly those who have been to London. It was from the balcony of the City Hall that Nelson Mandela addressed the world, after spending 27 years in prison. On that day in 1990, 250 000 people streamed to the Grand Parade to celebrate the release of the country's future president.
The City Hall is home to the world-renowned Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, which regularly performs concerts here. Cape Town’s Grand Parade, in front of the City Hall, was the setting for the Cape Town FIFA Fan Fest during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa. As many as 25 000 people were comfortably able to watch live matches on a big screen for the duration of the World Cup.


The address 96 Strand Street, Cape Town, is better known as the Gold of Africa Museum, which is dedicated to preserving the ancient art of African goldsmithing while simultaneously inspiring contemporary design. Temporary exhibitions from India, Brazil, Mali and Egypt and other places around the world examine the common design elements of this art form, which transcends geographical borders and cultural divides.
The museum is located in Martin Melck House, which was constructed in 1783 as the parsonage for the adjacent Evangelical Lutheran Church and named after wealthy businessman and church benefactor Martin Melck of Elsenburg. The building was restored in 2000 and is now admired by many as one of the finest remaining examples of old Cape Town domestic architecture. The Gold of Africa Museum showcases the ancient relationship that exists between gold and the African continent in the form of 350 West African gold artefacts and objects from ancient gold-based civilisations.
Martin Melck House, 96 Strand Street, Cape Town.
+27 21 405 1540


A symbolic bell silently stands testimony to the slaves who tilled and toiled away in what was once a veggie garden providing sustenance for scurvy-stricken sailors of the Dutch East India Company. The cabbage patches have since made way for grassy lawns and park benches, with a few fish ponds and statues thrown in for good measure. It's an accessible oasis (an estimated 700,000 people a year frequent it), and smack in the middle of a culture cluster including the Iziko South African Museum, Iziko National Gallery and Slave Lodge.
Queen Victoria St, Cape Town 8000
+27 21 400 2521


Even if you're not religious, this beautiful Victorian structure inspires a bit of silence and contemplation about the human condition. Its elaborate stained- glass windows depict not only a lily-white Jesus figure, but also a black Christ and a panel dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. Known as the People's Church, it was central in the fight against apartheid. Its members openly rejected the rules of the government, opening its doors to all races and regularly drawing huge crowds of protesters to listen to Archbishop Desmond Tutu and other speakers. Today the cathedral's ten church bells ring out triumphantly every Sunday morning and evening. If you'd like to see the bellringers in action, pop into one of the regular practice sessions held every Tuesday at 7.30pm.
5 Wale St, Cape Town.
+27 21 424 7360


This underwater wonderland offers some of the most bizarre sea life you might ever care to meet - schools of unicorn fish, lumo jellyfish and honey-combed moray eels all get their moment in the spotlight, and, of course, there's also an abundance of cuter creatures to keep the little 'uns happy. Still capitalising on the popularity of the little clownfish from Finding Nemo, there's a tubular tank featuring about a zillion colourful critters swimming around. However, the I&J Predator Tank is the undisputed pièce de résistance, with its mob of ocean predators, including ragged tooth sharks, blue stingrays and black mussel crackers, all drifting together in seeming harmony - until feeding time, that is.
Dock Road, V & A Waterfront.
+27 21 418 3823


Through the years the Bo-Kaap has been known by many names, ranging from Malay Quarter and Slamse Buurt (Islamic neighbourhood) through to Schotcheskloof and Waalendorp. The area, with its multicoloured houses and steep cobbled streets, was developed in the 1760s by Jan de Waal (hence the name Waalendorp); the museum is the only structure built by him that's remained more or less unchanged through the years. It tells the story of the area's Cape Malays, a culturally rich community descended from East African and South-east Asian slaves and responsible for the introduction of Islam to South Africa.
Wale Street, Schotsche Kloof, Cape Town.
+27 21 481 3939


By showing us the faces of some of the six million Jews - as well as gypsies, homosexuals and others - who were murdered during the Holocaust, the Cape Town Holocaust Centre has succeeded in giving an identity to some of those killed. Exhibits consist of text, photos, film, artefacts and re-created environments. They follow the course of the holocaust from the early days of the Nazi Party and its espousal of anti-Semitism, to the Third Reich and the development of the concentration camp system, and the adoption of the Final Solution. The Centre also focuses on wider issues of racism, with sections on apartheid and the South African experience.
88 Hatfield Street, Cape Town
+27 21 462 5553.


This award-winning community museum lays bare the time in South African history when the ruling government declared District Six a 'whites only' area and over 60,000 of its residents were forcibly taken from their homes and shipped out to the Cape Flats, before their houses were reduced to rubble. The museum includes a memorial hall and a sound archive, and many of the exhibits are interactive, created with the help of former residents; they rely heavily on the medium of storytelling to reconstruct the time of the forced removals and the devastating repercussions it had on the once-vibrant community. A haunting map of District Six painted on the floor of the museum invites evicted residents to indicate with chalk where they once lived.
25 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town.
+27 21 466 7200


Completed in 1679, this building at the north-east end of the Company's Gardens was built by the Dutch East India Company to house up to 9,000 slaves, convicts and the mentally ill; it continued to do so until the early 19th century. With no windows apart from tiny slits with bars, and a stream running beneath the Lodge, living conditions were wet, dark and dank. Fork out a few extra bucks for the audio headset and retrace the steps of German salt trader Otto Menzl as he is given the guided tour through the corridors of the slave lodge by a proud VOC official in the 1700s. Through his comments you get a pretty good idea of the squalor these slaves had to live in - the horrible stench, lack of ventilation, no view of the outside world and bedding so wet that slaves preferred to sleep on the floor.
Wale St, Cape Town.
+27 21 460 8242


Get to know more about Dr Christiaan Barnard and the day he made history when he transplanted the world's first human heart in 1967. The attention to detail in this slick museum is astounding - from the carbon copy of Denise Darvall's (the first heart donor's) bedroom, to reams of correspondence, including a reluctant congratulatory letter from Barnard's American counterpart, Dr Norman Shumway. There are also quirky artefacts such as the bumper sticker exclaiming 'Drivers beware: Barnard is waiting'. Step through the painstakingly re-created operating theatres where eerily realistic wax sculptures of Dr Barnard and his team are displayed, shown giving first heart recipient Louis Washkansky a new lease of life, complete with a soundtrack of clinking scalpels.
Groote Schuur Hospital, Main Road, Observatory.
+27 21 404 1967


In 1913 a professor Pearson, then chair of botany at the South African college, set about developing this vast botanical garden into what it is today - one of the country's most popular visitor attractions. Neatly tended lawns tumble down the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, punctuated by flowering gardens, ponds and indigenous trees all knitted together by paved pathways. The grounds have a tangle of walking trails leading visitors to spots like the Bath in the Dell, a wild almond hedge planted by Jan van Riebeeck back in the 1600s, and a lane of gigantic yellowwoods housing a few shy owls. Heading towards the fynbos-covered foot of Table Mountain, you'll find the beginnings of the Skeleton Gorge and Nursery Ravine hiking trails.
Rhodes Drive, Cape Town.
+27 21 799 8783


Founded in 1685 and South Africa's first vineyard, Groot Constantia Estate was the grape-stomping ground of Simon van der Stel, first governor of the Cape, back in the day. Through the years, the estate's wines have tickled the palates of kings and conquerors and had poets and authors waxing lyrical about their ambrosial eminence. The orientation centre, imposing old manor house and the Cloete Cellar wine museum cover the history of winemaking and the estate. Or head straight for the cellar for a guided tour and a chance to taste what all the fuss is about, before heading off to one of the two restaurants to enjoy the vista with a few glasses of vino.
Groot Constantia Rd, Constantia.
+27 21 794 5128


A unique and innovative non-Profit and Fair Trade in Tourism-accredited company. The aim of Uthando is to raise funds and other forms of assistance for community development projects in South Africa. Uthando also offers: authentic, uplifting, fun, inspirational, interactive and meaningful experiences for travellers as well as groups of any size in the sprawling and impoverished townships of Cape Town. The Uthando Tours run as daily scheduled tours AND tailormade private tours (for groups of any size) to suit particular interests, whether it be urban agriculture; animal welfare; youth development through the medium of art, dance, choir singing, classical music, drumming or sport; special needs education; assistance to refugees; the environment; economic empowerment through skills development; arts and crafts; township theatre; prisoner rehabilitation; care and protection for children, women and the elderly.
9 Princes Road, Harfield Village.
+27 21 683 8523



The first two-storey building ever to grace Cape Town's cityscape, this ornate 1761 Cape Rococo-style construction must have elicited quite a few oohs and aahs back in the day. Originating as a Burger Watch House and later used as a magistrate's court, police station and town hall, it was declared Cape Town's first art museum in 1914 after a very generous donation of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish art was made by Sir Max Michaelis. The esteemed Michaelis collection features paintings by Dutch Golden Age masters including Rembrandt van Rijn, Jacob Ruisdal and Frans Hals. When you're all arted out but find the thought of braving the bustling Greenmarket Square too much, step into the calm courtyard for a relaxed alfresco lunch.
Greenmarket Square, Cape Town.
+27 21 481 3933


The permanent collection dedicates space to British, Dutch, Flemish and South African art spanning the centuries, interspersed with traditional African beadwork and contemporary South African works such as Jane Alexander's hauntingly realistic trio of beasts, The Butcher Boys. The temporary exhibitions are the biggest draw, however, featuring both young and established local artists, alongside occasional retrospectives of the likes of Picasso and Marlene Dumas. Recent temporary exhibitions have included work by the 'alternative modernist' Pancho Guedes and an extensive collection of Cecil Skotnes's work.
Government Ave, Cape Town
+27 21 467 4660


Hidden behind a rather unattractive wall in Cecil Road in Rosebank, an adjoining suburb to Rondebosch, lies the house where one of South Africa's most revered artists lived, painted, and entertained for close to four decades. In comparison with the rest of the museum, the cramped front lobby feels a bit soulless, but as soon as you step into the colourful main house, you get a sense of the intriguing, eccentric character Stern must have been. The collection of artefacts from her travels through Africa and Europe includes a Congolese Buli stool that often features prominently in her paintings, as well as a mob of scary-looking masks from around the world. The red-carpeted sitting room, with ornate, handcrafted furniture, features a green accent wall studded with portraits. She hosted many a dinner party in the dining room, which now houses her collection of religious paintings and sculptures - she had a fondness for biblical themes. The most personal touch in the museum, however, is the re-creation of Stern's studio, complete with easel, muddied tubes of paint and colour-caked easel.
Cecil Road, Rosebank.
+27 21 685 5686


Sink your feet into plush carpets as you explore works by established artists such as painters Beezey Bailey and wildlife sculptor Dylan Lewis (whose work made headlines two years ago when 75 of his sculptures where auctioned by Christie's for £1.9 million). The luxurious space with its stately fireplace is the sister gallery of one of South Africa's oldest galleries, Everard Read's in Johannesburg, that has been around since 1913.
3 Portswood Road, V & A Waterfront.
+27 21 418 4527



Given that this has to be one of the most beautiful and architecturally interesting city squares in the southern hemisphere, no trip to Cape Town is complete without some quality bonding time on this historical gem. Come here for a full range of African folk art plus well-priced CDs and souvenir clothing. An added bonus is the Pan African character of the vendors (who welcome bargaining), especially on Fridays when they don traditional garb. Enjoy the array of groovy places at which to refresh and people-watch.
C/O Shortmarket / Longmarket Streets and Burg Street, Cape Town.


Situated in the heart of central Cape Town's art-and-antiques precinct, the Pan African Market is uniquely attractive for a number of reasons. The lobby is a gem of Victorian tiling, while the first and second floors are a beehive of traders in new and old folk art, with representatives from most locales in West, sub-Saharan and southern Africa. Once you've ordered your custom-tailored garment, and finally chosen your mask among the many thousands, enjoy a coffee or a Swahili-infused lunch on the oh-so-quaint first-floor terrace. Bargaining is welcomed.
76 Long Street, Cape Town


This encyclopedic treasure chest of pan-African objects, local ceramic art and high-end indigenous craft sets the gold standard far above banal curio. Weaving an intoxicating mix of contemporary and tribal design, this ravishing platform enduringly delights the senses. The perfect destination for special and unique pieces for interior designers, international visitors and collectors.
Cape Quarter, Somerset Road, Green Point.
+27 21 425 5123


This well-established market is a strong part of the heart and soul of charismatic Church Street and for years has been the source of many a bargain-hunter's and collector's best finds. Vintage is the key word, from funky clothing and costume jewellery to books, porcelain and brocante. Grab a coffee and shop till you drop, weather permitting.
C/O Long and Church Street, Cape Town.


In a fitting tribute to one of the city's Victorian gems, this shop is a stylish horn of plenty, fusing neo-Rococo with modern third-world knick-knacks, flamboyant jewellery and a host of other idiosyncratic adornments for the home. They threw away the mould when they created this one.
117 Long Street, Cape Town.
+ 27 21 423 7870


With the current proliferation of farmers' markets specialising in all things artisanal, the meteoric rise and success of this two-year-old organic village fête for the Volvo/four-wheel-drive set is hardly surprising. Rub shoulders with bohos and bon vivants while you shop, champagne flute in hand, for pastry, preserves and a plethora of prepared foods. Don't leave without a bunch or two of lush local flora, the best fresh produce in Cape Town and even a supply of free-range meat. Market innovators Justin Rhodes and Cameron Munro are to be commended for this income-generating initiative. It has become the highlight of many locals' week and many a visitor's stay. Open Saturdays 09h00 to 14h00.
373 - 375 Albert Road, Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock.
+27 21 462 6361.


The city's Victoria and Alfred Waterfront waterside mall, this dockside destination has everything and more for those who love nothing better than a shopping, eating and entertainment spree. High-end and luxury stores are a large part of the tenant crowd although the big name brands and supermarkets also feature. A favourite with tourists looking for chic purchases to take home, the new Link Mall is a glam addition that plays host to a selection of top-notch brands like Louis Vuitton and Gucci.


The big daddy of bookstores with a catalogue to match. You will not only find the newest and biggest selection of current books and magazines, but also slick stationery and a damn fine cup of coffee too (in the larger branches).
Shop 6160, Victoria Wharf, V & A Waterfront
+27 21 419 0905



Situated in Rondebosch - provides a forum for dance, music and live theatre.
Main Road, Rondebosch.
+27 21 685 7880


In the city centre - is an all-round arts venue. The architecture dates to the 1970s, but inside the facilities are state-of-the-art. At the heart of the theatre complex is the 1187-seat opera house and a 540-seat theatre. There is a 120-seat arena and a 100-seat cabaret venue. Artscape is Cape Town’s home of ballet and opera.
D F Malan Street, Foreshore, Cape Town.
+27 21 410-9800


Located in the suburb of Camps Bay, this theatre stages contemporary plays, farces, musical tributes and reviews. The Act I Theatre Café is a great place for a pre-show dinner as you watch the evening lights of Camps Bay.
1 Link Street, Camps Bay
+27 21 438 3301uth Africa


The Fugard Theatre is located within the historic Sacks-Futeran building in Cape Town’s District Six, with the renovated Congregational Church Hall in Caledon Street as its entrance. The Theatre is named in honour of Athol Fugard, South Africa’s greatest playwright.
C/O Caledon and Harrington Streets, District Six.
+27 21 461 4554



It's the food, more than the venue or entertainment, that's memorable here. Adapted from traditional African and Cape Malay recipes, the range of dishes, with a slightly globalized influence, gives a good feel for what the people of Africa eat; and vibrant servers, who describe the origins of each dish and explain how it's been adapted, give an even better sense of how ravishing Africa can be. To start, you'll get Mozambique-inspired peri-peri prawns; they contrast with subtle-flavoured maize nut fritters, an adaptation of an ancient tribal snack called mukhomo, served with an apple and mint yogurt raita. One African staple that you'll learn to appreciate is pap and spinach (umfino in Zulu, or morogo in Setswana), and you'll finish with pumpkin fritters, dusted with cinnamon, or freshly skewered fruit. Between courses, you'll be entertained by dancers, actors brandishing tall Mali puppets, and stirring voices belting out traditional, sometimes kitschy African tunes.
15 Bennett St, Cape Town.
+27 21 421 4653


A number of places offer Cape Malay fare, but none is quite as authentic as Biesmiellah. Run by two generations of the Osman family in the historic Malay quarter of Bo-Kaap, Biesmiellah has been serving the local Cape Muslim community and, increasingly, tourists for 2 decades. Start with a selection of samoosas or daltjies (chili bites), and then consider the much-recommended denningvleis -- this sweet-sour lamb stew flavoured with tamarind is so tender it practically melts in the mouth. Or try the penang curry, with beef, bay leaves and spices, served on rice that's boiled, then fried in olive oil, then flavoured with nuts, raisins, and almonds. As a Muslim establishment, it prohibits alcohol on the premises. Order a refreshing falooda instead.
Wale St, Bo-Kaap.
+27 21 423 0850


Another Cape Malay restaurant worth trying is the Bo Kaap Kombuis. It serves a more sophisticated menu and has great city views via wraparound glass walls. It has been called the Bo-Kaap's first high-end restaurant, but that doesn't mean it isn't family-run and infused with an appealing sense of community. Besides the satisfying curries and Cape Malay stews, it's worth arriving in time to see the city bathed in a sunset glow, and then lit up in glittering lights.
7 August Street, off Upper Wale Street, Bo-Kaap.
+27 21 422-5446


In a place where the menu changes every day, it goes without saying that you’re in for an array of treats at Woodstock’s interactive Test Kitchen. The Test Kitchen resides in the Old Biscuit Mill – a contemporary, creative hub known for quality and the perfect playground for award-winning Head Chef Luke Dale-Roberts to hone his skills.
The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock.
+27 21 447 2337


95 Keerom offers fine dining in the heart of the Mother City. 95 is tucked away behind Long Street in Cape Town’s legal quarter and is housed in a building that was originally the stables and before that, the slave quarters of the Company Gardens. Taking its origins from authentic Milanese cuisine, 95 provide guests with a glimpse of genuine Italian food by using only the highest quality local and imported ingredients. Owned and run by award-winning chef Giorgio Nava who is also the proprietor of several other top CPT establishments, 95 Keerom offers diners an attractive modern elegant interior, marvelous quality food, and a great selection of local and Italian wines.
95 Keerom Street, Cape Town.
+27 21 422 0765.


The Savoy Cabbage serves contemporary food that is as free range and organic as is humanly possible. From the "Fish Cakes with Pea Veloute and Smoked Garlic" to the "Rare spiced Kudu Loin with Chestnut Spätzle", the food is creative, fun and delicious. The menu changes daily, but have a look to get an idea of what's in store. The restaurant is elegant but not stuffy, with warm brick walls and a good ambiance. The service is excellent.
101 Hout Street, Cape Town
+27 21 424 2626


Aubergine serves contemporary food with a lovely blend of Asian and western influences. On the dinner menu, a Rare-Fried Ostrich Fillet in a morel mushroom sauce, sits comfortably next to Medallions of Pork Fillet with lardo flavours fried blue cheese wonton and roccula-tomato sauce. The eclectic menu is paired with excellent wine and good service. The restaurant is cozy and romantic, a perfect place for a date, but also great if you're just out with friends. Vegetarians are well served here and so is the after work crowd looking for a classy place to have a drink and some light, delicious snacks.
39 Barnett Street, Gardens.
+27 21 465 4909


Wonderful views, fantastic ambiance and excellent service round out the remarkable food at The Roundhouse. During the summer you can have lunch al fresco on the terraces of the historic property, while overlooking the sun worshippers enjoying the Camps Bay beach. In the evenings, the Roundhouse offers a wonderful tasting menu, paired with complimentary wines and to die for desserts. The main dining area, The Somerset Room, has glorious panoramic views of the mountains and bays, it's truly a picture-perfect setting. The dining menu offers contemporary dishes with an Asian/African twist.
Round House Rd, Cape Town
+27 21 438 4347


La Colombe has a regular spot on the San Pellegrino 50 Best Restaurants of the World. The executive chef Scot Kirton offers a tasty menu inspired by classic French cuisine with an Asian twist. The gorgeous setting, within Cape Town's most famous vineyard and overlooking a fountain courtyard, adds to the classy dining experience. The winter special menu is great value (from May - September) and offers diners a chance to sample five different courses for a set price. Signature dishes use local, fresh ingredients and a fantastic wine list makes it all taste even better.
Spaanschemat River Rd, Constantia.
+27 21 794 2390.


Fish lovers gather at the Beluga for a whale of a time. Beluga is one of Cape Town's most established seafood restaurants. The sushi, dim sum and sashimi get top marks, and the lamb shank is excellent as well. The bar buzzes at happy hour, and also serves up light fare to wash down a strong cocktail or two. Prices are very reasonable and service is excellent even when the restaurant is filled to capacity.
The Foundry, Prestwich St, Cape Town.
+27 21 418 2948.


Chef Rudi Liebenberg creates modern food with roots in the rich heritage of the Cape. Highlights: slow-cooked egg with prosciutto, pea purée and parmesan; kabeljou with squid ink ravioli, chorizo and creamy mussels; savoury goat’s milk cheesecake. Ask the effusive sommelier for his expert advice. The setting is spectacular, with constellations of glass baubles and stars beneath the high domed ceiling.
Mount Nelson Hotel, 76 Orange Street, Gardens.
+27 21 483 1948


Just the place to be gobsmacked by a breathtaking view of the Atlantic. Seasonal ingredients are used to produce classics as well as exciting new dishes with a bit of South African flair. There’s an impressive wine list and professional sommelier on hand to help you find the glass or bottle to match your meal. The spectacular setting is perfect for sundowners and an elegant dinner. Stand-out dishes include the crayfish and prawn cocktail; prawn stroganoff; the springbok; black mushrooms for vegetarians; Cape Malay curry; and sublime cheesecake.
Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Victoria Road, Camps Bay.
+27 21 437 9029


A hotel restaurant with some superb dishes. Try the truffle-celeriac soup with duck liver parfait and toasted mushroom brioche, or the tender Chalmar beef fillet served with risotto balls stuffed with goat’s chevin. The wine list is very extensive, but staff are happy to assist with advice. Book a table on the library terrace for a more airy, informal meal
Cape Grace Hotel, West Quay Road, V&A Waterfront.
+27 21 410 7080


Great mountain and harbour views with outside dining areas. Fresh, real seafood and great winelist.
Shop 6262, Upper Level, Victoria Warf, Portswood Road, V&A Waterfront.
+27 21 421 0935


Sushi, sushi, sushi. It’s so good you’ll forgive the mall location. Their consistency is legendary – as proven by their constant stream of diners. Order tuna sashimi salad and Rainbow Reloaded, or any sushi rolls.
Lower Level, Victoria Wharf, V & A Waterfront.
+27 21 418 6115


Belthazar has the biggest wine by-the-glass bar in the world, with about 250 wines available. It lives up to its promise of delicious seafood and grills, but in addition to the great selection of steaks, the starter menu offers a stunning French onion soup, grilled Portuguese sardines and spare ribs. Visit on a blow-the-budget special occasion.
Victoria Wharf, Shop No. 153, V&A Waterfront.
+27 21 421 3753

Travel Quotes

Travel Quotes
Thursday, 12 August 2010

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” Ernest Hemingway

"The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa - for he has so much to look forward to."
Richard Mullin.

"Tourists don't know where they've been; travellers don't know where they're going."
Paul Theroux.

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.”

Robert Louis Stevenson, Travels with a Donkey.

“The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land.”
G.K. Chesterton.

“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.”
James Michener.

“The journey not the arrival matters.”
T. S. Eliot.

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Mark Twain.

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.”
Mark Twain.

“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”
T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding – The Four Quartets.

“Everything in Africa bites, but the safari bug is worst of all.”
Brian Jackman.

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