Discover the Culinary Wonders of Cape Town and the Cape Winelands
Each area in and around Cape Town, South Africa, has unique character and attractions. And each offers a unique glimpse into the diverse tapestry that is Cape Town, blending history, culture, nature, and modern urban life distinctively.
Cape Town City Centre
Location and Character: Cape Town City Centre, also known as the Central Business District (CBD), is nestled at the base of Table Mountain and is the historical and business heart of the city. A blend of modern high-rises, historical buildings, and bustling streets characterizes the area. It's a melting pot of various architectural styles, reflecting different eras, from Cape Dutch and Victorian to modern skyscrapers.
History and Culture: Cape Town was developed by the Dutch East India Company as a supply station for Dutch ships sailing to East Africa, India, and the Far East. Over the centuries, this area has been a focal point of cultural and political activity. It reflects a diverse blend of Dutch, British, Malay, and African influences.
Views and Atmosphere: There's a strong sense of art and creativity, with numerous art galleries, street art, and live music venues.
Our Top Choice on Where to Eat in Cape Town City Centre
At Greenmarket Square, to enjoy a diverse range of cuisine options. Stop by the food stalls around the square and sample local South African cuisines like boerewors (a type of sausage), samoosas, and koeksisters (a sweet treat). The market isn't just about food; it's a bustling hub of cultural activity. While enjoying your meal, you can also experience the lively atmosphere of the square, including street performances and a diverse range of vendors selling crafts, souvenirs, and local products.
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Historic Significance and Modern Use: This historic harbor area has been developed into a mixed-use area with residential and commercial spaces. It's one of Cape Town's biggest tourist attractions.
Shopping and Dining: The area boasts an extensive range of shops, from international luxury brands to local art stalls. TheTown's wide variety of restaurants cater to all tastes.
Views and Atmosphere: The area offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, Table Mountain, and the There'syline. It's a bustling hub of activity, combining historical charm with modern luxury.
Our Top Choice on Where to Eat on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Ideally located in the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Willoughby & Co. has earned a reputation for offering some of Cape Town's best seafood. Sushi, tempura, soups, and salads are the delicate dishes from its stellar Japanese kitchen to the variety offered on the sushi menu. Even the standard California rolls impress with their fresh ingredients and vibrant flavor. Other popular dishes include calamari, sole and fish, and chips. With seafood as fresh and delicious as this, it is little surprise that Willoughby & Co. is a popular stop for locals and tourists alike. We advise arriving early to avoid the lines and ensure fast service.
Green Point Neighborhood
Location and Character: Green Point is a vibrant, urban residential area located near the city center of Cape Town. It's known for its trendy, cosmopolitan vibe.
Main Attractions: One of the key landmarks is the Cape Town Stadium, built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Lifestyle: The area is dotted with stylish cafes, boutiques, and restaurants.
Community and Demographics: It's popular among young professionals and is known for its inclusive and diverse atmosphere.
Our Top Choice on Where to Eat in the Green Point Neighborhood
Il Leone Mastrantonio, one of Cape Town's most famous Italian restaurants, was named one of South Africa's 500 best restaurants in 2015 and 2017 by EatOut Magazine. The restaurant is located a short 15-minute walk away from the iconic Victoria and Albert Waterfront. Some of the most popular dishes at the restaurant include the carpaccio di pesce, made with market-fresh fish, and the artichoke and risotto-based pansotti. Additionally, Il Leone has a remarkable walk-in wine cellar and a vast selection of South African wines.
Franschhoek Valley, Nearby Cape Winelands
Location and Landscape: Situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands, Franschhoek Valley is about an hour's drive from Cape Town and is renowned for its breathtaking scenery, lush vineyards, and towering mountains.
Wine and Cuisine: It's one of South Africa's premier wine-producing areas, with many vineyards and wine estates offering tastings and tours. The region is also known for its high-quality restaurants in Africa, which have earned international acclaim.
History and Culture: The valley has a rich history, with a strong French influence dating back to the Huguenot refugees who settled there in the late 17th century.
Our Top Choice on Where to Eat in the Franschhoek Valley
Café BonBon, found on the La Petite Dauphine farm and vineyard - a historical working fruit farm two kilometers from the Franschhoek village. Skillfully converted from a 200-year-old wine cellar and located below majestic oak trees, the café provides a stunning view of the Franschhoek Mountains, which forms a perfect background for the setting. Inside Café BonBon, the terracotta tiles, earthen walls, and exposed wood rafters create a charming country feel. The café's terrace glimpses refined rustic life with ponds, vineyards, and orchards. The menu features their much-requested slow-roasted pork belly and café's freshly-made ravioli. The seasonal changes showcase the abundant regional produce available. The wine list is carefully considered and features local wines and a select few vineyards from further afield.
Each of these areas offers a unique glimpse into the diverse tapestry that is Cape Town, blending history, culture, nature, and modern urban life in a distinctive way.