Cape Town: A Cosmopolitan Mecca of Culture, History and Food.

Published on April 2, 2024

Welcome to Cape Town, the Rainbow Nation city that blends natural beauty with cultural abundance. Tour the City on a Culinary Adventure with the Cape Town Food Tour.

Post and photos by Kelly Kniewel (@ChiCitiGirl)

Located at the southwestern tip of Africa, Cape Town offers a unique experience that caters to every traveler’s desires, especially adventure seekers and foodies. From the iconic Table Mountain to the colorful Bo-Kaap neighborhood, there’s something for everyone. Let’s embark on a journey through the highlights of Cape Town, including its diverse culinary scene and vibrant local market.

Bo-Kaap: Splashed with Color and Culture

Our first stop is the Bo-Kaap neighborhood, famous for its brightly colored houses and rich Cape Malay culture, born bright from a heavy past of former enslaved and free Muslims in Cape Town. As you wander through the cobblestone streets at the base of Signal Hill, you’re surrounded by a kaleidoscope of colors, each building telling a story of the area’s history and heritage. Take some time to wander the hilled streets, greet the locals and don’t miss the opportunity to sample traditional Cape Malay cuisine, known for its flavorful spices and unique blends.

Bo-Kaap Street Art

Table Mountain: A Majestic Backdrop

No visit to Cape Town is complete without a trip to Table Mountain, one of the New7Wonders of Nature. For the active traveler, hike the summit early in the morning when it’s still cool or, when it’s not too windy, reserve timed tickets online to take the rotating cableway and take in the impressive panoramic views of the city and the Atlantic Ocean. Once at the top, plan time to wander the trails and enjoy the beauty of the surroundings and marvel at the sheer grandeur of nature. Bring a snack, a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water.

View of Cape Town from Table Mountain

Company’s Garden: A Tranquil Oasis

For a peaceful retreat in city-center, head to Company’s Garden, known as the city’s “green lung”. Originally established in the 17th century by the Dutch East India Company as a food and refreshments replenishment station, this botanical garden is a heritage sight and green haven that offers respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Take a leisurely stroll among the towering trees, lush lawns, and historic monuments, and don’t forget to visit the South African National Gallery art museum located within the garden.

Sculpture and green space in Company’s Garden

Zeitz MOCAA: Art Meets Innovation

Opened in 2017, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa is a testament to Cape Town’s thriving art scene. Housed in a fascinatingly repurposed grain silo complex, this museum is home to the largest collection of contemporary African art in the world. Explore the galleries filled with thought-provoking works by African artists and immerse yourself in the diverse cultural narratives on display. Be sure to make it to the rooftop glass deck for intimidating views below and panoramic views of the city.

Watershed Market: A Local Artisan Shoppers Paradise

Located at the V&A Waterfront, the Watershed Market is a must-visit for those looking to take home a piece of Cape Town’s creative spirit. Here, you’ll find a vibrant array of locally made crafts, fashion, and design items, all showcasing the talent and craftsmanship of South African artisans. From handcrafted jewelry to beautifully woven textiles, the market is a treasure trove of unique finds. Wander the waterfront before you shop so you won’t need to carry your new purchases!

Culinary Delights: A Feast for the Senses

No trip to Cape Town would be complete without indulging in its culinary delights. From fresh seafood at the bustling V&A Waterfront to traditional braai (barbecue) at local eateries, Cape Town offers a diverse range of dining experiences. Don’t miss the chance to sample some of SA’s world-renowned wines, from local regions like Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. To learn where to indulge in some of the city’s best, take this eATLAS app-guided food tour which includes stops for notable coffee, the famous big-as-your-head Gatsby (sandwich), traditional South African plates and of course, desserts!: Cape Town Food Tour

Cape Town engages the senses and leaves a lasting impression. With its stunning natural landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and vibrant art scene, Cape Town belongs on everyone’s travel bucket list. Whether you’re a nature lover, an art enthusiast, or a foodie, Cape Town will impress from the moment you arrive.

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