Cape Town beyond Table Mountain and Kirstenbosch
Rated as one of the world’s Top 10 cities to visit, Cape Town has so much to offer the tourist – There are the obvious experiences like climbing up Table Mountain, Stellenbosch wine-tasting, and a stroll through Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. But the city has so much more to offer:
1. Sample Traditional Food
Cape Town is known for its fine dining, home to many of the leading chefs in South Africa. But sampling the traditional food is a must. Head to the Bo-Kaap, to sample traditional Indian samosa or, if you’re hungry enough, a Gatsby (masala steak sandwich with a twist). For some of the freshest fish and slap chips, go to Kalk Bay or Simonstown, where you’re guaranteed to get fish that’s just been caught. But that’s not the only fresh fish in town – check out the surf and the surfers at Muizenberg’s Surfers Corner, and try the freshly fried fish and chips, the most popular dish on the menu.
2. See Cape Point on Wheels
Cape Point is great to visit by car, but you’ll see so much more, if you cycle through. The beautiful scenery is spectacular enough, but if you’re lucky, you might even spot a whale plating in the waves below.
3. Explore the Constantia Winelands
Most people head to Stellenbosch to go on wine tours, but there’s another option, closer to the city. Try out the less well-known Constantia Wine Route. Select a wine tasting stop on the Red Bus, or try one of the new kids on the block – Constantia Glen or Beau Constantia, which offers not only great wines but also a ‘loo with a view’ over the stunning Constantia Valley and out to False Bay.
4. See Cape Town from a Different Perspective
Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront isn’t just about shopping at world class stores. There’s so much more to do there. For views of the entire city, go sky high on the Wheel of Excellence. Once you’ve got your feet back on the ground, head off to the Watershed for a stroll through the many spectacular craft stalls. And then finish it off with a tasty treat from the Waterfront food market.
5. Explore Food Markets
Are you a foodie? In that case, be sure to feast at the many markets Cape Town has to offer. The Oranjezicht Farm Market, next to the Waterfront, is a great place to meet friends to share the fresh and tasty food made with care in a great setting overlooking the sea at Granger Bay. If you’re still peckish, move on to the Greek food and the pancakes at the Tokai market, or make a day of it at the Route 44 market in the Stellenbosch area.
Once you’ve savoured just a few of these spots, you’ll definitely want to extend your stay – to do them all over again!