Cape Town is the “Mother city” of South Africa, where the diverse South Africa we know today started.
When the Dutch settlers arrived on our shores they set up a trading post in Cape Town and many settled here and spread out. The many different nationalities and cultures of South Africa are most strongly felt in this scenic, buzzing, vibrant city. The Dutch architecture, cuisine, people and languages add to the bubbling mix of international people who have made Cape Town their home.
Capetonians work hard and play harder, our nightlife is not to be missed. When the sun goes down in Cape Town (which can be around 8pm in summer) the fun is definitely not over.
Cape Town was selected as the Design Capital 2014 due to the inhabitant’s passion with aesthetics which is apparent in the beauty seen all over Cape Town. From graffiti to the art galleries to city slicker’s fashion.
You cannot help but fall in love with the city and the people in it.
Since a man’s entertainment is another’s prison experience, it may be hard to
make recommendation on what to see in beautiful Cape Town. However, whether you are the type that takes it easy or you are the active kind there are a few places in Cape Town that you must see. Cape Town is nature’s magic!
To appreciate it, you must visit the Table Mountain Park. A “Natural New Seven Wonder of the World,” the park is the number one tourist site in Cape Town. It is a haven of magnificent mountains diving into crystal seas surrounded by bleached white sands of the Cape Peninsula. The park has miles of trail for hiking and biking and represents a network of separate and amazing parks including the Cape Point Nature Reserve and the magnificent Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens; the Twelve Apostles, Devil’s Peak, Signal Hill and of course the Table Mountain. Hike or take the cable car to the top of the Table Mountain to get a breathtaking view of the City Bowl, Robben Island, Cape peninsula, the coastline, etc, there’s so much to say about this park! But there is also the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, an elegant wharf that has become a shopping area with posh stores, cafes, restaurants and bars.
You don’t want to miss the Nobel Square where the bronze status of four South African Nobel Peace Prize laureates, Nkosi Albert Luthuli, Desmond Tutu, F. W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela stand. To experience the upper-class life of 18th century Cape Town residents, visit the Koopmans-De Wet House a neo-classical Cape Town house, and if you want to appreciate the slavery experience, visit the Slave Lodge.
Food and Drinks in Cape Town
Whatever your preference is, food, wine, beer or beverages, Cape Town has it in abundance. The city is famous for a fusion of Malay and European foods, but the cuisines of Africa and India are equally prominent. A distinctive feature of the menu in Cape Town is the way the restaurants blend cross-cultural influence and recipes to creatively make mouth-watering dishes. In Cape Town, you could have a steak with a basting of dark chocolate and chilli or a pizza with a butternut squash topping. The city’s location along the sea ensures a guaranteed endless repertoire of delicious fish and seafood dishes. There are excellent wines in Cape Town as well, and you can take your own wine along with you to restaurants that lack liquor licence—you just might be charged a nominal corkage fee, usually between 20–30 rand per bottle.
Some nice meals to enjoy include Korean marinated beef fillet, rooibos confit pork, braised beef cheek, springbok loin, wild mushroom cannelloni and langoustine salad. Others are deer loin, freshwater crayfish, mopane worms, dessert wine and various brands of local wine.