|Two beautiful ladies at the Old Biscuit Market, Cape Town|
|Protea, the national flower of South Africa|
|Colourful utensils, at one of the shops in Woodstock.|
Cape Town has many varied food traditions, Afrikaans, British, Indian, Cape Malay and of course, indigenous African, and you’ll want to stop by all of them. On this occasion I didn’t manage to try out the latter, although this may change next week when I go to Franschhoek, in the wine region, about an hour outside Cape Town.
However the good news is, eating out is a bargain. You can get excellent, world class food at extremely reasonable prices.
|Surfer dudes, barmen at the Old Biscuit Mill Market, Cape Town.|
|Mango chutney, by the container, Old Biscuit Mill Market, Cape Town.|
|The Michael Jackson of salad, Old Biscuit Mill Market, Cape Town.|
|Cordials by Wilde at Heart, Old Biscuit Mill, Cape Town (including Buchu, a local mint-like herb)|
|Old Biscuit Mill food market, Cape Town.|
|Mr Designer Omelettes, Old Biscuit Mill, Cape Town|
Woodstock is a cool, up and coming area, other places to check out in the vicinity include The Kitchen, ideal for lunch; this is a Cape Town institution run by Karen Dudley who has authored a couple of beautiful cookbooks. Breakfast is great at The Superette in The Woodstock Exchange.
|Cape Malay area in Cape Town, Bo Kaap.|
|Cape Malay architecture, Cape Town|
|Biesmiellahs, next door shop to the restaurant|
|Pouring sparkling wine at Publik, Cape Town.|
Bree Street, not far from the Bo-Kaap area above, is another trendy foodie haunt with some really good restaurants and bars. I was taken on a little tour by Clara Bubenza, the chef from A beautifull Life in the Youngblood building (70-72 Bree St), part art gallery and part cafe. This lady, who created the first chefs school for women in Egypt, has a huge personality, and is greeted by friends wherever she goes. I was introduced to her by Greg who has been running South Africa’s first roaming pop up restaurant events Secret Eats. He’s an American who has been living in Cape Town for two years, but he’s now a central part of the food scene, partnering with innovative chefs. Both Greg and Clara were a hoot to hang with.
|Green Goddess dressing with avocado salad at the 12 Apostles hotel|
|Waitress at the 12 apostles hotel|
In terms of hotel restaurants I had an elegant meal at the 12 Apostles hotel, past Camps Bay. The service was unparallelled at a beautiful location. I also had high tea there ‘Tea by the Sea’, a Victorian African experience, leopard-skin waistcoated waiters with blinding white shirts and impeccable manners, cups of rooibosch and tiers of cakes and sandwiches. But no matter how high end the restaurant, the prices are a fraction of what you’d pay in London.
|Sunbathing on the cape.|
Oh yes, Mzoli's is a must for carnivores! Pick your meats from the butcher, have them cooked on the braai, served with pap, eaten with your fingers!
You can buy beers through the neighbours windows (mzolis dont sell alcohol, to keep the locals in business, so they don't complain about the noise!). If theres no live band, people pull up their cars, crank up the sound system, and dance the night away!
Sounds like a laugh. Tried to book a township tour of food but the guy took 4 days to reply to my email and then said there was no space! For one person! One problem with Cape Town I found, as a Londoner, is that they were very slow. Business is hard to achieve there except for a few clued up people. Cape Town is the California slow town of South Africa, whereas Jo'burg, they move fast.