Some places just capture you. Maybe it’s the warmth and hospitality of the people, the majestic scenery, or the mouthwatering foods. Or maybe a place is fortunate enough to possess all three, as in the case of Cape Town, South Africa.
Here are 8 reasons why you should visit Cape Town. And yes, many of them are foodie inspired.
If there is no other reason to visit Cape Town, it’s the food. Cape Town is the most reasonably priced, delicious city that I’ve been to. Given the melting pot of people that have populated the city over the years, the flavors are abundant, ranging from the brightly spiced beef-jerky-like snack of biltong to mouthwatering braais (barbecues) to exquisite classic French dishes.
Be adventurous and try something different like a fragrant Cape Malay curry or wild game like kudu, springbok, or zebra. The best part? It’s all priced at a fraction of the cost you’d expect stateside. We enjoyed a five course, five star feast with wine pairings for the equivalent of 50 USD. I call that winning.
Wine, Wine, and More Wine
All that food requires some world-class wines. Cape Town has gourmands covered with not one, not two, but three wine appellations producing some of the best Chenin Blancs and Pinotages you’ll ever taste.
Whether you prefer the quaintness of Paarl, the chicness of Franschhoek, or the heritage of Stellenbosch, be sure to visit at least one of the wine regions. Each is a short drive away. I recommend booking a night or two on a vineyard to truly become one with the terroir. Plus, some of the best food you’ll find in Cape Town is at the vineyards.
Climb to the Top of Table Mountain
Or maybe take the cable car. Either way, some of the best views of Cape Town can be captured on top of Table Mountain, Cape Town’s most famous landmark. On a clear day, you can see out to Robben Island.
I suggest packing a picnic lunch and finding a quiet spot to sit far away from the visitors’ center to enjoy the view in private.