Cape Town has always been a melting pot of cultures. Its pivotal position on a main trading point for old shipping routes, where east meets west, sparked a fusion carried forth today into its culinary exploration.
With famous gastronomy and a renaissance of craft organics, street food has followed a natural progression in Cape Town into excellent independent restaurants and cookhouses.
There has been a conscious swerving of the mainstream in Cape Town. Its a place where you can find private members dining in converted mansions beneath the slopes of Table Mountain. And pretty places like Kloof Street House, which serves exquisite sea food under a canopy of vines in the heart of the buzzing metropolitan quarter of the city. One of our favourites is The Stack where you can expect fine carpaccio of meats, served with burnt orange cocktails surrounded by vibrant, progressive art and people who know the inside track of where to be. Expect the unexpected. With egg white whisky sours, crushed ice and ferociously fiery chilli olives.
Even the street food is defining the zeitgeist of modern Cape Town. Pop up food markets at the V & A Waterfront best capture the moment with local organic ingredients blended into dishes from the Far East and Europe. Without the restrictions of tradition, Cape Townians are able to tear up the recipe book and start afresh with serious flair, catering for free range global tastes.
For something on the extreme other end of the spectrum, head to the 6th floor of the Silo where you will find the Granary Cafe. This is elevated fine dining with a stylish twist – as you would expect from such contemporary surroundings. Look out over the city skyline through bulging pillow windows while sampling some of the finest food South Africa has to offer. This is a highlight of any stay in town.
Befriend the sommelier and enjoy a journey through the wine list. The experience is so much more than a meal at altitude.
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