Cape Town culinary tour experience

Put on your walking shoes and let’s discover the tastes that Cape Town has to offer.

CAFFEINE ADDICTION…

Leaving from the Taj, we decide to skip the luxurious breakfast for a more local approach.  Some would think that there may be an identikit coffee shop on every street corner these days, but there are still some out there who dare to be different. The Truth coffee shop has exposed metal pipes run across the ceiling, while the cool hangout is littered with ornaments including vintage typewriters, Singer sewing machines and old candlestick telephones. The coffee shop’s eccentric decor will keep you fascinated.

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CORIANDER, GINGER, CINNAMON… CAPE MALAY FLAVOUR

Once we get our caffeine fix the adventure continues at the Bo-Kaap Museum, where an intimate group will meet to enjoy the photo exhibition, and get a feel for the history and tradition of the area. Take a stroll through some of the more historic streets, giving you a chance to appreciate the extraordinary collection of pre-1840 architecture that resulted in this area being declared a national monument. Then it’s time to follow our noses towards the scents of ginger, coriander, cardamom, cinnamon, and chilli which drift tantalisingly from the store-fronts and cafés, as we shop for ingredients to make a typical Cape Malay dish.

It’s “hands-on” during the informal cooking workshop which follows in a Bo-Kaap family home. We learn how to mix Masala, fold Samoosas, and how to balance the delicate flavours of a Cape Malay Curry. Over a mug of faloodah (a traditional, lightly rose-scented milk drink) our hostess and cooking instructor will tell you more about the ways in which food, history and religion are interwoven in the Bo-Kaap culture. Then it’s time to sit back, relax, and appreciate your handwork as you dig in to a full course traditional Malay Meal. Picture3

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 STILL FEEL HUNGRY?

No visit to Cape Town is complete without experiencing Mount Nelson Hotel’s legendary Afternoon Tea. Famous foodies and travel writers the world over describe it as being one of the best afternoon tea experiences in the world. Do we need to say more? The daily buffet is laid out on the Windsor Table in the hotel’s Lounge area and includes savoury favourites. Graceful notes from the Grande Piano add to the ambiance, and a selection of over thirty of the finest loose leaf teas, from Rooibos and Lapsang Souchong, to Earl Grey and Darjeeling, completes the indulgence.

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IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BUBBLES…

To end the day, take a ride in vintage cars to Cape Town’s historical Constantia Valley, on the breathtaking slopes of Table Mountain, The Greenhouse restaurant at the Cellars Hohenort. The address is known for offering its patrons an experience of unparalleled South African luxury and service. So, Grand Chef Relais & Chateau Peter Tempelhoff has designed a menu to embrace the virtues of Dom Perignon. And we believe that it’s just the perfect way to end the day. And disappoint this experience does not, with every glorious combination of flavours, textures, scents and temperatures equally as marvellous as the last. As this is a tasting menu, there is a focus on shared eating, so certain courses are served on one plate, intensifying the romance of this special food-drink adventure. An experience like no other, this is going to be the flavour memory you’ll savour long after you’ve set your napkin on the table.

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Bon appétit!

by Fleur Kimmich