As a tourist destination, Cape Town, South Africa is very popular. Due to this city’s diverse range of cultural influences, the food is just as varied. If you love meat, you have come to the right place as this is a favourite for the people who live in this metropolitan city. Especially tasty is the various dishes which feature lamb and mutton. This can be found in the many eateries which incorporate Malay or Dutch styles of cooking.
The origin of the Cape Malay cuisine can be found in earlier days when slaves from Sumatra were brought to South Africa, carrying with them their unique recipes and ideas. This cuisine uses an interesting array of spices and many restaurants in Cape Town will provide cooking like this today. The type of cuisine which is usually referred to as Cape Dutch also uses many exotic spices and the beginnings of this can be traced back to slaves from Bengal, Java and Malaysia just as much as from European settlers to the region.
If you like to be adventurous with your food, why not try some crocodile steak. Travel to La Bonheur Crocodile Farm where you and the family can see some crocs and sample the meat. Ostrich meat can also be found in this city, so if you want to try something new, this is an ideal place to start.
If you want to do the more conventional things like shop a before you dine, visit the V&A Waterfront. This shopping and entertainment area can be found at the foot of Table Mountain, by the harbour. It has lots to do and contains an abundance of over 80 restaurants with local as well as cosmopolitan worldly cuisine. Visit http://www.waterfront.co.za/Pages/home.aspx to see what this exciting venue is all about and start your holiday with a bang.
To contribute to your enjoyment, the wine industry of Cape Town is also thriving. For example, situated in the metropolitan area, Constantia provides an accessible wine experience. One of the wineries here, Groot Constantia is the oldest in South Africa. It produces, among others, Shiraz and Merlot so you will be guaranteed to experience some great wines.
Article by Rosalea Collinge.