Hello, Xan here! A trip to Cape Town wouldn’t be complete without an amazing walking tour I recently discovered. Billed as a Cape Town food tour, I found it was so much more – food, coffee, artisan shops, culture, and history, with a little wine thrown in, if you’re lucky!
My guide, Pam, is a lifelong “Capetonian”, brimming with fondness for her Mother City, as well as exceptional insider knowledge and connections that allowed us to experience traditional African soul food such as pap, samp and beans; Cape Malay/Afrikaner bobotie done two ways – traditional from a local street vendor in the colourful Bo-Kaap, as well as modern from a hip, new restaurant; and a very spicy bunny chow that required a few glasses of water on the side.
Along with many more food samples (the recommendation not to eat breakfast before you depart should be well-heeded), we also had the opportunity to visit a variety of storefronts that promoted local artisans and crafts, including two separate shops featuring intricately beaded creations made by local Africans who were paid a living wage.
I was also impressed by the ingenuity of small business owners who, in order to save money on rent, created hybrid storefronts such as coffee/retail accessories/marketing agency; another that combined a well-regarded butchery during the day and wine bar at night; and still more “coffee shop slash” outlets, such as bike, motorcycle, surfboard – you get the idea.
While Cape Town does have some outstanding and iconic attractions – Hello Table Mountain! I’m looking at you V & A Waterfront! – I found on this tour it’s the hidden gems that really helped me experience the city in a truly immersive and magical way.
If you want to learn more about this Cape Town food tour and any others from my recent visit to South Africa, please contact me, Xan Guzik, at 888-367-0933. I would love to plan your magical experience to this amazing country!