Cape Town may not be South Africa’s biggest city (that honor goes to Johannesburg), but it is the country’s most popular tourist destination. The home of the 2010 World Cup has both natural and metropolitan beauty. The city has endless beaches ideal for surfing and sunning, hiking and rock climbing on Table Mountain and a vast expanse of vineyards at the helm of world renowned wine makers. Cape Town also has a colorful metro area with heritage famous for its colorfully painted buildings and Cape Dutch architecture. “The Mother City” has lively and diverse cultural scene. Friendly hospitality, excellent restaurants and a hot party scene make Cape Town unlike any other city in South Africa.
WHERE WE WENT
- Fairview Winery — Nestled at the foot of the Paarl Mountains about an hour outside Cape Town, Fairview has been producing wine under its only label since 1974. Fairview offers over fifty wines as well as cheeses to sample. Taste the soft, complex Goats do Roam red wine, similar in taste to France’s Côtes du Rhône. Or try the Goatfather, which (of course), is reminiscent of a big, bold Italian red. Suid-Agter Paarl Road, Suider-Paarl, 7646 |
- Khaya Nyama Game Restaurant — Cape Town’s “House of Meat” lives up to its name. Built to resemble a Bushman’s cave, the restaurant serves everything from crocodile to zebra. The bar is a good place to try Klipdrift, a popular South African brandy. Better yet, order Khaya Nyama’s Spríngbok shot. Have it with some spríngbok meat for double the spríngbok fun! 267 Long Street, Cape Town 8001
- Rick’s Cafe Americain — Named for the famous bar in Casablanca, Rick’s looks the part. Housed in a charming 100 year-old Victorian, the restaurant has fireplaces inside and a rooftop bar. It’s a prime spot to try Kleinplasie, a witblits made by a small mom and pop distillery based outside Cape Town. Similar to Italy’s grappa, witblits is infused with local flavors like red bush and fig. 2 Park Road, Gardens, Cape Town 8001
- Mama Africa — Mama Africa was established in celebration of South Africa’s new democracy. The restaurant and bar has lively music, eccentric decor and warm hospitality that make it a cultural experience not to be missed. Idle up to the snake bar and order a Castle Lager, South African’s best selling beer. Or order the legendary Flaming Oxwagon, Mama Africa’s signature cocktail. 178 Long Street, Cape Town 8001
- Asoka — Asoka is a bar and lounge with a cool, Feng Shui design and unique cocktails. Top mixologists make fresh, natural and healthy cocktails using fresh fruit, herbs and juices. 68 Kloof Street, Cape Town 8001
Cape Town Facts
- The country of South Africa has eleven official languages
- An enormous program of dumping rubble into the ocean extended the city of Cape Town by a few square miles
- The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town is home to over 22000 indigenous plants.
- The median age in the city is 26 years old, with almost half the population less than 24 years old.
- Cape Town was originally named by Bartolomeu Dias as the Cape of Storms because of the terrible storms he had to endure on the East Coast of Cape Town.
Butlers South African peppermint liqueur
Amarula cream liqueur
Pour peppermint liqueur into shot glass filling it half full. Use a spoon to cover liquid and add the cream liqueur.
Add equal amounts to martini glass. Light on fire then add a shot of Amarula and Blue Curacao. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
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