THE GOURMET MEANDER
The ultimate base for a variety of gastronomic experiences…
…from farmer’s markets and wine estates to Cape Malay cuisine, and the artisanal coffee and craft beer
hotspots that Cape Town is fast becoming known for.
Start your food-and-drink adventure at The Cellars-Hohenort itself at The Conservatory.
Taste the bounty of the Constantia Valley that surrounds you at The Conservatory. Constructed around a giant, 300-year-old oak tree, the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, delicious high tea and dinner in the most beautiful setting. The cuisine is innovative yet timeless, with an emphasis on fresh produce, much of which is grown in the hotel’s nine-acre garden.
The Cellars-Hohenort is set in the midst of Constantia, known as ‘Cape Town’s Vineyard’; from this location guests can explore the surrounding valley, which forms South Africa’s most historic wine region. Make your way through the mountain side of green corridors and trees for some of South Africa’s best wines. Many of these wine estates boast world-class restaurants, too.
For a sense of history, pay a visit to Groot Constantia; the more than 300-year-old wine farm has a museum, as well as award-winning wines, to explore. Then, for one of the best views in the valley, head to Constantia Glen. Afterwards, take the whole family for a picnic on the lawn at Buitenverwachting wine estate.
From Constantia, there is easy access to other famous Cape wine regions, such as Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl and Hemel-en-Aarde.
Exploring the markets will take you from the forests of Tokai to the urban centre, and beyond. Visitors will get a snapshot of the city’s diverse and unique culture by visiting top markets such as the Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay; the Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, where designers and artisanal food producers meet; and the Oranjezicht City Farm, a community farming project with a weekly market at the V&A Waterfront.
Traveller’s tip: The best day for markets in Cape Town is on a Saturday, and the earlier you get there the better – you don’t want to arrive too late to find everything sold out!
An interesting coffee spot can be found further down on Buitenkant Street, within one of the city’s most creative hubs: The Haas Collective. Here, hand-roasted coffee and art meld in a unique experience. Cape Town has many other such gems, such as Truth Coffee Roasting, Yours Truly and Deluxe Coffee Works, to name a few.