Cape Town Culinary & nightlife

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Cape Town: 3-Hour Malay Cooking Class & Lunch in Bo-Kaap

1. Cape Town: 3-Hour Malay Cooking Class & Lunch in Bo-Kaap

A local food-lover, Faldela Tolker, will be waiting to greet you on the doorstep of her neat, lilac-colored house. She’ll welcome you into her kitchen where a large metal pot simmers on the stove, emitting a spicy aroma. Chef Faldela conducts cooking classes in her home in Bo-Kaap, Cape Town. The food cooked in this predominantly Muslin neighborhood is as piquant as the hot pink and burnt-orange painted houses that rise gently up the lower slopes of Signal Hill, part of Table Mountain. Unique to the Western Cape of South Africa, Cape Malay cuisine fuses African tradition with that of Malaysian and Indonesian slaves, brought over by the Dutch in the 17th and 18th centuries. A blend of spices — ginger, fennel, star anise, tamarind, and, most importantly, turmeric — gives the food a distinct aromatic quality. Stews, roasts, and sauce-heavy curries are popular in Malay cuisine, as are meat patties, milk, and bread puddings.

Cape Town: Bo-Kapp Walking Tour and Malay Cooking Class

2. Cape Town: Bo-Kapp Walking Tour and Malay Cooking Class

First, explore the beautiful Bo-Kapp as you wander its cobblestone streets on a cultural walking tour. Discover some of its oldest historical buildings and learn about the culture and traditions of the local people. Visit the first and oldest mosque in South Africa as well as the cultural museum. Make your way to the spice shop and learn about the variety and health benefits of different spices. Return to the home of your host and begin preparing a traditional Malay meal. Help fold the first course, samosas. Prepare the main meal which is chicken curry and roti flatbread. Make samabal better known as salsa salad. Then, sit down to enjoy your meal, followed by a traditional dessert of koesisters, which are spicy savoury donuts served with cardamon tea. Leave with a full belly and all recipes of what you have prepared.

Cape Town: Silvermist Estate Wine Tasting & Drumstruck Show

3. Cape Town: Silvermist Estate Wine Tasting & Drumstruck Show

Head to Silvermist Vineyards in Cape Town, meet the owner of the estate, and visit the vineyard. Take in panoramic views of Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles, and sample 4 great wines. Finally, end your experience with a live African show. Head to the estate and journey up the mountain to reach the Silvermist House which overlooks the Constantia Valley. Here, you'll meet Gregory Louw, the owner and winemaker at the Silvermist Organic Wine Estate. Sample your first wine for the day, a Constantia Royale 2021, a limited production Sauvignon Blanc. Enjoy views of the farm and learn about how South Africa's wine history started in the Constantia Valley. Then, follow your host into the vineyard and taste your second wine, a 2021 Organic Sauvignon Blanc, produced from grapes grown exclusively on the estate. Touch the vines and feel the soil while you learn about how the different orientation of the land influences the grape varieties and wines. Your third tasting for the day is a red wine from the Groot Constantia estate, South Africa's oldest wine farm. Journey over the hill to the lawn and marvel at views of the back of Table Mountain, the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, and the Orange Kloof Nature Reserve. Here, you'll sample your fourth and final wine for the day, the rare and exclusive 2017 Organic Cabernet Sauvignon. Only 1,500 bottles of this wine were produced.  Finally, head into the Silvermist House, where you'll see the largest private collection of Southern African musical instruments. Then, get ready for an authentic South African show as you watch Drumstruck. Let the master Drumstruck musicians take you on a journey through South Africa's musical history. See how ancient bows and Kudu horns were played. Learn about how the drum was invented and play your own drum. 

Cape Town: Coastal Cruise & 14-piece Sushi Meal

4. Cape Town: Coastal Cruise & 14-piece Sushi Meal

Enjoy a scenic 1-hour coastal cruise from Cape Town. Take in spectacular views of the city and Table Mountain from the perspective of ancient mariners. Keep an eye out for marine life such as whales, dolphins, penguins and seals. Dig into a sushi meal ashore at a local restaurant afterwards. Take in great views of the harbor over a 14-piece sushi meal.

One Night in Cape Town : Jazz Nights & Hidden Gems

5. One Night in Cape Town : Jazz Nights & Hidden Gems

Discover the best hidden Gems in Cape Town, with local! Let us show you a couple of our favourite bars and venues located in different parts of the city, and enjoy a locals night, Meeting at the Hidden Gin Bar a trendy pubs in a vibrant and creative part of town influenced by fashion and Culture!. Ending the night in downtown CBD, where locals and internationals meet in one of top's Cape Town live jazz venues and dance the night away. *What's Included* Welcome Drink at the meeting spot. Light Snack during live music. Entry ticket

Cape Town: E-scooter History Experience with Coffee

6. Cape Town: E-scooter History Experience with Coffee

Visit neighborhoods like District Six, Salt River, Woodstock, Bo-Kaap, Cape Town CBD on a half-day tour and leave with a deeper understanding of Cape Town. This experience is highly recommended for first-time travelers who are keen to learn about the past and current state of South Africa. Start in the Cape Town Business District with a welcome coffee at Yours Truly. Get briefed on the experience and get the context of Cape Town’s history. The experience is divided into 3 main parts: Part 1: History The city of Cape Town is one of our three capitals. Get a breakdown of how this agreement was formed between the British & the Dutch after the Anglo-Boer War. Part 2: Coffee The coffee scene in Cape Town has been growing and has now become the symbol of the city's melting pot of different cultures. Through the different coffee shops on the way, get to understand the city's migration story and how most people ended up in Cape Town. Part 3: Culture & Art The city is divided into many different suburbs, each with its unique story. While Cape Town has been voted as one of the most beautiful cities in the world countless times, there is a deep dark secret to this beauty that most don’t talk about—inequality. Take a deep dive into some of the city's surrounding suburbs to unpack the different cultures and people from those places. Immerse in the space to get a deeper understanding of the colorful city known as the “Mother City”.

Cape Town: Cape Malay Cooking Class in Bo-Kaap

7. Cape Town: Cape Malay Cooking Class in Bo-Kaap

Join a local resident for a traditional cooking class in the heart of the Bo-Kaap neighborhood. During the 2-hour interactive session, prepare a popular, three course Cape Malay meal from scratch, using authentic spices and fresh ingredients. Once the food has been cooked, sit down with your host to enjoy the true taste of Bo-Kaap, while engaging in some good, hearty conversations on family, local traditions, and the community. From a starter to a main meal, hone your cooking skills, and enjoy a truly local experience.

Cape Town: Half-Day Walking City Tour and African Lunch

8. Cape Town: Half-Day Walking City Tour and African Lunch

Meet your local guide and get ready to hear interesting stories about the city's rich history and heritage. Make your way to the Bartolomeu Dias monument in Cape Town Central. Learn about important figures in South Africa's history. Discover the Castle of Good Hope. Explore this pentagonal fortress considered the oldest colonial building in South Africa. Then, immerse in the history of Nelson Mandela. Visit the City Hall where he made his first speech as a free man. Also take a walk past the Parliament, the Slave Lodge, Company Gardens, Cathedral, St. Georges Mall and Greenmarket Square. Finally, take some photos of the brightly coloured houses of Bo-Kaap. The tour culminates with lunch at AfroDeli Eatery in Long Street. Experience the authentic African cuisine from Zimbabwe and Nigeria.

From Cape Town: Western Cape Full-Day Wine and Dine Trip

9. From Cape Town: Western Cape Full-Day Wine and Dine Trip

The Western Cape is known for its incredible quality and variety of wines. It has also become famous for its aesthetically beautiful tasting rooms. The biggest challenge is deciding which award winning wine farm to choose. That's were we come in! Let us take you to the local favorites and learn how to make a traditional South African 'braai' as we celebrate a new day in a truly South African way! Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere as we spend the day exploring the Constantia Wine Route with new friends. Highlights: Visiting the best wine farms in the Constantia Valley in a luxuriously vintage VW Kombi, exploring the oldest wine-farm in the Southern Hemisphere, exclusive wine tasting and an authentic ‘braai’ at private wine farm, wine tastings at award winning tasting rooms, enjoying the live music and dj’s at the La Parada restaurant and much more. Includes: Transport, driver, local guide, traditional lunch and three wine tastings. Please note: No under 18's. Vegetarian options are available but must be booked in advance. This tour will only commence if 3 or more guests have booked.

Table Mountain & Constantia Wine Estate Private Combo Tour

10. Table Mountain & Constantia Wine Estate Private Combo Tour

After pick up, your 10-hour private tour starts with a visit to Table Mountain, Africa’s gem, where you’ll be taken to the top via a cableway. A special stop is made at Beau Constantia wine estate at the Chef's warehouse or Laparada restaurant where guests have the option to enjoy a delicious lunch at their own expense. Thereafter, you will stop at Maidens Cove to view Camps Bay beach, the Twelve Apostel mountain range and the opulent penthouses of Camps Bay. After Maidens cove, you will continue along the coast via Queen Victoria rd pass the famous twelves apostles hotel to join the Constantia Wine route over the Nek. Not too far from the old fishing village of Hout Bay, you will make your first wine tasting stop at Constantia Glen Vineyards. What is interesting about this estate is its panoramic view and its ultra-premium, cool climate wines produced here. This is where you can begin your wine tasting expedition! The next stop after lunch is the Groot Constantia wine estate, an estate which dates back to 1685. It is the oldest Wine farm in South Africa. People who visit this estate always rave about their Cape Ruby, however there are other vintage Groot Constantia wines that will leave your palette dancing! Here you can enjoy a chocolate and wine pairing. After Groot Constantia, your tour ends at Steenberg Estate for their flagship wine tasting.

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We had a wonderful experience with wonderful people from all over the world and wonderful food. Our teacher/chef welcomed us into her home and taught us All about the foods and ingredients we were cooking. We highly recommend this to anyone visiting Cape Town because you really learn about the culture of the city. A great experience

If you truly want to experience the rich culture of the locals in Bo-Kaap, this is a definite MUST DO activity. Food was amazing. Such a great experience.

This is a must experience! Faldela is exceptional, an icon of Bo Kaap. The food is amazing, her stories are wonderful and Bo Kaap is just lovely.

Lovely activity on a rainy day. Delicious food, friendly and funny hostess. Would definitely recommend!

Fun laughter great host great food very safe environment