The Cape is famously celebrated for its verdant Winelands, but the cuisine is revered in equal measure, representing the diverse cultural background of this vibrant region as well as the bountiful produce grown on the land. As a result of this diversity, the food here spans an extraordinary spectrum of flavours and cooking styles, with culturally rich neighbourhoods, thriving farmers’ markets and the city’s ever-evolving dining scene to explore. With such varied suburbs, and a story behind each one, the best way to explore is in the company of someone in the know. We take a look at the best Cape Town food tours people can join, while staying at Twelve Apostles.
A series of private walking tours of the city’s neighbourhoods can be taken with Cape Fusion Tours who, with so many unique areas to explore, recommend dedicating a day to the city’s suburbs and another to the surrounding peninsula. Of these, the Cape Town Eats Walking Tour places the focus on the city, revealing its history, diverse culture and people through the cuisine that can be found in each area.
From street food favourites to the city’s best coffee shops, this tour enables visitors to try Cape Town’s myriad flavours, including local specialties like Koesister (a Cape Malay spiced doughnut), Boerewors (traditional South African sausage), and Bunny chow. By booking the tour on a Saturday, the walk can also take in the local farmers’ markets, giving an unrivalled introduction to the produce grown nearby.
Bo-Kaap, the upper Cape, becomes the focus in the food-centric walking tours offered by Cape Town Free Walking Tours. Twice a day, visitors are shown the highlights of this colourful neighbourhood, while trying the aromatic spiced delicacies of the area’s best-known eateries in the company of the outfit’s knowledgeable guides.
Of course, it isn’t just the food within the city that’s worth discovering; by venturing a little further afield to nearby Stellenbosch, visitors can join the culinary walking tours of local tour operator Bites and Sites. The Foodies on Foot walking tour takes in the flavours of this 335-year-old university town, investigating the history, art and architecture while trying handmade artisanal products and locally grown ingredients.
Within each of Stellenbosch’s artisanal shops, visitors have the unique opportunity to meet the people behind the products. Bites and Sites’ Classic Cape Cuisine Walk gives a comprehensive introduction to the most delicious items in the area, including a wine tasting, heritage lunch platter, and a trilogy of Cape desserts.
Upon returning to the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, the Cape Town food discoveries keep on coming. Here, guests can be a part of Extraordinary Dining Experiences such as Astronomy Gastronomy; after all, what could be more memorable than combining stargazing with a three-course sunset dinner overlooking this extraordinarily scenic setting?