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There is no contest: Cape Town is the most beloved city in southern Africa. Some people fall in love with its beauty, while others come for the thriving food scene and nearby winelands. Others still love its pristine beaches and Cape Point’s population of wild baboons. From the rocky grandeur of Table Mountain to the colourful houses of Bo-Kaap, few cities can match your mood as effortlessly as Cape Town.


Discovering that Cape Town’s best restaurant is located in the not-quite-gentrified area of Woodstock is only the first surprise in an evening at The Test Kitchen. Chef Luke Dale-Roberts offers an inventive degustation dinner with plenty of astonishing dishes.

Not many restaurants kick off the evening with a round of traditional drumming, but then Gold is not your average restaurant. This remarkable eatery serves up a 14-course banquet of food that spans Africa, from Zambian sweet potato cakes to Ghanaian peanut chicken and Egyptian lentils. The dramatic interiors only add to this memorable experience.

The Silo District is Cape Town’s newest waterfront neighbourhood, and an airy restaurant called The Yard is one of its most enticing eateries. There are plenty of delicious Indian curries to try, but if that’s not your speed, try the moreish oxtail risotto instead. Before you leave, stop by the shop for some artisanal goodies.

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