Cape Town’s diverse population lends itself to a unique culture – different from anywhere else in the world. Food and culture are intricately intertwined and in this way, Cape Town’s rich heritage is reflected in its delicious and exotic food. During your internship in Cape Town you’ll find the Mother City is very well known for her ability to wine and dine her visitors! Here are our favourite activities we encourage you to try when in Cape Town to help you make the most of the phenomenal food culture this gorgeous city has to offer.
Visit a wine farm
Cape Town’s beautiful Mediterranean climate offers delicious wines in abundance! Hop on a Red Bus tour to Constantia and sample world-class wines at three of the most famous wine estates in Africa – Groot Constantia, Beau Constantia and Eagle’s Nest.
Sample artisan food at a market.
Cape Town is abuzz with markets selling delicious local produce and handmade products. Try the Old Biscuit Mill on a lazy Saturday morning, or the Good Night Market at the V&A Waterfront to stock up on organic produce, hear great music, and mingle with foodies alike.
Enjoy a flat white at a local cafe.
Truth Coffee has been named one of the best coffee shops in the world! Relax in their outdoor seating area with an espresso, latte, americano or flat white, while people-watching and soaking up the warm South African sun.
The Gatsby is an authentic Cape Town sandwich in the form of a giant French loaf. The sandwich is filled deli meat, salad and chips and is large enough to share between 2 or 3 people (depending on how large your appetite is!)
Spend a Sunday at Mzoli’s.
Locals and tourists alike will tell you that Mzoli’s is THE place to be on a Sunday afternoon. This internationally recognised butchery-turned-braai (aka barbecue) area is located in the heart of Gugulethu Township and is famous for its delicious grilled meat. Take some friends and a bottle of wine and enjoy the food and party atmosphere that Mzoli’s has to offer.
Sip some craft beer.
With craft beer becoming increasingly popular, brew masters such as Devil’s Peak Brewing Company are finding more and more ways to make the golden brew better. Spend an afternoon on a craft beer tour, or visit the South African Brewery in the leafy suburb of Newlands for beer tasting.
Experience Cape Malay fare at a food tour.
The Cape Malay influence can be traced back to South Africa’s early days. Authentic Cape Malay dishes are carefully prepared with an exotic blend of spices that will leave your taste buds tingling! The best way to experience a Cape Malay meal is to take part in a cooking class in the vibrant district of Bo-Kaap, which is the area of Cape Town where our intern house is located. Here, you will be taught how to prepare a home-cooked Cape Malay meal. As a bonus, take a walking tour of Bo-Kaap after your cooking class and see the beautiful, colourful houses on cobbled streets and meet the locals.
Cape Town’s diversity means there is something to suit everyone’s taste and the city has long been a popular destination for interns and volunteers. Find out more about how you can do an internship in Cape Town by visiting our website, or contacting one of our Programme Coordinators: Leandri, Neha, Alison or Jess.