Cape Info

The Cape is a fusion of flavours, tastes, experiences and people.  Feed your body and mind while you explore the Cape – its history, its culture and its culinary delights.

Cape Fusion Tours offers wine and gourmet experiences in Cape Town and the surrounding Western Cape wine regions of South Africa.  We specialize in offering you tailor made touring advice suited to meet your needs and tastes.  We offer gourmet/culinary tours, specialized custom designed wine tours,  Cape cooking experiences (for special Cape cooking/gourmet activities scroll down on this page), Cape Town accommodation, a variety of scheduled Cape Town day tours plus advice on where to eat out in Cape Town in order to not miss out on experiencing our diverse culinary offerings.  To get some ideas for your time in the Cape, simply scroll down to find out what’s on.

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UPDATES FOR CAPE TOWN VISITORS:

  1. TABLE MOUNTAIN: Note that it is now possible to PRE-BOOK your TICKETS for Table Mountain.  During summer the queues can take you 2 – 3 hours to get onto the cable car – as such it is recommended to book in advance.  To book and to find out more about operating times visit: http://tablemountain.net/.  Tickets are valid for 7 days from the date that they are booked for.  The new season ticket price is R170 per person and this can be refunded less the booking cost of R10.
  2. ROBBEN ISLAND: If you wish to visit the island on your holiday you need to pre-book as tickets are usually sold out once you get here.  Simply visit their website to book:www.robben-island.org.za
  3. CAPE TOWN SOCCER STADIUM TOURS: The stadium for the World Cup is now complete and well worth a visit on your trip to Cape Town. Costs are R30.00 per adult, R15.00 per child and R15.00 for pensioners. Operational days: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Tour times: 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00               For tour Bookings: call: +27-21-430-7300 or  Email:visitors@sailstadefrance.co.za Web: http://www.stadiumcapetown.co.za
  4. CAPE TOWN CITY SIGHTSEEING TOURS: The hop-on-hop off bus – every city needs one of these.  This is a fantastic way to do the city at your own pace.  My recommendation is to book tours for the longer distance activities such as Cape Point and Winelands and to do the city open bus tour.  One of the perks of the city tour is that when you get tired or bored – you simply stay on the bus and it ends up in Camps Bay which is our beach area lined with bars and restaurants……..a perfect end to the day to relax and enjoy cocktails.  They now have a system where you can pre-book your tickets and get a discount – www.citysightseeing.co.za Note that you are not restricted to buying it for one day as the ticket is valid over a couple of days for a one day use.

CAPE GOURMET ACTIVITIES IN SUMMER:

FEBRUARY AND MARCH ARE HARVEST TIME IN THE WINELANDS OF THE CAPE! There is activity everywhere – so it is definately time to go and do a ramble around the winelands as you will see grapes being transported all over the place, you can see the presses working and it is quite festive.  Some estates host special events at this time – so watch out for events that will be advertised during this period.

STELLENBOSCH FRESH GOODS MARKET every Saturday 09h00- 14h00- wonderful spot to pick up fresh produce from the winelands region.  I recommend going just before lunch so that you can enjoy a delicious snack after shopping! Visit www.slowmarket.co.za to check out directions and what is on offer. Location: Stellenbosch

NEIGHBOURHOOD GOODS MARKETEvery Saturday – wonderful spot to pick up fresh produce and enjoy people watching. Hippy chic gathering of stalls of organic produce, wines and oils, flowers, clothes and crafts in a large elegant warehouse.  Lots of delicious things to eat at communal tables.  Venue: Old Biscuit Mill, 373 – 375 Albert Road, Woodstock (10 mins from town) Time: 9am to 2pm

Tel: 021 461 2573     www.neighbourgoodsmarket.co.za/aboutcontact

PORTER ESTATE MARKET Every Saturday. An outdoor market with fresh produce to take home or eat on the spot.  Venue: On the grounds of the Chrysalis Academy, Tokai Manor, Tokai Rd  (25 mins from town) Time: 9am to 1pm  Cost: free
Tel: 021 461 2573  E-mail office@pepmarket.co.za www.pepmarket.co.za

WHAT’S ON IN CAPE TOWN: Visit www.whatsonincapetown.com before you come to check out all the fun events, theatre, markets etc happening while you are here.

GREAT FOR KIDS:

ORGANIC FARM AT THE HEART OF CAPE TOWN –The Millstone Farmstall & Cafe, Oude Molen Eco-Village, Alexandra Rd, Pinelands. The Millstone Farmstall has a fantastic kiddies garden for those dry winter days, where a tree house ship allows kids to go on ‘voyages’ and be pirates. There is a charming little wendy house on stilts with a slide (perfect for toddlers) and there are swings under a tree. We also have Milly May – our own piglet who is very friendly and comes out to play with the chickens and dogs every afternoon. Just over the fence there are 40 horses, which love the apples and carrots offered by all the visitors. Kids and grownups alike can go on horse rides too. Below the farmstall are the wetlands, which form part of the Two Rivers Urban Park. Oude Molen has five organic produce growers and visitors can buy freshly picked produce daily. They are one of the only – if not the only – wood-fired bread bakers in Cape Town, with a fabulous range of breads, including chocolate ciabatta. Their handmade butter biscuits are legendary and they even have beehives and spin their own honey. The Millstone Farmstall & Cafe runs pizza and biscuit making workshops during school holidays.For more information, phone                +27 (0)21 447 8226         or email millstone@polka.co.za.

KIDS MARZIPAN SAFARIAsara Wine Estate, Polkadraai Road, StellenboschKnown as much for its delectable culinary offering as for its gorgeous wines, Asara offers kids a delightful three hour children’s cooking programme to keep little hands busy, while their moms and dads relax. The Marzipan Safari sees pastry chef Bernd Strauss showing the little ones how to make the animals of Africa – in marzipan! Guaranteed fun for all ages. This also include a break of half an hour with yummy hot chocolate and homemade cookies, before heading home with their very own marzipan animals to enjoy and show to their friends (if they don’t get eaten first!). R150.00 per person (beverages excluded). Minimum two children and maximum six children per group. For more information phone    +27 (0)21 8888000, email dining@asara.co.za or visitwww.asara.co.za

A FEW OTHER RANDOM FUN ACTIVITIES TO TRY WHEN IN CAPE TOWN:

DRUMMING WORKSHOP

Every Saturday

Led by Township Music.  Anyone of any age is invited to join in.  Venue: Waterfront Craft Market  & Wellness Centre   Time: 1pm to 2pm  Cost: Free
Tel: 021 408 7840

DONKEY TOUR THROUGH THE VINEYARDS to 19 December A guided walk through the vineyards, accompanied by a winemaker, while donkeys carry bags and water. A 4½ km walk taking approximately two hours, with wine tasting en route. Venue: Bein Wine Cellar, M52, Stellenbosch (about 30 mins east of Cape Town) Time : 4pm  Cost: R 50
Tel: 021 881 3025  Email: lib@beinwine.com

DJEMBE MANIA DRUMMING CLASSES Mondays Venue: Zula Bar, Long Street  Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm  Cost: R 30
Tel: 021424 2442 Email: vusa@zulabar.co.za www.zulabar.co.za

TRANCE RHYTHM DRUMMING WORKSHOP Every Saturday A cutting edge sonic therapy devised after years of drumming experience in African-Arabian and freestyle drum circles, this form of Trance rhythm offers neutrality, balance, pure thought and tranquility.  Venue: Novalis Institute, 39 Rosmead Ave, Wynberg (15 mins from town) Time: 3pm-7pm  Cost: R 130 (plus drum hire of R 20)

Tel: 021 686 3872  Email: info@drummingsa.co.za www.drummingsa.co.za

GREENPOINT MARKET Sundays An African market with a relaxed atmosphere, with traders from across Africa selling carvings, paintings, jewellery etc.  Venue: Main Rd, Greenpoint  Time: Sunday 8am – 4pm

Cape favourite Restaurants for summer: (for details visit the Cape Restaurants page on the website)

  • The Grand Granger Bay is where you will find all the locals this summer – make sure you book before going.  This is a newly created beach spot – complete with deck, sea sand, couches on the beach, awesome view of table bay and gourmet pizza – well worth popping into for a drink or dinner.  Beware you need to make a booking even for a drink!!
  • Overture, Stellenbosch
La Petite Ferme, Franschhoek
  • Cotage Fromage, Vrede en Lust, Simondium
  • The Round House – Camps Bay
  • Wakami, Greenpoint – Cape Town
Harbour House, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
Picnics at Vergelegen under the Camphor Trees – an absolute treat! Pre-book for the picnic now.

]Romantic places to eat out in Cape Town:

▪         Salt Restaurant has to be the “hottest spot” in Cape Town at the moment.  It boasts sweeping views of the Atlantic ocean with windows from floor to ceiling.  The views are outstanding, the decor gorgeous and they have teamed this up with an excellent chef (food reviews are mixed – but don’t let this put you off – this is a lovely spot!).  Visit the Salt Bar for drinks and tapas or visit the restaurant for a fine dining experience.  Details on the restaurant page of the website.

▪         Harbour House Restaurant in Kalk Bay for panoramic sea views.  NB book on the old small side and try and get a table by the window.  (Tel no in the Cape Restaurants section)

▪         Book an evening in the cellar at the restaurant at the Cellars-Hohenhort Hotel in Constantia.  Tell them when you book that you wish to be alone in the cellar and that you want a romantic evening – they will ensure that you are the only ones in the cellar and that you have a really good evening.  This can also be booked in conjunction with their tasting menu (6 courses I think!). Tel 021-794-2137 PS start the evening in the Martini Bar which of course boasts the largest number of different Martinis in South Africa.  This bar has recently been redecorated in a contemporary modern style and is really gorgeous.

▪         Haiku Restaurant: Contemporary Eastern Restaurant – still one of the most fashionable places to eat out this season.  It is dark, intimate and modern.  The food is a mixture of different Asian cusines and they offer a variety of dishes from Sushi (excellent) through to Peking Duck.  See Cape Restaurants section for the number.

▪         95 Keerom: Still one of our favourites this season. Dress up a little for this restaurant – it has an elegance that reflects the people of Northern Italy.

▪         Terroir Restaurant: Excellent winelands restaurant.  We were devastated when it won the award for one of the Top 10 restaurants in SA at the end of last month……….the secret of how good the food is at one of our favourite restaurants is now out! So book in advance to ensure that you do not miss out

▪         Camps Bay Promenade if the weather is good: Nothing beats simply heading down to the suburb of Camps Bay in the late afternoon for a cocktail at one of the sidewalk cafes…………gently watching the sun go down and then ambling along and chosing a spot for dinner.  Our favourites: Sandbar for cocktails, The Kove for everything from great steaks to lounge music to great decor, Paranga for mediterannean style dishes, Codfather for fish, Summerville for the view – not a bad spot for dinner either and Baraza for drinks……….Blues is also an institution along the strip.  Almost forgot – it is a sin to leave Camps Bay without having an icecream at SINNFUL.  The store is hidden – so ask for it! They boast the most amazing assortment of flavours of ice creams.