Cape Town Culinary & nightlife

Our most recommended Cape Town Culinary & nightlife

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: African Dinner, Drumming Experience with Transfer

2. Cape Town: African Dinner, Drumming Experience with Transfer

Feast on African food at a unique restaurant in the heart of Cape Town. Upon arrival, gather in a circle for an interactive lesson about the different sounds and rhythms made by a traditional djembe drum. Then, be captivated by the graceful Mali puppets as they dance around your table accompanied by drummers, dancers and singers. Take a spiritual journey into the heart of Africa as you dine from a 14 dishes set menu of Cape Malay and African food. Sample dishes from Table Mountain to Timbuktu at a one-of-a-kind experience.

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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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.

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: Half-Day Walking City Tour and African Lunch

7. 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.

Cape Town: Winelands Tour & Bottle Your Own Wine Experience

8. Cape Town: Winelands Tour & Bottle Your Own Wine Experience

Immerse yourself in Cape Town's varied and panoramic wine-growing region on this customizable private tour. After getting picked up from your hotel in Cape Town CBD, travel to the Stellenbosch wine region. At the first winery of the day, enjoy a full tour of the cellars and discover the history and production process of an assortment of award-winning wines. Enjoy a selection of local artisan cheeses under the massive oaks in the scenic courtyard while partaking in a master class in wine etiquette. Continue to the Kanonkop Wine Estate, home to the award-winning Paul Sauer wine, where you will get a peek into South Africa’s best wine maker’s cellar and savor a variety of top wines. Next, head to the Delheim Wine Estate. Here, enjoy a delicious a la carte lunch under the terrace with beautiful views of the Stellenbosch valley and Table Mountain.  Later, visit the Muratie Wine Estate and enjoy an exceptional selection of wines and dessert wines under a 4-century-old oak tree planted by “Amber” – a slave mistress with a dessert wine named after her. Finally, make your way to the final stop, passing by the iconic Oom Samie se Winkel store along the way. At Middelvlei Wines, sharpen your winemaking skills and blend and bottle your very own bottle of wine to take home before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

One Night in Cape Town : Jazz Nights & Hidden Gems

9. 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: Cape Malay Cooking Class in Bo-Kaap

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Cape Town

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