Unleash your inner foodie on this 4-hour food tasting tour of Cape Town. With an expert guide, sink your teeth into an array of South African dishes and discover the history behind the country’s incredible ‘rainbow cuisine.’ Visit the historical Bo-Kaap neighborhood to sample popular Cape Malay snacks, and head to a township, where you’ll try loxion food in a local’s home. You’ll also snack on street food and learn about South Africa’s culinary heritage. Numbers limited to 12, ensuring a small-group experience.
Meet your guide at the prearranged location in central Cape Town, then hop inside an air-conditioned minivan and set off on your tour of the city’s culinary delights. With such a culturally diverse population, the country’s cuisine is often referred to as ‘rainbow cuisine,’ owing to its multicultural influences.
As you travel, learn how South Africa’s heritage stems from all over the world, including the Middle and Far East and Europe. Hear about some of the traditional dishes created by the indigenous people of Africa, and discover how colonialization and immigration during the colonial period by the likes of the Dutch, German, French, Italian, Greek and British — along with Indo-Asian slaves and servants — brought new styles of cooking to the Mother City.
Throughout the course of your tour, stop at three or more eateries to get a feel for the country’s distinctively varied cuisine.
Perhaps stop first at a street-side cafe or restaurant in Bo-Kaap on Signal Hill. Also known as the Malay Quarter, the neighborhood is famous for its brightly colored houses and is where freed slaves and Muslim immigrants settled. Learn how Cape Malay cuisine is a fusion of Malaysian, Javanese, Dutch and Khoekhoe ingredients, and discover the spices used to produce the dishes’ unique flavors as you sample snacks.
Then, maybe try some local street food before continuing on to one of Cape Town’s townships, such as Langa or Guguletu, for a taste of loxion food. Visit a local’s home to taste a selection of staple dishes that might include umngqusho (traditional Xhosa dish made with samp and beans), barbecued corn on the cob and umleqwa (farm-reared chicken), all said to have been favorites of Nelson Mandela.
After around four hours, your tour concludes back at the original start point.
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