South Africa – Gastronomic experiences to live in Cape Town

The cuisine will also have its role during your trip to South Africa , where you can enjoy a combination of international style food, with very elaborate dishes, and the typical African.

Now, in your visit to Cape Town you can enjoy true experiences that transcend gastronomy.

In all cases, as I discovered during my trip to South Africa , it is above all a way of living the characteristic atmosphere of that peculiar African country.

The Old Biscuit Mill

On one side is The Old Biscuit Mill , an old cookie factory that in 2005 was converted into a shopping center that brings together craft shops and art workshops.

At this meeting place of the white population of Cape Town, on Saturday mornings, the Neighbourgoods Market is celebrated , a large market where local farmers and small producers gather, who informally offer cooked food. organic foods

When you arrive at lunchtime at this great market, you must first find and buy the food you most want to eat, as well as the drink to accompany them.

You will find a great offer, and many people too, with which you will then have to compete to find a space in the tables and benches where you will sit down to eat.

Old Biscuit Mill food market in Cape Town in South Africa
Old Biscuit Mill food market in Cape Town in South Africa

All this in a very festive atmosphere where most young people and groups of friends are, as you can see by watching the video that accompanies this article.

BBQ in Gugulethu

But if you want to live a festive atmosphere in which white and black populations mix, the best place to do it in Cape Town is to go and enjoy a popular barcacoa ( braai ) in Gugulethu , on the outskirts of the city.

Gugulethu is one of the great shanty towns that were created at the beginning of the 60s, in the apartheid era , where about a hundred thousand people currently live.

Since 2005, in the Mzolis establishment, typical South African barbecuestake place every day of the week .

But it is on the weekends when the greatest atmosphere is lived, and it is possibly the only place in Cape Town where whites, blacks … and tourists live together in this way.

Barbecue at Mzolis in Gugulethu in Cape Town
Barbecue at Mzolis in Gugulethu in Cape Town

When you get to Mzolis you must first choose the meat you want cooked on the barbecue. It is convenient to arrive soon as long lines are formed.

While you wait for it to be cooked, you will look for a table in the chiringuito where you will eat, while you drink the first beer.

Little by little Mzolis is gaining atmosphere, which acquires its greatest strength when the DJ arrives to alternate his music with that of a live band.

Barbecue at Mzolis in Gugulethu in Cape Town
Barbecue at Mzolis in Gugulethu in Cape Town

In a mostly young environment, where tourists are an absolute minority, in the end you will surely end up dancing to the music, and you will also have lost count of the beers that you will have had.

African Coffee

The African Café , is possibly the most tourist restaurant in Cape Town .

African Coffee in Cape Town
African Coffee in Cape Town

This restaurant will welcome you with a colorful African style decoration, and in one of its various rooms, always full of tourists, you will taste the most typical dishes of African food , far from the European specialties.

The surprise that awaits you is when at the end of the meal the waiters who have been serving you will be touring the restaurant while singing African songs and rhythms. A festive atmosphere that complements your dining experience.