ENCHANTING CAPE TOWN
Vibrant and creative, Cape Town has been reborn after healing from the wounds of the past. A cheerful destination between the mountains and the sea, it's a unique site with stunning views, world cuisines, rejuvenated neighbourhoods, and excellent options for nature getaways.
You'll admire this ‘Mother City', an African-chic Riviera, from the city centre while on the terrace of a hip café, from the beachfront of a trendy hotel, or from above, after a calm ascent to Table Mountain by cable car. Cape Town knows how to live and you will be able to partake of its many opportunities to taste, visit, and learn. You will love to drink from the surrounding vineyards, a legacy of the Huguenots, and taste the products of nearby farms. With such rugged and exquisite nature so very close by, you may be reminded of another southern city, Sydney, Australia. Both share the barbecue culture though things cook on the braai here in Cape Town, as they do on the barbie in Oz. Both have long histories as cultural melting pots as well, with some bumps and bruises acquired along the way. But today friendliness and smiles have triumphed over the most brazen inequalities.
Though apartheid is now in the past, Cape Town continues to heal its wounds, its best assets today being culture and the art of fine living. You will be amazed and what you will find here in this churning cauldron of creativity. The city continues its momentum after 2014, when it was crowned World Design Capital. Since then, designers, creative types of all genres, and contemporary art galleries have been flourishing, especially in the emerging area of Woodstock. A new wind is blowing along the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, as well, where the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art will soon open. Here, Rastafarians run into suits, and models are on the arms of hipsters. From a forgotten time, the downtown, with its eclectic mix of Victorian, Edwardian, and Art Deco styles, is also being reborn, primarily through the many gourmet addresses around Bree Street. The culinary revolution is well and truly on.
To see up close the sumptuous surrounding areas, you may take the Garden Route, with its magnificent views out over the waves along the way. Indeed, Cape Town bewitches. Is it the way the light strikes the town? The sea air? The aftertaste of an excellent Rooibos tea, unique in the world? Or the call of nature that you can sense just behind Table Mountain? No doubt it's a unique combination of all of the above. More than just interesting, Cape Town is an engaging place it's a Mother City worth the trip.