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Cape Town: A Foodie’s Heaven (Part II – V&A Waterfront)

I love V&A Waterfront with its scenic views, boutique shops, food stalls, restaurants and bars.

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V&A Waterfront with its amazing views of Table Mountain

On a walking tour (yes another one – I am a sucker for them!) I spoke to an Irish gentleman who said the V&A Waterfront reminded him of Sydney’s Darling Harbour and I think he hit the nail right on the head. I’ve spoken to others who have said Cape Town is not true Africa, it’s more European, and I’d be inclined to agree with this. Whatever it may be, it’s fantastic and the people are wonderful.

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V&A Waterfront with the Cape Wheel to the right

Den Anker

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Den Anker

Probably the prettiest spot at the V&A Waterfront to relax with a chilled glass of wine.  We ended  up sitting outside on the jetty three times in four days – it just kept luring us back!

I tried the Sauvignon Blanc (Sutherland) at 33 Rand (about £1.50) and the rosé (Jordan – 26 Rand (about £1.40)). My boyfriend took quite a liking to the slightly punchier Jordan Chameleon Sauvignon Chardonnay (26 Rand (about £1.28). Each wine was fantastic. Oh, how I am going to struggle when returning to London – I could have quite the night out for the price of a large glass of wine at any central London bar.

It’s so easy to sit at Den Anker for hours with its views of Table Mountain and the ocean whiling an afternoon away. It such a lovely change from the grey London winter and spring (the latter to date has been particularly dismal). I’m hoping the fog shifts by the time I get home. You can’t help but feel so lucky to be there.

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Image via Den Anker

We ate tapas with our wine enjoyed the steak Bernaise, Patagonian calamari (served in garlic and chilli), oozy cheese croquettes (not very sophisticated but sooo tasty) and cured cold meat selection. They also serve oysters at a pound a pop.

The signature dish of this Belgain restaurant has to be its mussels and also it’s crayfish. It also has a great range of Belgian (including fruit) beer if you want a change from wine.

Harbour House

The scenery isn’t half as pretty (more industrial – it is a working dock after all) but a good spot to people and seal watch and enjoy a sundowner. I’d recommend the classic champagne cocktail. It’s also in the same group as the Easy Tiger Burger Bar on Bree Street. You can read my post here. It’s also a restaurant although we did not eat here.

Belthazars

Acclaimed steakhouse justset back off the front with a good ambiance. Served up a very nice sirloin steak indeed. Also serves a mean mac ‘n’ cheese (always a big tick from me). There’s an extensive wine list (and another big tick from me).

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Image via Belthazars

Eso

Try a Jumping Jack (almond, soya milk, cinnamon, banana and honey) or an Invigorate (beet, spinach, celery, carrot, lemon and orange) at this juice bar in the indoor market.

Indoor Food Market

Think a younger sibling of Borough Market. It serves afternoon tea, burgers and local dishes.

Afterwards

Take a ride of the Cape Wheel. You’ll get some great views over the city and out over Robben Island. A ride lasts about 15 to 20 minutes and you go round about four times.

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The Cape Wheel

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I’d love to hear from you with any comments you might have and any tips for Cape Town as we will shortly be heading back for a few days.

Posts on how to spend  three days in Cape Town and the best lunch ever (seriously it was AMAZING) coming soon!

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