African Food and Storytelling Tour Cape Town City Centre | La Vacanza Travel

African Food and Storytelling Tour Cape Town City Centre

Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Destination: South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Cape Town
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable

Overview

Welcome to an extraordinary journey, an invitation to explore the heart of Cape Town through the lense of African cuisine. Our African Food & Storytelling Experience takes you off the beaten path to uncover our favorite hidden African gems from different parts of Africa.

Our experience celebrates community kitchens and hole-in-the-wall restaurants, each with its own story to tell. We delve into the vibrant tapestry of African cuisine, connecting with the rich traditions that span the African diaspora in Cape Town.

Our journey comprises approximately 7 stops, each offering a taste of different authentic African cuisines and dishes as well as homemade beverages. But this experience goes beyond just savoring food; it celebrates resilience and entrepreneurship.

We spotlight remarkable African entrepreneurs who have created unique community spaces in the face of economic and social challenges, especially in a city undergoing rapid gentrification.

Itinerary
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Stop At: Church Square, Cape Town Central 8000 South Africa

Meeting Point & Introduction
(approx. 10 minutes depending on size of group and amount of questions being asked.)
Church Square is a heritage site and the third oldest public square in Cape Town. Here we meet and provide historical context to the experience.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Cape Town Central, Cape Town Central, Western Cape

Introduction to Somali food culture and food tasting.
(approx. 15 minutes depending on the size of the group and amount of questions being asked.)
Here we taste Somali cuisine and tea and learn about what makes Somali cuisine unique.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: City Hall, Darling Street, Cape Town Central South Africa

Learn about the diverse cultural heritage of South African cuisine.
(approx. 15 minutes depending on the size of the group and amount of questions being asked.) Here we visit the oldest public square in Southern Africa and provide more cultural context to Cape Town.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Cape Town Central, Cape Town Central, Western Cape

Introduction to Xhosa cuisine and food tasting.
(approx. 20 minutes depending on the size of the group and amount of questions being asked.)
Here we taste traditional Xhosa cuisine at the best Xhosa restaurant in the city center.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Golden Acre Shopping Centre, 9 Adderley Street Foreshore, Cape Town Central 8001 South Africa

Here we provide more in depth information on the diverse heritage of South African cuisine as well as Cape Town's colonial history. (Snack and demonstration) South African cuisine as it is today, has several influences. We speak about the origins of South African food and learn more about spices.

(approx. 20 minutes depending on the size of the group and amount of questions being asked.)

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Adderley Street, Cape Town Central 8001 South Africa

Let's explore one of the oldest open-air markets in South Africa. We walk through the oldest flower market in Southern Africa and greet their vendors.

Pass By: Greenmarket Square, Burg St Corner Longmarket Street, Cape Town Central 8000 South Africa

Meet informal African traders and entrepreneurs at Cape Town's second-oldest public square. Here you have the opportunity to shop for a souvenir.

Stop At: Cape Town Central, Cape Town Central, Western Cape

Introduction to West African cuisine and food tasting.

(approx. 25 minutes depending on the size of the group and amount of questions being asked.)

Here we taste West African cuisine from Mali and speak about how African cuisine has the ability to unite people.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Cape Town Central, Cape Town Central, Western Cape

Introduction to Senegalese coffee culture and coffee tasting.

(approx. 20 minutes depending on the size of the group and amount of questions being asked.)

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Cape Town Central, Cape Town Central, Western Cape

Learn more about the economic situation of small African businesses in Cape Town's city center. Here, we visit some of the small African owned businesses in the city and talk about what they sell and what their economic situation is.

Stop At: Cape Town Central, Cape Town Central, Western Cape

Introduction to Ethiopian cuisine and food tasting.
(approx. 20 minutes depending on the size of the group and amount of questions being asked.)
Here we taste Ethiopian cuisine.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Greenmarket Square, Burg St Corner Longmarket Street, Cape Town Central 8000 South Africa

This is where we finish off. We will wait for your UBER to arrive. We end the experience on Greenmarket Square and do not provide transport to your accommodation.

Duration: 5 minutes

Inclusions
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Soda/Pop
  • Lunch

Exclusions
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    Departure Point

    Church Square, 0A Spin St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa


    Return Details

    Greenmarket Square, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa

    Voucher info

    You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

    Duration

    2 to 3 hours


    User's Reviews

    BrandonW340

    22 May, 2024

    We started the tour at Church Square and which there was a good gathering of people from the US, Europe and South African (3 of us). From the start we had a history lesson, blended into a economic, social justice, afro-political, architectural and into commerce. Dennis and Sifuso did a sterling and thought provoking job showcasing the city and the hidden gems wiithin the city. Being a capetonian and proudly so i was blown away by the local African cuisine from Mali, Xhosa, West African-fused with South African style dishes. Further more, the talks on the historical signifigance of the slave trade, the malays, the trade which happened here gives a great insight into all that you consume not only with your mouth but with your ears and eyes too. The day was well spent and the interaction with some locals giving their talks on their trade items is a real highlight too. This comes highly recommneded, great value for money and opens up the start with your love affair for Cape Town, the Mother City. Again, thank you Dennis for a masterclass and awesome curation to start anyones memories of Cape Town to be an awesome experience.

    DayTrip60235354627

    23 Apr, 2024

    What a blessing to be invited on this beautiful and authentic experience of downtown Cape Town through the lens of storytelling, history, culture, food, and good old-fashioned human to human relating. The three hours flashed by as we strolled around the streets of Cape Town, visiting off the wall, hidden away food spots of the people, tasting culinary delights of different “African” cultures, and also meeting the characters of the streets, From booksellers to small perfumeries, heavenly church based coffee sellers, to Indian spice shops, flower sellers and random street dwellers who shared their own history, this was an incredible opportunity to get a sense of the real Cape Town, and where it has come from, including the darker realities of its past, casting new light on the ramifications of its present. Certainly, the overall enjoyment of the experience was as a result of the delightful guiding pair who were a great team, as well as the wonderful bunch of very diverse people who were attracted to and a part of our little squad. What a wonderful experience, as good and meaningful as any outdoor adventure that greater Cape Town has to offer, perhaps far more so. If you love people, history, food, adventure and the unknown, just do it. Siyabulela Dankeschön Dennis, siyabonga Sifiso! Camagu!

    Ron_S

    06 Apr, 2024

    Wonderful guide. We stopped so many places for food and drink that we had to cancel our dinner reservation. We would never have found these places on our own and learned a lot about South, East and West African food. Bought a couple of interesting used books. Received some fresh spices. Got a history lesson. All good!!

    judypC9267SO

    25 Mar, 2024

    This tour truly opened my eyes to South African Cuisine and the shops that provide tasty food with fresh ingredients that I would have overlooked with out this experience. Dennis is so knowledgeable about the food, the operators and the history. It was a great experience. Judy Price

    T3801GEvictoriam

    23 Mar, 2024

    I highly recommend this tour. With great attention to detail, you not only learn about the different cuisines found in Cape Town, but also about the people who cook the food and their culture. I particularly liked how much care Dennis took to teach us about the history of Cape Town in connection with the different cultures. It was such a wonderful experience to explore the city far off the beaten track and discover places that you would never have seen before. This tour has filled my heart with impressions, smells and lovely people.

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