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Cape Town Culinary Tours

The Taste of Africa Tour

A Culinary Expedition in Cape Town!

Immerse yourself in the Taste of Africa Tour, a culinary voyage through Cape Town’s historic heart. With Cape Town Culinary Tours, explore the rich tapestry of South Africa’s gastronomy, influenced by neighboring nations and agriculture. Kick off at the Meeting Point restaurant, then indulge in aromatic beef stew and vegetable curry on bustling Long Street. Be charmed by Madam Taitou’s ambiance and the historic tales of Green Market Square. Conclude with a secret dessert treat and a curated wine experience at Openwine. Designed for teens, adults, and vegetarians, this tour is a bite-sized adventure of Cape Town’s culinary wonders. 

 

Join us for a taste of Africa’s essence!

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What Our Customers Say About Us

261 reviews on tripadvisor
  • star rating  Cape Town food tour - Justin was an excellent guide!
    Nice variety of food and drink -restaurants/pubs/coffee shop.
    Offered great exposure and reference for future reservations.

    BJCov
    September 28, 2022
  • star rating  Phenomenal tour - One of our favorite parts of our 3 week trip to Cape Town. Highly recommend this tour early in your trip to acquaint yourself with local history and culture. Ask for Justin, who was a fount of knowledge and an in incredible guide. He caters to your personal preferences and his love of SA shows in his attention to detail.

    cbaumgart34
    April 21, 2022
  • star rating  Great Experience - Awesome morning out doing a coffee tour, highly recommend any of the tours for some great knowledge and history of all things Cape Town and African. thanks Justin

    T3115EUsteveh
    July 25, 2022
  • star rating  A great taste of Cape Town - First off Elsje was amazing since we had to rebook this tour 3 times due to the pandemic. Very flexible and accommodating, which was really appreciated. The tour was great. Not just the food and drink but an overall informative experience learning about Cape Town. Our guide Justin was on point with everything. I am not even a coffee drinker but enjoyed the coffee at Origins. My wife and I learned so much about coffee including how it is made decaffeinated. The food at Cafe Charles was very good, especially the Bobotie, which we look forward to making ourselves with the spice kit we were given when we get home. The pairing with the sparkling Sauvignon Blanc was perfect. The next stop was fun, casual, sports bar vibe - The Fireman's Arms. Here we enjoyed 3 different types of beer and the food of choice for us was the Cornish inspired puff pie. Good sports talk with Justin here. The last stop was at the Misfits the by Ideas Cartel for a gin tasting. My wife isn't a gin drinker but did like the varieties that didn't have the "piney" taste. The most unique part of this was that each gin was paired with a homemade ice cream. All the ice creams were good, but the basil ice cream is a must. Justin then took us to a Biltong shop where sampled and purchased some Biltong before ending our day. Excellent way to learn some about Cape Town and experience a variety of their food culture.

    Matthew G
    August 3, 2022
  • star rating  This is a MUST DO event in Cape Town. The tour is of a really cool district rather than a city, but it is a lovely little district.

    The tour guide Justin was brilliantly professional and really approachable. His local and national history and knowledge was deep and insightful. Great conversation through the day.

    The 4 locations we visited were spectacular. Super food, great drinks and lovely people.

    The time flew by. Justin also was happy to recommend other places to eat, visit or travel to.

    I would 100% recommend this tour to anyone visiting Cape Town

    avatar thumb pieboyinspain
    January 27, 2023
  • star rating  Perhaps the best way to get to know Cape Town! - Wow! This operation rocks. They have something for everybody. From coffee, to bobotie, to koesisters, to wine. Oh, and there's a good dose of culture and history thrown in too. Justin has been our guide twice and he is a wealth of great information. Do yourself a favor and take this amazing tour.

    andrewrice
    January 29, 2023
  • star rating  Tasty Foodie Experience - This was an AMAZING experience ... one that I would recommend to anyone and everyone. Not only was the food delicious, but the experience was also great. Well done to Elsje and her team!

    KajD
    April 13, 2022
  • star rating  This was our first time doing a food tour and I must say we loved every minute. The tour started at at Origins coffee roasting shop, I learned so much about coffee and got to taste fresh coffee beans and had a delicious Pasteis de Nata.
    Our second stop was at the cutest African restaurant called Cafe Charles where we had bobotie with rice and some tasty bubbly, it was so delicious. Our tour guide Justin gave us an amazing download on the history of Capetown. Our third stop was at an Irish pub called The Fireman’s Arms we had a flight of beer and a nice meal there. Again everything was delicious and Justin provided more history on the Cape. Our last stop was at this place called Misfits By The Ideas where we tasted a flight of Inverroche gin and had a delicious variety of ice creams to top off the day. Before we parted ways Justin gave everyone a seasoning pack and recipe for bobotie. Not sure when I’ll be brave enough to try cooking it, but it was definitely a nice and thoughtful add to the trip.
    If you are debating about booking, don’t hesitate, just book it, you won’t be disappointed. Justin and his team will make your day!

    avatar thumb kreneebw
    February 4, 2023
  • star rating  More than food! - More than just food! This tour included loads of information about the ecology and history of Cape Town, presented in an engaging way that even kept kids interested.

    tamaraf379
    June 23, 2022
  • star rating  This is more than a food tour, but, trust me, the food is highly varied and outstanding. This tour truly finds the heart of Cape Town cuisine and give you an introduction. It was all great, and to me, the highlight was the food at the Vasco de Gama taverna. The wings, the beef, and the chorizo were so flavorful. I have a friend coming in from the States, and that’s where I’m going to bring him for real Capetonian “pub” fare.

    But more than the food, you’ll be immersed in Cape Town and South African history, culture, Justin is a font of knowledge in these areas. Coming from the US, it’s a great introduction to the incredible complex country that is SA today.

    This is a valuable and enriching CPT experience on all levels.

    avatar thumb Neil P
    November 9, 2022

What to Expect

Experience the vibrant flavours of African cuisine as we take you on a culinary adventure through the historical city centre of Cape Town. At Cape Town Culinary Tours, we pride ourselves on showcasing the rich cultural connections between South Africa and its neighbouring countries. Agriculture has played a pivotal role in shaping our diverse culinary landscape, and we invite you to celebrate these traditions with our authentic African dishes with us.

 

Your journey begins at the aptly named Meeting Point restaurant, where you’ll rendezvous with fellow food enthusiasts and our knowledgeable tour guide. We kick off the day with a refreshing local beer or a glass of wine, setting the tone for an exceptional culinary adventure. Indulge in a traditional meal featuring tantalizing beef stew and vegetable curry—delicately infused with aromatic, sweet Asian flavours. Complementing these delectable dishes are African staples like maize meal pap, adding authenticity to your culinary experience.

 

As we wander down the vibrant Long Street, aptly named for its seemingly endless stretch, we make a stop at Madam Taitou. Be enticed by the fragrant spices that welcome you at the door, and step into an African-inspired interior that will captivate your senses.

No journey through Cape Town is complete without a visit to the historically significant Green Market Square. Meander through an enchanting array of souvenir shops and spaza stores where a treasure trove of trinkets, tales, and timeless history await.

 

Prepare your taste buds for a delightful surprise as we venture to a secret location to savour traditional local desserts—a tantalizing cherry atop your gastronomic quest. And what better way to conclude this extraordinary experience than by sampling some of South Africa’s finest boutique-style wines? We invite you to Openwine on Wale Street, where you’ll discover rare and unique wines that not commonly found in local liquor stores.

 

The Taste of Africa Tour is suitable for young teens, adults, and vegetarians, ensuring an inclusive and unforgettable experience for all. We eagerly await the opportunity to host you on this extraordinary culinary journey through Cape Town.

 

Embrace an unparalleled African culinary adventure in Cape Town. Reserve your seat at the table now!

FAQ

Our experiences are held rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, we will be able to go inside many of the establishments on the tour. However, we advise to check the weather conditions for your days event and dress appropriately.  If we believe the weather will significantly jeopardize the quality of your experience, we will offer you plenty of notice in the event of a cancellation.

To maximize your chances of getting the day, time, and number of tickets you prefer, please book well in advance as spots fill up quickly. Tickets can be purchased with a Visa, AMEX, or MasterCard from our website or by calling our team directly. Cash and/or walk-up traffic the day of the tours are not accepted.

Absolutely not! Our tours combine architectural commentary, historical facts, local culture and culinary insight into a unique experience. Imagine walking through Cape Town eating our local artisans most delicious foods while learning the neighborhoods from real locals. Let us show you how easy it is to fall in love with Cape Town!

Yes! While our tours are offered daily in English, we also offer tours in Afrikaans by request. Please contact our team for more details.

We do our best to accommodate your dietary and allergy needs. As long as we are given advance notice at the time you book your experience, we can arrange for alternative tastings. At this time, we are unable to accommodate vegan and gluten-free diets. You are absolutely more than welcome to join us on the tour, just keep in mind that there may be some tastings that you may have to avoid. Should you have any questions, please reach out to our operations team directly.

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