Prestigious international travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler has placed this city as its Third Best Food City in the World after more results of the Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards 2014 were released earlier this week.
Cape Town came in ahead of foodie destinations like Florence and Rome in Italy; Tokyo, Japan; Hong Kong, China; and numerous Canadian cities. The top spot went to San Sebastián in Spain and second place to Paris, France.
Conde Naste Traveler writer, Maria Shollenbarger, had this to say about Cape Town: “In Cape Town, ‘local’ rules. The Mother city is smallish; casual but supremely stylish, and welcoming—words that describe its artisanal foods and restaurant scenes as much as its citizens.”
Also mentioned in the write up is Luke-Dale Roberts’ Test Kitchen – recently voted 44th Best Restaurant in the World by Elite Traveler Magazine and a S. Pellegrino Top 50 Best Restaurant in 2014.
Enver Duminy, CEO of Cape Town Tourism, says: “Fine dining and award-winning restaurants abound in Cape Town alongside fresh local and organic food markets and gourmet city food on-the-go. The supporting explosion of boutique wine and craft beer makes the offering even more compelling and instantly transports visitors to the origins of their food whilst giving a face to the people who produce them.”
Cape Town cuisine has been influenced by many different cultures over the years and is close to abundant farmlands and the fresh seafood, caught off the surrounding coast. Coffee is big news with coffee shops vying for the best bean and ultimate designer cool as Capetonians and visitors soak up the company and free wireless.
Cape Town also recently ranked Tenth in the Top 25 Destinations in the World and Second Best Destination in Africa by TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards.