Kisuii Girl: Meytal Rubin
This trip to South Africa was my second, but this time I was going back with my half-South African husband, and our baby, to visit our extended family so it had extra special meaning! It is a country beautiful beyond words that amazed me even more this time around. The dramatic mountains, lush greenery and pristine beaches make for the one of the most gorgeous places I’ve ever visited. Being with locals allowed us to experience some real insider places -- my top 5 I’ve shared below.
Wine Country in my Mari Dress.
Cape Town feels like a blend of Africa and Europe with the amazing colours and beautiful architecture. A must-see neighborhood in Cape Town is Bo-Kaap, a former township, that is now the coolest neighborhood in Cape Town -- at least in my opinion! The multi-colored quaint houses reminded a more colorful Notting Hill in London, where I’m from. From there you can roam downtown around Long and Bree Streets with all the cool coffee shops, vintage and interior stores, and then go for lunch along Bree Street. Cape Town is booming with a foodie and coffee scene that shouldn’t be missed.
Bo-Kaap Neighborhood. Credit: Jonathan Reid.
A trip around the Cape to the different beach towns is a must – Boulders Beach with the sun soaking penguins and Kalk Bay, with the great vintage and interior stores, were my favorites. In Cape Town the Clifton Beaches have the best views with the stunning backdrop of mountains, cliff side homes, white sand and bright blue waters. While the beaches are gorgeous I’d recommend staying somewhere with a pool, as the water is way too cold for swimming sadly!
Keeping out of the water at Clifton!
My Cape Town area top 5:
- Chefs Warehouse and Canteen Restaurant – my husband and I consider ourselves foodies and this place was one of our best meals in SA. Go hungry, and early as they don’t take reservations. You can stroll around the quaint Bree street whilst there.
- Clifton Beach 3 – The Clifton Beaches in Cape Town have the most amazing backdrop of mountains, and as you have to venture down a long stairwell to get to them, are very secluded from the main road.
- Coffee! – Cape Town has radically developed since my first trip there 10 years ago, and particularly the coffee shop scene. Motherland, Origin and Honest are all worth checking out.
- Olympia’s Café – When we were told that this is a Jamie Oliver favorite we knew we had to go! A self-proclaimed “greasy old fish-and-bait shop” it serves a small daily menu of mostly seafood and fish, and good coffee (there’s a theme here!), with a delicious bakery attached. Sit in the secluded back herb garden!
- Babylonstoren Wine Farm – this was my happy place in South Africa! A farm property established in 1692 that has been meticulously restored to a wine farm, expansive gardens, restaurant and spa hotel. Booking at Babel, the restaurant, is essential and I’d recommend going for a long lazy lunch and to explore the grounds whilst there. They have a small number of hotel rooms with a pool, hammam and a spa on the grounds. Heaven!!!