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Cape Town and Franschhoek: Advice needed!!

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Cape Town and Franschhoek: Advice needed!!

Desidero | Jan 23, 2010 10:58 AM

I am in the final stages of planning my trip to Cape Town and Franschhoek and have done extensive research on the dining scene, but am hoping for some final pearls of wisdom from SA ‘hounds. Without further adieu, a few questions:

1. I have one full day in the Winelands. I’m staying in Franchhoek. I’m planning on having lunch at Bread and Wine and dinner at Reuben’s. I would like to visit some of the vineyards but am overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices. The vineyards that seem to get the most press are Boekenhoutskloof, Stony Brook Vineyards, Boschendal and Tokara Estates in Stellenbosch. I’m concerned that these vineyards may be too commercial. Are these the best options for a first-time visitor? How many vineyards can I see in a day, given my lunch and dinner plans? If you were a first-time visitor and had one day in the vineyards, how would you allocate your time?

2. Based on my research, it sounds like CT isn’t exactly a coffee-lover’s paradise. The four shops that get the best reviews are Origin Roasting, Vida e Café, Afro Café and Love Birds Café. Are these the best options? I’m going to be staying in Camps Bay, but will be bouncing around the city, so feel free to suggest cafes all over the city.

3. What are my best dining options in Camps Bay? I don’t need high end recommendations, just your favorite restaurants in that neighborhood at any price point.

4. What food should I not miss while I’m in SA? I plan on trying Cape Malay cuisine. Anything else?

Many, many thanks!!

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