Food and wine in South Africa South Africa is known for its superb food and wine

If you are looking for excellent food and wine that can be savoured in the most strikingly beautiful settings on earth, South Africa is your country. Don't stop with your wishes there, also make sure the food and wine have pedigree from awards to history to ingredients to terroir.

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There's a mineral hot spring just up the road from Ronnies Sex Shop called Warmwaterberg (hot water mountain).

If you adore the good things in life, South Africa is the perfect incentive destination for you. South Africa’s food and wine is renowned, as is our desire to have as much fun as possible.

You’ll find a wide range of restaurants in our major cities, specializing in anything from Italian and Indian to Thai and Chinese and everything else in-between.

But, you’d be missing out if you didn’t try our homegrown cuisine – we’re talking about a good old fashioned braaivleis (barbeque) with all the trimmings, a Cape Malay curry to make your heart sing, an enormous platter of piri piri prawns served up with a view of the ocean and a groaning table of Afrikaner specialities including of course, boerewors (sausage).

You’ll find a number of township restaurants serving up chisa nyama (barbequed meat), chakalaka (spicy African vegetable relish) and home-brewed beer. African restaurants are also popular - where you’ll find dishes from the Cape to Cairo. We also love to eat in great locations – whether it's with our feet in the sand, alfresco on the pavements or in the middle of the bush with only the cry of the fish eagle as an accompaniment.

When it comes to good wines, look no further than the Cape winelands. Head off to Stellenbosch, Paarl or Franschhoek on a wine-tasting safari and buy spectacular bottles of local Pinotage, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay to take back home.

Many of the wine estates boast spectacular restaurants where you can taste home-grown cuisine, or book a picnic basket and enjoy feasting in the winelands as you watch the grapes grow.

And when it comes to song, you’d be hard pressed not to feel the rhythm of Africa when you visit our shores. Wherever you go, the beat of the continent follows – whether it’s a nightclub in Cape Town’s Long Street, an African jazz concert in a beautiful botanical garden or the thump of a township ghetto blaster – we South Africans can’t live without some kind of catchy beat in the background.

Food, wine and song highlights:

  • A good old South African braai
  • Cape Malay cuisine
  • Chisa Nyama at a township tavern
  • A gourmet safari in Franschhoek
  • A wine tasting sojourn along Route 62
  • An all-nighter at the clubs and pubs of Newtown
  • Dancing the night away in Long Street, Cape Town
  • Jiving in Soweto – no matter what time of day it is
  • Biltong, boerewors and bobotie
  • Wine tasting in Stellenbosch