I have been on a variety of tours, some fantastic, some not so much, but one thing that ties the good ones together is the quality of the guides. Without a sincere, charismatic and knowledgeable guide, a tour can quickly fall apart, thankfully the opposite is also true, and Charlene of Cape Food and Wine Tours certainly falls into the latter category.
Cape Town is a true foodie city, a gastronomic wonderland, with its diverse cultures combining to create a rich, varied menu, and its natural affinity for exploration and experimentation ensuring the Mother City continues to expand its delicious offerings.
Charlene has created a tour that offers cuisine from both the city’s heritage and new-age offerings that have helped make it a gourmet destination.
The Foodie Thursdays tour in Cape Town aims to showcase some of the city’s best artisanal producers and its creative spaces, taking visitors to an artisanal coffee roaster in De Waterkant for a tasting and a behind-the-scenes tour, a local brewery in Woodstock for a craft beer and food pairing, a chocolatier for a tour and tasting, and a local cheese maker in the city centre for a wine and cheese pairing.
It is a great way to immerse yourself in the artisanal wonders offered throughout the city, with coffee and beer, in particular, very much a part of Cape Town’s identity.
Charlene also ensures that the Mother City’s heritage is not ignored, with a visit to the Company’s Garden for a local snack, and a walk through the Bo-Kaap to sample some of the Cape’s Malay delights, both highlights of the tour.
Throughout the day, visitors are provided with fascinating insight into the city’s history and its current dynamic. Food is obviously central to the conversation, but with the Mother City’s rich and storied past very much a part of its overall fabric, it goes well beyond just the culinary focus of this tour.
Overall, if you are looking for a tour that combines the old with the new, tickles your taste buds and expands your understanding of what make this great city tick, you would do well to hop on a tour with Charlene.