How to spend 48 Hours in Cape Town
The South African city’s dining scene serves up everything from artisan coffee to buzzing bazaars, hipster eat streets and fine diners. Embarks on a food safari. DAY ONE 9.30am: Coffee confidence “Do I look focused?” asks Nasha, star graduate of Origin Coffee Roasting’s barista school and a self-described modern coffee wayfarer. “Well, I am.” The Zimbabwean loves an audience, and coffee-tasting demonstrations here provide a pre-converted one. [caption id="attachment_47404" align="alignleft" width="600"] Meet Origin Coffee Roasting’s expert barista Nasha[/caption] “Mum had a white friend who used to drink coffee obsessively and I was fascinated because we didn’t drink it,” he says. “When I came here, I saw it everywhere. I thought, I’m gonna be an expert.”   The fact that 12-year-old Origin, on Hudson Street in the trendy De Waterkant district, lays claim to being the city’s original ‘good coffee’ place tells you just how recent the ‘scene’ here is. The 22 year old raves about the relative merits of the aeropress versus the yama siphon, and then explains why Rwandan and Tanzanian beans are better than the altitudinally challenged local ones.   “I’m just an expert in ratio and time,” he says. The brews he serves up over the post-industrial counter confirms his substance matches his style. 10.45am: Looking for ‘bunny’ Nowhere lays this city’s cultural idiosyncrasies on the table better and faster than Eastern Food Bazaar on Longmarket Street in the city centre. To the sheltered traveller, the canteen is a cave of chaos, but it has its own natural flows and rhythms; queues sprout and wither equally speedily in the dual-entrance mall.   Ten shops purvey shawarmas, tandoor dosas, local sweet biryanis et al, celebrating Cape Town’s Asian and sub-continental food heritage. Local carb-and-curry overload ‘bunny chow’ best represents this: a loaf of white bread, de-cored, then filled with the not-too-spicy, fragrant and sweet Cape Malay curry.   It should sate a couple comfortably for 50 rand ($5). 12.30pm: Bree there or be square Legend has it that if you walk from one end of Bree Street to the other, at least one brand-new boutique will have sprung up by the time you walk back down it again. This is Cape Town’s coolest foodie corridor, a breath of culinary fresh air compared to tourist-magnet Long Street, a couple of blocks over. [caption id="attachment_47407" align="alignleft" width="600"] Stroll buzzy Bree Street[/caption] The pick of Bree’s eateries is Chefs Warehouse and Canteen, with its ever-changing tapas menu. It doesn’t take reservations, but you can wait at No Reservations bar for a free table. For a side of something different with your lunch, check out cafe and art space Red! The Gallery or FOLK COFFEE ANTHROPOLOGY, which has plenty of books to thumb through over coffee.   Or join the Cape’s beautiful people at Clarke’s Bar & Dining Room, with its fresh juices and all-day breakfasts, or at purveyor of ‘slow fast food’ Cafe Frank. Don’t miss nearby Bree Street institution Jason Bakery, where you can tuck into a ‘bacon chilli popper’ sandwich with freshly baked bread, a hand-made bagel with all the works, a filled brioche doughnut or carrot cake cheesecake. [caption id="attachment_47402" align="alignleft" width="600"] Don’t miss a sweet treat from Jason Bakery on Bree Street[/caption] 3.45pm: Grown-up shakes Where Bree Street peters out to the south, pop over one block to the Fire and Ice bar at Protea Hotel on New Church Street to peruse the ‘grown-up’ milkshake menu. Distrust your initial instincts; the marshmallow, caramel and pumpkin milkshake is the bomb. No, really. 6.45pm: Sushi surprise This may be the first time that I’ve recommended dinner at a shopping mall restaurant, but always eat where the locals do, as the maxim goes. Walk past the well-heeled stores at the Gucci end of Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre (V&A Waterfront) to the weirdly sophisticated Willoughby & Co for hands down some of SA’s finest sushi.   The ‘4x4 rainbow reloaded’ selection is on another level, especially the spicy and creamy rock shrimp roll. If sushi’s not your thing, try the line-fish curry.   There may be a queue, but you can order (and drink) a glass of wine to make the time fly. 8.45pm: DRINK IN the View Head back to your accommodation on the V&A Waterfront for a nightcap. The five-star Silo Hotel is located above the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (which houses Africa’s largest collection of contemporary African art), in the elevator portion of a historical grain silo. [caption id="attachment_47406" align="alignleft" width="600"] Spend some time on the V&A Waterfront[/caption] The hotel’s new-look exterior was designed by Heatherwick Studio, its 28 rooms are funky and art-focused, and its sixth floor Willaston Bar – serving cocktails and local and international wine – affords majestic views of the city and Table Mountain through its pillowed glass windows. DAY 2 9am: Pastels with flavour Working-class Bo-Kaap (literally, ‘above the Cape’) district has the prettiest gathering of pastel houses in Africa, which will live long in your Instagram feed. Traditionally the hue of each house represented the trade of the householder (or which colour paint was on sale that day, so goes the local gag). [caption id="attachment_47405" align="alignleft" width="600"] See the colourful houses of Bo-Kaap[/caption] Start your morning’s exploration of the area on a high at Harvest Cafe & Deli, an airy plant-filled space that serves beautifully presented dishes so tasty you might forget they’re good for you too.   Try a signature smoothie bowl (think spirulina, avocado, lime and banana with homemade salted chocolate granola, pomegranate and coconut) or pumpkin fritters with Greek yoghurt, berries and maple syrup, a twist on a South African classic. Best enjoyed on the building’s rooftop, with its panoramic views of Bo-Kaap and beyond. [caption id="attachment_47403" align="alignleft" width="600"] Eat breakfast at Harvest[/caption] 11am: Visit mom and pop Bo-Kaap, where freed Malay and mixed-race slaves settled, also happens to be its own mini food safari.   The trick is to poke your nose into all the little mom-and-pop cafes and tuck shops. Atlas Trading Company is a nice education in Cape Malay spice culture. Don’t miss the wee corner shop next to Biesmiellah restaurant for a traditional koeksister (deep-fried doughnut with honey glaze). 11.45am: Garden of eatin’ For the first time in 300 years, edible plants return to the Cape’s CBD. The traditional botanic Company’s Garden (the old Dutch East India Company property) hosts allotments for nearby Bo-Kaap families. [caption id="attachment_47409" align="alignleft" width="600"] The Old Biscuit Mill is a hub of art and cuisine[/caption] The permaculture veggie patches overflow with everything from gooseberries and grapes to wild garlic and sour figs plus a plethora of indigenous plants used in the prolific home-remedy industry.   It’s supposed to be look-but-don’t-taste, unless of course you chat to one of the gardeners. 1.15pm: The Devil’s drink Frankly, you’d have to be an idiot not to find a quality bottle of wine in Cape Town, but traditionally the same could not be said for beer.   Thankfully, the whole micro-brewery party is underway in earnest. On the cusp of mercurial Woodstock, you’ll find taprooms for party-starter Devil’s Peak Brewing Company, a vanguard that helped instil in South Africans that there is more to life than Castle lager.   The hero of the five micro-brew-and-food pairing is the nuptial between the zesty King’s Blockhouse IPA and extra-zesty Sriracha chicken. The view over actual Devil’s Peak (mountain) becomes more intense with every sip. 3.45pm: The Woodstock revival (for the rest of the day) Woodstock used to be the wrong side of the tracks (literally), a seedy side of town to say the least. Artists started to colonise it during the early noughties, redefining the vibe, until the multicultural neighbourhood became an artisanal circus of cafes, gin distilleries and galleries, with something different happening every night of the week. [caption id="attachment_47401" align="alignleft" width="600"] Dine in the ‘Light Room’ at experimental Test Kitchen[/caption] All roads lead to cuisine-and-art-hub The Old Biscuit Mill. Shop for presents of thought-provoking homewares in its artsy shops, then take a tour of the bean-to-bar Cocoafair for some pre-dinner Fairtrade 71 per cent ginger dark choccy.   Fortuitously, The Old Biscuit Mill happens to house two of South Africa’s most innovative and best restaurants, both brainchildren of chef Luke Dale-Roberts. The star is craftily designed Test Kitchen, which as the name gives away, is ‘a creative world of experimentation’.   Suffice to say, whether you choose this one or the Pot Luck Club – where sharing dishes are divided into five basic tastes: salty, sour, sweet, umami and bitter – this last stop on your food safari should be booked thoroughly in advance.
South Africa.
From surfing and safaris to bright city lights, here are 10 reasons to visit South Africa
 When it comes to travel, Africa is one place on many people's must-visit list. Here are  10 reasons to get yourself to South Africa that you may not have even considered... To go on safari in search of the Big Five Going on your first African safari feels like being on a hushed film set waiting for the key cast members [read: the big five] to arrive. And when they do, it's with all the drama, tension and romance that is implicit on a game drive. What's surprising is how much the bit players – dik-diks, kudu, impalas – steal the spotlight as they scramble for survival. A crash course in astronomy Receiving a crash course in astronomy while standing under a night sky swirling with stars in the middle of the Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve is to marvel at the magnificence of the universe. Astrotourism has become a popular safari ritual in South Africa and Ben Coley, of Celestial Events, has a seriously powerful telescope to enhance the experience. To caper up the Cape of Good Hope Geography lessons come to life at the Cape of Good Hope on the Cape Peninsula, a long spindly finger of land pointing south toward Antarctica. Climb to the top of the Old Cape Point Lighthouse where you can marvel up close at the rippling sandstone and swirling blue-green sea below. Be warned: baboons are everywhere so keep your car locked when you pose for that selfie near the Cape of Good Hope sign. Explore SA's largest art museum The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa – Zeitz MOCAA – is one of the world's most important exhibition spaces for contemporary African art. It's a great echoing cavern of steel and concrete and glass located inside a grain silo built on the waterfront in the 1920s. Huge sections of the building's interior have been carved out to create a complex warren of more than 100 gallery spaces. Visit the rainbow-bright neighbourhood of Bo Kaap [caption id="attachment_44236" align="alignnone" width="600"] You have to visit the stunning rainbow-bright neighbourhood of Bo Kaap when you visit South Africa.[/caption] The boxy buildings of Bo Kaap present like a bag of Liquorice Allsorts coloured everything from indigo and fuschia to tangerine and mint green and brightening up the Cape Malay community. Turn your back on the camera-toting crowds and head up the hill to Bo Kaap Kombuis, a restaurant serving traditional Cape Malay cuisine. Coo over the penguins at Boulders Beach The waddling African penguins are not the only reason to make a pilgrimage to Boulders Beach, as the area is strewn with rounded boulders looming like giant sculptures. As well as providing ideal nesting territory for the endangered species, the tumbled rock formations are every bit as photogenic as the resident penguins. Enjoy an African sunset Table Mountain is one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature and, if there's a defining landmark that shapes Cape Town's skyline it is this. The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway has revolving floors so visitors get 360-degree views of the mountain and city from the top of the towering escarpment. Experience Steampunk at Truth Coffee, Capetown If you are a fan of steampunk, this is the cafe for you. Steampunk informs the philosophy behind Truth Coffee while paying homage to the movement with its centrepiece: a vintage espresso machine dubbed Professor Jones' Fabulous Coffee Bean Contraption. Truth is equal parts cafe and cult and the steampunk aesthetic filters down to the fashions favoured by the staff. truth.coffee To surf world-class waves [caption id="attachment_44237" align="alignnone" width="600"] Hit the beach for the ultimate surfing in South Africa.[/caption] Jeffrey's Bay is ranked as one of the best surfing destinations in the world. Located in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, J-Bay offers rides of up to 800-metres long and includes breaks dubbed Salad Bowls, Coins, Tubes, Kitchen Windows and Impossibles. The best time to surf here is dawn, when the sky is indigo and the seas are stretched like blue denim over the curves of the coast. Yes, it's where Mick Fanning punched a great white during the J-Bay Open surf event, so BYO shark repellent. The grape and the good The Cape Town bar scene is cool and contemporary and includes a range of bars, some more dog-eared than others. The Outrage of Modesty serves cutting-edge cocktails in an old frame theatre with wacky wall art and tiered seating. Nearby, The Gin Bar is aimed squarely at gin geeks. The bar, which is hidden behind the Honest Chocolate Cafe in the CBD, has a charming sand-blasted courtyard and beautifully backlit drinks selection. GETTING THERE Africa Travel specialist Bench Africa has a 13-day Luxury Signature Safari Special that focuses on South Africa. Visit benchafrica.com   There is a SAA flight daily from Perth to Johannesburg operating an A340-300 and A340-600 (connecting with codeshare partner Virgin Australia from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.) Visit flysaa.com
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7 unique sleeps in the world’s best destinations
Expedia travel expert, Lisa Perkovic, passionately believes that where you stay can make or break your holiday. When she travels she seeks accommodation that offers something special to add to her overall experience, from hotels featuring a unique history to those that showcase innovative design. Here, she shares her top picks to add to your bucket list...   ***This article was created in conjunction with our sponsors Expedia*** The Warehouse Hotel, Singapore Once an old spice mill, this boutique hotel is still hot property. With only 37 rooms, it is perfect for a work trip, stopover or a longer break. Perched right on the Singapore River in Robertson Quay, it’s clear there is a focus on highlighting the industrial heritage and showcasing local talent in the form of artwork, furniture and cuisine. Singapore is known for its humidity, so the glass-sided rooftop infinity pool is an added bonus. [caption id="attachment_42015" align="alignleft" width="1000"] The Warehouse Hotel, Singapore[/caption] Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali Hidden away on limestone cliffs 100 metres above the Indian Ocean, the Alila Villas Uluwatu are Bali luxe at its best. Designed with locally sourced and sustainable materials, the minimalist villas all have their own plunge pools, private cabanas as well as indoor and outdoor showers – bliss! Make sure you join a morning yoga class in the Pavilion, with spectacular views to boot. [caption id="attachment_42017" align="alignleft" width="450"] Alila Hotel, Uluwatu, Bali[/caption] Pumphouse Point, Tasmania On the shores of Lake St Clair in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Pumphouse Point is another idyllic hotel with a rich history lovingly brought back to life. Built in the 1930s as a hydroelectricity station, the style is suitably understated – rooms are comfortably appointed so as not to detract from the view, and dinner is a shared affair each night in The Shorehouse. Mount Engadine Lodge, Alberta, Canada Regardless of the season, a stay at Mount Engadine Lodge will not disappoint. Tucked into the mountains in Spray Valley Provincial Park, the scenery year-round is simply jaw-dropping. There’s plenty to do during the day and the all-inclusive property kindly packs you a lunch to take on your adventures. After a day spent outdoors, guests can relax in the laid-back, homely vibe of the lodge. [caption id="attachment_42018" align="alignleft" width="450"] Mount Engadine Lodge, Alberta, Canada[/caption] The Ludlow, New York City, USA Smack bang in the middle of the hip and happening Lower East Side, The Ludlow is surrounded by trendy cafes and shops, and oozes style. Combining an industrial lofty vibe and simple, luxe furnishings, rooms range in size though all have large windows perfect for observing the bustling streets of New York below. Dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, Dirty French, which is popular with locals, is a must, as is curling up and enjoying some wine in the cosy lobby bar. [caption id="attachment_42019" align="alignleft" width="868"] The Ludlow, New York City, USA[/caption] 54 On Bath, Johannesburg, South Africa Johannesburg is a major gateway to Africa and an essential stopover for many before they begin their Safari experience. If you’re after comfort and convenience, 54 On Bath is located in the cosmopolitan suburb of Rosebank and is attached to Rosebank Mall. [caption id="attachment_42020" align="alignleft" width="450"] 54 on Bath, Johannesburg, South Africa[/caption] The Mall is home to The Grillhouse, a well-known restaurant serving delicious and affordable steaks. Afternoons are best spent relaxing on the rooftop garden terrace by the lap pool with a gin and tonic. Six Senses Fiji, Malolo Island Recently opened on Malolo Island, part of the Mamanuca Islands, Six Senses Fiji is the island nation’s newest luxury resort. It’s safe to say that the property really ups the ante when it comes to the ‘fly and flop’ holiday Fiji has become synonymous with. The 100 per cent solar-powered resort has 24 private villas, each with their own pools plus options for families or larger groups. There are also three dining venues and a gourmet deli to indulge in. [caption id="attachment_42021" align="alignleft" width="765"] Six Senses Fiji, Malolo Island[/caption] To book one of these amazing hotels, visit Expedia.

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