South Africa has shopping centres everywhere and people love shopping here. Some of these shopping malls are huge and you can easily spend a day shopping here. Also most of the places in South Africa provide quality spa and restaurant facilities to the travellers.
Nelson Mandela Square
A towering sculpture of South Africa’s favourite son holds court over Nelson Mandela Square. One of the largest open public spaces in the country, this European styled piazza commemorates heritage and celebrates international style with the warmth of African hospitality. It draws a cosmopolitan society to its sidewalk cafes, some of the finest restaurants in South Africa and over 88 exclusive stores.
Exclusive Shopping- When it comes to desirable designer labels and covetable objects, patrons at Nelson Mandela Square are spoilt for choice. An average of over one million local and international visitors per month delight in a heady blend of shopping that offers everything from curios to culture, art, books, jewellery and couture. Fine Dining- Some of the finest restaurants in South Africa attract diners from across the globe at Nelson Mandela Square. Whether it’s French wine, Greek platters, real African cooking, or a leisurely cup of creamy Italian coffee, you can find it all and so much more. At Nelson Mandela Square it is not simply a meal, it is an experience.Plan My South Africa Vacation Now
A wine tasting tour is more than just tasting wine; it’s also a scenic tour of the wine land & sitting in wine cellars to taste the produce fresh from the barrel. You don’t have to be a connoisseur to appreciate the world class wines found in South Africa. There are 13 major wine producing regions & 19 different wine routes in the country. Most of the wine routes are sign posted which makes self-drive an attractive option. Some of the famous wine regions are :-
a) Stellenbosch located 35 mins drive from Cape Town. It is the second oldest city & the first wine route in South Africa showcasing wines from the Pinotage to Merlot & from Chenin Blanc to Cabernet Sauvignon. Home to over 200 wine & grape producers.
b) Franschhoek located 60 mins from Cape Town. It is also known as the gourmet capital of South Africa & home to over 40 wineries.
c) Paarl located about one & a half hours from Cape Town. It is the second oldest wine route in the country & home to over 40 wine cellars.
d) Constantia is located in the suburbs of Cape Town. It is home to five wineries.
e) Spier Wine Estate is well known for its award winning wines. You can also visit the wine cellars & indulge in wine tastings with the wine experts. Tasting sessions are usually between 10:00 to 16:00.
Authentic African Food
For an authentic African Dining Experience visit MOYO restaurants all over the country.
African food is colourful, interesting and alien to most visitors. A well-prepared local meal can be a highlight of your trip to South Africa. Many restaurants specialise in the cuisine of the continent and serve a good variety of traditional African dishes. The indigenous delicacies include foods such as biltong (dried, salted meat), bobotie (a more exciting version of Shepherd’s pie), ‘mieliepap’ (a maize and meal porridge), boerewors (hand-made spicy farm sausages) & ‘braai’ (meaning barbecue). Vegetables usually accompany meat cooked in a ‘potjie pot’. Chakalaka is a favourite dish of the foreign tourist, a vegetable stir-fry which is served with roasted meat. Seafood is legendary, and is best sampled at one of the West Coast’s open air restaurants. As well as mussels, fish stew, grilled fish and lobster, you may be offered pickled fish – a well-loved dish which you’ll also find in some traditional Cape Malay restaurants.Plan My South Africa Vacation Now
Canal Walk Shopping Centre is Africa’s leading super-regional retail mall. Canal Walk has over 400 shops offering the most comprehensive and compelling lifestyle shopping experience in South Africa, including the widest selection of speciality shops in the Southern Hemisphere. Canal Walk’s restaurants, cafés and coffee shops, serve a wide range of delicacies. La Piazza provides destination dining, accentuating the magnificent views.
It attracts thousands of international visitors every year with its spectacular architecture, spacious malls and unparalleled array of local and international retail brands as well as the unique Afri-Bizarre, which showcases the work of local retailers and craftsmen.Plan My South Africa Vacation Now
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Situated at the foot of Table Mountain, within a stone’s throw from the Cape Town Stadium and in the heart of Cape Town’s working harbour, the V&A Waterfront offers the visitor an abundance of unforgettable experiences. Indoor shopping and entertainment venues seamlessly merge with ocean vistas and mountain views and the fresh sea breeze and warm African sun add zest to a cosmopolitan, vibrant atmosphere. More than 80 restaurants bring a fusion of international food, from rustic al fresco fish and chips to starched table-cloth cuisine.
There is just so much to do, so much to discover- from speed boats to craft markets to the Two Oceans Aquarium (walking distance) which showcases the incredible diversity of marine life found in the two oceans. The Aquarium is one of the top tourist attractions in Cape Town and over 3000 living sea animals, including sharks, fishes, turtles and penguins can be seen in this spectacular underwater nature reserve. This is where the two oceans meet!Plan My South Africa Vacation Now